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Chameleon 7 Mid GORE-TEX®

£160.00
GBP 160.00
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Tuned Stability

Tuned Flexplate™ technology takes
hiking stability to new levels.

Featherweight Protection

Ultra-lightweight Flexplate™ for ultimate stability and protection.

Smart Grip

Perfectly placed rubber pods offer
traction without the added weight.

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As adaptable as the reptile it's inspired by, this mid GORE-TEX® hiker features protection, stability, and ultra-lightweight construction.
• GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, exceptional breathability and waterproof performance
• Nubuck, suede leather and mesh upper
• Metal hook and lacing eyelet for secure lacing
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• Protective rubber toe cap
• Molded TPU heel counter for added stability
• Breathable mesh lining
• Kinetic Fit™ Base removable contoured insole for flexible support
• Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
• EVA midsole for stability and comfort
• Lightweight FlexPlate™ technology provides torsional rigidity tuned to end use
• Flex Index Grade 4
• Vibram® TC5+ outsole
• 3mm lug depth

MEN'S SIZES: 7-12, 13, 14, 15
MEN'S WEIGHTS: 2lbs2oz/976g
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A massive let down I’ve been a fan of Merrell shoes for years. I’ve found the Chameleon range to be comfortable and historically very durable. For these reasons, I had high hopes for the Chameleon 7. The Chameleon 7 is priced like a premium product at £160. This means that the mid competes with offerings from Scarpa, Salomon, Lowa, Mammut and Meindl, all fine footwear makers. What is premium about this shoe is the comfort. One thing Merrell have always done well is comfort - this shoes was very comfortable straight out of the box. However, for me, this is where the praise ends. The soles of this shoe were dreadful in the wet. Bordering on dangerous. It coped poorly with grass, rock and even doorsteps in the wet. I found the sole unstable and unpredictable. I would not, having tried it, trust this shoe to grip in the wet. Then on to the design - for a premium price product, it has a cut-price feel. None of the lace-up hardware is metal, no speed la inf system, very little to explain that high price tag. I got these shoes for free from Merrell, it had I paid for them, the finish would be disappointing. Finally, the durability - I owned these shoes for less than a week before the seams holding the upper and inner together at the top of the laces had come apart, exposing the inner gore-tex lining. This was described to me by Merrell as their flagship shoe. I really hope it isn’t, or they’re in trouble. Merrell quality has been going downhill in recent years, this is a further example and I was hugely disappointed by how poorly designed, poorly made and how the shoes failed inside a week.

A massive let down

Jan 15, 2018
I’ve been a fan of Merrell shoes for years. I’ve found the Chameleon range to be comfortable and historically very durable. For these reasons, I had high hopes for the Chameleon 7. The Chameleon 7 is priced like a premium product at £160. This means that the mid competes with offerings from Scarpa, Salomon, Lowa, Mammut and Meindl, all fine footwear makers. What is premium about this shoe is the comfort. One thing Merrell have always done well is comfort - this shoes was very comfortable straight out of the box. However, for me, this is where the praise ends. The soles of this shoe were dreadful in the wet. Bordering on dangerous. It coped poorly with grass, rock and even doorsteps in the wet. I found the sole unstable and unpredictable. I would not, having tried it, trust this shoe to grip in the wet. Then on to the design - for a premium price product, it has a cut-price feel. None of the lace-up hardware is metal, no speed la inf system, very little to explain that high price tag. I got these shoes for free from Merrell, it had I paid for them, the finish would be disappointing. Finally, the durability - I owned these shoes for less than a week before the seams holding the upper and inner together at the top of the laces had come apart, exposing the inner gore-tex lining. This was described to me by Merrell as their flagship shoe. I really hope it isn’t, or they’re in trouble. Merrell quality has been going downhill in recent years, this is a further example and I was hugely disappointed by how poorly designed, poorly made and how the shoes failed inside a week.
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