User Review: Merrell Men's Sawtooth
Use: Mt Fuji
Break-in Period: 4 Weeks
Weight: 190 lbs
Price Paid: $110
Good boot if you don't mind the military style.
I bought a pair of Merell Reactor Mids that I tried to break in for a few weeks for the purpose of climbing Mt Fuji with my kids. I chose the Reactors originally because they were more comfortable initially and I was unsure of the Sawtooth military style. As it turns out the Merrell Reactors were not good, starting immediately falling apart from shoddy construction and I returned them inside a week for the Sawtooths.
I broke the Sawtooths in over a four week period before doing Mt Fuji with my kids this week. I have been wearing them almost daily for a few hours.
Fit, durability and finish were much better than the Reactors. Mt Fuji is a cinder cone and has sharp volcanic boulders all over it. The Sawtooths did great and barely got a scratch.
Fit - Good, fits like a military boot not like the way some new boots fit like running shoes. I only got one blister over my right toe that I quickly got used to and then no issues.
Only two complaints prevent this boot from being a five in my book: Insoles are useless. Invest in a pair of padded insoles immediately. I don't get how a $110 boot can have a 2 mm thick insole with no padding and call that an insole.
Construction. So far so good, but my Reactors started falling apart within days from bad glue. I am currently watching a small quarter inch gap where the glue may be beginning to separate on my Sawtooths. If it gets no worse I will simply leave it alone or glue it back together with a dab of Super Glue or Shoe Go.
Solid boot and I am very satisfied.