I bought a Merrell Passage Ventilator Lo from an eBay…
Materials: Nubuck and mesh
Use: Ten-mile hikes, sometimes with light pack.
Break-in Period: none, immediate comfort
Weight: 14 ounces
Price Paid: $50
I bought a Merrell Passage Ventilator Lo from an eBay seller. This shoe is among my best light hiking shoes, ranking with my other favorite, a pair of Montrail TRS Comp.
There are only two bad things about Passage Ventilator, both of them easily correctable.
First, Merrell's "air cushion" insoles are lousy. The answer? Pull a pair of insoles out of some Montrail hiking shoes and replace the Merrell insole with them! It works like a charm.
The other bad thing is that the laces Merrell puts in the shoes are too stretchy. You can replace them with a better set of laces, like I did.
Passage Ventilator will do OK in light rain, but don't walk through puddles or your feet will get wet. It's also a fast-drying shoe. And it has one of the best feels that I've ever felt in a hiking shoe: plenty of room in the toes and none of that foot-in-a-vise feeling that you get from overly narrow shoes.