Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid Gore-Tex XCR

rated 3.0 of 5 stars (1)

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photo: Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid Gore-Tex XCR hiking boot

Specs

Price Historic Range: $85.49-$150.00
Reviewers Paid: $70.00

Reviews

This is a lightweight boot, which breathes well still giving you some warmth. I wear it during both summer and winter (with a thin or thick wool sock, depending on weather) here in central Pennsylvania.

It has a soft mesh lining and fits pretty well around my foot. I am not used to the curved front sole though, all my previous boots had it almost flat. It still feels kind of weird, but it nothing's bad about it.

The reason I only give it 3 stars is that the primary purpose I bought this boot for was hiking. This boot only partially suits that purpose. While it's pretty comfortable and waterproof, its sole is far from perfect. It will slip on almost any hard wet surface, whether it be rocks or logs after rain or in a stream of water.

This is a serious drawback. This kind of makes the waterproof properties of the boot rudimentary, for if you lose the ground while hopping over a small run and at best dunk one foot into the water no means will keep your foot dry. At worst you could find yourself completely wet and bruised up. Same goes to rocks in the forest, if your feet don't feel steady, your knees will hurt, too.

I don't know why anyone would make such a poor sole for a supposedly outdoor boot/shoe. I must add though, that this sole still works pretty well on foliage or other soft grounds.

Price Paid: $70