We were initially very excited to get this new boot from Merrell onto our feet, as this footwear manufacturer's reputation is a good one. Some of our reviewers have had pairs of Merrells that lasted years and years. However, the Merrell Capra Venture Mid GTX Surround didn't live up to this company's generally high standards. Its performance in our comfort and durability metrics was, in short, lacking. This lightweight hiker does have some redeeming qualities, as it breathes exceptionally well and provides better traction and stability than most of its competitors in its class. However, this boot feels very techy, without much efficiency.
We preferred the very similar Vasque Inhaler II GTX, another breathable and lighter boot that also resembles a trail runner. Or if you're wishing for more foot comfort, look no further than the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP, our Top Pick for Lightweight Hiker.