User Review: Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $140
Owned a pair of these about two seasons ago. They were a bit tough to get broken in...but once I did they were more comfortable on my feet than if I were barefoot.
Truly the most comfortable pair of footwear I had owned to date. They were a great all-terrain hiker, and the double tongue was like having a pair of "croc" gators on. I even made three 4,000 ft. hikes in mid-winter White Mountains with these and a set of Microspikes with no problems.
Now the flipside here is how long the boots lasted. Granted I wore them on two hikes up Katadin, two hikes in King Ravine, as well as a few more tame hikes. The first problem I had was some seporation right where the boot flexes as you push off in step. Then within a couple of weeks the soles and the name brand waterproof lines completely caved. A little tougher leather may have not been a bad idea.
Besides only lasting me about 8 months, they performed fantastically while I was wearing them. Ever run down a mountain stream without getting your feet wet or slipping? Now imagine that stream is named Tuckerman Ravine.