Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround
Leave that Moleskin at home! The new Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround are made for long treks. Your feet will last the entire hike without blisters, battering, and bruising. Merrell was able to achieve this superior comfort by using GORE-TEX SURROUND technology. Over the past two months my feet have been happy hiking and field testing around in the new Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround in the mountains of Colorado.
Initial Thoughts on the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround
Extended days on the trail require stability as well as comfort. The Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround do this with many well thought out features.
My favorite feature of the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround is the GORE-TEX SURROUND. GORE-TEX SURROUND encapsulates the foot surrounding it with the GORE-TEX material. The purpose of this technology is to prevent moisture from sweat to build up in the boot and to keep water out. Moisture causes all sorts of problems on the trail like blisters and chafing. Under the footbed a space is built in to allow moisture to escape from beneath the foot.
Inside the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround there is a single density removable footbed which comes out easily if your prefer to add your own. Below the footbed is a nylon arch support that is built in to aid in stability. In heel of the boot there is an air cushion to give more comfort when carry heavy loads or during long hikes.
The sole of the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround is made from Vibram Megagrip. Vibram Megagrip adds traction on both wet and dry surfaces. It has an almost sticky feel to it but it has excellent durability as well. This material is used in all sorts of other products from wading boots for fishing to shoes for canyoneering. The lugs on the bottom of the boot are 3.5mm and are widely spaced.
The lacing system is fairly traditional and uses hooks at top for cinching up the boot.
Testing of the Merrell Capra Venture Mid Hiking Boots
All of the technology that has gone into creating the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround has paid off. This is definitely one of the most well fitting and comfortable boots I have hiked in.
The fit of the boot is spot on and true to size. I wear a size 10.5 and this boot fits perfectly. The toe and upper portion have ample room so that feet do not feel crammed. There is not foot slip when either ascending or descending steep terrain. There is no heel slip. The boot locks the foot in place. The ankle support is outstanding as well. Also having the laces extend above the ankle gives extra ankle support as well.
Comfortable Feet = Happy Hiker
I am continually impressed with how far hiking boots have come in terms of comfort. It seems like the boots that used to beat up feet are memories from the past. The Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surrounds are incredibly comfortable. Even after the hike is over, I have found myself keeping the boots on. Usually I cannot wait to take off my hiking boots and air my feet out in some sandals. Since my feet do not overheat or get sweaty with the GORE-TEX SURROUND. The GORE-TEX SURROUND is awesome. There is a noticeable difference with the SURROUND and having the ability to vent moisture out the bottom of the footbed. Like all GORE-TEX products unless water goes above the top of the boot water is not going to get in.
I was really impressed with the comfort of these boots. I love the air cushion on the heel of the the Merrell Capra Venture Mid Hiking Boots. Especially when carrying a load up uneven surfaces I have a tendency to heel strike when walking. With the heel having the extra cushion the heel of foot does not get beat up.
Sticking to the Ground
The traction is solid. I have had no issues including hikes on muddy and slick surfaces. The 3.5mm lugs are relatively small in terms of grip on the bottom of the boots, however the Vibram Megagrip holds really well. Also the large gaps between lugs prevents pebbles from getting stuck in between.
The lacing up the boot is pretty traditional. Using the hook on the top I can cinch down this boot as tight as I need. Since the boot has such a great fit I do not need to really crank down to get the boot to stay in place. This stability in the foot translates to solid ankle support. Another feature that I really like is that this the tongue is fairly thin. The thin tongue makes it easy to lace up and not have to worry about it coming out.
Features and Specs of the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround taken from the Merrell website
- Mesh and synthetic upper
- Traditional lace closure
- Bellows tongue keeps debris out
- Breathable mesh lining
- Single-density removable footbed
- Molded nylon arch shank
- Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
- 3.5mm lug depth
- Weight: 4lbs/1825G
Overall Thoughts on the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround
The Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround has all of the bells and whistles to keep your feet comfortable. Merrell has done an excellent job adding technology to take any of the discomfort out of hiking. Between the GORE-TEX SURROUND and the Vibram Megagrip these boots are not only comfortable but functional as well. The Merrell Capra Venture Mid GORE-TEX Surround should be considered for all hiking but especially for the long distance hiker.