How do you innovate an innovation? That was the question that the design team at Merrell were asking themselves when they set out to update their popular hiking boot line with the brand new Merrell Chameleon 7.
The original mission of the Chameleon was to retain the supportive qualities of a traditional hiking boot while shaving off a significant amount of weight. The first iteration of the Chameleon succeeded with flying colors, but the team at Merrell didn’t feel like they were done. Still hungry for weight reduction, they developed a special mid and outsole technology that revolved around something they call ‘Flexplate’. Using some of the insights Merrell gained while working on trail running shoes, the team engineered the Flexplate midsole to allow for degree of torsion rigidity within the boot while still accommodating for a bit of flexibility. In addition to the midsole upgrade, Merrell developed minimalist outsole ‘pods’ made from Vibram TC5+ rubber. The result is a boot that is 25 percent lighter and still incredibly capable thanks to a waterproof upper made from full grain leather and abrasion-resistant mesh. A variety of colorways are available in both low and high-top designs.