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The Chameleons' sleek suede uppers cover the Gore-Tex linings with classic styling.

Don't be fooled by the Merrell Men's Chameleon Evo GTX XCR Hiking Shoes' sleek, low profile—these hikers have waterproof breathable Gore-Tex linings, supportive platforms, and air-cushioned midsoles. Merrell knows you like to tackle steep terrain at a fast pace, so they combined breathable yet protective uppers with a hiking boot platform. Mesh panels help deal with hot feet, while antimicrobial treatments on the linings cut down on odors. The Chameleon Evo GTX XCR Shoes' 4mm lugs and Vibram soles keep you on your feet instead of face-down in the mud.

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4 5

light and quick

I bought these a few years back and i'm still putting miles on them. straight out of the box, i took them on a quick 6 mile hike over rocky terrain with a 50lb. pack (osprey argon 85 - i also recommend) and my, self proclaimed, soft feet barely got a hot-spot. only complaint, if you plan to have any of the merrell chameleons as your go-to day in/day out boot in a baron place like afgan' then i would consider an asolo or another pair to swap out every now and then. as far as an everyday light hiker they're a pretty good choice.

3 5

Didn't Like

I bought these shoes on sale because they are a great looking shoe. There was not anything wrong with them and were well made but they just didn't feel comfortable to me. I have a difficult time finding shoes that fit correctly so it is very possible that it will work fine for most people. I ended up returning them.

5 5

Love These Little Guys

I wouldn't pay any attention to bad reviews on these shoes, they some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Not to mention they stick GREAT when hiking and dry quickly (even though the GTX keeps you perfect in any sort of wet condition. I switched from the Merrell IVOs to the EVOs and I will say I do like the EVOs much more.

Great feet, fit like a glove, keep you dry and your feet feeling great for whatever you try to accomplish

i have really wide feet would you recommend...

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i have really wide feet would you recommend these

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Very old question but I think they run on the narrow side.

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no, i wouldn't recommend them. i have a narrow-average width foot and these fit me almost perfect.

I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian...

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I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and I was wondering what the thoughts are for that application with these shoes? Any specific comments about expected mileage, water resistance, or blisters would be great.

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I went GA to ME in 06, a few people started with the version of the chameleon at the time, and they switched to a lighter shoe pretty quick. When it gets wet it takes forever to dry, and believe me your feet get wet on the AT. Go with a lightweight shoe that doesn't have gore-tex. You want something that will dry fast once you pull out the insoles and let them sit in the sun after it rains for 5 days straight. Nothing feels better than putting on warm dry shoes. With a thick leathery shoe like this you will be putting on a soppy, muddy, heavy, smelly thing that will make you look for a new shoe at the next outfitter.

1 5

Terrible Shoe

This is the worst shoe I have ever worn. First off, there was in issue with either the preservative in the materials or the GTX. I could smell it even while hiking in the shoes, it just wouldn't go away. The shoes also fit terrible. The right shoe was slightly shorter (assume that is an isolated problem) than the left, and there was absolutely no padding under the heal. I broke them in for two months and could still barely wear them. Hurt my heals to just stand. I would not recommend these shoes for hiking/backpacking. I wouldn't even recommend these shoes for everyday use. The quality of Merrell seems to have greatly downhill since my old pair of Pulses.

WTF?????? These shoes were $83.00 last...

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WTF?????? These shoes were $83.00 last night!!!

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thats how it goes, pricing isnt always guarenteed to stay the same...brands also dictate pricing too, you just gotta get it asap when you find a price you like. they might have gone up because spring is starting and hiking products might be more in demand starting now

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Are these sized like other Merrell shoes,...

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Are these sized like other Merrell shoes, like the old style Chameleons and Pulses? Do they run small or large compared to the others mentioned?
Thanks in advance.

where does it made?

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where does it made?

