Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A majority of wearers commended the Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch for bringing comfort.
  • Several buyers considered this backpacking shoe a worthy investment.
  • Numerous owners were charmed by the slip-on style of this offering from the Chameleon line.
  • This footgear afforded a steady grip on different surfaces according to some hikers.
  • A couple of people found it stylish.
  • A limited number of buyers confirmed that this footwear was durable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A considerable number of buyers said that the Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch didn’t fit well.
  • A handful of hikers reported that this hiking shoe showed wear and tear just after a couple of outings.

Bottom line

Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch has earned both praises and criticisms. It is hugely appreciated for being comfortable right out of the box. Its easy slip-on style and grip on a variety of surfaces were also noticed. Despite being a good-value shoe, it had fit issues and premature wear and tear. Potential buyers are advised to fit this model in a store before making a purchase to get the right size. Overall, this issue aside, this footwear has attributes that will be useful on the trail.

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Good to know

  • Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch makes use of the brand’s FlexPlate technology. It integrates a full stability plate and outsole pods to improve stability, protection, and grip.
  • It features a pig suede leather and mesh upper with a stretch collar to easily slip the shoe on. It also comes with a breathable mesh lining.
  • Increasing shock absorption and stability in the heel area is Merrell Air Cushion. The M Select Grip outsole offers grip over mixed terrain whether wet or dry. The pod-like protrusions in the toe area help during uphill maneuvers. It is classified as a Flex Grade 2 footwear which means it has a high level of flexibility.

The Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch is a relatively true-to-size Merrell hiking shoe for men and women. Both versions are offered in standard width and regular lengths. A stretch collar hugs the foot snugly. Its elastic cord and lock lacing system makes for a quick and secure fit.

Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch is equipped with the proprietary M Select Grip outsole with aggressive 4mm lugs. It is developed to offer slip-resistance and stability on wet and dry ground and over a variety of terrain. The outsole pods of the FlexPlate technology enhance stability, underfoot protection, and grip.

Offering wearers of Merrell Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch cushioning and stability on the trail is its EVA midsole. It also features the proprietary Air Cushion of the maker (found in the heel) that also absorbs shock and increases stability. A molded nylon arch shank offers underfoot firmness while its removable EVA footbed helps increase the wearer’s comfort. The full stability plate affords rigidity on one end and flexibility on the other.

Merrell uses pig suede leather, a flexible and resilient upper material, on the Chameleon 7 Limit Stretch. It is partnered with a mesh lining for ventilation.

This model has a stretch collar, affording wearers the ease of slipping it on and off easily. An elastic cord and lock lacing system make up its front closure. A protective rubber toe cap protects against scuffing.


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