"Good, it'll do just about anything boot"
I will say right off the bat that this is by far the most comfortable hiking boot I've ever worn. I have a bad history of turning my feet into blistered sausages, no matter what brand I wore. These feel like tennis shoes (in a good way) right out of the box. I initially bought them for a 7 months long round-the-world backpacking trip, and they were the only closed toe shoe I wore during that trip. It worked wonderfully on glaciers, in the Sahara, weeks of trekking in the Himalayas, -20 degree blizzards, and wet jungles. In about 2 years, I put maybe 1200 or so hard miles on them. However, they did wear out, losing the waterproofing and becoming less cushy and sturdy after about 2.5 years - but again, those were hard years. In truth, they are not expedition shoes and don't provide the same support with packs over 45 lbs. It does not excel at any one specific task, but it's super comfortable and good for a lot of various activities.
I used to be a big fan of merrell products as I live close to an outlet store and have had great luck in the past with their footwear, These boots however, do not in anyway live up to the merrell name. The boots began falling apart at the sole after just two hikes. Granted I live in rockslyvania and most the appalachian trail around me is chock full'a boot bustin' rocks and scrambles but unfortunately every other boot I have ever owned has lasted longer than these. Kudos to merrell's customer service for acting "shocked" over the phone when I told them what happened, too bad if you google the issue it's actual a problem with more than one of merrell's products. I fear they have compromised the integrity of their construction to save a few cents per on manufacturing costs. What you end up with is a sub-par piece of unusable equipment after just two light hikes (less than 3 miles round trip). I will never again buy a pair of boots from merrell.
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