Kit Focus – Merrell MQM 3 Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boots

Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots
Fresh from the mountains of Sri Lanka, this is my review of the versatile and sure-footed Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX hiking boots. 

Merrell shoes have been a trustworthy walking partner of mine for several years now; with previous models reviewed here on The Expedition Journals including the MQM Flex 2.0 and ChopRock Aqua Shoes. The brand's footwear is comfortable, durable, and provides a reassuring foothold on a multitude of terrains.

The Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX boots were my choice of hiking shoes for a three week adventure to the island of Sri Lanka. With jungle treks, mountain hikes, and days spent wandering through markets and nature reserves, I wanted a pair of lightweight waterproof hiking boots that would be comfortable and reliable – the MQM 3 Mid boots delivered flawlessly.

Waterproof hiking boots are the best option when choosing walking shoes for all conditions, in my opinion. Waterproof boots offer all-weather protection, and although slightly warmer than non-waterproof boots they are invaluable to avoid soggy feet when the heavens do unexpectedly open with monsoon rain. Waterproof boots also have the advantage of providing protection against tropical creepy-crawlies (and leeches) on jungle treks! The best waterproof boots use GORE-TEX membranes, in my opinion – as they still seem to be the best performing in terms of breathability.

The Merrell MQM 3 delivered lightweight, breathable and waterproof comfort in all manner of weather conditions in Sri Lanka, while the Vibram sole provided exceptional grip on wet rocks, slippery roots, and dusty trails.

Sizing wise, the MQM 3 Mid Boots are slightly smaller than other Merrell shoes I have worn, but offered a comfortable fit in the EU45 size that I tested (I normally wear a UK 10.5). If you are between sizes, then I would recommend sizing up.

Lightweight, breathable and rugged – the MQM 3 served me very well in all conditions through a month of trekking in Sri Lanka.


Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

Disclaimer: Merrell supplied a pair of Merrell MQM 3 Mid GORE-TEX Hike Boots for test and review

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