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.
7 - 12 (Half Sizes) 13, 14, 15
Cordura / Ripstop Mesh Upper, Comfort Padded Lycra Collar, GORE-TEX
Where to Buy
We found the Merrell Men's Outbound Mid Gore-Tex at 1 outdoor retailer: