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Spend more time hiking.

Merrell gave the Chameleon4 Stretch Men's Hiking Shoe a neoprene ankle collar to make it quick to put on, easy to take off, and keep the scree from getting in and rubbing your feet raw. Not stopping there, Merrell also added a stretch lace system to get you strapped in quickly and on your way. After all, you want to hike, not mess with your shoes. Once you have these shoes on your feet you'll be happy for the well-vented by still durable uppers which take on anything from scorching hot temps to thick, bouldery trails.

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5 5

Comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I own 3 pairs of the Chameleon, the most comfortable shoe to wear.

4 5

Very comfortable shoes.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second pair of these. Great all around mountain shoes. I wear them anytime tennis shoes are too little and boots are overkill, such as mountain biking or Hiking on trails. I love them for early season fair weather outings. With that said, these are not replacements for a good pair of hiking boots by any means because of the lack of ankle support. They are quite tough though. My only complaint and reason for only 4 stars is that they fit slightly loose if you have skinny feet like mine. So any major hikes in them will cause some blisters. Still great shoes from a great company.

4 5

Great shoes extremely comfortable!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love this design and have been wearing chameleons for almost 8 years now for hiking activity. They are generally comfortable and durable and great for everyday use as well. I will say my only compliant is the stitching on one of the shoes came loose soon after purchasing. :/

Great shoes extremely comfortable!
5 5

A great hiking shoe.

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

My pair of Merrell Chameleon4 Stretch Hiking Shoe - Men's just arrived the other day. And must say that this shoe feels and looks great. I served for many years in the military. In both Iraq and Afghan and I have been thru many types and brand of boot/shoe. An so far this shoe gets a GO! at my station. Rugged ultra light and breathable.

A great hiking shoe.
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So now that I have been breaking these in i have pos and cons. pro great for Mt. biking and trail walks but. A little uneasy about going all out hiking with these. they are very comfy. How ever the soles are more a hard plastic like rubber. And if you find yourself in wet terrain such as streams,rocks,fallen trees and such you will and I say again will slip and bust your ass. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!

5 5

Merrell took awesome and made it better!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Just got a pair last month and I think I've found my new "stockpile" shoe! I have always been a fan of Merrells, in particular their laceless Jungle Mocs. These are the Mocs' more badass younger brother, with the same slip-on ease and comfort but built to take a beating and drive on! The ankle is a touch lower on these and while you'd think they have NO support, the tight neoprene collar ensures that you have little to no slippage and plenty of support under your malleoli. About the only issue I've found so far is that after extended use and tension on the quick-lace, it will start to stretch meaning you'll have to tighten it beyond where you think and then have to deal with the ever growing excess.

Another difference, for me personally anyways, is the sizing. In the Mocs' I get a 10 (half size small) to compensate for breaking them in. But with these, some magical intuition struck and I got them in 10.5 and I am SOOO glad I did. They are perfectly snug in all the right places and so far have not budged a millimeter after 30 days of 24/7 use!

Amazing buy, get them before they're gone!!

5 5

Went back for a second pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have this shoe and I liked it so much that I bought a pair for my father for his birthday. He raves about how much he like this shoe to everyone. He is very hard on shoes and they have held up great.

Interior deterioration after 4 years...

Interior deterioration after 4 years...

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This is after 4 years of EXTREMELY HARD ABUSE. See review below.

5 5

4 years of abuse...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If there is one piece of gear that I have put through the wringer... it is these shoes. I purchased them on a whim 4 years ago and have been destroying them ever since. I've never seen a pair of shoes (or boots for that matter) stand up to the kind of abuse I've put these through. I use them hiking to and from the crags in Boulder canyon, I wear them as causal shoes, they are great on day hikes in the rockies, and I have even used them as wading slippers while fly fishing and kayaking. I had problems with blisters when I first got them (same as the picture posted), but that quickly subsided. I love the slip on design. This will likely be the last season with these shoes as they are literally disintegrating. I think I'll send them into Merrel headquarters so they can put them up in their museum....

