Merrell Outbound Mid Gore-Tex 2011

The Merrell Outbound Mid Gore-Tex weighs 1252g (pair, size 5); synthetic upper, Gore-Tex waterproof lining; huge rubber rand for durability; solid toe box for rockier ground; very aggressive Vibram outsole. But sole flex is softer than expected for such an aggressive stud and upper design; the mid-cut ankle cuff is also unusual for such an aggressively built boot.

The Merrell Outbound Mid Gore-Tex is a strange mix of features that will attract some, but I am not sure it is a perfect blend.

First published in Trail magazine May 2011