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Merrell Chameleon Wrap Traveler Gore-tex XCR

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Chameleon Wrap Traveler Gore-tex XCR has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best trail shoes for 2023.

photo: Merrell Chameleon Wrap Traveler Gore-tex XCR trail shoe

Perfect for traveling (if that wasn't obvious already).

These shoes have it all. Full-grain leather with a Gore-Tex XCR lining and Vibram outsole. How could you go wrong? You can't, really.

I've worn these shoes on vacation, around town at home, and on day and overnight hikes. They keep the water out, let your foot breathe, and stick to even moss-covered rocks like they had spikes on the bottom.

My only complaint would be the sizing. I'm a size 13. I don't know about other Merrell shoes, but these 13s were long and wide enough, just a little too deep. Slipping in the insoles from my fire-damaged mid-hikers (don't ask...) made all the difference.

The extra insole padded it nicely, and made it more comfortable, too. Now there's not a place I wouldn't take these.

In the era of Nubuck and split-grain leather, it's refreshing to see a well-designed, thought-out full-grain leather hiker that will probably last me a decade.

Materials: full-grain leather, gore-tex xcr
Use: dayhikes, overnight with medium-weight packs
Break-in Period: virtually nonexistent

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