TR1 Merge M's

$ 140

Mid-cut, fast-drying uppers coupled to our level Top-Shank™ midsoles and super-traction G® Rubber outsoles merge to create an excellent multi-season backpacking or expedition kayaking boot.

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  • Intended Use: Hiking
  • Uppers: Breathable, quick-dry canvas with protective TPU overlays at toe and heel cap, stabilizing heel counter, padded mesh tongue, removable Polygiene® treated insole, brass hardware.
  • Midsole: EVA foam, level heel to ball, medium arch with Top Shank™.
  • Outsole: Aggressive 5mm lugs with flex grooves, made from G.15™ high friction Rubber. Non-marking.
  • Foot to Ground Distance: 21mm heel, 20mm ball
  • Weight / shoe: Men's 9 = 346g (12.2 oz)
  • Sizes: Men’s US 8-12, 13, 14
  • Fit: True to size

G15

This G compound is formulated for premium grip while also providing "excellent" abrasion resistance. Its low durometer means the rubber is softer and therefore conforms well to the ground.

 

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  • Another hit from Astral

    November 21, 2018

    I have been hiking in the TR1 Trek for several years now, hiking in everything from snow, mud, sand, rocks and water! I absolutely love them and have probably hiked over a thousand miles in them. This past weekend I decided to try the Merge, just to see what they were like and hoping for a warmer heavier duty alternative for winter hiking. Straight out of the box, I put these things through 77 miles of rough Appalachian terrain over the course of 3 days. They performed just like the Trek! No compromise on weight, slightly warmer, and the same agility I love out the TR1 platform. Can't wait to keep rocking these all winter!

    submitted by: Francisco Miller, NC

  • Awesome shoes

    September 22, 2018

    Best water shoe I've had! Owned them for about 4 months and wear them everywhere, on land and water. I like the removable insole and it also allows the shoe to dry quicker. Great ankle support and comfy foot bed, the sole has good traction and serves well in slippery areas. I'd recommend sizing up a half size and maybe more if you intend to wear a drysuit with neoprene socks. Overall well built and designed, so far they've held up great with no seams ripping like some past shoes by astral. 10/10 would recommend.

    submitted by: Matt, Jackson WY

  • Love them!!! But..

    May 28, 2018

    These are great! They really are. However, my only wish would be that they were a little more like a true mid-top version of the TR1-Treks in that they incorporated a little more mesh for ventilation as my feet tend to get pretty hot. May not be an issue for you but it does make this shoe sorta useless for me in the warmer months. Through fall and winter though this boot is absolutely fantastic! Way way way comfy!!! And VERSATILE! I travel a lot. Often working in big cities and incorporating outdoor activities when I can. Recently had to work for several days in Toronto, Canada. Decided to road trip it up from North Carolina and spend a couple nights back country camping on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and Pennsylvania along the way. I like to pack light and this shoe was perfect for both. I could comfortably backpack several miles from the trail head to the nearest lean-to in the AT and also pound the pavement in the city for several days. The low profile is great. When wearing long pants just looks like youre wearing a sneaker, not large obnoxious hiking boots that look completely out of place in an urban environment. Would definitely recommend if you like transitioning from town to trail with quickness and ease.

    submitted by: Kray, Archdale, North Carolina

  • Traipsing onward in these earthly Astral plains . . .

    May 15, 2018

    About a year ago on this site, I raved about a pair of Brewers I'd recently bought, and soon after I purchased another pair of Astrals, this time a pair of Rasslers, which might well be at the moment one of my favorite just slip on w/ loose laces OR get serious and tie-up pairs of canvas shoes -- for a number of reasons I won't go into too much here because those nifty multi-purpose critters are not available anymore on the Astral site. So in my next search for an Astral, I opted for a pair of TR1 Merges, which I like a lot, but they seem to be cut just a tad narrower and shorter than the Rasslers [both are size 10 -- maybe I'll try a size 10 1/2 for the next pair of Merges.] That means thin socks or no socks for the present pair. Either way, the Merges have become a great motorcycle shoe for me, as well as paddling shoe, general light work shoe, and comfortable hiker. And I do appreciate the ankle support being higher in the Merge than the Rassler -- though not enough to give up my ultimately favoring my Rasslers! So bring that shoe back, Astral, please?! Meantime, the sole on the Merge makes for extremely sure and flexible footing -- always a good combination.

    submitted by: RW Estela, Orono, Maine

  • Supportive lightweight hikers!

    May 10, 2018

    Had my Merges about a month now and I love them. Great for hiking and everyday use. Also great for multi day hike in kayak expeditions. I wear them for everything from work to kayaking and hiking.

    submitted by: Will Clements, Georgia

  • Great shoes, but small

    September 27, 2018

    I have Loyak, size 10, love them very much for kayaking and ware activities, also have Tr1 Junction size 10,5 and use them casually, like them very much, too. For multi-day kayak adventures in colder weather or with hiking parts I decided to buy merges. I bought size 10,5, assuming, it would fit more loose than Loyak and more like Jumctio to be able to have a neoprene sock. As it turned out, even without socks Merge 10,5 have less room and are shorter, the Loyal 10. And removing the insole in Merges doesn't help, because the inside of the boot is different from other Astral shoes, there is no rubber layer under insole, just fabric and seems. Besides the size, the shoes are very durable and good looking. The sole is very grippy, the lacing is very secure, they dry relatively fast and look casual enough for city walking. Recommend them, but buy at least half size bigger, than your regular shoes or other Astral shoes.

    submitted by: Alexander, Delaware

  • They run small

    May 15, 2018

    They are nice shoes but they run small. I would maybe recommend ordering a size large.

    submitted by: Geoff S, Minnesota

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