SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Merrell Proterra/Vim Sport Light Duty Boots

Breezy shoes perfect for a heated hike where sandals just wont cut it.

by: Dan Larson

Merrell Proterra/Vim Sport (Andrew Bydlon)
Merrell Proterra/Vim Sport (Andrew Bydlon)

Boot Fitter
All boot reviews for near or far.
[best for hot hikes]
Wish you could wear sandals, but need the support and protection of light hikers? These ultralight, über-breezy, low-profile shoes have airy mesh uppers that vented well into the humid 90s, reports an Oregon tester. They’re not waterproof, of course, but they dry fast. And they’re comfortable enough for dayhiking and supportive and protective enough for light backpacking. The low-cut Proterra Sport (the Vim is the women’s version) packs decent support in its low-profile sole, which has a thin layer of PU and a TPU arch shank with a removable EVA footbed. Despite the shoes’ light weight and low bulk, another tester found them ideal for carrying a weekend load (up to about 30 pounds) over sand, steep terrain, and slick rock on a rugged coastal trail in Tasmania. A 4-mm drop from heel to toe complements the low center of gravity, and “gave me a balanced feel while scrambling,” he reports. On the outsole, recessed lugs act like suction cups, enhancing the overall grounded feel, and the sticky, proprietary Merrell rubber adhered to all manner of slippery surfaces, including algae-covered boulders, wet wood, and sand-covered rock. Fit is wide in the forefoot area, allowing toes to spread and feet to swell when the effort and temperature start to climb. $100; 1 lb. 11 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-11; merrell.com


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Bad Year for Air Travel
Posted On: Jul 25, 2014
Submitted By: halstead
Trailhead Register
White Collar Blues
Posted On: Jul 25, 2014
Submitted By: RebeccaD


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions