Merrell Gore-Tex Perimeter Boot

Since my disastrous encounter with Hi-Tec boots when I first started hiking some 4 years ago, I have simply opted to hike in hiking shoes. However, on both two-day trails I have hiked (Genadendal Trail and Driehoek to Crystal Pools and Sneeukop) the soles of my feet have become tender toward the end of the second day. In the hopes that a study boot with a more rigid sole will prevent this discomfort, I bought a pair of Merrell Gore-Tex Perimeter Boots.

Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex bootI am hugely surprised at the small range of boots available in the stores in Cape Town. The majority of the boots available seem more suited to colder climates with snow, and are therefore too hot for our conditions, indeed, most of them are imported brands. In light of the fact that there cannot be nothing worse than cold, wet feet when on the mountain, I am hoping that these boots will not be overkill, and will complete my quest total waterproofness.

These boots have full-grain leather uppers, Gore-Tex water-proofing, and super-chunky Vibram soles. The tongue has a very clever double construction that ensures weather-proof comfort.

I was absolutely amazed at how well the boots handled on rock scrambling on Nursery Buttress.



  • Full grain leather upper
  • Molded EVA outer tongue and inner bellows tongue for added protection
  • Easy Roller Stainless Steel Ball Bearing Lacing System
  • Protective rubber rand and toe cap
  • GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear lining protects feet and keeps them dry
  • Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed


  • Grade 6 Nylon Insole for backpacking with a medium pack
  • Lightweight PU midsole for durability
  • Merrell® Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
  • 6 5mm Sole Lug Depth
  • Vibram® Multi-Grip Hiking Sole/Mont & TC5+ Rubber
  • Weight: 3 lbs 2 ozs.

Be sure to pair your boots up with a great pair of socks to match — something like the Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks or Bridgedale Endurance Summit Socks will do the trick.

R1599.99 @ Cape Union Mart

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Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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