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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4 years 7 months ago

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.

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Anonymous
7 years 6 months ago

sir san meron yan?

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8 years 6 days ago

sir, naghahanap ako ng merrel na sapatos na mura lang size 9.5 baka meron may alam. text nyo po ako, salamat. 09065052397 – cavite

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Anonymous
8 years 1 month ago

san po to mabibili dito manila? nakasale pa ba din shoes na to?

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Anonymous
8 years 2 months ago

sir, san po makabili ng original na merrel sa manila? meron ba sila yung mga leather like jungle moc?