Hit the trail, bub.
Setting your feet to stun, er, fun out on the trail, the Merrell Men's Phaserbound Waterproof Backpacking Boots protect your feet with cushioning where it counts the most. Full-grain leather uppers provide exceptional durability and are fortified with a M-Select DRY membranes for waterproof and breathable performance when you're hiking under heavy rains. M-Select FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbeds with organic odor control ensures your dogs don't start barking too early, and the boots are still smelling fresh at the end of the day. Tough-as-nails Vibram TC5+ outsoles round these backpackers out with high-performing traction over a wide variety of surfaces.
- Full-grain leather upper
- M-Select DRY membrane
- Waterproof and breathable
- Merrell M-Select FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed
- Organic odor control
- External instep
- Vibram TC+ rubber outsole
- Item #MER009L
- Q & A
Great boots and extremely comfy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10
Purchased these boots for fieldwork this summer. After four weeks they are pretty trashed but have been thoroughly put through the wringer. While they are trashed a cheaper pair of boots would probably be destroyed by now so, I guess Merrell's pass the torture test. Also, if you are like me, most boots take some breaking in before they are comfy. These Merrell boots were perfect straight out of the box! I would definitely buy another pair and truthfully I might purchase a second pair if there's a 20% sale.
Anyhow here is a photo of my Merrell's near the Grand Canyon. They look brown, but I assure you they are black underneath all the dirt =)
Edit: Recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua (4 weeks) wore these boots everyday. Since the boots were fairly worn I decided to leave them behind upon returning to the U.S., but surprisingly they've held up extremely well - ended up taking them home and will keep wearing until they die. The boots are also waterproof. I crossed a fair amount of streams and so long as your foot is not completely submerged the water is kept out (my socks never got wet).