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Merrell’s Capra Bolt goes under review by the OutdoorsRadar team


In some respects it seems so obvious – create a hybrid that combines the best elements of a walking boot and running shoe. So the Merrell Capra Bolt flexes freely from toe to heel, like a trainer, but has the ankle support and higher level waterproofing of a boot. In dry conditions, and on stone and rock, it’s a dream to wear with its light weight and fine grip; it makes full-blooded walking boots seem stiff and cumbersome. But in heavy mud its relatively shallow lugs struggle for grip, and soon become caked in the gloop. And if I were carrying a heavy backpack over mountainous terrain I’d prefer the reassuring support, torsional stiffness and underfoot protection of traditional boots. The thing is, I spend no more than a week a year backpacking, but walk daily with my dogs on sandy, pebbly trails and forest tracks. So do I choose a pair of boots for one week or 51 weeks?

Price: £125