Can The Merrell Chameleon 5 Mid Ventilator Gore-tex®, Men’s Hiking Boots Offer The Comfort And Durability Trekkers Need?
Merrell is a name that many trekkers are familiar with and the Merrell Chameleon 5 MID Ventilator Gore-tex Hiking Boots are another solid looking, lace-up synthetic walking shoe that promises to take care of feet and travel long distances.
The colour options of black, brown, carbon and boulder give a outdoors vibe to a rather limited colour range.
But it is the performance of the shoes that it meant to do the talking rather than the style and these shoes have some interesting features and material choices to provide comfort and durability for hikers.
What benefits have buyers enjoyed when trying out these Merrell Chameleon 5 Hiking Shoes?
Comfort is essential with a hiking boot like this and this is one of the factors that receives the most attention in positive user reviews.
They are comfortable almost immediately and can see walkers through a long trek with ease thanks to features like the light weight, Gore-tex ventilation and ankle support. There is even an aegis antimicrobial solution in the lining that is meant to repel odours.
In addition to being comfortable, these Merrell Mens Chameleon 5 MID Trekking & Hiking Shoes are quite tough, substantial in their shape and fit and able to handle the terrain in front of them.
This means that the shoes have been suitable for summer walks in warmer weather– due to the light weight and breathability – and for winter walks in the cold and wet.
The Vibram sole is durable and protects against rough, rocky ground and the grip is sufficient for more slippery areas and river crossing – although some would advice caution around deeper water.
What problems have buyers experienced with these Merrell CHAM 5 MID VENT GTX Trekking and Hiking Shoes and why is water an issue?
On the whole, the feedback for these shoes is very good and this is reflected in the overall high online rating at the time of writing. Those that have not given a good review have often done so because of sizing issues.
Some have had to return or replace the Merrell shoes because they did not fit and they needed a different size than they were used too, a problem that is not helped by the limited size options.
Other buyers have stated that the shoes were not quite as waterproof as they had hoped because despite being fine in light rain and short-term submersion, there is a limit and the water does eventually seep in.
Summary: are these Merrell GTX Trekking Shoes still recommendable despite these problems?
The water issue is only really a problem for long term trekking in very wet weather so is not too much of a concern. As for the sizing issues, the benefits and comfort that the shoes have brought suggest that it may be worth keeping that slightly large size 9 and layering up with some socks to make it snugger.
Half sizes would be a big improvement but the fact that there is so little else to complain about with these shoes and that buyers have trekked for miles in comfort with no problems means that these Merrell shoes are definitely a great option for the serious walker.