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Merrell Chameleon Dry Waterproof

rated 4.50 of 5 stars

The Chameleon Dry Waterproof has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best backpacking boots for 2022.

photo: Merrell Chameleon Dry Waterproof backpacking boot


Price Reviewers Paid: $100.00-$129.00
Price Historic Range: $29.95


2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0
Version reviewed: Dark Brown

Awesome boot for the money. I purchased the boot in 2003 and the boot has held-up perfectly.

This boot does get warm in desert hiking but the support and traction more than make-up for that short coming. The boot is waterproof and handles well in wet locations. This boot is also a great winter boot and has worked well in Wisconsin and Illinois winters.

This boot is 7 years old and has held-up well, the outer sole is in perfect condition with minimal lug wear, the laces are in perfect condition, the foot bed is in great condition and the leather has held-up. From a distance they look new but I have worn them well. I have purchased other Merrell footwear and I have found them to be of the highest quality and utility.

Merrell products are of the highest performance and quality, the company responds quickly to consumer needs and product defects.

Enjoy with confidence.

Materials: Leather
Use: Devil's peak, AZ; Sedona, AZ, WI and IL
Break-in Period: Short
Weight: 2
Price Paid: $100+

Used this pair hiking off trail in Yosemite for two weeks. What I like about them: Very comfortable and super ankle support. Best support I could find on the market at the price. They also look nice.

What I don't like: they can get hot (but not unbearable) and the very tip of the sole at the toe peeled back a quarter inch soon after I got them. They haven't pulled away any more, though, in the year following. Great traction on the rocks, too. Very sticky, yet the sole is also pretty rugged. Waterproofing is high enough to be of considerable use, and works well.

Walked through a swamp and several creeks, and through snow at altitude, with no leaks or dampness. They are a little on the heavy side, but if you're looking for support, traction, and waterproof quality at a reasonable price, this is a good choice.

Materials: Leather upper, molded sole, proprietary waterproof liner
Use: rough trail and off trail
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $129

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