Feels So Good

Merrell Refuge Core Mid     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

That old pair of nicely broken-in boots you love? This is them. Merrell's Refuge Core Mid is instantly, luxuriously comfortable right out of the box. The soft, felt-lined (and anti-stink) interior eliminates heel friction, and the flexible forefoot and air-cushioned heel take the sting out of long days on the trail. One peeve: the slippery laces wouldn't stay tied without triple knots. 17 oz; $140; merrell.com

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