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Men's Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX® SURROUND™

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Go faster, longer. Designed for trekkers on longer hikes, the Venture has GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ for enhanced waterproof/breathability and Megagrip for superior traction.
FEATURES
• Mesh and synthetic upper
• Traditional lace closure
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• Breathable mesh lining
• Single-density removable footbed
• Molded nylon arch shank
• Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
• 3.5mm lug depth
• Weight: 4lbs / 1825g
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High-performance breathable
waterproof protection.
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Vegan Friendly
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0% animal products.
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High-performance rubber soles with unmatched
durability, stability and slip resistance.
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3 5
Not really waterproof :( Was very excited about taking my cool looking and super comfortable Capras on my early 2018 winter hikes. Initial experience was that shoes are comfortable and had excellent grip on a challenging terrain. Big surprise came when I realized that contrary to Merrell's claim, they are far from being waterproof. So far I've gone on just 2 hikes along trails covered in maybe 1 - 3" of snow. Naturally some snow gotten on the top of the toe box of the shoe. I paid little attention to this, comfortable in the knowledge that the Surround GoreTex lining will keep my feet dry. To my disappointment that did not happen. I was the only person in our group who ended the hike with cold and wet toes. Same happened on the second hike with even less snow on the ground. Also, after just 3 hikes and total of 33 miles, the white accent threads (apparently introduced for decorative purposes into the mesh of the outside shell ) started to disintegrate along the creases on the top of the toe area. This gave practically new shoes somewhat aged and sad look. I gave the product 3 stars for its comfort and grip. Took off 2 stars for poor water proofing and quality of the external shell. I bought shoes brand new from REI. REI had discontinued this model. I do not know the reason, but suspect they expected better quality at this price point and from a well respected manufacturer. My final verdict, based on the pair shipped to my by REI, that in this particular instance, you do NOT get what you pay for.

Not really waterproof :(

Jan 07, 2018
Was very excited about taking my cool looking and super comfortable Capras on my early 2018 winter hikes. Initial experience was that shoes are comfortable and had excellent grip on a challenging terrain. Big surprise came when I realized that contrary to Merrell's claim, they are far from being waterproof. So far I've gone on just 2 hikes along trails covered in maybe 1 - 3" of snow. Naturally some snow gotten on the top of the toe box of the shoe. I paid little attention to this, comfortable in the knowledge that the Surround GoreTex lining will keep my feet dry. To my disappointment that did not happen. I was the only person in our group who ended the hike with cold and wet toes. Same happened on the second hike with even less snow on the ground. Also, after just 3 hikes and total of 33 miles, the white accent threads (apparently introduced for decorative purposes into the mesh of the outside shell ) started to disintegrate along the creases on the top of the toe area. This gave practically new shoes somewhat aged and sad look. I gave the product 3 stars for its comfort and grip. Took off 2 stars for poor water proofing and quality of the external shell. I bought shoes brand new from REI. REI had discontinued this model. I do not know the reason, but suspect they expected better quality at this price point and from a well respected manufacturer. My final verdict, based on the pair shipped to my by REI, that in this particular instance, you do NOT get what you pay for.
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3 5
A boot that delivers - almost I purchased these boots as soon as they wee available last winter from my local Merrell store (alas it has since closed). Found the boot to be extremely comfortable and the grip on wet rocks has been outstanding but in mud they seem to slip and slide a little more than I would like. I have over 800 miles in them over the last 11 months under all conditions(snow, ice, hot and humid, cool and dry) They are as comfortable today as the first mile I walked in them and the soles have very reasonable tread wear. The one thing that limits my rating is the Gore-tex surround, its not performing as well as I expected, perhaps its due to the overall breathability of the boots. However, given the price point I would expect that to perform better than I have experienced.

A boot that delivers - almost

Nov 14, 2017
I purchased these boots as soon as they wee available last winter from my local Merrell store (alas it has since closed). Found the boot to be extremely comfortable and the grip on wet rocks has been outstanding but in mud they seem to slip and slide a little more than I would like. I have over 800 miles in them over the last 11 months under all conditions(snow, ice, hot and humid, cool and dry) They are as comfortable today as the first mile I walked in them and the soles have very reasonable tread wear. The one thing that limits my rating is the Gore-tex surround, its not performing as well as I expected, perhaps its due to the overall breathability of the boots. However, given the price point I would expect that to perform better than I have experienced.
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5 5
Theses are the most comfortable shoes I ever had. Hi just purchased on their canadian site two pairs of the "CAPRA MID SPORT GORE-TEX" J65023, that look identical to theses, after wearing the first pair for a couple of days.. They are amazingly lightweight. How long will they last ? I have not the slightest idea. I had an accident some 25 years ago, that required that one of my ankle be repaired with two steel plates held by 6 screws, that are still there today. Since that accident I need orthopedic soles, that I was able to install without a problem in theses new shoes. I walked a minimum of 5 miles everyday. I am 71 years old, and they have been the most comfortable shoes I ever had

Theses are the most comfortable shoes I ever had.

