It’s that time of year when the days are longer, the temperature is a little milder and the ground is drier. I can start wearing my favourite footwear on my hikes again, my hiking trainers. Trudging through bog and extremely wet ground during the winter months, I’m limited to my heavy, restricting walking boots.
My new Merrell Siren Sport Q2 starts my spring 2017 hikes with great results. They were recently put through their paces at a weekend of navigational training at the Peak District. Although given the time of year, I was hoping for firmer ground, but the bogs at Bleaklow did not beat the waterproof membrane of the sirens. Trudging through dense heather, I usually collect quite a lot of those prickly branches in my shoes! The bellowed tongues kept those irritating pieces of heather out!
From the first wear these shoes fit like a glove. Some new footwear rub for the first few hikes, usually resulting in either wearing two pairs of socks or using a whole box of plasters! These Merrells did not let me down.
I have only tried the siren sports on short runs, mainly descents. They feel great. There is a cushioning that takes away some shock and my calf muscles or shins have not suffered any after effects.
On multi terrain these shoes give great support and grip. Ascending the mountains whether is rocky, muddy or grass, I feel I have good traction and grip. I really need that with 85kg of dogs pulling me! The metal hook and lacing eyelet will ensure secure lacing throughout the whole hike. Not once have I had to stop to retighten or re lace.
After a long hike and removing my shoes my feet don’t feel damp or sweaty, the breathable technology of the shoe really does what it says and no bad odours! Absolutely fantastic! Love these Merrell!