Merrell Takes Advice from the Experts: Mountain Goats

The women's Capra Mid.
The women’s Capra Mid Sport Gore-Tex.


Merrell’s Capra boasts a mountain goat–inspired outsole, which proves how much we can learn from the animal kingdom. After all, a mountain goat (Capra ibex) spends 24/7 expertly navigating the most difficult terrain on earth – its hoof adaptations should have much to teach us about traction and stability.


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Our tester found the Capra extremely protective but not bulky or stiff, and as stable on slick rock as on the sloppiest scree. The super-defined heel-brake and deep lugs boost confidence. The Capra was quick to break in, too.

All in all, the cloven hoof–inspired outsole adds new precision to every footfall. Taking a page out of the mountain goat playbook is a stroke of design brilliance.

Features include:

Mega Traction
Scrambling-inspired design and compound Vibram MegaGrip outsole keeps you sure-footed on steep mixed terrain, wet or dry.


Capra Mid Sport Gore-Tex: Note the cloven ‘hoof’.


Fluid Fit
Lightweight, flexible and secure, a lace-to-toe design combined with Stratafuse exoskeleton moves with you.

Connect & Protect
A tapered UniFly midsole provides deep cushioning and protection in the heel and greater connection to the trail in the forefoot.

Check out all the features and styles of the Capra here.