I do wear them a lot - in fact I have them on right now. They are super comfortable. I have not tried them in extreme cold.
They are very light, very comfortable, great ankle support, tough construction. I should add that I have a pair of Superfeet insoles in them too)
Bulky, hot in warm weather, and a colleague of mine had a pair start to fall apart in Iraq due to the heat - the glue that connects the sole to the upper softened.
I hope this is helpful.
I think I had a pair of these as well. Can't remember the model name but good boots. Mine came with an outer leather tongue that took a bit to break in and made it difficult to tighten the boot up so it was super snug. I like my boots to be real tight like a hockey skate. But once they broke in I had no problems. I wore them out totally and now can't find that model as they have changed the look of all the Merrells (I think). But a very good boot all around. If anyone out there knows where I can get the older style Merrells online please let me know.
I own 2 pairs off belleville
One off them the cordura ript from the lace section.
all they can say is bring them back w3here you bought them.
I did get when i was in the army and now i,m not any more
soo the bases are closed for me.
bummer butt great walking shoes
Okay this is a question to the Boot Gurus.......First, Ive decided on buying a pair of Danner desert Arcadia boots. The problem i have is choosing between the desert arcadia....or the desert arcadia gtx.
The most important thing im concerned with is the outside, Is it water Repellent or does water automatically start soaking through. Since it doesnt rain much where i live and i really dont walk through kneee high water everday either, I dont know if getting the gortex liner would be a waste of money. I want a boot that is more or less water reppellent, Kind of like if the gortex was on the outside...Is there such thing?????
Has anyone ever tested these boots in wet conditions........all i ever wore in the marines...was old school jungle boots and parade boots.
Not tried those boots, but FWIW, goretex lined boot do take longer to dry out and they are hotter on the feet. I f it doesnt get that wet where you are, I'd say you dont need them. If it rains, take shelter - if you get soaked ,they'll dry out quicker. Just my 2 cents. I'd go goretex if your working in wet paddocks with a lot of early morning dew, but not otherwise.
Again I have not used this particular boot but I have been through a fair few pairs of walking and combat boots. If your boots will rarely encounter wet conditions then I would not bother with the goretex. I find that goretex liners are a nice little bit of extra protection on a full leather boot that will be used in wet conditions, a kind of belt and braces approach. On leather/cordura boots a goretex liner is not sufficient to keep the boot water proof on its own and in warm weather your feet will be hotter and sweatier. Every pair of mixed fabric boot I have owned has let water in.
To me a waterproof liner on a desert boot seems a bit pointless. In my humble opinion you should choose the non goretex but treat the leather parts with a wax like nikwax or grangers. If they are suede they won't look as nice but the boots will be adequately protected from dew and occasional soakings.
I used a mixed fabric boots a few weeks ago on a 100 hundred mile hike. Nice and light but the goretex xcr liner let water straight through. Not nice on a 20 mile day.