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Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe

After spending a week in the San Juan Islands going on rigorous daily hikes, I was happy to have brought my Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Mid Waterproof hiking shoes along. They held up to the challenging daily regime and kept my feet comfortable and happy with each step we took together.

I really liked that the Chameleon Arc 2 Mid Waterproof hiking shoes were so lightweight--they weight about 2 lbs--but still provided good ankle support. They're also attractive. The combination of suede and nubuck leather look great.

Thanks to a waterproof inner material, my feet stayed dry on damp trails and rainy hikes. I had to wade through a few streams that were too wide to hop over and some water got in over the top of the shoes, but my feet still stayed mostly dry. I was impressed.

The soles are flexible, but thanks in part to the Vibram rubber outer sole, my footing always felt solid and the shoes seemed as though they continually gripped the trail.

I know I'm wearing a good hiking shoe when I don't think about my feet during a hike. My mind was definitely free to focus on the gorgeous scenery during my vacation because my feet were comfortable and dry on a variety of terrains.

Size: 5-11 (with half-sizes)

Colors: Deep Tan / Autumn Glaze and Brindle / Denim

Fabric: nubuck, pig suede leather, mesh upper and lining, breathable waterproof membrane, and Vibram sole.

Bottom Line: Quality, good looks, comfortable design and waterproof construction make these hiking shoes a good choice for avid outdoors people who enjoy day hiking in a variety of conditions with confidence and comfort. --C.W. (Aug. 2011)

BUY ONLINE: $130, on sale for $89.99 at REI . On sale at Amazon.

Manufacturer's Site: www.merrell.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.