The Merrel Refuge Core Mid Ventilator boot was tested in the follow ways.
1. During a normal work day
2. Walking 6 miles in the city around the neighborhood no pack
3. Hiking 6 miles with a 40lb pack with water food the works.
Not only are they are great looking boot they also are quite comfortable and work for many types of situations. While wearing the boots I was also wearing a very light weight liner, and lighter weight Point6 Socks. One thing I did notice and would consider really the only complaint I had about the boots was that my feet got really hot while walking both in town and out on the trail. They just always felt warm but did not sweat any more than normal compared to other boots. They held up well very well with the pack weight and had enough cushion to not need thicker or special insoles.
They are a little on the heavier side weighing in at 2 lbs. 1 oz. So for those of you looking for a really light weight boot you might skip these for consideration. The rest of you who are not so focused on the weight I would recommend them.
Average price for the boots ranges between $100 -$150.
I would like to thank the fine folks over at Nature Shop for providing the boots. You can find them online on Twitter @natureshop_ and Facebook and check out their website for some great deals on boots and other apparel.
Full Disclosure: The Merrel Refuge Core Mid Ventilator boots used in this review were provided to me by Nature Shop at no charge however this did not influence my review in any way. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.