I bought these for hiking in Vermont's "mountains" in the Fall and Spring when the trails are sometimes wet and muddy. Other reviewers suggested they run 1/2 size large, so i ordered 10.5 Wide and they fit me perfectly with Smart Wool hiking socks. (I'm normally an 11 EE). I wore them in the house for about 20 minutes and decided they were comfortable enough to take a chance, so I wore them on a 3.5 hour climb up Mount Mansfield. No blisters, no discomfort, dry and warm feet despite the wet conditions and 42 degrees. I stepped in a puddle that was over the top of the shoe and was amazed when no water came in through the top. Now I'm thinking I should buy a second pair for when these wear out...
Taking the lead from other comments, I ordered a size up, but it was too big. When I went true to size, it fit, but I think now I should have ordered the wide shoe. My advice: try it on someplace before ordering it to get a true size.
I've been wearing them since I got the true size, and they are fabulous! They were comfortable from the first moment I put them on. Last night after dinner at another house, we went outside to 4"
-5" of wet snow. I cleaned off 3 cars, blew snow from my driveway and threw snowballs with my kids, all while wearing these shoes instead of my winter boots. My feet were warm and dry throughout the evening. All in all, about a perfect shoe!
I'm a big fan of Merrell now, after putting about a comfy few hundred miles on a pair of their boots, I got these for a fast paced volunteer trip to the Cambodian countryside (and dayhikes/messing around afterwards). It held up wonderfully, great support, no blisters, and the Gore-tex worked well for the 2 weeks of running around all day on all kinds of terrain and the Vibram outsoles give fantastic grip. I'm going to be using them for backpacking in the extremely flat terrain of Florida.
I've got fairly wide feet (by manufacturer's standards I guess...) and Merrells have always fit.
Also... they're pretty sturdy, which works well for me, but I wouldn't recommend getting them for for exclusively trail running.
Getting a 2nd pair!
I've used these backpacking in the mountains with a 50 lb pack and for everyday use. Either way, they work great. I used to hike with an actual boot, but because of an equipment failure, I switched to these shoes. They worked beyond what I expected. Now that I've worn out the first pair I'm buying a second. I did end up extending the shoe life by buying an arch support.
From now on, it's Merrell shoes for me.
I would have to imagine these would work well for anyone doing any sort of outside activity with them. I work as an assistant golf course superintendent, so I beat the heck out of my shoes. I've tried multiple brands, and these Merrell shoes have held up better than anything else I've bought, including North Face and Columbia. I will absolutely buy Merrell shoes again!
I need walking shoes that were wide, rugged, and waterproof, and so far I am satisfied with these shoes. I am still breaking them in and am pleased with the fit and solid feel. As they loosen up and the sole wears I will know more about them.
Rugged & comfortable
I wore these shoes casually to break them in - which didn't seem necessary - then went on vacation with them. Excellent and comfortable trail shoes, even in hot weather. They'll be my "go to" shoe for inclement weather and sketchy conditions.
I was not comfortable at the beginning with the inner sole but il moulded to my feet and after it became as being barefoot. I walk a lot and I am great about it. Good traction and support on any ground
Very impressed - and that's not too easy
Use on hiking mainly on the AT.
Switched from the Sundowner which was a great boot but I was looking for something lighter weight but offering stability & traction.
comfortable, wide enough, waterproof
Comfortable lightweight, my second pair: so I know they are durable. If there is a fault it would be low cushioning underfoot but that helps keep the weight down.