Up the tempo.
Sitting at the back of the pack gazing at butts and breathing trail farts is great and all, but it's better to pull on the Merrell All Out Blaze Ventilator Men's Waterproof Hiking Shoe and set the pace. The Blaze manages to balance waterproofing and breathability to keep your feet happy regardless of the weather thanks to a waterproof upper that's kitted out with a breathable mesh lining to improve cooling in warm temperatures. Merrell included a cushy E-Foam midsole for protection from rocks and roots, and topped it off with a firm I-Tech top sheet for improved support. Slick trails are no match for the Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole, and sticks and stones will be foiled by the coverage of the bellows tongue.
- Waterproof leather and mesh upper
- Breathable mesh lining
- E-Foam midsole with I-Tech top sheet
- Vibram TC5+ outsole with hollowed lugs
- TPU heel counter
- Bellows tongue
- 6mm drop
- Item #MER009N
- Q & A
Stellar shoe and grip
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10.5
Though the air flow in these are not the greatest, these shoes hold up well for hiking, climbing and disc golf. They are decently water resistant. I hiked in a storm for about 4 hours and my feet were dry... for the most part. It was sweat. These also hold up surprisingly well in the snow as well.
If you want the boot feel but in a shoe, this is the pair to get. Much enjoyed, will buy again.
Okay, but I've had better
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 11
Generally speaking, I really love Merrell shoes. But these just are not quite up to par. I like them and they are fine to walk in, but nothing too special. Honestly, after I walked in them for a while I came back to do the review and was pretty shocked to see "ventilator" right there in the title. Really? I've been walking in some moderate temps and the sweat is not going anywhere. I'm excited to see how waterproof they are. But as of right now I'd say these are just above the "okay" mark, especially for Merrell.