About Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Rival Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Women)
Closeouts. Crafted with a split leather and suede upper, Merrell's Chameleon Arc 2 Rival hiking boots are designed to provide extra stability in the heel and improve flexibility in the forefoot. A Q-Form® Comfort midsole and tricot-lined, waterproof breathable membrane take the comfort one step further, making every hike a dry, custom-cushioned one.
Specs about Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Rival Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Women)
- Waterproof (All),Non-Insulated
- Waterproof materials: Waterproof breathable membrane
- Gusseted tongue
- Upper: Leather and synthetic leather
- Lining: Textile
- Removable insole
- Midsole: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
- Outsole: Vibram® rubber
- Height: 5"
- Weight (pair): 2 lb. 2 oz.
- Runs small, order 1/2 size larger
- Made in Viet Nam
- Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide
- US shipments only
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Most Helpful 5-Star Review
Reviewed by MadderRoot from Massachusetts on Sunday, July 6, 2014I've now hiked quite a bit in these boots, including a 12-mile hike out in Glacier National Park in Montana. If you are only going for short day hikes, maybe 2-3 miles, I could recommend them somewhat... But definitely not for long distance!
When I initially purchased these boots, I did order 1/2 a size up (from 7 to 7.5) like the reviews suggested and when I first wore them they felt fine in the toe box. But after some serious hiking I discovered these put pressure on top of my big toe nail and the blood blisters under my toe nail from my MT trip just grew out 10 months later. I don't notice the pressure AT ALL when I'm wearing them short distances but after 6+ miles I start to feel it.
When I hike a steep downhill, my feet slide down into the toe box, curling/cramping my toes and giving me blisters on top of my smaller toes. I usually wear thick cushioned Darn Tough socks. I'd be afraid to try an even larger size because of how much I already side down into the shoe, even when the laces are extra-tight. But you would think the larger size would relieve me of the big toe pressure.
In addition to that, my little toe feels cramped on the side after long-distance, and the shoe encourages "boot toe." My little toe starts to curl outwards putting pressure on the nail. And I have fairly narrow-medium width feet.
They also give blisters in the heel on 6 mile+ hikes.
Reviewed by Nina Luma from Quito-Ecuador on Sunday, February 2, 2014I'm from Ecuador and I'm a biologist so I was looking for comfortable waterproof shoes to use during my field work. When I bought this pair I wasn't sure because they seem a little bit tall for me but after using them at the field I was so amazed of how comfortable and how TRUE waterproof are!!! I'm really in love with this boots and the quality of the leather is amazing I walked with this during the rainy season in the jungle and never got wet feet, also good ventilation and great traction for slippery trails I have been using them a lot and they look like new even after working at the rocky highlands in my country. I never write reviews but I really want to share my experience with this awesome boots!!
Reviewed by Hobo from Michigan on Thursday, April 25, 2013I purchased these boots, as I have loved my other Merrells. I had to return them as their sizes run small. I always wear a 6.5 and these boots were way too tight. Look like very nice boots, but make sure you order a half size larger.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by MAdogluvr from MA on Thursday, January 31, 2013I have an older pair of leather Chameleon boots that I loved, these are about a size smaller and much narrower in the toe. Very disappointed. They went back.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by AdventureOrr from Apple Valley, CA on Saturday, January 5, 2013I loved my first pair of Merrell hiking boots so as they aged I decided to stick with Merrell for my second pair. They aren't quite as comfortable as my last pair but I really love how stable they feel. They have a bit more sole than my old ones but the shape of the sole makes my foot feel like it's just rolling over the rocks on montain trails. I think that will really help on long rocky hikes.
Question & Answer
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“If I were to wear thicker socks, should I go up a full size instead? I normally wear a sz 7? The socks I intend to wear are Timberland's cushioned, stretched support 73% wool, 19% nylon, 7% polyester, and 1% spandex. Thanks!”
Yes that would be correct. You would want to go up a full size to accommodate the thick socks.