Who should buy the Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof delivers certain advantages, but its shortcomings might cause some to steer clear of this product. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that keeps the water out while allowing excess moisture to escape.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can achieve a comfy and stabilized ride.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that gives ample traction in wet and dry ground conditions.

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Renders traction on virtually all types of terrain

Keeping the user’s footing secure is the Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof’s Vibram TC5+ outsole. Its pattern of 3mm circular lugs renders traction on virtually all types of terrain. Several grooves are found in the heel and forefoot areas to improve control in uphill and downhill conditions.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof outsole

Provides protection from stubbing

The sole extends toward the toes to provide extra protection from stubbing.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof outsole 1.0

Lightweight and comfortable cushioning

This day hiking boot houses a midsole made of lightweight EVA foam and an Air Cushion in the heel area. This combination grants rebound and impact reduction. It comes with the brand’s patented FlexPlate technology, which makes the gear amply rigid and supportive.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof midsole

Excellent arch support

Its Kinetic Base Fit insole offers improved underfoot comfort and arch support while a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel counter enhances stability.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof arch support

Waterproof and breathable

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof’s nubuck and suede leather upper contains mesh panels to improve airflow. The M Select Dry membrane makes it a hiking boot that prevents water intrusions while maintaining breathability.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof upper

Prevents debris from entering

Eyelets, metal hooks, and synthetic lace make up the closure system. Its bellows tongue prevents debris from entering the gear while a pull tab allows an easy on and off. The forefoot is reinforced with a rubber cap to enhance its robustness.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 17.1oz / Women 14.1oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.