Thursday, 26 June 2014

Merrell 'Grassbow' mid Gore-tex sport boot review.

The Merrell name has been around for a long time now, and produces some of the most widely recognized footwear available worldwide.
Their understanding of the users needs, incorporated with amazing attention to detail and fine craftsmanship make them one of the biggest and most popular brands of footwear on the market.

Let me introduce the 'Grassbow' Gore-tex mid height sport/walking boot.

I tested these boots on a 5hr forest walk in 29* heat, over some steep inclines, and slippy surfaces, and they really impressed me. I never lost my footing as the boots were firmly planted to the rock and ground, and my feet never got hot! I walked through the streams in the forest to see how the gore-tex membrane held up and my feet stayed totally dry. I couldn't believe just how light these things are.....they really feel part of you as they bend in all the right places and being so lightweight you forget they're on your feet!  So far, these are the best boots I've been able to try!

Designed with every walker's needs in mind the grassbow boots give maximum comfort, agility, and traction.
They are super lightweight and flexible....weighing in at only 1lb 9oz you'll hardly notice these on your feet, which is perfect for the long distance walker.
They don't need 'breaking in' (as most boots do) due to the lightweight and supple materials used which make them incredibly comfortable around the ankle area, which in turn gives no rubbing anywhere. 
The grassbow's feature a bellowed tongue which helps keep out all the twigs and grit, and with a Gore-tex membrane, you know that your feet are going to stay dry but still be allowed to breath, which is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts.
The sole incorporates Merrell's own air cushioned pocket in the heel to allow shock to be absorbed on the move, and the inside of the boots are treated with 'M-select fresh' which holds natural enzymes to tackle bacteria and smelly feet!
The outsole uses Merrell's own 'M-select' tuned grip which enhances traction when you need it and aids stability on the rocky stuff.

Overall I reckon you can't go wrong with these, they'll look after you if you look after them!  A real investment and they'll be a great addition to your outdoor gear.

The retail price from Merrell UK stands at £120, which, considering the materials that have gone into making them, is pretty great value for money.


Product Details
Product #: J24549
UPPER/LINING
• Breathable air mesh and synthetic upper
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort footwear lining protects feet and keeps them dry
• Molded TPU external heel counter for added stability
• Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select Fresh odor control
• EVA removable footbed treated with M Select Fresh odor control 
MIDSOLE/OUTSOLE
• Flexible forefoot shock absorption pad
• Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability with an EVA midsole for cushioning
• 3.5mm lug depth
• M Select GRIP tune each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it
• Vegan Friendly 
Men’s Sizes: 7-12,13,14,15
Men’s Weight: 1lb 9oz