Review: Merrell Siren Sport Q2
If you’ve read my other Merrell review, you’ll know that I am already a big fan. Last year I tried out the MOAB Mid Gore-Tex boots and I loved them. In fact, they became my go-to boots over the winter. So would the Siren Sport Q2 shoes impress me as much?
These days it isn’t good enough to simply take a man’s shoe and make it prettier. Men and women walk differently, and so need specifically designed footwear to support their feet and relieve pressure. For example, the Merrell Siren Sport Q2 has extra cushioning in the heel and a ‘contoured footbed’ to support the whole foot. From the first time I put them on, I was impressed by how supportive they were, my feet felt protected yet the shoes are very light at around 600g. I went for a size larger than normal to allow for thick socks and hot, swollen feet and I’m glad I did.
I wore them on a few short walks, and then really put them to the test by wearing them for the entirety of my 50 mile charity walk.
The Merrell Siren Sport Q2 walking shoes look good, but how would they perform?
It might have been a slightly unfair trial, but at least I can say that I’ve really tested them to the limit. I was certainly grateful for the M Select FRESH antimicrobial agents that help to keep the shoes smelling fresh after 20 hours of walking!
My Merrell Siren Sport Q2 shoes had a good work out on my 50 mile walk.
So how did they perform?
Surprisingly well given the tough conditions. My feet held up much better than I imagined they would, plus the shoes stayed comfortable all the way. The only issue I had was that I got blisters right around the bottom of both my heels, basically where the insole meets the side. I’ve never had issues like this before, but then I’ve never walked so far. I’ve certainly had no problems since on any of my recent, more normal length, walks. As they are so light and flexible, I was worried that they wouldn’t stand up to a strenuous hike, but they really are quite sturdy. They have plenty of grip, perfect for uneven terrain.
In future, if I attempt another ultra long walk, I will definitely invest in some insoles to give my feet extra support. There are a few on the market, so it’s worth doing a bit of research here https://www.globosurfer.com/best-hiking-insoles/.
I loved the versatility of the Siren Sport Q2, they were perfect for our Go Ape adventure
The only negative I found was that the Merrell Siren Sport Q2 shoes were not as waterproof as I usually like. (Although I did submerge my whole foot in a stream to find this out!) There is a waterproof version or a Gore-Tex model if you require something a bit more rugged and weatherproof.
In conclusion, these haven’t quite replaced the MOABs as my go-to hiking shoes, but they are absolutely perfect for spring and summer outdoor adventures where you want something light and flexible. You can really tell that they are designed especially for women, it’s hard to explain but they somehow just fit better, and seem to support my feet so well when I’m walking, plus I really enjoy wearing them.
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Disclaimer: I was given these shoes free of charge in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
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