Verdict from 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfort machine: The Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve, according to a multitude of hikers, is incredibly comfortable through and through.
  • Weight: Numerous trail-goers are very impressed with its feather-like lightness.
  • Confines: Based on a decent number of reviews, the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve fits like a glove.
  • Water performance: Giving hikers boosted confidence in and around water is one of its strongest links, several testers claim.
  • Breathability: Some owners find it quite breathable, making hikes in the summer so much more pleasurable.
  • Looks: To a handful of purchasers, the Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is a sight to behold.
  • Arch zone: This Merrell piece is loved by a few trail-goers for its super-supportive midfoot section.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Footbed alignment: The Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve’s insole has a nasty habit of slipping to the side, based on several reports.
  • Pinky problem (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.

Bottom line

While there is no such thing as a perfect hiker, the Merrell Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve water hiking shoe comes close. Indeed, the moment you set foot in it (literally), you will be greeted with comfiness all around with amazing lightness and excellent wet-surface performance to match. If you have been itching to diversify your water hiking shoe collection, the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve is a great candidate.

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What you might not know about the Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve

Dedicated water channels. 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.

Siped construction. 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.

Removable footbed. 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.

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

Additional info

How Hydrotrekker Synthetic Sieve compares

This shoe: 75
All shoes average: 80
59 93
This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $132
$45 $250
This shoe: 8.9oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
6.5oz 23.3oz
Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com