Who should buy the Merrell Ontario 85

The Merrell Ontario 85 may still end up as a competent partner for day hikers because of its trail-related strengths, as long as its insole is replaced for more support. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that enables outdoor enthusiasts to tackle trails with comfort.
  • Prefer a shoe that is made of suede leather and Cordura fabric for durability.
  • Prefer a shoe that empowers adventurers to stay stable over challenging ground conditions.

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Excellent traction

This trail-centric shoe from Merrell is equipped with a Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole to give traction on most types of terrain. Its profile uses a pattern of triangular lugs that grip on wet and dry surfaces.

Merrell Ontario 85 outsole

Excellent grip

Feature a grooved design for added control when tackling uphill and downhill conditions. The outsole’s front end extends upward to act as a shield against stubbing.

Merrell Ontario 85 Excellent grip

Comfortable cushioning

The Merrell Ontario 85 uses a compression-molded EVA midsole to supply the wearer with cushioning and rebound. It’s paired with an Air Cushion in the heel area for shock absorbency and stability when traversing uneven terrain. 

Merrell Ontario 85 Comfortable cushioning

Excellent arch support

Merrell included a patented Kinetic Fit Base insole to supply absolute arch coverage and intuitive support to the wearer. Its recycled EVA construction is lined with mesh for underfoot comfort. The component features an advanced heel lock to prevent slippage inside the shoe. It also comes with an organic odor control feature to keep the wearer’s foot fresh during a hike.

Merrell Ontario 85 Excellent arch support

Excellent ventilation

Merrell’s Ontario 85 employs an upper made of suede leather and Cordura fabric. The combination of these materials imbues the shoe with resistance to tear and abrasive elements. It is lined with mesh fabric to promote air circulation. 

Merrell Ontario 85 Excellent ventilation

Prevents debris from entering the shoe

The Ontario 85’s closure features several eyelets and a lace holder on the tongue. These components enable the user to manage the footgear’s fit. It also has a bellows tongue which prevents debris from entering the shoe.

Merrell Ontario 85 Upper 1.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11.6oz / Women 9.5oz
Base model: Merrell Ontario
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vintage / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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