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Merrell Cordillera

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

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

a terrific buy. i've used this boot over some rough trails with a 60 lb load, and have been fine. in fact, i bought them only a week before a 4 day hike though new hampshire and the worst i got was a threat of blisters after a strenuous hike. the blisters never materialized. one reason i like using day boots is the short break in period and weight. these support my ankles just fine. in fact, i slipped a few times i felt them hold my ankles from twisting.

i've taken them through mud and streams, and my socks stayed dry all but one time, but this probably had more to do with the fact that i was in water up to my shin. they did get a wee bit warm on hot days, but it was nothing a cold running stream couldn't solve.

all this for $100? what a deal.

Materials: Leather
Use: made for dayhikes. i use it as my multiday boot
Break-in Period: immediate
Weight: ??
Price Paid: $100

Comfortable, cushy feel. Good for one who doesn't have time or inclination to toughen feet with less forgiving boot.

A spoiler, and pretty good looking too. May work with loads, but haven't tried this application. A good deal.

Materials: leather
Use: general hiking
Break-in Period: Brief
Weight: Pretty light
Price Paid: $100

Excellent boots. A bargain for the money. Feel like slippers on your feet.

Materials: Leather Waterproof
Use: rough trail with medium pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $100

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