Rated 5 out of 5áby WillInRhodey Great boots
I bought these a few weeks before my first climb (North Twin Mountain in the White Mountains in New Hampshire), and they didn't require much breaking in to be comfortable. After a couple of short practice hikes and a few days of normal walking activity, I barely noticed I had them on.
On the climb they supported my ankles very well. I wore high wool socks, and the combination kept my feet very comfortable despite the heat of the day and the mud & water we went through (as the trail was often split by a trickle of water).
I wear Merrells -- Chameleon4 Stretch Hiking Low -- as shoes about half the time, and these boots are just as comfortable as the shoes.
Very pleased with the purchase. I hope they last a long time!
September 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby hackingolfer week in the mountains
Received my boots about two weeks before the trip to the Canadian Rockies and they fit like a glove as all my Merrell's have and i did get several days of tromping around to get them somewhat broke in. I thought they did a good job on wet rocks, wading through streams and even our first day was a strenuous hike of 11 miles right up to the glacier field above tree line over rocks and deadfall. No problems! however on the second day the insole started to breakdown and the hard plastic primary inner sole, which has hundreds of little bumps, i guess to keep the removable insole from slipping began to become abrasive even through my wool socks. i went through another day of a short hike before i figured out it was not my feet but an insole issue and quickly changed out the insole for a New Balance insole,,,,problem solved. Boots are great the insoles are pathetic.
August 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Ecowarrior Great fit so far
I bought these boots to replace Asolo boots I wore last year on the Appalachian Trail. So far these boots are more comfortable and offer a better fit. But the Trail is the test and I will continue my trek on the AT in a couple of weeks, hiking the remaining 457 miles to Mt. Kahtadin. After that trip, I will revisit this page and update this comment on how well these boots perform in real trail conditions: rain, mud, dry, slippery, and rocky.
July 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby RBradley Excellent Hiker
My husband bought a pair of these through you years ago and he absolutely loved them. Sadly when he was ready for another pair you no longer were carrying them and he had to find them elsewhere. These are the best hikers he's ever had and he has bought 5 pairs over the years, 2 of which climbed Katahdin and crossed the knife edge. He finds them perfectly comfortable and supportive even with his flat feet. He wears them everyday to work where he is on his feet all day as an electrician. He has recommended them to many friends. Every now and again he meets someone who has the same hikers and they all say they love them and would buy no other hikers.
What a treat it was to see that you carry them again. He has already bought a new pair from you!
March 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby bikerskier Get more comfortable w/age
I thought the boots were a bit too stiff and narrow when I first got them. But now that I've worn them, they have both softened up (appropriately) and formed to my feet. I find they are a bit longish for size, but perhaps that is so toes don't squish on the downhill. I ordered a 10 b/c that's my size in most shoes, and I think I'm still happy with that size. If you want a real "performance fit" (I'm not sure that's appropriate with a hiking boot anyway), you might want to try sizing down 1/2 a size.
Supportive, structured, much more boot than the other offerings in Bean's similar line.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Phaser They just fir !
I have had several pairs of these boots over the past nine or ten years as well as other brands. Without fail the other brands would fit OK at first then my feet would be aching by the end of the day, but the Merrill Phasers my feet are fine for all day and into the evening.
I use the same style of Superfeet insert for all my boots so I feel it is the design and the quality of the boot that sets these apart.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby aoal Out of box comfort
Very comfortable out of the box and minimal break in time. I have walked through some water with them with no issues of leaking. They are warm so we will see how they do this summer on some hikes along the AT.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby oldbobby hiking boots
I lost one of my old hiking boots and bought these as a replacement. They turned out to be very comfortable and seem like they would be great for backpacking. Good support and form fitting.
September 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rickbest best one yet
I bought other hikers here and found them to be either too heavy or not water proof,these have stood up to some very wet conditions after a years time and still look good and still keep the wet conditions out. I'll buy these again.
October 24, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5áby LLBeanLife Merrell Phaser Peak NOT Waterproof Hikers
I love LLBean, but these boots were very disappointing. I work in the backcountry and on my first trip my feet were soaked. I will never buy Merrell's again. LLBean should stick to their own products!
September 23, 2009