If you have ever wondered why Bear Grylls puts his clothes in his backpack when crossing a stream but leaves his shoes on, its because of the incredible waterproofing of his Merrells. The Merrell Gore-Tex gasket makes a totally waterproof seal to keep his feet dry for the other side. Besides, if Bear were to meet a bear on the other side, it’s a lot easier to evade with shoes on.
Merrell produce a wide range of waterproof Gore-Tex shoes for men featuring either a Gore-Tex gasket or a Gore-Tex membrane. The GTX and XCR notation refers to the dense Gore-Tex mesh creating a waterproof seal, rather than a lightweight Gore-Tex lining click here.
Merrell Chameleon 3 Ventilator Gore-Tex GTX
The Merrell Ventilator is a remarkable Merrell walking and hiking shoe designed to take on the trail in all weather conditions. Now in its third generation, the Chameleon has seen considerable improvements on its design since its launch, of which waterproofing is just one. The shoes have an improved TC5 sticky rubber outsole with an innovative tread pattern to make light work of soft ground and provide excellent traction. Directly underfoot an anatomically moulded footbed, TPU heel and Merrell Air Cushion take the sting out of uneven broken ground for great support and cushioning. Constructed with a mesh upper for breathability and synthetic leather or suede for robustness, they keep your feet in great shape after even the most arduous of hikes.
Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR
The Chameleon Evo is of the same ilk as the Ventilator, offering more classic walking shoe styling, albeit with a few Merrell special features. The lacing system uses a bungee cord design for quick and easy adjustment, perfect for when the fingers are cold. The outsole still offers 4mm Vibram sticky rubber lugs with a tread pattern constructed for fast movement. Nubuck leather uppers offer great longevity and reduce wear, whilst Enduro mesh panels keep the shoes highly breathable.
Merrell Moab Gore-Tex XCR
For the Moab, Merrell have reduced the weight to an absolute minimum with a lightweight and breathable mesh upper with synthetic leather for reinforcement, keeping the weight down. Highly flexible and comfortable, it is a great all round waterproof trainer which can be worn in comfort throughout the day, and can still hold its own on the trail. For trekking and backpacking it is a great choice and makes light work of boggy ground with a chunky multi-sport sticky rubber outsole.
The Merrell Intercept is an excellent all round walking shoe, highly comfortable on the flat, but equally at home on the trail.Gore-Tex makes it 100% waterproof, a strobel construction provides great flexibility for a natural flex, whilst the Axis sole features 4.5mm lugs and sticky Vibram rubber for grip. Designed to offer excellent cross-terrain traction if you want flexibility and style then it is a great choice.