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Pros: More stylish than other hiking shoes, very lightweight, stiff and supportive
Cons: Not as comfortable as other shoes
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, and around town shoe
Lighter and more stylish than the ultra-techy looking Merrell Moab Ventilator – Women's, the Sirens are far less comfortable. Due to less mesh in the upper, they are less breathable as well. A lightweight and stiff shoe, the Sirens are a great product for a female wanting support without lugging the weight of a heavy boot. If the most important feature in hiking footwear is weight, then the top choices would be the Salomon X-Over – Women's and the Siren Sport, which weigh about the same, 1.47 lbs per pair. When comparing these two models, the X-Over stands out for comfort with a cushy upper that is not very supportive, while the Siren Sport excels at stiff support, while falling slightly short in the comfort category. The Siren Sport is likely to be more durable and last longer, and they are inexpensive in comparison to similar models.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Weighing in at only 1.47 lbs per pair, the Sirens are an excellent choice for the lightweight hiker. As the lightest shoe in this review other than the Salomon X-Over, the Siren stands out in a category known for its lightweight products.
Though very lightweight and supportive, our initial thought when putting on the Sirens was that they feel hard and unnatural around the foot. Unlike the Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast X Mid Gore-Tex – Women's, which hugs your foot in all the right places, the Siren doesn't feel like it contours the foot much at all. The tongue has a bellows to keep out debris, which is a handy feature, but the tongue presses uncomfortably on the top of the foot.
The Sirens are stiff and hard. Though they are tied as one of the lightest shoes we tested, they offer a great deal of support. Unlike the similarly light X-Over , which has a soft and spongy upper that doesn't hold the foot up, the stiff upper on the Siren's supports and holds the foot quite well.
Both Women's Merrell shoes use Q-Form technology in the midsole, which is designed specifically to offer support to women. Using a midsole with different densities in key areas, this technology aims to direct the more outward angle of a woman's legs to a more neutral angle. Both the Siren and the Moab Ventilator feel supportive, but we would like to explore the difference between this and the men's versions before we decide how much it actually affects performance.
Though the Sirens have a small lug pattern, the lugs are fairly deep, and the traction on these shoes is good.
The nubuck and pig suede upper is more durable than the mesh upper on other lightweight shoes like the X-Over or the Moab Ventilator, allowing these shoes to last quite a while.
Water Resistance / Breathability
The Siren Sports come in a Gore-Tex version and a non-Gore-Tex version, so you can choose which type of protection you prefer.
Best Application / Versatility
These shoes are excellent for women looking for a supportive but lightweight shoes. They will perform well on most hikes.
At $95, these shoes are on the inexpensive side, which is great for those shopping on a budget. They are a great deal for such durable and lightweight shoes.
(Also available in wide versions)
Siren Sport Gore-Tex – Women's
— McKenzie Long
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