For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 16.2ozWomen: 13.3oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Updates to Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit
- Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit is designed to enable hikers to cover more miles on and off the trail. Its upper combines pig suede leather and mesh for lightweight protection.
- Underfoot is an EVA midsole which provides a cushioned ride to users. It is partnered with Air Cushion in the heel to enhance stability and shock absorption.
- This boot wears the M Select Grip outsole which offers grip on mixed terrain, whether wet or dry. Its Flex Index (a brand-owned rating system) is Grade 2 which means the user is more connected to the ground, promoting sensitivity.
Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit size and fit
Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Low is a relatively true-to-size backpacking shoe for men and women. Both versions come in standard width and regular sizes. The lace-up closure grants a customized and secured fit.
The brand’s designers feature the proprietary M Select Grip outsole in the Chameleon 7 Limit. Its lugs are 4 mm deep and help deliver traction and stability when tackling various types of terrain. The mini-spherical cleats on the toe area enhance grip on uphill slopes.
Offering Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Low users a shock absorbent ride is its EVA midsole. This lightweight material is partnered with the Merrell Air Cushion (located at the heel) which absorbs ground impacts and renders stability. A molded nylon arch shank adds underfoot firmness. A removable EVA footbed, on the other hand, amplifies comfort.
The Chameleon 7 Limit from Merrell uses pig suede leather, a flexible and resilient material for its upper. It is partnered with a mesh lining for ventilation. Also, this low-cut hiking shoe is designed with a rubber toe cap for protection against scuffs while the bellows tongue keeps debris out.
Its standard lace-up closure runs on loops stitched under the blaze-shaped leather material. Finally, a pull loop at the heel allows for an easy on and off.
- Merrell also introduced a waterproof version of this model.