The end of 2015 saw unseasonably mild winter weather, which has resulted in wet and slippery walking conditions, calling for a waterproof walking boot with decent grip – making it the perfect time to trail test the Merrell Capra Mid hiking boot.
Preferring a lighter walking boot, I was pleased to find the Capra Mid still packs a punch, with advanced technology providing decent stability, grip and durability, without being too clumpy.
Weighing around 510g, the boot has added protection for off road hiking with cushioning in the heel providing added stability, plus thanks to the 5mm lugs the boot grips well on looser terrain without weighing you down.
I’ve covered several mid to long wintery walks wearing the Capra Mid and am yet to succumb to a blister, which is often my downfall when breaking in new leather walking boots. With soft leather and GORE-TEX® uppers the boot has performed well when wading through boggy fields and the odd stream, and I’ve found my feet have stayed mostly dry – the exception being one river crossing which didn’t go quite to plan…
Verdict: For a relatively light walking boot, Merrell’s Capra Mid is reassuringly supportive, breathable and waterproof – and is possibly the most comfortable pair of walking boots I’ve ever worn. Perfect for the walker who prefers a lighter boot, but is still after a decent grip and most importantly – dry feet.
Merrell Capra Mid cost £140