Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Rival Waterproof


Weight 2 lb 2 oz
Sizes 5 - 11 (Half Sizes)
Materials Waterproof Full Grain and Nubuck Leather


A good moderate hiker, but... A nice shoe for easy…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $149.95


A good moderate hiker, but...


  • Nice looking
  • Moderate support
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable out of box (for me)


  • Pricey
  • Not enough ankle support for a backpacker IMO

A nice shoe for easy to moderate trails and dirt/gravel roads; shorter treks of 5 miles or less. Merrell rates it as 'backpacking grade' but I'd classify it as a midweight hiker.

Has moderate ankle support. Over the past year I've had a couple sprains in one ankle and really feel I need more support now.  Also, on the descent, I have 'princess and the pea' syndrome with these shoes; I can feel every stone and root I step on. I'm 52 with touches of tendonitis and arthritis in my feet and ankles.

I'm hiking tougher/longer trails now then I purchased 2 years ago. These just aren't backpackers in my mind.  Good simple hiker though, but I think $150 is pretty pricey for a simple hiker. They have lasted well however, so from that standpoint ... 

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