Who should buy the Merrell Capra GTX

The Merrell Capra GTX is a shoe that can provide sufficient performance on the trail. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a low-cut shoe made for speed hiking in snowy or icy terrain
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is sturdy and breathable
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides sure footing on virtually all types of terrain

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Excellent traction on wet and dry surfaces

The Capra GTX from Merrell is equipped with an outsole made by Vibram. Its aggressive pattern that includes 5mm lugs renders traction on wet and dry surfaces. In addition, the Vibram outsole’s design and construction enable this shoe to grip well on icy and snowy trails.

Merrell Capra GTX outsole

Reduce shock and promote stability

The Merrell Capra GTX’s full-length midsole is coupled with an air cushion in the heel. It works by reducing shock and promoting stability to the shoe’s platform. A nylon shank is embedded within the shoe to stabilize the midfoot area. It also prevents the footwear from twisting and turning on uneven surfaces.

Merrell Capra GTX outsole 1.0

Grants additional underfoot off-road protection

This low-cut hiking shoe comes with a single-density Ace removable footbed to supply arch support and underfoot comfort. Its TrailProtect pad grants additional underfoot off-road protection.

Merrell Capra GTX arch support


The Merrell Capra GTX’s upper features durable pig suede leather to maintain the shoe’s overall structure. It has mesh panels to improve breathability. A Gore-Tex membrane lines the upper to seal water out. 

Merrell Capra GTX Waterproof


Its microporous surface also allows perspiration to pass through, making this Merrell product breathable.

Merrell Capra GTX Upper

Prevent debris from entering the shoe

The Capra GTX has a bellows tongue to prevent debris from entering the shoe. A pair of pull tabs is located on the tip of the tongue and the collar for an easy on and off. Also, these same components are padded to address comfort.

Merrell Capra GTX Prevent debris from entering the shoe

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 454g / Women 355g
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.