Well, this past may I decided to buy a pair of Merrell Expedition boots. I wrote this about them in an earlier thread after I bought them:
" They have all the right features of a mtn. boot. The sole seems a lot stickier than the generic vibram sole on my Lowa Civetta plastics ( the Solomons have a great sticky sole), they have some kind of plastic support up the side of the ankle that should help with lateral ankle support especially when the boot has been wet for days. (leather gets soft and can loose it's support.) But, most importantly is that they fit and were in town so I could try them on, as a bonus Beaver Sports was having 20 percent off on boots so I got the 250 dollar Merrells for 200 bucks. I just can't see 350 450 bucks for a pair of boots. The Lowa GTX Extremes are nice, maybe a little wide for me but not bad but... 420 bucks ?!?! I don't think so.... Even on sale at 340 is pushing it."
I wore them all summer getting them broke in. got a few blisters but all in all had them pretty good. Did a 30 mile walkin sheep hunt last week and got the final break in done and actually liked how the boots performed BUT... One day I looked down and one of the eyelets had busted clean off! I looked at it and saw that is was some type of cheap looking pop metal or something. If you look at this pic closely you will see the first eyelet that is at the ankle is different that the the rest going up the boot. This is the one that broke.
The others are fine, but no way am I going to have a boot that the eyelets bust off. I took them back to Beaver Sports and they contacted Merrell who I guess does not even make mountaineering boots anymore. Fine with me, I don't want a new pair anyway. Beaver Sports is giving me an in store credit which is fine with me.
Anyway, the Merrell Expeditions get a thumbs down from me because of this issue. Too bad to, otherwise I liked them. I really like the sole, very sticky, even on wet rock. Excelent ankle support as well.
Now I have to go through the new boot thing all over again. But, Beavers said they will be carrying Scarpas sometime this fall. I may have to check out the Liskams. I see they do have some Scarpa plastics but I already have some Lowa Civetta plastics.