Merrell MQM Flex
272 g (9.6 oz.) Drop ratio: 4 mm $150
The MQM Flex is a sturdy hybrid: excellent for fast mountain approaches or quick daylong hikes, but also suitable for trail running up and down lots of elevation. The 4.5 mm lugs eat up mud and loose dirt with ease. It’s a firmer, stiffer ride, in order to give stability in a variety of conditions.
The MQM Flex is built like a tank, with waterproofing properties to repel water and debris from the upper, as well as a smooth and ample rubber toe guard to keep your feet safe. Our testers felt a level of confidence in the MQM Flex ascending and descending scree and steep dry surfaces, as well as pivoting on mud and even wet rocks. It’s a solid shoe for taking a heavy, prolonged beating in the moutains.