Merrell Passage Ventilator
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.
Where to Buy
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Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Merrell's Passage ventilating hiking shoes maintain a comfortable environment for your feet as you hike the trail thanks to breathable mesh panels. Thermoplastic urethane heel counter adds stabilization Toe rand protects from abrasion Quick-drying, moisture-wicking interior mesh lining In-Board EVA midsole with Air Cushion technology Nylon shank All-terrain Vibram(R) traction outsole Nubuck and mesh uppers Weight: 2 lb. 5 oz. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. Width: M (medium)
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Offering excellent breathability for fast movers, Merrell's Passage hiking shoes are design for light hiking with a day pack (not to exceed 20 lb.). Waterproof nubuck leather upper with breathable mesh. Breathable mesh liner. Injection-molded TPU instep for stability. Anatomical footbed with nylon injection-molded arch shank. In-Board compression-molded EVA footframe absorbs shocks and hard landings. Air Cushion midsole for all-day comfort. Vibram Day Hiker sole with 5 mm lugs for extra grip.
- EMS refers to the men's version
A lightweight day hiker capable of moving up to faster tempos and tougher terrain. Slip-lasted construction with hidden, In-Board EVA footframe...
- Ramsey Outdoor refers to the men's version