Materials: leather/ synthetic
Use: intense buckwhacking and backpacking
Break-in Period: very short
Price Paid: $99
This boot is wonderful. This pair lasted about 1000 miles or so hiking in northern Wyoming and southern Montana last summer. I bushwhacked miles and miles everyday following mustangs around for a government project. these boots were comfortable and quite waterproof (I did not have the gore-tex model). The cushion was firm and the soles showed little wear even after all the miles. Vibram soles are great, very sticky, crossed boulder fields in the rain with no problem.
My one complaint - the stitching between the rubber and leather on the back of the boot eventually split (on both boots) which allowed water to leak in. It probably could have been repaired but i returned them in exchange for a pair of Salomons.
The take home - great midweight boot, typical Merrell comfort, but with a design flaw. Would I pay full price for it? Probably not. I did however just buy a second pair off of Sierra Trading Post for 64 bucks. If I'm willing to buy it a second time it says something. If you get a deal on them, it's worth it. I'm sure they would stand up much longer with traditional trail hiking.
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Smartly sculpted with a lower-slung profile than most conventional hiking boots, the Merrell Switchback boot gives you superb, female-specific support wrapped up in a one-piece waterproof leather upper. It's an exceptional boot for summertime day hikes and all but the wettest backpacking trips. Merrell Switchback boots are nearly two pounds lighter than Merrell's mountaineering footwear, but this design doesn't cut out the incredible support of the In-Board compression molded EVA footframe. One of the best features for long hauls is Merrell's Air Cushion midsole, a soft and resilient pocket of air that returns a portion of the energy you use in every stride. A molded backstay along your Achilles helps support foot placement while rubber toe bumpers repel unseen obstructions that rise up to meet you. The Switchback boot features Merrell's traditional hiking boot last, so it fits best with midweight socks or your favorite combination of midweight socks and wicking liners. If you're looking for a similar design with waterproof and breathable protection for weathering protracted storms, consider Merrell's Switchback GORE-TEX hiking boot for women.
- Altrec Outdoors
Free Shipping. Merrell Women's Switchback Boot (Fall 2007) Women's Switchback Boot by Merrell Features:Slip Lasted Construction2.4mm Prime Waterproof Top Grain Leather Upper2.4mm Perwanger Nepal Waterproof Leather1mm Waterproof Glove Leather Collar and Waterproof Mesh Bellows TonguePolyester Mesh LiningInjection Molded TPU Heel CounterProtective Toe BumperIn-Line Bronze Double HooksEVA Anatomical FootbedIn-Board Compression Molded EVA Footframe with Grade 6 Insole Molded to BottomQ-Form Triple Density Compression Molded EVA Footframe (women)Air Cushion Midsole6mm Sole Lug DepthVibram Hiker Sole/Trek Rubber
CLOSEOUTS . Don't let the smooth, low profile of the Switchback hiker fool you -- it's a rugged boot from Merrell with heavy load and varied terrain capability. One-piece waterproof top-grain leather and synthetic uppers Toe rand Reinforced heel Vibram hiker outsole Inline double hook lacing EVA removable anatomical footbed Air Cushion midsole EVA footframe Q-Form™ alignment system Height: 4- ” Weight: 3 lb. 4 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post
Planning to haul heavy loads through rock country? Look to the supportive, midweight Switchback. Upper made of waterproof-treated leather for solid ankle support. Polyester mesh lining wicks away moisture. Injection-molded TPU heel; nylon side supports provide torsional stability. Protective toe bumper protects the boot (and you) from rock damage. EVA anatomical footbeds conform to your underfoot's shape. In-Board compression-molded EVA midsoles; Air Cushion heel pockets absorb shock. Vibram Hiker traction with deep 6mm lugs.