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Overview of this review
Updates to Merrell Alverstone
- This lightweight hiking shoe is designed to provide all-day comfort and protection to hikers on the trail. Thanks to the design of its mesh upper with leather overlays, it is able to accomplish such.
- Under the foot, it comes with an EVA midsole and Kinetic Fit Base Insole. These two elements take care of comfort and cushioning.
- Enabling the Merrell Alverstone to adhere on various terrain types is the Merrell-owned M Select Grip outsole. Its sticky rubber compound employs aggressive lugs for traction.
Size and fit
The Merrell Alverstone is a fairly true-to-size low-cut hiking shoe for men and women. It is offered in regular sizes and medium width. It’s lace-up type closure system allows users to customize fit and volume.
The proprietary M Select Grip outsole with 5-millimeter deep boots makes the Alverstone bite into ground surfaces. Its facade includes large oval-shaped lugs found at the perimeter to provide stability over rugged terrain. The end of the forefoot and rearfoot regions are designed to support hikers during ascents and descents. Its extension at the front and back, on the other hand, amplifies protection.
Providing a lightweight yet comfy ride is the shoe’s compression-molded EVA midsole. This rubber-like material cushions each step and adds stability. It works with a molded nylon arch shank for extra support and firmness underfoot. Merrell’s Air Cushion is placed at the heel area to optimize shock absorption, especially upon heel strike. Cradling the user’s foot for enhanced comfort is the Kinetic Fit Base insole.
The mesh upper of the Merrell Alverstone hiking shoes come with durable suede leather overlays. This design grants a breathable, comfortable and flexible upper. Inside are a mesh lining and the brand-owned M Select Fresh antimicrobial treatment which enhances ventilation and prevents the development of odor, respectively.
Its bellows tongue wards off intrusion of trail debris while the reinforced rubber toe cap protects the foot against accidental bumps. For fit management, its closure system employs leather loops and a pair of metal eyelets. The heel tab facilitates easy on and off.