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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid Boot Review

This boot combines lightweight, sneaker-like comfort with solid support.

by: Michael Lanza

Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid (Julia Vandenoever)
Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid (Julia Vandenoever)

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Like the Arc Wind, this men's lightweight, non-waterproof midcut hit a sweet spot we love. "It provides sneaker comfort with plenty of support and stability for summer dayhiking or backpacking," one editor wrote.

Other testers who waltzed the Evo around Colorado's Front Range deemed it instantly comfortable–with a fit that's moderately roomy from heel to toes, good for average to slightly wide feet–and solid when carrying up to 30 pounds on trail. Mesh panels in the nubuck leather uppers (and no membrane) provide superior breathability. But the uppers dry slowly and show early wear–they won't last long if you bash them off-trail. Best for medium-volume feet. $115; 2 lbs. 6 oz.

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Jan 24, 2012

Update: Merrell will only cover $25 on the repair cost at my local shoe repair store! Merrell does not repair there own boots. The boots are coming unglued at the toe protection and around the stabilizers. Also coming unglued around the seems that hold the soles to the uppers. I will never buy another over priced Merrell product again.

Darrin Erwin

Beacon, NY

Nov 22, 2011

Mine are wearing after less than 20 hikes. I also had a lacing hook break! These hooks are plastic! Merrell has offered for me to return them. I haven't decided yet. I don't think they make this boot any longer. I have concerns with them sending me a boot, that I haven't tried.



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