Merrell Capra | Gear Review
Merrell Capra Waterproof
What I like about them:
For the longest time I always wore mid or tall hiking boots. I liked the idea of having the ankle support when I was out hiking. Eventually, I came to realize there are plenty of places that I go hiking that didn’t require the ankle support. Two years ago I took the plunge and purchased a pair of low hikers. They did great when it was hot and dry out. If it was wet and muddy I had to go back to my taller boots. This time around I was looking for a low hiker that was also waterproof.
Merrell refers to these as the winterized Capra low, but they are not to be thought of as just a winter shoe. They have been a bit on the warm side for some of the summer hikes I have done, but that should be expected with waterproof leather uppers. The Merrell Capra does have mesh elements for some breathability. This doesn’t cut down on their being waterproof. I was able to walk through mud and puddles like a champ; as long as they weren’t deeper than ankle height of course. The water would just bead right off the shoes. Mud would cake on but easily come off with the assistance of a stream or puddle.
So now I have a pair of waterproof low hikers, but what makes them special? The Vibram Mega Grip outsole has been fantastic on all surfaces thus far. While they haven’t had a chance to see ice or snow they have done great on slick granite, loose scree, and everything in between that New England trails can throw at you. The lugs are 3.5mm deep so I would suspect that they will be able to take on snow, slush, and mud. Another aspect that I am a huge fan of is the extra reinforcement in the toe area. This isn’t a huge, bulky toe bumper. It’s just a layer of more durable material on the front to deal with all of the rocks and roots we encounter head on.
Equipped with my Merrell Capra Waterproof low hikers I am ready for miles and miles of more trails. Here’s a short video of me walking through puddles to test out how well they did in some puddles.