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Despite the nasty, wet weather and sopping, mud-strewn trails, the Merrell Men's Chameleon4 Ventilator Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe keeps your toes dry, comfortable and protected from the elements. Sticky Vibram rubber soles use tough rubber and deep lugs to dig into loose trail surfaces, while tough leather uppers keep your feet safe from wilderness hazards that could send you packing home. Merrell designed these shoes for three-season day hikers with an eye on the summit and a preference for shoes over boots.

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

I am very happy with these shoes, they have a very aggressive tread and grip well in all terrain. Being that they are Gore-Tex makes them Awesome in weather. they keep your feet warm and dry. But in dry hot weather I would go with a hiking shoe that is not Gore-Tex as they can get your feet quite hot.

Wishing for better traction

    Other reviewers have nailed the waterproof, rugged, and relative comfort of these hiking shoes. My main grip is the sole. I've taken these up and down muddy slopes and over wet rocks in creeks and I still never feel 100%. I've slipped a few times, and while that's probably not the shoe's fault, in similar conditions with my full hiking boots I always get better traction (larger and thicker treds). Maybe it's an unfair comparison, but these have left me sliding a bit too much to recommend straight up.

    Love these shoes...

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've been wearing Merrell shoes regularly for about 2 years now and plan to continue to wear their products. These shoes are excellent and very rugged. Still look/feel great after countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains through snowy, muddy, and rocky terrains. The waterproofing works great, which you can always expect with Gore-Tex products. Because these shoes are so tough and rugged, they do require a little bit of breaking in, as they were very stiff when I first got them. Broke them in by hiking along a shallow/rocky creek near where I live. Overall though, I love these shoes. Very comfortable, very sturdy, and to top it all off they look pretty awesome.

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've always been a big fan of Merrells, specifically these Chameleons. As some reviews here have noted the fit can be a little odd at first but once you get used to it they are fantastic. Mine have held up through miles and miles of hikes and have always kept my feet comfortable and dry. I also work in the marine industry, and while on watch rubber steel toes are the order of the day for just walking around the deck off watch these have help up well and kept the salt water at bay (with no degradation from the salt as far as I can tell). I've been very pleased with these shoes, and once these wear out my next pair will likely be another set of Chameleons!

    As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex and Windstopper garments for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.


      I've had mine for almost a year, and they've handled the jungles of Honduras, countless climbing trips to the Red, days of backpacking and everyday life on a college campus without a single issue. The soles are firm but comfortable, and the Gore-Tex does exactly what it should. Don't expect your feet to stay perfectly dry in shorts in a rain storm, but they'll get the job done day in and day out. Definitely worth the extra coin.


        So I'll admit, I have a hard to fit foot -- flat and wide. I have always had a hard time finding shoes. I tried these on along with the non-Gore-Tex version and thought they were comfortable; albeit stiff. Gave these some break-in time before hitting the trail. I have never limped the next day because of the torture inflicted upon my feet by a shoe. The foot bed puts the foot into an unnatural, non-anatomic position that can only be described as painful. Having worn these around town, at work (on my feet 9/10 hours running around), and on the trail; I can say that I gave these ample break-in time and testing time.

        The only redeeming quality is that they are waterproof but the constant heel slip means you'll probably fall out of the shoe during the stream crossings....

        Yes, I have a "less than normal foot" however, the human foot, no matter whose it is, follows general rules of anatomy that these shoes seem to want to overcome with a stiff, unforgiving design. I am writing this 12 hours after wearing them for the last time and my feet are still hurting. I wanted to like them, I wanted to love them, and I gave them the best shot I could but these are the only shoe that I've ever returned that wasn't just uncomfortable but absolutely painful.

        Very Rugged Shoe

          This is a solid shoe from Merrell. I am a Gore Mountaintech and I've tested a lot of products for W.L. Gore. This is one of the best hiking shoes I have worn. They are extremely tough and rugged. They have always remained waterproof and have not leaked. They are well-built and I don't anticipate any problems with craftsmanship in the future. I typically wear a size 13 and I have found these to be constructed a little short compared to other brands. My only complaint is that one of the shoes squeaks when I walk. Otherwise I would have given them 5 stars.

          Hurt the crap out of my feet

            Obviously doesn't happen to a lot of people here, but I put 20 miles of hiking on them to find my feet were in pain every time for the first 2-4 miles. Sent em back...

            might be your feet because these lack the proper support to be a good backpacker shoe, great for day hikes, they hurt your feet after a while if your backpacking with a decent pack. Used my in yosemite when i shouldnt have, i just like how light they feel when you have them un. Nice grip on them.

            Best Hiking Shoes I've Found

              These shoes are perfect for those looking for a sturdy, waterproof shoe for hiking and backpacking. They are extremely comfortable; not at all too narrow like some other merrell shoes I've tried. The waterproofing really works. I've walked in snow for hours in these things and my feet are always completely dry. They are much sturdier/stiffer than other hiking shoes I've used. This means they take a little longer to properly break in, but they also offer more support than other similar hiking shoes. Although they are very stiff for a shoe, they are comfortable enough to wear around town, and I do frequently. I think these are about as sturdy as you can get without going up to a mid-top or a boot. I've only had these shoes for a short time, so I'll make updates regarding their long-term durability.

              Great shoe -- my sixth pair of Chameleon's

                I've been wearing Chameleon's for about six or seven years. Last year I was bummed about the Chameleon 3 because they changed the sizing from previous years. But, the 4's are rock solid. I just wore my new pair for a hike and snow shoe trek (yes, it snowed 2 feet in the Sierra's in early October). About three to four hours of hiking/snow shoeing each day. They don't require a breaking-in period at all. Comfortable and non-irritating from step one.

                How does this compare to the Chameleon 3?...

                How does this compare to the Chameleon 3? How about the Refuge Ultra?

                Can these be used for biking too?

                Can these be used for biking too?