Merrell Col Mid WTP – Hiking Shoes: Reviews
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“This is the Chuck Norris of hiking shoes!” proclaimed one tester. Even if we couldn’t see the resemblance, we certainly agree that the Col packs an impressive punch. Bolstered by a waterproof liner, the mostly full-grain leather upper—the toughest breathable material—proved itself on weekend after weekend of wet slogs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rustproof metal grommets let you really crank down the laces for a responsive fit, and Vibram’s deeply lugged dual-density outsole—a firm edge for stability and a soft centerline for grip—kept the boot steady during rough, slippery descents under 40-pound packs. Sweaty feet, beware: This boot gets hot. 16.9 oz; merrell.com