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So if you're looking for a lightweight, adaptive style, whether it be for an everyday use or to take out on the trail, the Cham 7 Stretch is the style for you.
These shoes boast a perfect blend of leather, mesh, and synthetic upper materials to make for equal durability and breathability.
They are lighter than a traditional hiking boot, are breathable and the quick dry feature will be nice for wetter treks.
- Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch offers protection and stability in a lightweight package. It features a breathable construction through its mesh lining and panels.
- Working together to give wearers shock absorption and stability are the EVA midsole and the heel area’s Merrell Air Cushion. The Lightweight Flexplate provides the torsional rigidity while its Vibram TC5+ outsole offers grip on a variety of terrains. Merrell categorizes this product under Flex Grade 2 shoe which means it is highly flexible.
Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch is a relatively true-to-size hiking shoe for men and women. Both versions are offered in regular lengths and standard width. Its stretch collar, elastic cord and lock lacing system work together for a snug and secure fit.
Chameleon 7 Stretch is equipped with the Vibram TC5+ outsole. This component includes oval-shaped, 3 mm lugs that deliver traction and slip resistance even on wet surfaces.
Working together with the Vibram outsole is the Flexplate technology's outsole pods. This provides stability, protection, and integrated grip.
Offering lightweight foot stability is the Flexplate technology of Merrell. Its material composition allows one end to create stability and the other to deliver flexibility.
The Chameleon 7 Stretch features an EVA midsole for cushioning. Its performance is amplified by the air unit found in the heel area.
Finally, it uses a Kinetic Fit Base insole. It is contoured like the foot and delivers a kind of support that’s intuitive and flexible. As a result, foot movements are connected and protected.
Giving the Chameleon 7 Stretch a combination of durability and breathability is the nubuck leather and mesh upper. It is partnered with a mesh lining for ventilation.
This slip-on model uses a stretch collar for an easy on and off. The elastic cord and lock lacing system allow quick management of fit. A rubber toe cap also protects the shoe against scuffing. Lastly, a molded TPU heel counter grants stability.