Sep 05, 2017
Hi just purchased on their canadian site two pairs of the "CAPRA MID SPORT GORE-TEX" J65023, that look identical to theses, after wearing the first pair for a couple of days.. They are amazingly lightweight. How long will they last ? I have not the slightest idea. I had an accident some 25 years ago, that required that one of my ankle be repaired with two steel plates held by 6 screws, that are still there today. Since that accident I need orthopedic soles, that I was able to install without a problem in theses new shoes. I walked a minimum of 5 miles everyday. I am 71 years old, and they have been the most comfortable shoes I ever had
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5 5
Hands down the best hiking/backpacking boot I have ever owned! Let me start by saying I am now am a HUGE Merrell fan! I bought a pair of their boots about 10 years ago and had only lightly used them until recently when the waterproofing failed me in the snow. I sent them an email asking customer service what to do and without fail they offered me a new pair of boots, I was shocked! I was even more surprised when I received these Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX® SURROUND. Since I have had them I have taken them in all kinds of conditions: mud, snow, etc. and all kinds of uses day hikes, multi-day backpacking, working in the yard, etc. Never have a more comfortable waterproof boot! These boots are light, comfortable, breathable, grippie in slick conditions and truly waterproof! If I had one gripe it might be that they are not all that warm, but to be honest I have not tried using "serious" socks and have mainly just relied on a pair I had from REI. Two of the things I especially love about these boots are the breathablity and sole grip. There has not been one occasion in which I have taken off my boots to find swampy wet feet or socks, my feet are always dry as a bone! Secondly, I can honestly say I have not sipped once due to a failure of the sole but instead due to poor foot placement on my part. If you are on the fence about buying these boots, I honestly would not flinch to buying these just to have a second pair. For the weight and comfort, they simply cannot be beat (in my mind).

Hands down the best hiking/backpacking boot I have ever owned!

Aug 13, 2017
Let me start by saying I am now am a HUGE Merrell fan! I bought a pair of their boots about 10 years ago and had only lightly used them until recently when the waterproofing failed me in the snow. I sent them an email asking customer service what to do and without fail they offered me a new pair of boots, I was shocked! I was even more surprised when I received these Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX® SURROUND. Since I have had them I have taken them in all kinds of conditions: mud, snow, etc. and all kinds of uses day hikes, multi-day backpacking, working in the yard, etc. Never have a more comfortable waterproof boot! These boots are light, comfortable, breathable, grippie in slick conditions and truly waterproof! If I had one gripe it might be that they are not all that warm, but to be honest I have not tried using "serious" socks and have mainly just relied on a pair I had from REI. Two of the things I especially love about these boots are the breathablity and sole grip. There has not been one occasion in which I have taken off my boots to find swampy wet feet or socks, my feet are always dry as a bone! Secondly, I can honestly say I have not sipped once due to a failure of the sole but instead due to poor foot placement on my part. If you are on the fence about buying these boots, I honestly would not flinch to buying these just to have a second pair. For the weight and comfort, they simply cannot be beat (in my mind).
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4 5
Comfortable True fit, like the cushioned midsole a lot. The loops sewn in the top of the shoe which act as guides for the shoe laces add some pressure spots to top of foot, for me this is a negative, I find my self not tying shoe as tight as I would like. The toe portion/ inside is firm and on steep down hill terrain my foot slides forward and presses against it and become some what painfull, but on flat moderate terrain they are not bad. I probably would not buy this same hiking shoe again.

Comfortable

Jun 08, 2017
True fit, like the cushioned midsole a lot. The loops sewn in the top of the shoe which act as guides for the shoe laces add some pressure spots to top of foot, for me this is a negative, I find my self not tying shoe as tight as I would like. The toe portion/ inside is firm and on steep down hill terrain my foot slides forward and presses against it and become some what painfull, but on flat moderate terrain they are not bad. I probably would not buy this same hiking shoe again.
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