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Merrell MQM Flex GTX

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The Draw: Wet- And Tear-Free Trail Feel

Merrell has really nailed glove-like fit, which only added to our testers’ appreciation of these flexible-yet-sturdy trail shoes. With 3.5mm lugs, the MQM Flex gains plentiful purchase, while the bi-directional midsole and outsole construction and flex grooves prevent excessive rigidity. A protective pad and anatomical design complete the package. The GoreTex InvisibleFit keeps out moisture; a lightweight, breathable mesh lining with overlays, and a bellowed tongue keep out gravel and sand. (Women’s shown in photo)

$140, 10mm drop, W 9.5 oz/M 11.5 oz

*Off-Road Best in Class*

Review by Adam Chase