User Review: Merrell Men's Outland Mid Waterproof
Use: Intermediate trail with intermediate pack
Break-in Period: same day
Weight: Don't know
Price Paid: $125
I know several people with Merrells and they have been pretty happy, so I thought I would give them a try. I was and am pretty surprised as to how well the handle on the trails of the Smoky mountains. Right out of the box out the front door of the store and on the trail within 2 hours. There are no rubbing points or pressure points. The padding is comfortable, but after a few hours on the trail, I feel like I could use a bit "longer lasting" padding.
Also, as I found out today, they handle very well in a Smoky Mountain down pour both for their water resistance and their slip resistance and grip. I would definitely recommend these boots for any intermediate trail hikers.