Gear review: Merrell Waterpro Ultrasport
I am about to retire my Merrell Waterpro Ultrasport after two years and more than thirty mountains, but I have a lot of nice things to say about it. And it’s not just the sentimental value one attaches to a shoe who has joined me in such great mountains like Mt. Napulauan, Mt. Madjaas, and so many dayhikes and minor adventures.
The versatility is what I like best. So many shoes offer waterproof coverage but in many cases, this is actually meaningless in a tropical conditions. Your shoe may be waterproof but if you’re crossing a stream, water can easily seep from above. The Waterpro Ultrasport totally deviates from this approach; in fact it is a water shoe and it accepts water as a fact. Its defense against water, instead of waterproof leather, is covering is a mesh so that when water comes in, it comes out. It also has a quick drying material, negating the woes of a wet shoe. The result is a lightweight, well-ventilated shoe that you can bring anywhere – at 60% the cost of the heavy-duty ones.
At first I had doubts whether the Ultrasport can handle such heavy duty mountains like Napulauan and Madja-as, but this shoe is still a Merrell shoe with Vibram. Faced with a choice between a bulky Hi-Tec shoe and this one, for the Visayan Voyage, I chose the Ultrasport. And hey — I can bring it in the city and the beach too without looking ‘wild’. Of course this shoe has limitations; I still brought a more heavy-duty Merrell when I scaled 9/9ers G2 and Mantalingajan. But for many if not most adventures, the Ultrasport is an excellent and affordable choice.
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I had a merrell chameleon the dark green one. I am not a hard core mountaineer but mine got damaged within 2 months. The rubber lining on its side started peeling off and after 4-5 months the sole gave way. Probably got a lemon because my wife's merrell is still ok, but ever since I had doubts buying merrell and up to now I haven't bought one. More satisfied with NB and Columbia.
sir san meron yan?
sir, naghahanap ako ng merrel na sapatos na mura lang size 9.5 baka meron may alam. text nyo po ako, salamat. 09065052397 – cavite
san po to mabibili dito manila? nakasale pa ba din shoes na to?
sir, san po makabili ng original na merrel sa manila? meron ba sila yung mga leather like jungle moc?