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A pro at traversing the terra firma.
The Merrell Women's Proterra Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe is a low-profile hiker that will keep you skipping down the trail feeling connected to every bump, but will keep you dry as can be should you step into some mud or puddles. Gore-Tex ConnectFit delivers an incredibly glove-like fit, exceptional breathability, and waterproof performance. The sturdy leather upper features that Stratafuse technology that injects the supportive foot cage directly into the upper to shave weight, enhance durability, and offer a glove-like fit. The bellows tongue seals out dirt and debris, while the breathable mesh lining wicks moisture. Merrell treated the Proterra with M-Select Fresh to keep odors to a minimum, always appreciated by your adventure partners at the end of the day. Underfoot, the molded EVA footbed offers comfortable support, and can be removed if you have a custom, orthotic insert you prefer to use.
The platform for the Proterra gives you excellent ground contact and stability, without totally sacrificing cushioning or comfort. The PU midsole features a 4mm drop for a close-to-the-ground feel and is enhanced with a molded TPU arch shank for extra support and stability. The M-Select Grip outsole features moderate 2.5mm lugs that grip when you need them to but aren't overly aggressive.
- Gore-Tex ConnectFit
- PU coated leather, mesh upper
- Stratafuse upper
- Billows tongue
- M-Select Fresh
- EVA removable footbed
- Molded TPU arch shank
- PU midsole
- M-Select Grip
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These shoes have been very comfortable. I love a big toe box and these are great. I have hiked in the Utah snow and in Death Valley and no blisters or sore feet. However, they are not very durable. After 2 months, there is a hole in the top of one shoe. I am not hard on my shoes, so I expect them to last better than that. Until the hole, my feet stayed nice and dry, now I get a wet spot by my big toe every time it rains or if I'm in the snow. It's really annoying because although I do hike, I bought these shoes to keep my feet comfy AND dry while walking around a college campus all winter. Because of the durability issue, they are overpriced. I would not buy them again.
Would these be warm enough for winter...
Would these be warm enough for winter walking?
Warm enough? No. Dry enough? Maybe. Growing up in Michigan, and now living in Utah when I think Winter Walking I think of trudging through deep snow in very low temps. I don't even like walking on sidewalks in the without a pair of thermal boots of some kind. These shoes are really more for hikes with wet plant life where you might only be stepping in shallow puddles (due to the low cuff). Now if you live in Texas or Southern California then yeah, these will do fine for winter walking, but if you live somewhere with heavy snowfall and very cold temperatures then I wouldn't consider these shoes.
Having recently been on the PCT, and concomitantly having had to hike through torrential downpour / snowy conditions, I would not recommend getting GTX-lined shoes at all. Instead, I would look into Brooks Cascadia 7/8s or their Adrenaline ASR 9s; they are trail runners, but both styles are more breathable mesh, and will therefore allow your feet, should they get wet, to attempt to simultaneously warm up water that may seep over the top cuff into the shoe, drain water that may get in there, and prevent the "walking in bathtubs" phenomenon that happens when you have shoes that won't expel moisture/sweat/water. Believe me when I say that getting your feet wet is bearable, but only if have footwear that will dry relatively rapidly and will vent as much as possible should a mishap occur that dumps mucho agua into your shoe. GTX-lined shoes, in my opinion, spell disaster for feet if you plan on being out in these for days at a time.
depends on where you live. For Utah, they were fine.