User Review: Merrell Men's Moab Mid Gore-Tex XCR
Price Paid: $100
When shopping for a new set of boots, I was looking for a boot that would be water-resistant, relatively light, mid-cut, and performed like a sneaker. I'm a weekender and generally hike about 2 to 5 miles before setting up camp and once camp is set up, I'll hike and climb all day with maybe a small day-pack. The Moab GORE-TEX XCR seemed to fit the bill, so I was excited to hit the trail with them.
While breaking them in around the house, I noticed some discomfort right below the large knuckle on my big toes. When the weekend arrived, the pain hadn't really subsided, but it wasn't anything more than a nuisance.
What a fool I was. The first day, shouldering a 35lb pack, they felt fine. Having arrived late, I ate dinner and hit the sack. The next morning when I slipped them on and hit the trail, the pain was back and a little more pronounced. It faded as the day went on so I thought they might have finally broke-in. The start of day three was ridiculous. I could barely walk in them, so I skipped additional hiking, packed up camp, and gingerly made my way back to the trailhead.
If you're thinking about buying these boots, try them on in person first (I did), but more importantly, see if the shoe rep will be kind enough to let you walk and shop around in-store with them for a while. If they don't hurt, buy 'em, because honestly, I'm bummed that I can't wear them.