Who should buy the Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve

The Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is a lightweight shoe-like hiker best suited for:

  • water hiking and easy hikes on the trails
  • family camping trips, fishing, and long walks during the summer

Disperses wet elements during water hikes

The Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve’s comfy midsole comes with a handful of ports through which wet elements are dispersed, preventing sluggish strides as you come out of the water.

These channels also provide extra ventilation with every step.

Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve offers a grippy outsole

Ever slipped on a smooth, wet surface before (like the deck of your friend’s yacht)? In this pair of Merrell hikers, that may be a thing of the past, thanks to its siped outsole.

This type of sole construction is reminiscent of the grippy paws of cats and dogs.

Footbed alignment issues

Based on several reports, the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve’s insole has a nasty habit of slipping to the side.

However, it may not look it, but the default insole of the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve can be replaced with your preferred insert. That said, you might want to keep it, as its water-friendly construction contributes to the shoe’s quick drying time.

Pinky problem (especially on the women’s version)

According to a couple of experienced hikers, this hiking shoe is not very good at preventing one’s pinky toe from sticking out its last vent hole.

Yet again, this is often a complaint with most shoe-like hiking sandals. The Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is no different, especially when this is your first time wearing one.

Padded tongue adds comfort

Additional comfort, particularly around the instep area, is yours in this bad boy. You can thank its fabric-lined tongue for that.

The Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve, according to a multitude of hikers, is incredibly comfortable through and through.

Boost your confidence around water

Based on a decent number of reviews, the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve fits like a glove. When it comes to its water performance, this footwear received positive reviews. 

Giving hikers boosted confidence in and around water is one of its strongest links, several testers claim.

Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is supportive and light 

Numerous trail-goers are very impressed with its feather-like lightness. Some owners also find it quite breathable, making hikes in the summer so much more pleasurable. To a handful of purchasers, the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is a sight to behold. 

This Merrell piece is loved by a few trail-goers for its super-supportive midfoot section. If you need something more protective around the upper, check out the Merrell Hydrotrekker.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.9oz / Women 7.3oz
Base model: Merrell Hydrotrekker
Use: Water hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan, Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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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.