User Review: Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
This boot has it all. I have owned these for a couple of years now, and would buy another pair in a second.
- Break-in time
- Once in a while, the laces seem to get stuck in the bottom lace lock. This is more or less because of the way my foot is shaped (the wrinkle in the leather makes it pinch in tight) Not the manufacturer's problem though. Not a big issue either.
I have used these on numerous multi-day hikes, and have had comfortable and dry feet at ALL TIMES. I really like the beefy toe rand, and the anti lace byte tongue.
The grip on these bad boys are second to none (thank you Vibram), never had problems on wet slick rocks or slimy mud hill climbs. The only issue/non issue I have ever had with the grips are the occasional pebble getting stuck in between the tread lugs (nothing a small stick can not cure).
These are bar none, the most comfortable boots I have ever owned, and unless you are going to drop the $500+ on some Zamberlans, these are probably the best bang for the buck boot on the market. I love the bearings built into the lace loops, as it makes for easy non restricted tightening of your boots.
They are very waterproof, and when matched with the Outdoor Research Salamander Gaiters, are pretty much waterproof. I have plunged my feet into four plus feet of water MULTIPLE times (albeit quick dunks) and multiple wet winter hikes here in one of the wettest places in N.America (B.C. Coast, Vancouver Island) never once had a problem with water penetrating these boots. Add Nikwax's leather protector and you will laugh in the face of whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
Once in a while, my feet get a bit sweaty as these are waterproof leather hiking boots, but I will take that tradeoff for dry feet in wet conditions, any day of the week.
GREAT boot, Merrell. You knocked the ball out of the park with these sweet stompers.