For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
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Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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Updates to Merrell Ontario
- The Merrell Ontario provides a simplistic yet functional solution to the challenges faced by hikers on the trail. It has the capability to deal with odor thanks to M-Select Fresh.
- This hiking gear provides adequate security over moderately rough terrain with its hardwearing sole unit. It is comprised of an outsole from Vibram and a compression-molded midsole. It has a curved toe zone (a.k.a toe rocker) which gives users extra swinging power during push offs.
Merrell Ontario size and fit
A low-cut, relatively true-to-size day hiking shoe for men is the Merrell Ontario. It is offered in full and half sizes in standard width. Wearers can get a personalized and secure fit with its ghillie lacing system.
Users are able to adhere to most types of outdoor surfaces thanks to the Ontario’s Vibram Megagrip outsole. It comes with triangular lugs (at 3 mm deep) to improve its sticking power. It has zigzag grooves at the heel and forefoot to give hikers additional ascent and descent control. Besides surface traction, this grippy component also provides bump protection with its sturdy front tip.
With the Merrell Ontario’s compression-molded EVA midsole, hikers get to have a steady footing over uneven terrain with ample cushioning and protection. A brand-owned tech called Merrell Air Cushion is built at its heel to give users enhanced shock mitigation on ground contact. This additional element also elevates the midsole’s stabilizing ability.
Joining the shoe’s midsole in providing underfoot comfort is the proprietary Kinetic Fit Base footbed. This removable insole also adds a flexible kind of support to the shoe’s utility.
This hiker protects the foot from most terrain hazards in its full-grain leather upper. Its cushy interior is lined with breathable mesh. Giving it the capability to prevent debris from entering the shoe is its bellows tongue. It has an overlay cupping its heel for extra support.
The footwear’s front closure is made up of metallic eyelets and a synthetic lace. The topmost eyelets have an open design for quicker configurations.