2 5

Decreasing Quality

Wolverine's purchase of Merrell is starting to show in it's quality. I bought a pair of the Cameleon Evo GTX XCR's and was greatly disappointed with the cheapening material's that they are using! It is true the shoe is much lighter than ealier Gore-tex models they have had, but that is about it for pros. This was the first time I ordered a pair of Merrel shoes and they were NOT 'true to size' order at least a half-size bigger. (Consequently, I ordered a different, new model Merrell, and I experienced the same problem.)
Also, the Vibram Outsole on the shoe is not near as beefy (or properly designed for loose ground conditions. The second pair I got held up well in firm ground/soil conditions, but under sandy-gravel mix on top of rock...the shoe constantly shifted.
Lastly, I do NOT recommend this for any mountainous backpacking--of any weight-load on your back, there is no support for your ankle's, and with weight-loads that occasionally shift due to balance and uneven terrain--I recommend some Merrell's older style of hiking boots, or go with Salomon, Danner, or La Sportiva.

5 5

Great Shoe

I decided a year back to move from boots to shoes when backpacking. I bought several pairs from different companies. Finally I ordered the Merrell Chameleon Evo GTX XCR. I wore them for a few weeks around the house and then I put them to the test. I hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, spent two days hiking around at the bottom and then hiked back out on the Bright Angel Trail. This is the best shoe I have ever hiked in!! I wish that I had figured this out several hundreds of dollars ago, not to mention all the blisters!! Great shoe and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to leave the world of heavy boots behind.

5 5

good shoes for backpacking

just taken on two backpacking trips, one in the White Mountains of NH, and another in Glacier National Park, MT. They were fabulous. No blisters despite the shoes being new for the White Mtn. trip. Great support for going up and down steep slopes with a heavy pack. Note: I got incredibly lucky with weather - hardly rained at all in either place. I don't know how well they work wet, but imagine they are good. In dry conditions they are superb.
The shoes does feel a little narrow on my wide-ish foot, but it never caused me trouble.

5 5

great backpacking shoe

taken on 2 multi-day trips in the White Mtns of NH and in Glacier National Park, MT in Aug and Sept '08. Shoes were fantastic. No blisters despite being practically new for the White Mtns trip. Shoes felt a little narrow on my wide-ish foot, but it never bothered me while hiking. Strong sole was great going up and especially down steep slopes with a heavy pack. Note: I had incredibly good fortune with weather, so don't know how they'd do in a downpour, I imagine they'd be ok. Strongly recommend these shoes.

Will these work on South American mountain...

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Will these work on South American mountain trails for up to six days at a time under 14kg pack load?For six years I've carried 12-15kgs off-trail wearing trail runners and had no problems.

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Yes they will work for your intended purpose however make sure to waterproof them before you go. Here's a great product for that:http://www.backcountry.com/store/NIK0028/Nikwax-Nubuck-and-Suede-Treatment.html

5 5

Awesome Brand

I keep buying the same shoes over and over again. I've been wearing Merrells for many years now. I usually buy the Gor-tex versions, but they are hard to find sometimes. The Chameleons are great for hiking and you have no problem getting them muddy or wet since you have Gor-tex behind you. Just rinse them right off. Love them. The Vibram rubber treads stick to rocks like glue, so they help you walk right over them on trails. No plans for getting any other shoe unless they stop making them for some reason. That would not be good...

3 5

Haven't really hiked in them yet.

I have been breaking them in around town and at the gym. They seem fine. At first, the significant rocker sole feels a little toes up (the sole is stiff), but I am used to it now.

I'd wear these awhile before heading out, to get your feet used to the feel.

I like the Merrell Chameleon Evo GTX XCR...

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I like the Merrell Chameleon Evo GTX XCR Hiking Shoe, but I need a size 10 wide. Do they make it in "wide"?

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This shoe is only available in a medium/D width. You probably need an E. Check out the Vasque line:http://www.backcountry.com/store/group/160/Mens-Hiking-Shoes.html#app=price~+group~160+brand~100000084+sortby~+cat~100000009+subcat~21+offset~+on_sale~+page_name~Mens-Hiking-Shoes