Melissa C.wrote a review of Merrell Salida Hiking Shoe - Women's on July 30, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
I was hesitant to buy hiking shoes and wear them straight out of the box, but I cannot praise these shoes enough. I instantly put them on and felt comfort. The next day I left to backpack a hard core hike for four days. I brought these shoes straight out of the box and hiked 2,000 feet in elevation (10,000-12,000 feet), up mountains, through creeks, and with a 30 + pound pack. Never once did my feet feel uncomfortable. They stayed dry while crossing rushing creeks, and held my weight downhill and up on rocky surfaces. I never got a blister. On night two I left these shoes in my tent vestibule. It was terribly stormy. I woke up under 3 inches of water and in a flooded meadow. My shoes were floating on three inches of water, 100% dry. I could only laugh. These honestly are the best shoes I have ever purchased and I thank backcountry for helping me decide on them and recommending them. I couldnt have been happier, or my feet can't thank you enough. Looking forward to many more hikes, adventures, and treks.
Also- I wear size 7 and purchased size 7.5 Always buy 1/2 size larger when hiking.