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Merrell Catalyst Ventilator

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Merrell Catalyst Ventilator trail shoe

Good performance, value for money.


  • Good outsole
  • Excellent price
  • Good comfort
  • Very high value for money


  • Looks a little dated
  • Low durrability inner fabric liner

An excellent value-for-money outdoors shoe

Fit: A little on the wide side, so it's excellent for people like myself with wider than average feet. Lacing system tightens evenly.

Comfort: No break-in needed, and no chaffing spots

Support: Sole is excellent

Water Resistance: Not a waterproof shoe, but does keep the drizzle out and dries reasonably fast afterwards.

Traction: the traction is good, so far used in a variety of conditions including wet/icy rocks hiking in Scotland, and it performed reasonably well.

Temp control: Keeps feet reasonably cool

Construction and Durability: The outsoles appear great, the outers look durable, but after 3 months of use I have started to wear out the inner liner around the heel. No big deal I suppose, and it would not deter me from purchasing again as I have put on probably 30 trail miles and about 200 city miles so far.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 40 pounds

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