EDIT: Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots - Kara Stanley
- EDIT: Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots - Kara Stanley
Welcome to BGT. This is a good start. I have some small edits for you
to fix, and these are listed below. Please do not be offended by the
terse manner used in spelling out the edits: that's just how I find it
easiest to list them.
When you have fixed these matters please REPOST the plain text of your
OR here on this channel.
At the same time would you please put the new HTML version in the
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EDIT: you must fix this to comply with BackpackGearTest standards,
Edit: you should seriously consider fixing this in some way,
Comment: usually just that, although you might want to make a change
as a result.
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Comment: personally, I am not thrilled by the use of a pale blue font.
In my eyes the colour makes it harder to read. However, This is
probably a 'style' issue, and you are free to leave it as it is if you
> Backpacking Background:EDIT: short, but you do not say here whether you do only day walks or
over-nighters. This should be included here.
> MSRP: $80 (REI list price no price listed on web-site)EDIT: delete this line. The REI price is NOT MSRP. Only use a price
from the manufacturer web site, or put n/a if not given.
> Product descriptionEDIT: we do want to have a text-based description of the shoes in your
own words, preferably supplemented with a photo. otherwise I have no
real idea of what these shoes *look* like.
> Since then I have worn them on everything from rocks toEDIT: make into one sentence.
> pavement to gravel trails. And hiked over 170 miles in them to date.
> costing only $59.99 +tax on sale at REIEDIT: delete - that price is not relevant to someone who was not at
> often turned my ankles on loose rocks, once I started wearing the bootsEDIT: break into two sentences.
> the number of times I twist my ankles while has been reduced byEDIT: missing word (hiking?)
> result of wearing seamed-socked while walkingEDIT: 'seam-socked' ???
> I would not recommend them to cold weather or coolEdit: for cold weather
> These boots where great on my four-days hikes carryingEDIT: were great
EDIT: four-day hikes
> bout 40lbs, my friend had horrid heavyEDIT: two sentences
> Not warm enough for winter hikes if your cold-footed like meEDIT: avoid the 'your' bit: our 'no projection' rule.