Well I couldn't wait so I took a little imprompt walk/hike after work today! A little over six miles.
98% of it was on a paved golf cart path through the woods! Which makes for a rather nice walk! Lots of people out today!
I wore a pair of worn out patigonia whool socks! And enjoyed the mesh uppers of these shoes all afternoon! When I was done my feet where completely dry. Very nice!
Before I set out I was a bit leary. As today is my Friday and I've had a 40+ hr week and I've been using a new pair of croc bistros to cook and run a kitchen in and my legs back and feet were a little soar already!
Two my surprise my back feet and legs actually feel better! Now! Maybe Its a placebo effect because really needed a walk;)
I can not attest yet two how these shoes will do in scree,on slick wet mossy rocks, Or mudd?
^ALL OF WHICH IS TO COME^
But for now I can say I do enjoy my new Merrells!
Edited by Samoset (10/16/1207:45 PM)
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Loc: Northern KY USA
They look good, and very comfortable. I can't really use a pair like that, mostly due to the environment(s) that I normally go into. I've wanted to pull the trigger on a pair of (similiar) shoes, several times, but I always keep going back to where I do most of my hiking. I'd have them full of mud and water half the time. Even on some of the well established trail routes around here, in parks and forests, some of the websites that feature them, warn that you'll probably run into mud or water, at some point. So I'm a bit jealous, that I don't live in an area, where I could really benefit from a pair. Off trail, here is like walking through hell. Most places, you can barely see your shoes, and have to really try to focus on balancing between watching your footing, and trying to see ahead to navigate. That and the snakes we have here, although not a common thing, bites do occur, and usuall right above to a couple of inches above the ankle, and when you can't see much below your waist, I have to go with boots, just to be on the safe side. I really envy those of you that can see your trails well, your footing, and can basically use them for the enitre spring/summer/fall season.
Anyway, they do look very comfortable, and that'll definately make your hiking experience much more pleasurable.
Make sure to do a follow up, when you get a chance to put them to use.
I haven't looked at the specs, and now need a new pair of shoes after triping and shredding my running shoes last weekend. Are they gore tex lined, or just breathable? How well do they do stepping on rock edges when going down a rocky trail?
I haven't looked at the specs, and now need a new pair of shoes after triping and shredding my running shoes last weekend. Are they gore tex lined, or just breathable? Howi well do they do stepping on rock edges when going down a rocky trail?