Bear Grylls Shoes
If you’ve ever traveled in the backcountry, you understand the importance of adequate footwear. Selecting a good outdoor shoe really boils down to three key components: keeping your feet dry, comfortable and blister-free. Without waterproof boots, foot submersion can present a real threat. It’s one thing to be uncomfortable in wet boots during a day-hike, however, hiking with wet feet for multiple days is an entirely different matter. This scenario can lead to dangerous conditions such as trench foot and hypothermia. Improper footwear can also result in the formation of blisters, which can become infected if left untreated. In the Special Forces, Bear was subjected to covering miles of various terrain and is a seasoned veteran when it comes to choosing footwear that will stand wilderness trials.
Merrell manufactures the boots Bear Grylls wears on Man vs. Wild.
Merrell is the leading outdoor brand in performance outdoor footwear. They are owned by Wolverine World Wide, a company that’s been around for over a century. Wolverine is also the parent company of Bates Footwear (another century old company), who produces quality footwear specifically for the military and law enforcement. Bear does not have any sort of contract with Merrell –he wears them because their quality is unparalleled.
The particular Merrell’s Bear wears on Man vs. Wild are called the Chemeleon3 Stretch’s. They’re constructed with GORE-TEX, the most effective material on the market for both waterproofing and breathability. The soles are made by Vibram, who leads the hiking boot industry in designing the most shock-absorbent soles with the most grip. Bear Grylls wears the Chameleon3 Stretch on Man vs. Wild because they have the right balance of water-tightness, breathability, toughness, lightness and versatility for swift and safe movement in the backcountry. Note: The Chameleon 3's have been replaced by the Chameleon 4's, so if you're looking to buy, go with the updated model.