Reviewed By: Darwin
There seems to be no break in time with the Merrell All Out Blaze, which makes them comfortable right out of the box. The toe box is nice and roomy with a wider fit that accommodates for thicker socks and/or layering. The All Out Blaze has a sewn in sock liner giving it more room through out the entire boot. At first the boot seemed to breathe well but over time during longer hikes, I found the All Out Blaze to not breathe as well as other waterproof boots that I have tested.
The overall stability of the All Out Blaze is good without being overwhelming. The ankle support is there when you need it but disappears when you don’t. The traction of the All Out Blaze is great when dealing with slippery conditions thanks to the Vibram Tc5+ outsole.
With features that range from a waterproof leather upper to its rugged Vibram outsole, the Merrell All Out Blaze was able to handle any type of terrain and will last for many hikes to come. There was a little bit of delamination along the sole of the boots, but overall the boot stayed intact after multiple hikes in rough terrain.
The molded TPU external heel counter, rugged toe bumper, and a bellowed tongue (to keep out trail debris), are all great features that make the overall protection of this boot excellent.
Off trail, The Merrell All Out Blaze was soft due to its “UniFly midsole”, making them fall short when edging up steep ascents or crossing skree fields.
Altogether, I found the Merrell All Out Blaze to be a very roomy, lightweight and full featured mid hiking boot that is comfortable to wear straight from the box. It’s perfect for warm weather hiking and lightweight backpacking.
Price: Usually around $150
Weight: 2lb 2oz for the Pair
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How I tested them
These boots were tested over a series of long day hikes & lightweight overnight backpacking trips in the Jamez & Manzano Mountains of New Mexico. They were tested on a variety of trail conditions including muddy, rocky, sandy, & hard pack trails.