Gear Review: Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve Convertible
Not all sandals are created equally and the Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve Convertible sandals easily distinguish themselves from the competition. In the interests of full disclosure, I’m a long time fan of Merrell shoes and outdoor wear. I have summited Mt. Whitney and a range of other peaks wearing Merrell boots and regularly wear a pair of their casual street shoes to work. It was therefore a pleasure to have the opportunity to test out a pair of waterproof sandals for the SUP community.
Features on the All Out Blaze Sieve Convertible
Waterproof PU coated leather upper
Hook & loop closure strap closure for easy entry and precise fit
Removable back strap for easy conversion from a sport sandal to a slide
Vibram® TC5+ outsole
Hollowed lugs for lightness
3mm lug depth
Weight: 1lb 4oz
Merrell shoes are consistently true to size. For sandals intended to be worn without socks, I recommend a half-size smaller than what you’d choose for a normal shoe in order to achieve the optimum fit. The All Out Blaze Sieve Convertible’s are designed as hydro hikers, meaning they have a rugged, hiking style sole which can go in and out of water.
This design attribute makes them ideally suited for stand up paddlers exploring rugged, rocky environments. I would also recommend them for any paddler who feels more comfortable wearing footwear while paddling.
The Vibram® provide secure traction on wet surfaces, including submerged rocks, which is nice when you’re on a paddling excursion or on and off your board to snap your next selfie. I tested my pair throughout Southern California and found them particularly useful when hiking down to Bluff Cove, a favorite local paddling spot, along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The All Out Blaze Sieve Convertible provide great protection for your feet while allowing your toes to wiggle freely. Pick up a pair today and get out there and start exploring!
MSRP: $90.00 www.merrell.com
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