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Merrell Chameleon Hex

rated 5.00 of 5 stars

The Chameleon Hex has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best trail shoes for 2023.

photo: Merrell Chameleon Hex trail shoe

I've used this particular model from Merrell on two through hikes. 5,200 miles on 4 pairs, my only complaint is that it took a few other models to find this one!

I averaged anywhere from 1,100 to 1,400 miles on each pair which is incredible. The first thing that always gives on this model is the mesh, which cracks vertically exposing the interior. A little bit of superglue slows this process down a ton. This happens after several hundred miles and isn't a big deal. When the interior heel begins to crack, a bit of duck tape helps to make them last longer, but I've never had a total heel failure, nor has the vibram given way to the point where they cannot be worn. This is all normal when you hike as much as I do.

Incredibly comfortable, breathable, and sturdy, its my shoe of choice for all ultra-lite long distance hikes. Highly recommended.

Materials: leather
Use: 2 thru-hikes of the PCT 8lb baseweight
Break-in Period: 1 week
Price Paid: $80

Just got them and they are great. Had a test run in them last night and I have no complaints. Great transition shoe for off road triathletes. Great support and feel on the trail.

Use: Road/Trail runs Tri Sho
Break-in Period: no break in required
Price Paid: $45

I haven't been able to really put these sneakers to the test. So far so good. Very comfortable, no break in time required. I love the rip cord laces so easy to get tight and hit the trails. They curve to the surface you are travelling over, when climbing rocks they seem to just hug the rock so no slipping. The traction is PHENOMINAL. i was walking through mud and I sank maybe about 2 inches and these shoes gave me every inch of traction i needed to not fall on my face.

I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a good hiking shoe.

Use: Everything
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 215lbs.
Price Paid: $100

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