Merrell Overdrive Gore-Tex XCR
After owning North Face 104 Gore-tex XCR's I must…
Use: about 300 miles a month mostly offroad and trail running also.
Price Paid: $109
After owning North Face 104 Gore-tex XCR's I must say these are much more comfortable out of the box and share the same waterproofness feature but appear to have a much more balanced traction with much superior water draining if you step into a creek which fills the shoe. Hence you don't run in a pothole of water for a long distance. Kudos!!!!!!!!!
Here's what other sites are saying:
The proprietary trail running technology that keeps runners swift and centered now extends its efficiency in the face of bad weather via ultra-breathable GORE-TEX gasket construction. The visible tubes of Merrell TrailSpring design cushions the heel strike and inhibits overpronation. A Trail Balanced last stabilizes the heel and, combined with a cutaway Vibram Full Speed II sole, frees the forefoot for easy toe-off.Merrell exclusive Trail Balanced last.GORE-TEX gasket construction with EVA strobel insole.Waterproof mesh and finished leather upper.3M Scotchlite 360 reflective trim.Kevlar lace and TPU molded lace lock system.Bellows tongue with protective foam insert and lace keeper flap.Forefoot protection design with gaiter hook.Slits at toe cap allow expansion and prevent toe trauma.GORE-TEX XCR fabric lining.Anatomical footbed.Dual density molded EVA footframe.TrailSpring injection TPU structural support, alignment and cushioning system.Gaiter strap channel at arch bridge.Merrell Air Cushion midsole.Vibram Full Speed II dual density/TC-5 compound outsole.Weight: 1lb. 10 oz.
- Campmor refers to the men's version
The Merrell Men's Overdrive Gore-Tex XCR Shoes give you waterproof breathable protection plus lateral and medial support on your trail runs. This means less swamp-foot and less fatigue. Merrell's Trailspring Technology places tubes in the inside and outside of the shoe's heel, thus optimizing cushioning and reducing over-pronation on impact. The Gore-Tex construction blocks moisture as you splash through puddles, and the Vibram sole grips loose terrain. The Overdrive Gore-Tex XCR trail shoes' lace locking system makes it easy to tighten up during your runs, and a mesh lining on the inside reduces friction.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Trail running technology that brings some serious swift, keeping adventure racers centered and efficient to maintain speed over changeable terrain. Proprietary TrailSpring design positions visible tubes bisected by support beams in a full-length TPU plate to inhibit overpronation and cushion heel-strike. Trail Balanced last with integrated arch bridge stabilizes the heel while freeing the forefoot for easy toe off. Both quick-cinch airmesh upper and Merrell Air Cushion sole drain readily and are gaiter-compatible. Vibram Full Speed II sole features heel-centering cutaway design and flex grooves for propulsion at the forefoot.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Codesigned by Merrell's Adventure Race Team, this feature-loaded speedster has all the cool tools yet is still lightweight and very supportive. And with its Air Mesh upper and Gore-Tex XCR membrane, the Overdrive will keep your feet dry and comfortable! Air mesh and finished leather upper. Waterproof/breathable Gore XCR membrane is 25% more breathable than regular Gore-Tex to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Trail-balanced last with integrated arch bridge stabilizes the heel while freeing the forefoot for easy on/off. Dual-density molded-EVA midsole with Air Cushion heel for all-day comfort. Midsole heel sides enhanced with TPU support beams to inhibit over-pronation while cushioning heel strikes. Vibram Full Speed II sole features heel-centering cutaway design and flex grooves for propulsion at forefoot. Quick-Cinch kevlar lacing2one pull and you're ready. Forefoot protection design with gaiter hook; gaiter strap channel at arch bridge.
- EMS refers to the men's version