Merrell Ontario 85 Mid Waterproof notable features

-The Merrell Ontario 85 Mid Waterproof is a retro-inspired hiking boot furnished with exclusive features to help wearers address a variety of trail-specific challenges in the modern age. Its overall engineering gives users a combination of comfort, protection, and flexibility.

-This ankle-supportive hiker is adequately watertight, thanks to the company-owned tech known as M Select Dry. Its ability to adhere to most surfaces, on the other hand, is courtesy of a hard-wearing outsole from Vibram.

Size and fit

The Ontario 85 Mid Waterproof is an over-the-ankle hiking footgear for men and women. Its fit may be adjusted to the wearer’s preference using the boot’s lace-up closure. Merrell designers opted to furnish the shoe with a bellows tongue to eliminate bunching.


This boot is armed with a rubber outsole from Vibram to give nature seekers as much adhesive power as possible while on the trail. It uses Vibram’s Megagrip compound, which provides sufficient surface traction over different types of terrain, come rain or shine. There are aggressive treads and 3-mm deep lugs engineered all around it to grant trail enthusiasts multi-directional grip and enhanced skid resistance over loose soil.


A compression-molded midsole, which is made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), is what provides ample cushioning and stability in the Ontario 85 Mid Waterproof. It is built with Merrell’s Air Cushion technology at the heel for improved shock absorption.

The midsole’s underfoot comfort is amplified by the brand-exclusive Kinetic Fit Base insole. This contoured removable footbed also provides extra support.


The cozy upper of the Merrell Ontario 85 Mid Waterproof is a combination of suede leather and heavy-duty fabric by Cordura. It has a breathable liner made of mesh and a kind of tongue that fences out debris.  A waterproof membrane called M Select Dry (which the Moab 2 Mid Waterproof also has) lines its main bootie. This proprietary waterproofing also promotes ventilation.

This boot of a hiker uses D-rings and metallic hooks for eyelets. A synthetic lace is set through these combination eyelets by default, completing the boot’s fit management system.

Nice to know

-The low-cut version of this Merrell Ontario hiking boot is simply called Ontario 85.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.7oz / Women 12.3oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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