Our verdict


Comfort is the primary advantage that Merrell Chameleon hikers offer to outdoor lovers everywhere. The Chameleon 7, in particular, receives good marks for its lightness and non-existent break-in period.


  • Remarkably comfortable
  • Zero break-in period
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Excellent arch support


  • Not supplying sufficient grip on wet and slippery surfaces
  • The laces are easily untangled during a hike
  • Too narrow

Who should buy the Merrell Chameleon 7

The Merrell Chameleon 7 can bring satisfaction, granted there won’t be any slippery ground conditions on the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a low-cut hiking shoe that's great for excursions in dry and humid environments.
  • Want a hiking shoe that offers durability and breathability.
  • Need a hiking shoe that provides lightweight cushioning, torsional rigidity, and shock absorbency to your every stride.

Merrell Chameleon 7 logo

Deliver grip on dry and slippery surfaces

Merrell’s Chameleon 7 uses a Vibram TC5+ outsole to render traction on challenging terrain. Its profile is filled with 3mm circular lugs that deliver grip on dry and slippery surfaces.

Merrell Chameleon 7 outsole

Enhanced control in uphill and downhill conditions

The sole’s forefoot and heel section contain grooves for enhanced control in uphill and downhill conditions. Also, its front section extends upward that prevents stubbing on the trail.

Merrell Chameleon 7 outsole 1.0

Lightweight cushioning

Granting Merrell Chameleon 7 users a cushioned ride is its EVA midsole. It’s paired with a lightweight FlexPlate to make the gear more rigid to prevent the user’s foot from twisting the wrong way. A Merrell Air Cushion is located at the heel to reduce shock.

Merrell Chameleon 7 midsole

Excellent arch support

This Merrell product features a Kinetic Fit Base removable insole. It functions by amplifying underfoot comfort and granting arch support. A molded heel counter made of thermoplastic polyurethane can be found at the back for extra stability.

Merrell Chameleon 7 arch supportAbrasion-resistant 

The Merrell Chameleon 7 is equipped with an upper made of suede and nubuck leather. The combination of these two materials makes this gear resistant to abrasions and harsh ground conditions. There are also panels of mesh fabric in the upper for improved airflow.

Merrell Chameleon 7 upper

Provides extra protection from various trail obstacles

The day hiking shoe’s forefoot is reinforced with a robust rubber toe cap. It heightens durability and provides extra protection from various trail obstacles. 

Merrell Chameleon 7 upper 1.0

Secure fit

The gear’s closure system consists of several eyelets and hooks for fit management. It has a bellows tongue to prevent debris from entering this Merrell hiker. In addition, a pull tab is situated at the collar’s rear that facilitates easy on and off.

Merrell Chameleon 7 secure fit