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Merrell Chameleon II Stretch XCR

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The Chameleon II Stretch XCR has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best trail shoes for 2024.

photo: Merrell Chameleon II Stretch XCR trail shoe

There are two flavors: regular mesh and XCR - I got the XCR (Gore-Tex) version.

I'm going to have to agree with the other viewers - these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. This in large part due to the design of the shoe; with the tongue eliminated, slipping into the shoe is much like slipping on a light neoprene sock as it cradles your foot nicely. I have med-wide feet and these shoes keep me going for miles without blisters or hot spots where others have failed. They are also waterproof (the XCR version), even after prolonged exposure to 2-3 inches of water as a freak squall caught me in a valley once.

*Waterproof (XCR version)
*Incredible comfort and fit
*lacing system is a joy
*Wide platform for stability

*The rubber toe-bumper portion of sole has begun peeling up
*They don't breathe as well as the non-XCR version

Materials: Gore-Tex XCR
Use: Around town, wet hiking, dry hiking, light packing
Break-in Period: About 30 seconds
Weight: 2lb, 2oz
Price Paid: $110

wow, these shoes are terrible. In hindsight I don't know why I bought them. The shortcomings are obvious. There is no rand around the side or (barely) toe to protect against normal wear, so they sustained a lot of damage quickly just from light hiking. The tie mechanism is worthless. I will take shoe strings please. All this is only after three hikes. I returned the shoes and got the Vasque Gore-tex shoes. They are awesome!

Use: approach shoe, short hikes.
Break-in Period: 1month
Price Paid: $130

i bought these shoes after watching Man vs Wild and noticed Bear Grylls wearing them while he tackelled all different types or terrain. So I ordered a pair on-line and am wearing them ever since. I used to have to wear foot inserts b/c of my bad feet, but these shoes support the complete foot giving me greater comfort then I had while using the inserts. Bottom line buy them, you will love them!

Price Paid: $130

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