Merrell Pulse II
Use: not sturdy enough for backpacking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $85
I got these boots on sale at REI and loved the fit, but sadly, they failed me after only ONE season of hiking.
All those cute little holes may make a nice fashion statement, but they are too susceptible to rock cuts. Once the outer layer was compromised, an apparent flaw in the stitching of the next layer had enough room to come apart, and the side blew out of my lovely, comfy boots, rendering them useless.
REI will refund or credit (even though they are off Merrell's warranty), but new boots are SO much more expensive that I'll still be paying for boots again this year when I feel I should have gotten at least 4 seasons from this pair of boots with the type of hiking I do. (Previous pairs of all-leather Merrell's and nubuck Montrails have lasted me around 10 years.)
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CLOSEOUTS . Ideal for light day hikes and general outdoor recreation, Merrell's versatile Pulse II has a Vibram(R) sole that can grab the trail or the pavement. Q-Form insole specifically designed for a woman's stride Shock-absorbing, removable insole Nubuck, leather and suede uppers Weight: 2 lb. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China. See our Running Shoe Fit Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
Contoured with a close, slip-lasted fit that adapts to a range of outdoor activities, the Merrell Pulse II doesn't miss a beat when it comes to multi-sport versatility. This is an affordable and highly adaptable shoe that works well for running, jogging, cycling and light hiking. Above the impact-absorbing Air Cushion midsole is a contoured 4.5-mm. anatomical footbed backed by a supportive nylon 6.6 injection molded arch shank and a female-specific Q-Form triple density compression molded EVA frame. Up front you'll find a generous Beneke Ceraprene toe bumper that absorbs unseen knocks and unanticipated terrain changes. Beneath it all is a neatly channeled Vibram Multi-Sport Plus sole that grips while expediting water away from critical balance points.
- Altrec Outdoors
Aggressive Vibram Multi-Sport outsoles feature deep lugs for definitive stability and braking on various surfaces. Air Mesh and leather bellows tongues provide a superior fit while enhancing ventilation; narrow webbing lacing eyelets offer firm instep security. Anatomically shaped footbeds offer precision comfort and moisture management. Compression-molded EVA footframes with Air Cushion heel pockets provide cushioning, stability and durability. Molded nylon arch supports supply superb torsional stability. Polyester mesh linings help absorb and disperse moisture quickly; heel loops ease entry. Q-Form alignment system provides women with a precise anatomic fit for superb, tailored comfort. Uppers feature nubuck and pigskin leathers with protective Benecke Ceraprene toe bumpers and injection-molded heel counters. With well-padded protection from rough terrain, these cushioned trainers deliver instinctive reaction to multi-sport demands.
Merrell Women's Pulse II Shoe (Spring 2006) A steady throb of versatility, adaptability and performance. Delivers instinctive reaction to multi-sport demands. Nubuck/Pigskin Leather Micro Injection External Heel Counter Benecke Ceraprene Toe Bumper 7.5mm Narrow Gauge Webbing Air Mesh/Leather Bellows Tongue Polyester Mesh Lining 4.5 Anatomical Footbed Nylon 6.6 Injection Molded Arch Shank Compression Molded EVA Footframe Q-Form Alignment System (women) Air Cushion Midsole 5mm Sole Lug Depth Vibram Multi-Sport Sole/Trek & TC1 Dura Rubber