Merrell MQM Ace Mid Waterproof: Athlete-inspired lightweight hiker

Best used for day hikes and quick trips to the backcountry, the MQM Ace Mid hiking boots are lightweight, protective, and supportive.

Notable features of the MQM Ace Mid WP

  • Shock-absorbing midsole. Like most other Merrell hiking boots, this model uses a lightweight yet durable cushioning system that works well in absorbing shock. This means that these kicks are light on your feet. The midsole is reinforced with a contoured insole that offers flexible support.
  • Lightweight mesh upper. One common complaint about waterproof hiking boots is that they tend to overheat. This is why some brands have offerings that feature mesh and similar fabrics for the upper. This way, there's still some airflow within the boot even though the insides are lined with a waterproof membrane.
  • Grippy outsole. The Vibram sole used in this model has a semi-aggressive tread pattern which means it claws nicely to rough terrains like rock, loose dirt, and gravel.

The Merrell MQM Ace Mid WP is an athlete-inspired footwear designed for hikers who want to level up their performance on the trail. Alongside its beneficial features, this boot has a sporty vibe.

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.