User Review: Merrell Men's Phaser Peak Waterproof
Use: rough trail/30lb pack/2-3 day excursions
Break-in Period: after 50 miles they feel like mile #1-perfect.
Weight: 3lbs (I believe)
Price Paid: $120
When I went boot shopping, I was willing to spend a lot more than what these boots cost. I tried some higher dollar models on and spent a few hours in the store going through everything they had (Bass Pro Shop-big selection). In the end, these boots had the best fit of any I tried on-so for me, these were the keepers.
I was a little concerned that they didn't have Gore-tex, but the sales rep said that Merell uses their own "Gore-tex" membrane that is equal to the original. I don't know if that is true or not, but he seemed like an honest guy-so I took him at his word. I have had these boots for about half a year now. They have felt wonderful on my feet. I love the feel on trail and off. The majority of my hiking is in the backcountry on various terrain and the boots have been superb. No complaints at all-except maybe the laces come untied quite a bit with a regular tie. I just use a special knot on them and that problem is solved.
As for the waterproofing--first time out I went and stood in the stream for a while--no wetness at all. Last time out I hiked in a full day of rain--no wetness at all again. Really nice shoes and it is a pleasure to hike in them.
Other note: Typically I carry about 25-30 pounds on my back. Final note: I have only worn them for about 50 miles, so I cannot comment on their long term durability. I look forward to finding out though. Good luck and thanks, Merrell.