User Review: Merrell Men's Outland Mid Waterproof
Materials: nubuck w/ gore-tex lining
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $112
After failing to find one pair of boots that could do it all, from light hiking groomed trails to weekend backpacking on more rugged terrain, I settled on a pair of heavier Vasque boots for the backpacking, and the Merrell Outland Mids for lighter duty.
First, it's not a boot--more of a high-top tennis shoe on steroids. So if you're carrying a load or hiking over rocks and other rough stuff all day--your feet are going to hurt--these are light hikers! They're great for kicking it around town and easy to moderate hiking trail. I particularly appreciate that they're waterproof, and have a very grippy Vibram tread.
Second, they are incredibly comfortable for what they are, once you realize that they are sized small (as other reviewers have noted, go up 1/2 size, unless you plan on stink-footing it w/no socks).