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Merrell Switchback

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This boot is wonderful. This pair lasted about 1000…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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.

rated 3.00 of 5 stars All Switchback versions

In addition to the 1 women's review above, there are 2 reviews for other versions of the Switchback. Read all reviews »

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Merrell Women's Switchback

Discontinued

The Women's Switchback has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$64.95 - $125.00

The Merrell Women's Switchback is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen December 27, 2008 at Altrec Outdoors.

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