User Review: Merrell Superlight
Use: Backpacking Boot
Break-in Period: 1 Week
Weight: 3 lbs.
Price Paid: $150
M2 Superlight (Backpacking)
2.4mm Waterproof Perwanger Leather (Sandstone)
2.4mm Waterproof Full Grain Leather (Dark Brown)
Leather/Compressed EVA Bellows Tongue
Silicon Molded Retaining Wall
Instep Control Lacing System
Dynamic Fit Inner Torgue
Asymmetrical Bronze Double Hooks
Rubber Toe Bumper, Sablon Knit Lininq M2 Dual Density Poliyou/EVA Footbed 8mm Tapered Nylon Midsole
PU Footfame/Air Cushion Midsole
Vibram SpeedHiker Sole Trek Rubber
The "Superlight" is just that a super light, incredibly comfortable, stable and supportive backpacking boot.
Having owned this boot for about 6 months I have had the opportunity to wear them through a wide range of activities hiking, hunting, mountain biking, snowshoeing and sugaring. The fit of my 8½ Superlight Sandstone was excellent right out of the box. I did experience a hot spots on my ankles for a brief period which I attribute the to the break in time required with all "backpacking boots" which have stiff insoles or shanks.
The cool looking "Vibram SpeedHiker" outsole offers great traction and has proven to be very durable. The lacing system uses loop hardware on the forefoot, locking instep hooks which keep your ankle drawn back into the heel counter and double asymmetrical bronze hooks which provide easy secure lacing. The double tongue is very comfortable, with a dynamic fitting inner tongue and a leather / compressed outer tongue that dissipates the lace pressure and keeps out dirt and debris.
Although the boots kept out water initially I did need to apply Nikwax to keep the water out with continued use. Over all this has turned out to be my favorite lightweight backpacking boot.