- Nubuck leather and mesh upper
- Vibram TC5+ outsole
- Flexplate with EVA midsole and Air Cushion technology
- TPU Molded heel counter and protective toe cap
- M-Select Dry waterproof, moisture-wicking technology
Though stability and protection are very important when carrying a heavy pack over rugged terrain, traditional hiking boots of old suffered a big trade off: they sacrificed weight for protection and durability. Merrell built the original Chameleon for ambitious outdoor aims, with a focus on shifting speeds, sites, and terrain. The product was lighter but still stable and protective for hiking, taking advantage of athletic construction and lessening the tradeoff between weight and stability. As outdoor recreating continues to evolve and people continue to ask more from their hiking footwear, Merrell turns to the athletic category for innovation. The new Chameleon 7 features unique-to-hiking lightweight technology borrowed from a mountain running advanced concept program. Weighing in at 25% lighter (than the Chameleon II), Chameleon 7 pushes the boundaries of protective hiking and, like it did 16 years ago when it was first introduced, reinvents the way hiking boots are made.
Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability. The Flexplate protects feet from stone bruising and sharp rocks with an impact resistant and resilient plate that runs the entire length of the shoe. The Flexplate offers greater stability by cupping the heel and full-length torsional rigidity. Grippy and durable Vibram TC5+ rubber molded into multi-directional ovals for quick-change performance when shifting speeds, sites, and steepness of terrain; lugs are placed precisely (and only) where needed across the smooth Flexplate material to shed mud easily and reduce weight.