new013 wrote:MR. WICK wrote:"The downside is that you get significant bursting of the sidewalls just above the sole"
This is the reason I'll never buy Merells again, the shoes detach from the sole in no time. I've tried 3 different styles and this happened to every pair within the first month or two. I'm done with Merrells. The Columbia trail runners I'm wearing now were much cheaper and are going on 4 months with no problems.
Which columbia trail runners did you get?
I just bought a pair of Patagonia Tsalis and they feel amazing on my feet. I do have wide feet and they do bulge the mesh out the slightest bit on the outside right below the front of my ankle but the shoe seems designed for that, the padding in the shoe actually goes off the side of the sole so I'm guessing they designed it this way because the shoe naturally bulges out right there. I took them for a jog around a neighborhood and I really like how the front is nice wide so the front of my foot doesn't feel cramped like it does in most trail running shoes; they also have super good support in the heel.
These are the ones I have:
They made it all summer for me and are still holding up well. They were $55 at Cabellas when I got them.
I think they are called "Wallawalas". They aren't gore-tex or water proof, but I have socks and boots for that.