Good support and excellent traction
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As a member of Gore MountainTechs, I have the opportunity to field test GORE-TEX gear in some of the harshest conditions. I purchased these boots many years ago and they have been my go-to boot for backpacking and long day hikes. They have not disappointed. The fit was excellent out of the box, honestly almost no break in period for me. The traction is superb on steep and even loose terrain, but I have had toe pain after long steep descents...probably not the boots fault though. They're certainly waterproof, no issues there. The only complaint is that after years of use (getting wet, warming by a campfire, etc.) they have shrunk about a half size and now fit very snug. Overall, awesome boot and I'll absolutely be purchased Merrells again in the future!