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Are these shoes waterproof how did they hold up to water?

3 5

Comfortable, but...

The shoe is very comfortable and great for people who are not interested in the hiking boots with full ankle support. The stretch style is good but the only issue I had with them was the toe would separate from the shoe within like a month and that was under conditions such as working at a store, not extreme hiking. If the sole was sewn vs glued that would probably solve the problem of separation.

5 5

Merrell convert

So I was actually looking at the Moab, couldn't find the right size, went with the Chameleon4 Stretch...and I couldn't be happier. I've traveled throughout the Middle East and put these puppies through some abuse...solid. They're very comfortable, breathable, light-weight, excellent fit, grip is superb and hey they even look good with cargo pants or jeans....first review of shoes I've done, for a reason, the only other pair of shoes over the years worthy of the same kind of praise were my Asolo Fugiitve GTX for more serious business....can't recommend these Merrell shoes highly enough.

5 5

Have 3 pairs

I am so worried they will change this shoe I keep a new pair in reserve. Helps a lot with heal and calf fatigue

4 5

I love them.

I really do love them, great traction, they look great and they are easy to slip on and off. I have worn them all over Afghanistan, Malaysia, China and other hotter than hell middle eastern countries. They are a great shoe that goes great with your hiking gear or a pair of jeans. The one hang up preventing 5 stars is the toe where the vibram sole meets the upper. After two days of non-stop hiking up limestone and granite terrain the sole separated from the toe area and also a little in the heal area... To the shoe's credit, I was beating the hell out of them, running, sliding and pinching them in between rocks (hind site tells me i should have been wearing boots...). All in all, I love Merrell products and will continue to buy their shoes.

I love them.
5 5

Merrells last.

I owned a pair of original Chameleons. I abused them for 4 years. They went through mud, rocks, brush, snow and water. I used them for backpacking, some climbing, hiking, biking and kayaking. One of the best shoes ever. Before that i had a pair of merrell land pro ultras wich i wore for 5 yrs of abuse. I almost bought these but thought i would try out another brand. Hope I didn't make a mistake.

4 5

Decent hiking shoes

I like the chameleons, I have loved the chameleon2 and 3 that is why I got these chameleon4's and although they are more comfortable than chameleon3's probably because they made the upper stretchy sock a little softer at the heel, they don't feel as sturdy. Anyway, they feel more comfortable, but feel lose on the trail because of the extra stretch, specially going downhill. Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 because they are comfortable and the Vibram sole provides decent support when stepping over rocks. Also, these shoes look great when wearing them on a casual night out. You can't go wrong with them!

2 5

Raw deal

This shoe started off well enough. They felt great and light.

That wore off as the heel continued to rub my achilles
area raw during photo assignments. Very painful.

Raw deal
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I too had the same issue where the shoe wore my heel raw. Once I built up callouses I was fine provided I wore wool socks. It's too bad this happens because aside from this issue I did like them. They are very easy on and off, light and have decent tread. More of a light hiking shoe and good all around every day shoe than something i would turn to specifically for hiking.

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I agree, I haven't done any serious hiking in them, I left that for the Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove I had. But just walking around outdoors for a while I started noticing a hot spot where your sore is. I can only imagine doing anything serious for prolonged periods of time. Other than that they are great. Light, really grippy (gotta love Vibram), really tough and great ventilation.

5 5

Great Trail Shoe

I've had the Chameleon Stretch for over a year now. Great pair of Merrells. I use them mostly for trials. I take em to the extreme running and hiking near ravines and cliffs. When I first got them I took them on a 3 day backpacking trip through the North Country Trail, and they were awesome! Had one scary slip up on some wet boulders…, but other than that traction was great and really comfortable. I only wish they were Gore-Tex. Still fairly water resistant though. Fit like a glove and easy love. Got a lot of complements on these shoes.

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