Simply put, the Merrell Men's Capra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots like to hike fast. Designed to pick up the pace, the boots feature a supple suede upper with mesh vents along with a bellowed tongue to keep rock and dirt out of your socks. Like all Merrell Capra boots, their sole draws inspiration from nature's finest mountaineers: the mountain goat. The cloven sole is designed for exceptional traction in steep and exposed terrain, while its Vibram rubber withstands heavy use and abuse. Since almost no hike consists solely of steep, scree scrambles, and rocky ridge run outs, the boots maintain a high level of comfort on the trail and through the trees with extra cushioning in the form of the TrailProtect pad, a supportive nylon shank, and a breathable mesh lining.