User Review: Merrell Ridgeline
Materials: One piece leather
Use: Rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: One month (wearing around town, at work etc.)
Weight: 4 lbs approx.
Price Paid: $300 CDN
Wow!!! I tried every damn boot there is and finally found the right boot. After many miles, I'm retiring my Vasque Summits because these Merrels rock! They took a while to break in and the toe chop... Holy crap!!! But worth the suffering and then some. Great support, stability, weatherproofing, comfort and not bad traction. They are not as heavy as they look, but they are definately best for serious backpacking. They don't look as good as Solomon Mountain Guides, but they are anything but ugly (as if anyone cares).
My only gripe is the D-ring lacing system. They go through laces faster than Clinton through women. And good luck getting them real tight (the laces) during the break-in period. Use the lace puller on your Swiss Army knife and bring some extra laces and these will be the best boots you will ever own.
There is even a more beefy, stiffer model available, for more mountainous uses( and psychos).