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Merrell Riot – Hiking Shoe: Reviews

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With all its various fabrics and plastic overlays, the Riot looks as if it was designed by committee. Even the "we want camo" guys were appeased; the outsole's toe and heel are made with camouflage-patterned rubber. Thankfully, none of the aesthetics interferes with the Riot's performance. On warmer hikes, testers found the mostly mesh upper to be surprisingly breathable, while its water-resistant coating did an admirable job of fending off light snow and cold mud during a late-fall hike in Colorado's Indian Peaks. With its airy midsole and supportive insole, the (relatively) light Riot is still well padded and cushioned for all-day asphalt adventures. The overall fit is a bit roomy—more "take it easy" than "take it by force." 14 oz; merrell.com

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