This lightweight multi-activity shoe from Merrell weighs 1028g (pair, size 11). It’s as comfortable as it is stylish, with a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining and excellent rolling action when walking or running. Good toe protection and a Vibram sole provide good cushioning and reasonable grip. However, there’s no heel breast so limited grip. Other shoes are stiffer and better for rocky terrain. This is a high price for what you get.
Verdict: Good for walking and fast sport, but doesn’t excel.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008