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Gear Review: Merrell MQM Flex

Just a few days before I left for a weekend backpacking trip in the North Cascades, I not only realized I must have lost my old hiking boots in a recent move, but all of my trail running shoes were not suitable for this sort of excursion. I picked up these Merrell MQM Flex’s at Backcountry Essentials with the help and recommendation of a nice staff member named Dave. He said these shoes would be a perfect fit for my more regular day hiking adventures but would work great for my short backpacking adventure. And sure enough, they were perfect for my narrow high arched feet. Not even a blister was formed that weekend with only two days of breaking them in. They were comfortable and light and allowed me to hike through that rainy weekend like a pro. Definitely would recommend adding some super feet in them for extra support.

-Hailey Jongeward