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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 12.8ozWomen: 10.7oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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Updates to Merrell Outmost Ventilator
- The brand engineers crafted the Merrell Outmost Ventilator to take on outdoor adventures with comfort and breathability in mind. Its suede and mesh upper also offer trail protection through its toe cap and bellows tongue.
- Underfoot is an EVA midsole and M Select Fit.Eco footbed for cushioning and support. The M Select Grip outsole handles grip on most types of terrain.
Merrell Outmost Ventilator size and fit
A reasonably true-to-size day hiking shoe, the Merrell Outmost Ventilator caters to men and women. Both versions come in standard width, with a wide option for men. It has a lace-up closure which permits customization of fit.
The Outmost Ventilator from Merrell features the M Select Grip outsole. Its abrasion-resistant 5 mm lugs grip on wet and dry grounds. It has a self-cleaning design which maintains traction regardless of the type of terrain.
This low-cut day hiking shoe uses EVA as its midsole to render lightweight cushioning. Sitting atop of it is the M Select Fit.Eco contoured footbed which is made of blended EVA. It has zonal and heel reinforcements which enhance stability. The brand-owned Air Cushion is added under the heel to optimize shock absorption. Additionally, a molded nylon shank renders underfoot firmness.
The upper of the Merrell Outmost Ventilator is made of suede and mesh, promoting breathability and flexibility on the trails. It is also lined with a breathable material to enhance comfort. The bellows tongue helps prevent intrusion of trail debris. The toe area is reinforced to shield the foot against accidental knocks.
For comfort, the collar and tongue of the shoe are cushioned. Its lacing system includes fabric loops and a pair of metal eyelets for fit management. A heel pull tab, on the other hand, facilitates smooth on and off.