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Merrell Verterra Mid Sport GTX review

A rugged trainer-like hiking boot that's ideal for every-day wearing and energetic activities this winter. Best of all you can run in them

The Verterra’s have been my steady companion for the past month.

First and foremost, they are extremely comfortable. I particularly like the way they felt against my feet when I pulled the laces tight. And boy can you hike quickly in them. In actual fact these are hiking boots you can actually run in. They’re also extremely well made – I can’t find any issue with the quality of any of the materials used. The toe box has rubber protection and it’s been doing its job; but there are a few scratches in this material (see below). It means the Verterra’s will take on a rugged, worn character the more you use them. Note the ventilated area which is waterproof thanks to a lining of Gore-tex.

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A word of note, there are two versions of the Verterra. There’s the Verterra Mid Sport GTX which has Gore-tex in them (£130) and the Verterra Mid Waterproof (£120, so ten pounds less).

VERDICT
“A rugged trainer-like hiking boot that’s ideal for every-day wearing and energetic activities this winter. Best of all you can run in them.”

Just add mud...

Just add mud…

Merrell's BOUNDTRK system is superb

Merrell’s BOUNDTRK system is superb

Red stitching as well as a token nod to it having Gore-tex

Red stitching as well as a token nod to it having Gore-tex

And these chunky, metal loops are very pleasing

And these chunky, metal loops are very pleasing

Lacing system gives equal pressure across the top of the foot

Lacing system gives equal pressure across the top of the foot

Familiar styling that extends across the entire Merrell range

Familiar styling that extends across the entire Merrell range

Amazing grip pattern

Amazing grip pattern

Says what they are

Says what they are

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.