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Merrell or Vasque?

Postby jimii3 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:05 pm

I have been checking out hiking shoes and have narrowed down the choice to the Vasque Kota or Merrell Chameleon.

I have really narrow feet with a very high arch and was wondering if anybody owns either one and could fill me in on the width and arch on these two. All the reviews out there just mention how good they are and don't go into specifics.

Also, if you have personal favorite not listed that would fit my foot well, feel free to recommend.

Thanks in advance,

Jim
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Postby climbhard511 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:26 pm

The Merrells run a bit wide. I have an average width foot and there is a little play to the sides. They also have a harder shank then most shoes in their class, ie not a lot of padding for the bottom of one's foot, comparitively speaking.
Other then that i love them and have completely worn out one pair (700 miles) which they replaced for free because i had only owned them for 2 months. guess i forgot to tell them i was hiking 14 miles a day and have since purchased my third pair.
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Postby jimii3 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:41 pm

I am one of those people, where when i lace up any shoe they touch eyelets in the middle.

Any Vasque owners out there?
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Postby Jack » Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:29 am

Hey jimii3,
I would assume that you are looking at a comparably low cut version of the chameleon similar to the Vasque Kota since there appear to be a bunch of different models. I have never been a huge fan of Merrells and I had a pair of mid cut Vasques a while back that were great. Now the Vasques seem to be cut a bit too narrowly for me, but that seems to be one thing that you are looking for. Concerning arch support, when looking at light hikers or even midweight hiking boots often the arch support provided by the factory insoles is fairly mediocre. I have always used Superfeet (the green ones) and they give you much better support than probably any regular boot insole would. My feet pronate pretty badly - when I stand up they roll in towards eachother - and the Superfeet do a great job of preventing that pronation. Everybody's feet are different though, so what works for me might not be the best for you, but that's my 2 pennies. My suggestion would be to find places that actually sell the pairs you're looking at and just try em on.
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Postby timstich » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:34 am

I've had problems with Merrells delaminating on the soles. My Vasques have always been solid.
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Postby 2_Salukis » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:50 am

I've got very narrow feet too. In fact, I can't think of a pair of sports shoes that don't have either 3rd-party insoles or an extra layer in them.

I don't have either model you're considering, but I've found that in general Vasque are better as far as narrower width, than Merrell. But the volume of either can be taken up with Superfeet or the like.
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Re: Merrell or Vasque?

Postby CorduroyCalves » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:24 am

jimii3 wrote:I have been checking out hiking shoes and have narrowed down the choice to the Vasque Kota or Merrell Chameleon.

I have really narrow feet with a very high arch and was wondering if anybody owns either one and could fill me in on the width and arch on these two. All the reviews out there just mention how good they are and don't go into specifics.

Also, if you have personal favorite not listed that would fit my foot well, feel free to recommend.

Thanks in advance,

Jim


Jim, have you tried both of them on? How well one fits your foot over the other should be the determining factor. JMO.
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Postby lodidodi » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:32 am

I have Vasque Breeze's and they are great on trails but slippery on wet rock. I have the ones with the gortex liner and they don't breath as much as I would like but overall they are great.
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Postby USAKeller » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:35 am

I'll throw out another vote for the Merrell Chameleon 's - from much personal experience, it's quite a versatile day hiking shoe, with excellent stability on rocks, and the Vibram soles have great grip. I've abused them for 2 summers and they're still in great shape- I could definitely have used them again for another season (but I just had to have a new pair instead :D ).

However, I can see how they might be a problem for people with narrow feet. Like the others above have mentioned, add the green Superfeet in them to help take up a little room, while adding additonal arch support. VWLover is right- try them both on with/without arch support, and see what feels better.
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Postby tundraline » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:05 am

FWIW, Chuck Bird, Neptune Mountaineeering's pedorthist (or boot fitting specialist), recommended I consider switching boot brands from La Sportiva to either Merrell or Vasque because their lasts are wider than La Sportiva's (I have exceptionally wide feet). You might consider telephoning Chuck at (303) 887-5365. I'm sure he would be happy to give you a few tips.
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Postby Lyssah » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:46 am

My Vasque boots were the first thing I bought when I moved to Colorado and I have NEVER REGRETTED IT. They are so comfortable that even after 12+ hours of hiking, my feet are still loving life. I use them for both hiking and snowshoeing. They are well insulated so your feet stay warm during the winter but breathe decently enough so you arent a big sweatball in the summer. I have put an uncountable amount of tough mileage on them and they havent shown any significant wear on the leather and the sole shows no signs of pulling away from the boot. They are great, I would recommend them to ANYONE.
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Postby gdthomas » Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:25 pm

I have a pair of Vasque Zephyr GTX's (it's a high, gore-tex, backpacking boot) and while they are comfortable, dry and grip fairly well, they are not very durable. It may just be my hiking style that's to blame or the fact that my previous boots (Salomon X-Mountain) were bitchin', but I'd be interested in hearing from others on the durability of Vasque's line of footwear.

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