For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 11.1ozWomen: 9.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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This new shoe from Merrell really exemplifies the most modern of light hikers.
Updates to Merrell MQM Rush Flex
- Part of Merrell’s MQM (Moving Quickly in the Mountains) collection, the MQM Rush Flex wraps speed and performance in its protective shell. It is engineered with FLEXconnect—a company-owned technology that involves the boot’s Hyperlock heel counter, flex-groove midsole, and M-Select Grip+ outsole to grant hikers a combination of flexibility and control on the trail.
- The boot’s lining and other key parts are imbued with M-Select Fresh. It is a Merrell-developed technology that deals with sweat and moisture to prevent odor buildup.
Merrell MQM Rush Flex size and fit
The MQM Rush Flex from Merrell is an adequately true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking gear for men and women. It is targeted primarily at hikers with regular-width feet. It is offered in full and half sizes. The footwear’s classic lacing system makes fit customization possible. Its heel pull loop and stretch collar, on the other hand, work together to expedite on and off.
This boot intends to secure the wearer’s footing over uneven terrain with the durable M-Select Grip+ outsole. Whether the surface is wet or dry, its multi-shaped, self-cleaning lugs (with a depth of 3 millimeters) get to produce traction in almost every direction. It is reinforced with TrailProtect pad which provides extra off-road support and protection.
For stability and underfoot cushioning on semi-rugged terrain, trail enthusiasts have the footwear’s dual-directional flex-groove EVA midsole to thank. As its name implies, this stabilizing layer is engineered with grooves which are found on the midsole’s forefoot for improved flexibility.
Working in conjunction with the boot’s midsole for underfoot comfort is the Kinetic Fit Base footbed. Besides cushioning, it also provides extra heel and arch support thanks to its bordered lower half.
The Merrell MQM Rush Flex’s abrasion-resistant upper is made of Cordura fabric. It is crafted with Hyperlock—the boot’s supportive heel counter made of molded thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU. The upper’s toe box also has a TPU covering for scuff and tear protection.
When it comes to lockdown security, the gear uses a fairly standard and rather minimalistic closure system. It is comprised of a handful of combination eyelets and regular, synthetic laces.