The Merrell MQM Flex wasn’t just designed for mountain hikes and trail runs but also for relaxed strolls around a lake. I’ve tested the Merrell shoe. The toughest challenge with this shoe so far has been the trip up the Sonnenberg mountain to Pürschlinghaus. From there, I continued climbing up to Teufelstättkopf in the Ammergauer Alps. I was wearing a light rucksack but some of the paths were really rough and rocky. That route requires shoes with very good grip and support.
Merrell MQM Flex GTX: comfort & fit
The comfort provided by the Merrell MQM hiking shoe is outstanding. There’s no pressure and no rubbing anywhere - even after long hikes, I still didn’t don’t have any blisters. A lot of mountain shoes are lacking in this respect. But the Merrell MQM Flex doesn’t even feel like a mountain shoe.
I actually felt like I was wearing comfortable sports shoes. This comfort is thanks to the inbuilt heel cushioning, which Merrell calls Air Cushion. Its low weight makes the shoe light overall, saving you energy while you walk. It might not sound like a great deal, but it makes a big difference on long hikes.
I noticed that barely any stones get into the MQM Flex while you walk. Usually, mid-top shoes end up full of them. Knowing this, Merrell has equipped the MQM Flex with a protective flap that really does keep all the dirt out. The Merrell MQM GTX Flex fits the foot perfectly. The sizing of the hiking shoe is relatively generous. I got size 44.5, which is my usual shoe size, but in retrospect, I would’ve been better going half a size down.
Merrell MQM Gore-Tex: ventilation & waterproofingI’ve tested the waterproof version of the Merrell MQM hiking shoe, the one with the Gore-Tex material. But there is another version without waterproofing, which is a little lighter and a bit more breathable.
Luckily, I wasn’t hit by any rain while I was out in my Merrell MQM Flex shoes. Despite the use of Gore-Tex material, I can confirm that this hiking shoe’s well-made mesh provides great ventilation and optimal moisture management in hot weather.