Who should buy the Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof has its share of advantages that may prove to be useful for day hiking trips. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers protection and performance for hikers.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides trail stability, support, and torsional rigidity
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that supplies traction on most types of terrain.

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Excellent grip on challenging terrain

The Chameleon 7 Waterproof is capable of handling uneven ground conditions and challenging terrain because of its Vibram TC5+ outsole. It is engineered to deliver traction on both wet and dry surfaces. 

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof outsole

Provides toe protection

The sole’s front end extends toward the toe area for extra bump protection.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof outsole 1

Shock absorbing and comfortable cushioning

This day hiking shoe’s EVA midsole creates a cushioned ride for the user. It’s paired with Merrell’s Air Cushion in the heel area for shock absorbency. 

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof midsole

Excellent arch support

The footgear features a lightweight FlexPlate to make it more rigid and supportive. A Kinetic Fit Base removable insole improves arch support while a molded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) counter is integrated into the heel to boost stability.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof arch support

Excellent ventilation

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof features an upper made of nubuck and suede leather to give it a robust feel. There are mesh panels in its design for enhanced airflow. An M Select Dry membrane lines the upper, making it a hiking shoe that's prepared for all sorts of wet conditions.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof upper

Provides durability and protection against accidental knocks

The forefoot area is reinforced with a rubber toe cap for optimal durability and protection against accidental knocks. 

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof upper 1

Easy to wear and secure fit

It has a bellows tongue which prevents debris from entering. The pull tab at the collar’s rear allows an easy on and off. Also, its closure system uses a mix of eyelets and hooks with a round lace, all used for managing the fit.

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof laces

Merrell Chameleon 7 Waterproof loops

Additional Info

Facts / Specs

Weight: 14oz
Base model: Merrell Chameleon 7
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Merrell Chameleon
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.