Stomp into the Merrell Men's Perimeter Gore-Tex Boot to backpack the Pacific Northwest. Hit the trail in confidence knowing the Gore-Tex gaskets keep water completely out so you don't show up to camp with soggy feet. Silicone-molded upper sidewalls protect your ankles and provide bomber support on long days. An air-cushion midsole and antimicrobial footbed fight fatigue and odor, and a Vibram sole grips every which way but up.
This boot is a great all-around pack boot, especially for the price. It retails at $175 and is worth every penny. They felt good right out of the box and haven't given me a blister. The break in time for me was around 40 hard miles. It is relatively light, but offers plenty of support to pack a 65 lb pound pack over rugged trails. This boot has a wide toe box. NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH NARROW FEET. Like any boot, try it on first.
I love the sole, very sticky and roles over sharp rocks and rough ground. Some people have commented about breaking lugs. This has not been a problem for me.
This boot actually has a double tongue. The first tongue is a breathable weave, containing the GorTex membrane. The second is a thick tough leather that improves the durability, keeps the boots shape, and offers great protection from brush, undergrowth, and dead-fall. Love this feature
I've had this boot for six months, and covered exceptionally rugged country, breaking trails in dinosaur monument's rocky canyons, packing the Grand Canyon, countless day hikes, multiple twenty milers in the uintas, and completing a 120 mile pack/summit trip across the uinta mountain range on the highline trail. I love them more each time i put them on.
i have used this boot during the winter. Of course the gortex keeps your feet dry. Wear a thick pair of socks. This is not a mountaineering boot and there is actually now built in insulation but the thick leather and several layers in the boot does a pretty good job. This is not a subzero boot.If there is a lot of snow, use some gators. It performs very well in my atlas snow shoes. As for mud, slush and snow and slick rocks, the lugs really bite into everything and give great traction, even on ice. It's a vibram sole so you know it will be tough and last a long time. Though the rubber sticks well, if you were going to do extended hiking in ice and appropriate snow, i would use a pair of yak trax just for the extra traction. I would not go ice fishing in these or use them to keep my feet warm while on belay duty.
So basic idea for winter, if you're doing something pretty active without too much sitting, i.e. hiking or snowshoeing, and the temperature is above zero, these will perform very well as they are much lighter than a snow boot.
oh ya, it also looks good doing all that. i'll post a pic of these i took a while back, it might help.