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Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid-Rise Hiking Boots
By Kara Stanley
April 25, 2008
NAME: Kara Stanley
EMAIL: karguo (at) yahoo dot com
LOCATION: Washington, DC
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)
I backpacking for the first time in 2006 and am now hooked on it. I
have hiked most of my life, though growing up the in South most of my
hikes were flat land or small hills. Since moving to the DC area I
have really gotten into hiking, doing both day hikes and multi-day
backpacking trips, but warm weather hikes only! Since I am on a tight
budget I tend to have heavier gear, but am hoping to covert to a
lighter hiking style as money permits.
Manufacture Date: 2006
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Style: Mesa II Ventilator Hiking Boot
Size: Women's US size 11 (Available in women's US sizing 5-11,
including 1/2 sizes to 10)
Listed Weight: Both boots: 1 kg (2 lbs, 3 oz)
Actual Weight: Both boots: 850 g (1 lb, 14 oz)
Material: 1.6 mm (0.06 in) pigskin leather with breathable mesh
panels upper and mesh lining, Benecke Ceaprene® toe bumper,
breathable Ventilator bellows tongue.
Warranty: "Merrell's warranty program applies to defective materials
and workmanship and lasts for one year on shoes and boots and 90 days
on sport sandals from the date of purchase."
These are mid-rise light weight hiking boots which are a mix of gray
leather and mesh with a dark green toe and heel bumpers and black and
tan soles that have a grippy oval pattern on them. They lace through
4 ribbon loops, one metal loop and finish off with metal hooks, which
make them easy-on easy-off.
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and sole view">>
I purchased these boots in early August 2006 about a month before a 2-
day hike. Since then I have worn them on everything from rocks to
pavement to gravel trails, hiking over 170 miles in them to date.
Most of the hikes have occurred in Northern Virginia and Southern
Maryland, mostly along the Appalachian Trail and in Shenandoah
National Park. Elevation ranges from about 1,500 to 3,500' (457 m to
1,067 m). I did complete two four-day hikes, one in Glacier NP and
the other in the Grand Tetons, total mileage about 70 miles (113 km)
in a 10-day period (two off days between hikes).
I purchased the boots because I have weak ankles that often twist
when walking on loose rocks and needed a mid-high boot that wasn't
too heavy or too pricey. The Mesa II fit the bill and were available
in a women's size 11, a size that is often hard to find.
These boots are a mid-high boot that provides a good amount of ankle
support for the lower ankle. Before purchasing them, I hiked in
running shoes and often turned my ankles on loose rocks. Since I've
started wearing the boots the number of times I twist my ankles while
hiking has been reduced by approximately 85%. The fit is good, I have
wide feet but these fit well even with thick wool hiking socks on. I
did not break in the boots before doing a 20-mile 2-day hike and did
not get any blisters. For the last half of the hike it was drizzling
and the boots became damp, but still did not rub blisters. The only
blister I've got was a result of the socks I wore on a 15 miles walk
on a hard-packed dirt trail. Since switching sock types I've been
They are a great 3 season boot as the ventilation mesh allows air to
pass through. I would not recommend them for cold weather or cool
windy conditions as the mesh allows the wind to cut right through the
boot. They are by no means waterproof or very water resistant, even
after the application of a fabric and leather waterproofer. That
being said I have worn them with wool hiking socks during a spring
storm and still found them to be comfortable and not rub blisters
even though my feet blister easily.
While hiking I have found that they are great on rocks as hardly
anything can be felt through the sole, but what is felt helps me to
keep in touch with the walking surface. I find that they are a bit
uncomfortable when hiking on hard packed surfaces such as dirt roads
and paved paths. This could probably be eliminated with gel-insoles,
but since I do most of my hiking on dirt and rock paths I haven't
bothered to try this. These boots were great on my two four-day hikes
carrying a pack of about 40 lb (18 kg). My friend had horrid heavy
boots which gave her blisters within the first five miles of the
My only complaint is that on the right boot the sole has started to
separate from the boot in about three months ago. Since I am not good
at keeping receipts, I have not tried to return them, I'll just glue
it back down. Other then that they show moderate wear considering
that I am very hard on my hiking boots and often hike with a 30 to 35
lb (13.5 kg to 15.9 kg) backpack.
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that started to come unglued">>
Overall they are a great boot at a great price. They feel more like a
tennis shoe then a hiking boot. The ankle support they provide helps
to reduce the chances of ankle twisting.
Things I like:
No break-in period needed
Mid-rise provides added ankle support for those with weak ankles
Things I don't like:
Not warm enough for winter hikes
Sole started to separate after about 6 months of use
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