Merrell Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Merrell Capra Bolt Hiking Boot Review

To me, the name “Merrell” has been associated with dad stuff. Kinda ugly, really traditional, super brown—not the good kind of brown from playing in the dirt, and a little bulky. They’ve never been hip or cool.

Until recently. If you showed me a shoe from their new line, I couldn’t tell you it was by Merrell. When Merrell offered to send the #UintasHike16 crew the Capra Bolts, I was a little skeptical. I worship my Salewas. They are my ultimate shoe. I decided to give Merrell a try; if they didn’t make me a convert, at least I could change my tune about the brand as a whole.

Merrell Capra Bolt Hiking Boot Review

The Merrell Capra Bolts are constructed with a synthetic and mesh upper and mesh lining, making the shoe extremely breathable, even with thick wool socks on. M-Select Grip outsoles with 4mm lugs deliver durable, highly slip-resistant stability on slippery rocks and ice.

Air cushions in the heels absorb shock and add stability. TrailProtect™ pads in the mid-foot offer additional protection against rocks while on the trail. A bellowed tongue keeps out tiny rocks and other debris. The boots weigh about 1lb 8oz.

Merrell Capra Bolt Hiking Boot Review

I experienced some hot spots and rubbing around the outer edges of my foot during the first few days of wear but those went away after subsequent wears. After a summer of living in my approach shoes, I missed having that extra sticky climbing rubber. Those my only real “complaints” with the shoe.

The Merrell Capra Bolt are an excellent, lightweight hiking boot with ankle support. They’re not a burly shoe, and not my choice for long trips, heavy loads, or really technical terrain. They’re great for day hikes, short backpacking trips, light loads. They also would make a great shoe if you’re trying to wean yourself off more supportive boots. I wouldn’t say I’m a convert, but these are a boot that fits well in my arsenal. I can’t really complain about the color either.

Buy the Merrell Capra Bolts

The Capra Bolt Mid Boots come in four great colors and retails for $140. Buy through Merrell, REI, Amazon, or Backcountry. Also available in a low version for $110-130.

This was sent to me for review.