Let me begin with a poem I wrote about these hiking boots…
Your natural form
Will glide upon the ground
Boots that talk to your muscles
They will do as you say
They will never let you down
They might even out think you
Welcome to hi-tech footwear
As a person who very seldom wears anything but sneakers and sport shoes, it was natural for me to buy hiking boots that were similar to my sports shoes. I needed something capable of withstanding the rigors of outdoor activities all year round. The benefits that Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots provide, according to the advertising, are all of the qualities that I actually need to be active all year round, in any type of weather.
This wasn’t exactly a shock to me, as I had always heard good things about Merrell footwear. Now it was time to find out if what I heard was actually true.
Here is the thing; I am someone who loves being active, and by that I mean going hiking, skiing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, even during the coldest days. In order to do this I needed boots that were completely waterproof, warm, and stable enough to grip any terrain.
Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots are a great combo of leather, synthetic, fabric and a lot of thick rubber. The uppers are a nice blend of the first three materials, and they truly work their magic to keep the foot warm and waterproof inside. These boots seal out water and lets moisture escape. They were exactly what I needed.
The lacing closure is right according to my taste (better than Velcro for sure). The padded tongue fits just right over the upper part of the foot, so neither the cold, rain, dirt or anything else can penetrate inside.
Merrell produced shoes with dye cut rubber and a breathable mesh lining treated with “M Select FRESH” odor control. I started appreciating all of these features once I realized that my feet were perfectly fine, it was the shoes I used to wear that were causing me all the odor problems. Forget about all those anti-odor sprays and creams, your shoes need to have odor control.
Omni-Fit Lacing & Merrell Stratafuse
The Merrell Omni-Fit Lacing system and Merrell Stratafuse™ upper provide these hiking boots with a precise, glove-like fit. The size I ordered did fit me perfectly (length and width). The Merrel Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots were recommended to me as lightweight boots, and indeed they were.
This hiking boot, unlike most of the boots you will find out there, is made with molded TPU external heel counter that adds exceptional stability.
Merrel Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots have a 5.5mm drop, 14mm heel cush, and 8.5mm forefoot cush. In other words, you don’t need to measure these things; they are pretty visible.
The heel doesn’t fall drastically, and the platform is well balanced, so the difference in the numbers is pretty hard to notice. The foot needs to lie down in the shoe in its natural position, which means the arch has to be slightly elevated. That way the foot gets the needed arch support, and when that part of the foot is good, your entire body is well postured, and you walk with a straight back without trying to balance.
UNI-FLY Midsole For Added Stability
The UNI-FLY mid-sole disperses impact and stabilizes for a solid take off. The mid-sole is made of soft E-Foam blended with a I-Tech harder top sheet.
When it comes to the rubber out-soles, the lugs are 5mm in depth and hollowed for additional lightness. As a result you get a better and harder grip wherever you walk. The outsole is Vibram®.
The shaft is not too low nor too high. It goes about 152 millimeters from the arch, more or less, up to the ankle. They are excellent for wearing when you’re doing your errands, and they will keep you safe, warm, and stable all day long, so wearing them at work is good too. I try to keep mine only for my sport activities and for hiking, but it doesn’t mean I will not wear them when I am going shopping.
Impressive But With One Or Two Hang Ups
My suggestion is to double check your size, and be careful when you order these online, because more often than not, you may end up with the size you ordered but the shoes won’t match.
Luckily, I didn’t have that problem, although I know some women who had to return the shoes, and wait for another delivery. Besides that little problem, the Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots are going to impress you.
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