Updates to Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch

  • 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 is the EVA midsole and the heel area’s Merrell Air Cushion. The Lightweight Flexplate provides 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.

Size and fit

Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch is a hiking shoe for men and women that is relatively true-to-size. 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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.7oz / Women 12.1oz
Base model: Merrell Chameleon 7
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal

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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.