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Merrell just launched the Chameleon 7 hiking boot

Light in weight but still packing enough protection for long hikes

Mens Chameleon 7 Mid GTX, £160, red version only on sale at Go Outdoors 

Merrell first released its Chameleon hiking boot 16 years ago – and over that time it’s gone through many updates.

Here’s the seventh version which is 25% lighter than the Chameleon 6 and they weigh in at just 965g so just under the 1kg mark.

Having a mid cut pair of boots like these mean you can wear them for all kinds of activities and in normal day-to-day life too; they’re much loved by adventurers all of the world and I’m sure these even lighter versions are going to be a new favourite.

Mens Dusty Olive version, £160, available only from Blacks or Ellis Brigham 

Merrell has worked closely with Vibram on the outsole; making it lighter despite keeping 3mm-sized lugs to give you the grip you need from a hiking boot.

Inside there is a shaped insole that’s fully removable, but the real treat is the lightweight ‘Flexplate’ which you can’t see, but it protects the bottom of our feet from sharp rocks, giving just enough rigidity for its weight.

Women have the choice of ‘Ice’ or ‘Merrel Stone’ with pink flashes.

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after realising there wasn't a single publication focusing on adventure. He has been a pilot in the RAF, a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as journalist for motorcycling, flying and adventure magazines.