Merrell Men’s Waterpro Maipo Hiking Shoes Review

It’s been a while since the last time I went canyoning with my friends. This fun and somewhat generalized outdoor activity served as my stress reliever back in college days and after many years of leaving it in the past, it’s now knocking at my door again. It took only a night of beer and barbecue for my friends and me to decide we’ll go back and be one with the nature. The date was set and everything was planned accordingly, I just have one major problem – I need to invest on gears and wearable, big-time.

Since it was many years ago, I don’t have the proper attire to wear, not even a pair of good shoes. I know it’s the most difficult to buy, hence, I decided to take on it first. I found Merrell Waterpro Maipo Hiking Shoes while shopping with my kids one day and after trying it on, I knew it would be perfect for my trip.

Product Features

Something unique

Who would ever think that shoes also have their share of innovation? Merrell Waterpro Maipo Hiking Shoes upholds unique features that are equally beneficial. First would be the removable perforated foot bed. It comes with Aegis antimicrobial treatment that refrains microbes from causing the foul smell on your feet; and Etc anti-friction lining that provides tension and comfort. The shoes are carefully crafted with Lycra/Neoprene collar and tongue for better padding system. Its Strobel construction is one of my most loved features. I had no idea why the shoes are so comfortable until I found online that its blueprint includes such unique construction.

I should also highlight the fact that Merrell Waterpro Maipo Hiking Shoes are Vegan-friendly, which means no animal product is used to create every single pair of it. Now that’s a big plus especially if you’re conservative with animals. It’s also equipped with Vibram WaterPro sole and TC5+ rubber. It is responsible for keeping the shoes waterproof.

Materials that make wonder

Of course, the product material has something to do with how effective it is on all its claims. With regards to this Merrell product, its middle and outsole are composed of molded nylon arch shank. It also comes with compression molded EVA foot frame that gives extra cushioning. This feature is perfect for those with feet sensitive to bruises. I also love the specified Merrell air cushion positioned on the heel area that helps absorb shock, making you feeling less tired through long walks. It also adds stability alongside the water-friendly non-marking sipped sole.

When it comes to the upper and the lining materials, this product also comes with the best set. It is made with a combination of mesh and leather for it uppermost material. It’s also equipped with micro mesh drainage ports. The protective toe caps that prevent your toes from being squished are also unified with drainage ports.

Where it can be improved

Just like any product with minor flaws, Merrell Waterpro Maipo Hiking Shoes also has a fair share. I wish the lacing system of these shoes is a bit sturdier. I found a slight damage on such system after only 3 times of using it. After repairing it, so far I haven’t faced the same problem yet.

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Final Say

For £60-£80, you get to enjoy the benefits of high quality footwear fit for all sports and activities. Now that is something you cannot find everyday! Aside from the waterproof feature, Merrell also got this product armed with all great specifications every man will surely look for.