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Topic - Approach shoe options - Soloman/Merrell/Inov8/others - help!

Si dH - on 05 Jan 2013
I want to get some new approach shoes. Criteria are; in the sale (I consider the rrp for most brands to be ridiculous), robust, with decent grip soles, and waterproof. Lightweight is good and I don't want/need high ankle protection but weight is not a massive player. Obviously I'll try on for comfort once I've narrowed it down to a few options.
I've been through 2 pairs each of Inov8 terroc 330s and 5:10 Camp 4s in recent years, and have got fed up with the lack of both waterproofness and robustness in both. These will be used for walking, scrambling and 'approaching' a variety of crags. Perhaps the occasional bit of jogging but not much.

Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with the following? Have they lasted well?

Merrell Yokota Low waterproof
Merrell Refuge Pro
Soloman Booster GTX
Soloman Exit 2 GTX
Soloman Elios 2 GTX
Soloman Exode Low GTX
Scarpa Vortex XCR
Berghaus Cuerra Cuesta
North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR III
Evolv Capitan (I've seen the review on here)
Keen Siskiyou
Inov8 terroc 345GTX (although they look just like the 330s which fell apart...)

Thanks :)
Si
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