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The Merrell Men's Chameleon 5 Waterproof Hiking Shoe is your ticket to covering maximum ground in minimum time, especially when the type of ground you're covering is constantly changing. The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane keeps you dry when you bushwhack through dew-soaked foliage at first light and then breathes to keep you comfortable when temps rise later in the afternoon. Plus, the Vibram Chameleon sole is designed to grip just about everything you'll encounter underfoot.

  • Pig suede leather and mesh upper provides an ideal blend of breathability and tough durability
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane provides guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection
  • Aegis microbe shield treatment on the lining eliminates stinky foot odors
  • Bellowed style tongue keeps debris out of the shoe
  • Grade 2 EVA insole is specifically designed to provide the cushion, support, and flexibility needed for fast-and-light hiking
  • Molded nylon arch shank provides stability and support for the long haul
  • Compression-molded EVA foot frame provides additional cushioning
  • Vibram Chameleon 5 Sole with TC5+ rubber provides secure traction on almost every type of terrain
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Poor Assembly

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I have been wearing Chameleon's for over 10 years now and have loved them until this pair. Where the tongue is stitched to the sidewalls of the shoe the seam in that location has a bulge of fabric that hurts after you wear the shoe for a while. I returned three pairs of this shoe all with the same problem and not always on the same side.

Sturdy low top hiker

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I've been wearing the Merrell Chameleons for the past three years and they've always done me good. My last pair I purchased were the Chameleon 4's back in May 2012 and I used them for everything. Hiking (all 4 seasons), backpacking, construction, and as casual around town shoes. They were sturdy enough to hold up to the hard stuff and comfortable enough to lounge in.

My first impressions with the 5's are that they certainly seem more rigid in the upper than I remember the 4's being out of the box. I like this. Weight seems about the same between the two, which some might find a little much at about 1.2 lbs. each. While a lighter pair of shoes is nice I feel that the added weight goes towards having a more durable sole as well as the added rigidity and protection from the nylon arch shank.

I haven't gotten to take these out and hit the trail with them yet, I'm still working on breaking them in. The only downside that I can find so far is the weight. While I can handle it and it's certainly not excessive in my opinion, some people might find that to be a turn off.

I normally go with a 10.5 or 11 depending on the shoe and while I fit in the 10.5's the 11's are a lot more comfortable.