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Through soggy trails and wet weather, the Merrell Men's Chameleon4 Mid Ventilator Gore-Tex Hiking Boot keeps your toes dry, comfortable and protected from Mother Nature's worst days. A grippy outsole makes short work of slippery trails, while a durable leather upper protects you from vicious trail hazards that can end your day quick. Ample ankle support, cushioning, and fit features give trail hikers and lightweight backpackers a versatile boot for three-season wilderness exploration.

  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining allows sweaty vapor to escape from within your boots without letting moisture soak your feet from the outside
  • Vibram Chameleon sole has an aggressive five-millimeter sole lug and tread pattern to provide significant traction on wet or dry surfaces
  • The two-millimeter EVA insole and an air cushion in the heel of the midsole both help to absorb the shock of rough terrain, easing the impact on your joints
  • Aegis antimicrobial treatment in the mesh lining resists odor and bacterial growth within your boots
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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Merrell's have been in my stable for years and moving south drove me to these for being breathable and light weight. After two long trips with them I've had to add additional insoles to make up for swimming feeling inside. The lace tracks are actually touching when I lace them up and thus cannot get any tighter. I'm normally a size 10 and although they fit well in size it seems these boots are not made for narrower feet. If you are 2-3 E they will probably work fine. They are waterproof all the way to the ankles..

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been barefoot or in Vibram Fivefingers for the past two years but I've finally caved and purchased these boots for a few reasons:

1) Hiking in the cold in VFFs is miserable. Cold, wet, clammy, muddy. Doesn't matter what socks (I've tried them all), gaiters or any other device, it's just not fun.

2) Speed. I hike with a number of people who don't wear VFFs. While I love my VFFs, I simply have to walk slower or I'll injure myself. I'm tired of being at the back of the pack having to watch every root, rock and stick while everyone else takes off ahead.

I was a little hesitant to be wearing boots after being barefoot for so long but I'm actually really happy with these. It took a little adjustment, but they're relatively lightweight (for boots), waterproof and provide excellent traction. I find myself a lot more confident on slippery rocks or muddy slopes in these than I am in VFFs.

UPDATE: These have become my go-to footwear while working around the house I'm remodeling. Eight hours on a construction site and my feet aren't tired. Light enough to maneuver around ladders easily but sturdy enough to withstand abuse.


    I bought 2 pair of these from Backcountry. 1 pair in a size 8.5 and 1 pair in a size 9. I did it that way to make sure I could get a good fit. I found that they run a bit small. I returned the size 8.5 which I normally wear.

    PROS: look good, have great stability, have good support, give good protection from underfoot rocks and roots, and are indeed waterproof

    CONS: feet sweat when temps are above 55 degrees even when sitting still, the toe protection cap will dig into the top of your toes if you croutch down while wearing them (pretty painful)

    OVERALL: Not a bad boot for cooler weather use which is what I bought them for, just be careful how you croutch down when wearing them. They do have plenty of room in the toe box.

    Waterproof Protection

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I am really enjoying these boots. Completely waterproof, very lightweight, but still stiff enough to provide support for backpacking. Very comfortable and I didn't even really need a break-in period.