User Review: Merrell Men's Wind River
Use: normal every day use
Break-in Period: 2-3 weeks
Price Paid: $99
If you're looking for a good looking, comfortable, lightweight, goes-with-everything high-top hiker, I'd highly recommend this shoe. They don't feel like boots, so I'm referring to them as shoes. :)
I've owned my first pair for 20 months and although they're starting to look worn, one shoe only starting coming apart in one little spot in the rear ankle, and I'm pretty tough on shoes. Other than that, these still look pretty good for wearing them solid in work and play for almost two years.
You should also know I've worn these 90% of the time, even in the summer and they never feel hot. I haven't worn them in the snow however, so I can't comment on freezing weather, but I think they'd hold up. They've seen their share of rain though.
Earlier this year (2005) I had heard Merrell discontinued them, but I just found out they're back and I bought two pairs this time. I haven't really found another hiker I like as well--many others look stupid IMHO. I hope they keep making this style for years to come.