User Review: Merrell Men's Switchback Gore-Tex
Use: Heavy backpacking
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $125
Hi, Bought these boots over the web after having tried on in-store multiple boots at REI. Originally bought the Asolo 520 but they hurt my baby toes with more walking, and concluded they were for European and not American feet. Merrell boots fit American feet so they tend to be a little wider. Also a size "9" means a "9" and not 9.5". I have had big problem with heel slippage so for me that was very important.
Anyway, these boots can be worn out of the box. They require little break-in time. Day one with a 40lbs pack I took them over Thunderbolt pass in King Canyon NP. No heal blisters so no suffering. I would recommend these boots. Not sure how long they will last but so far so good.