Merrell Outbound Mid Gore-Tex
Source: tried it in the store
I've had these for two years now and they have all the features a medium weight pack carrying backpacker could want. They would also make a great boot for someone who just wanted a sturdy, supportive, mid weight boot with the comfort of a running shoe.
I like how they have the Aegis antimicrobial feature since I will start hunting in them soon and need to keep my scent down. They also have a very aggressive lug pattern/treat, which I was striving to find.
My only pet peeve about them is that they didn't have a slightly wider size in this available at the store I purchased them at (blue ridge mountain sports outlet outside of Richdmond, Va.). Merrell may not even manufacture a wider width in this boot.
I haven't been on any drawn out backpacking/hunting adventures with them as of yet to determine if this will be a major nuisance, but it could because I have a regular to medium-regular width foot. I believe these are discontinued, as they are not featured on the Merrell website as of 01-21-2013.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Merrell's Outbound Mid GTX backpacking boots keep the elements at arm's length while Spring Motion technology keeps your feet comfortable.
Merrell Outbound Mid GTX Bungee Cord (Mens)With these waterproof hiking boots, when you look out from under the covers, the deciding factor on whether you go on that hike you've been planning won't be the weather. GORE-TEX(R) gasket construction keeps all the elements at arm's length, while our Spring Motion(TM) technology keeps you comfortable to the horizon. The Vibram(R) outsole with trail-hugging 7mm lugs scrambles effortlessly through mud, loose rocks, and anything else in your way. UPPER/LINING * Cordura(R)/Ripstop Mesh Upper * Comfort padded Lycra(R) collar * Bellows tongue keeps debris out * Metal hook and lacing eyelet for secure lacing * Instep and heel stability arm * Abrasion resistant TPU toe and heel bumper * GORE-TEX(R) Performance Comfort Footwear lining protects feet and keeps them dry * Lining treated with Aegis(R) antimicrobial solution eliminates odor * Ortholite(R) Anatomic
- River Sports Outfitters
When you look out from under the covers, the deciding factor on whether you go on that hike you've been planning shouldn't be the weather. With GORE-TEX(R) gasket construction the Merrell Outbound Mid GORE-TEX(R) Hiking Boot for men keeps all the elements at arm's length, while the Spring Motion(TM) technology keeps you comfortable and a Vibram(R) outsole with trail-hugging 7mm lugs makes short work of mud, loose rocks, and anything else you want to scramble up.
- Altrec Outdoors
Rainy, snowy, or slushy trail conditions donAAAt deter the MenAAAs Outbound Mid Light GTX Hiking Boot. Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex shuns the wet while this bootAAAs light weight aids your quick pace.