This MERRELL shoe is an agile product but also rustic to go in the mountains. The MQM Flex Gore-Tex could almost be mistaken for a trail shoe. The hardness of his sole, low cushioning, weight and less precision do not allow him to play in this category. On the other hand, if it’s an ordinary day hike, the shoe is ideal.
We liked this well-finished Merrell, which uses good materials and a quality of assembly that does not suffer criticism.
From the first steps, we feel good inside. We liked the fact that the designers did not put too much foam. Comfort is therefore standard around the ankle and heel while on the front of the foot, it is quickly in contact with the structure of the shoe. It does not provide any gene. The shoe also loads less water when crossing streams.
The wrapping of the foot is correct without being exceptional. You have to play with the lace to have more precision on the instep. It falls well, the flat lace slides well in the eyelets and allows a reasonably fine adjustment.
The ground seat is perfect. It is both direct not to lose the feelings of the ground and soft thanks to a slight cushioning heel due to the crampons.
On the front of the foot, what can be taken for a stone guard is a flexible reinforcement: two straps, one at the top of the tongue, the other at the heel help to boot.
The sole is very useful, catchy on mud and reliable on rocky slabs. Its unwind pleasantly, it also reassures in slope thanks to rigidity in torsion faithful to what one can expect from a low stem.
Regarding breathability, we have not noted any particular effectiveness, the foot, as in any shoe membrane, rises in temperature.