Continuing on our series of fall winter gear update, let’s have a look at Merrell’s 3 new models of shoes for trail lovers.
We’ve always liked the design of Merrell’s shoe range but we like the new styles a lot. More aggressive, less rounded, the All Out Terra Trail, Chameleon Shift and Carpa Leather are sure to catch the eye.
In the ever expanding range of barefoot-inspired running shoes, the All Out Terra Trail looks like the ultimate weapon. The most visible feature is the built-in sock liner, offering all round protection from dirt and debris. The aggressive diamond-shaped lugs on the outsole, 6mm deep, should bring great grip. For the truly brave out there, running above the snow line, grab the Terra Trail Ice version. Same features and design but with waterproof membrane and with tungsten carbide spikes on the sole for unmatched confidence on icy trails. From £100 / €125.
The Chameleon Shift is the latest version of the popular Chameleon model. The Shift is targeted at hiker and backpackers looking for a sturdy shoe for long adventures. Mesh vents are used along the length of the Chameleon Shift to increase moisture and heat evacuation while also keeping the weight low. If you are concerned about rain and snow, there is also a Gore-Tex version available. Vibram sole, 5mm lugs and lace-to-toe design as well as Merrell’s proprietary MBound TRK should provide traction and ample cushioning, if the last is something you want. A low model is also available. Priced at £140 / €170.
Third is the Carpa Leather, a refresh of another popular model of Merrell. Sold as a hybrid hiking-running show, the Carpa Leather blends mesh and leather in its upper. The outsole is again provided by Vibram, here the MegaGrip version with 5mm lugs and supposedly 30% better traction on smooth rock formations. The Carpa Leather is available in low and mid versions with also a Gore-Tex option. Should retail for around £140 / €160.