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If a rugged hiking shoe and a water sandal had a baby...
Tough terrain, long distances, and water crossings? No big deal for the Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve Men's Shoe, an open, water-shedding, ground-gobbling hiking shoe that's designed to go fast in tough conditions. The leather and synthetic upper is designed to let water drain quickly, so your feet dry fast, while the neoprene and Lycra collar ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Merrell's UniFly midsole gives you great feel for the ground while protecting your feet from aggressive rocks and roots, while the TCS+ Vibram rubber sole grips like a salamander to wet, slick, and rocky terrain. As a bonus, the Blaze features Merrell's M Select Fresh antimicrobial treatment, so your feet and shoes will smell fresh as daisies even after you've been on the trail for days.
- Leather and synthetic upper
- Neoprene and Lycra collar
- M Select Fresh antimicrobial treatment
- UniFly midsole
- TCS+ Vibram rubber sole
- Q & A
Initial impressions are great!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9 mens
Got these today and have been wearing them all afternoon, with and without socks.
I'm impressed! Not rubbing anywhere. They're snug without being uncomfortable. They hug my feet and almost feel like socks, yet have the security of tennis shoes. The sole grips well (went in the back yard and climbed around on some rocks) for sandals. Love the elastic through the heel; they slip on quickly but perform like a lace-up low-cut hiking shoe. I think I might be in love.
This is the 3rd pair of Merrells I've bought over the years (the others were a mid-size hiking shoe and one of their Jungle Mocs several years ago) and I have yet to find a pair that I didn't like.
Merrell out of blaze
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 11
Gave as gift my brother in law wares them often very comfortable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 10.5
I plan to hike in these occasionally, so I've been wearing these pretty much everyday to break them in. I will say the air flow isn't great particularly around my toes and I do feel the slightest amount of perspiration under the soles of my feet so we'll see how they hold up hiking. However, I should add that I'm a pretty sweaty guy so you may not have this problem.
These run slightly small. I typically wear a 9.5-10 US and I ordered these in a 10.5 and they fit perfectly. I have fairly flat feet so these fit much better than the Keens I was considering. The weight is really good for a sandal that wraps around the back of your ankle. Overall a very comfortable sandal.
I've had a chance to hike with these for about 25 miles. I still really love them overall, but two things are slightly annoying. First, is these regularly allow rocks and dirt in to your sandal. Due to the closed toes, it essentially requires unstrapping the heal and removing the loose debris. Although I didn't buy these for running, I learned this can definitely cause issues for trail running.
The other issue I have with these are they have a fairly thin sole. This can cause rocks to feel like they are jabbing into the bottom of your feet. As a result, I think these are much better suited for hiking on trail rather than scrambling.
Overall I'm still really glad I bought these. Super comfortable, in fact I'm wearing them as I write this. ****