The sturdiness of a hiking trainer meets the cool breathability of a shandal in Merrell’s Choprock Sieve, which offers excellent protection and grip on dry land and in the water alike.
Tough enough for the mountains
Less breathable than a lighter sandal
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Merrell Choprock Sieve: design
The key word in the name Merrell Choprock Sieve Shandal is “Sieve”. As it suggests, these shoes are basically active sneakers with lots of extra drainage and breathability thanks to plentiful vents in the sides – these vents help keep your feet cool and dry but you’re still far more protected than if you were wearing your average water shoe, due to a wide toe box, built-up ankle and chunky, grippy sole.
• RRP: $138 (US) / £100 (UK)
• Weight: 552g / 19.5oz
• Sizes: Women’s 2.5-8.5 Men’s 6.5-13
• Colors: Women’s Purple / Grey & Pink Men’s Grey / Blue / Black & Lemon
• Compatibility: Take the Choprock Sieve on more challenging summer walks and paddle adventures – it’s not breathable enough for casual beach days
Merrell Choprock Sieve: on the trails
The most trainer-like shandal we reviewed (see: Best water shoes and sandals), Merrell’s Choprock Sieve is brilliant if you like to go exploring off established paths, and hop in and out of the water as you go. This is a summer walking shoe that can go anywhere you do.
We liked the bungee cord laces, which make it quick and easy to pull on the shoe and get a snug fit that lasts all day. The compromise when it comes to this trainer design is, obviously, that the Choprock Sieve is heavier and less breathable than a barely-there sandal, and is thus perhaps less versatile if you want just one sandal to wear on your summer travels.
You’ll also definitely know they are there if you swim in a pair of Sieves, rather than just wear them to wade or explore along the shore (for alternatives see: what are water shoes?). But for active adventures such as hot weather mountain walking, summer scrambling or water sports such as canoeing and kayaking these are an excellent choice that will keep your feet cool and protected in or out of the water.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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