Who should buy the Merrell Ontario Mid

The positives of the Merrell Ontario Mid outweigh its shortcomings; using an aftermarket insole can resolve its weak point though. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that grants confidence when tackling the outdoors.
  • Prefer a leather upper that is breathable for a sturdy yet comfy build.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that delivers comfortable cushioned ride.

Merrell Ontario Mid logo 1.0

Excellent ground adhesion

The Merrell Ontario Mid hiking boots use a Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its 3 mm deep lugs provide ground adhesion on various types of terrain. The triangular studs placed across the sole yield multidirectional traction and prevent muck build-up. 

Merrell Ontario Mid outsole

Excellent grip

The forefoot and rearfoot areas have a wave-like lug pattern that boosts its grip on uphill and downhill slopes. Additionally, the slight upright extension of the sole at the toe grants extra trail protection.

Merrell Ontario Mid outsole 2.0

Lightweight and shock-absorbing cushioning

Promoting a cushioned and stable ride is a compression-molded EVA midsole. This lightweight element comes with the brand’s very own Air Cushion at the heel that helps absorb shock from ground impacts and provides steadiness over rugged terrain. 

Merrell Ontario Mid midsole

Flexible and comfortable cushioning

A Kinetic Fit Base insole is added underfoot to provide flexible support. It has a unique design that supports the main areas of the foot for comfort. It also allows the muscles to relax, thus reducing fatigue after a hike.

Merrell Ontario Mid midsole 2.0

Breathable and durable

The Ontario Mid from Merrell has a full-grain leather upper. This hardwearing material comes with a breathable mesh lining to optimize interior comfort. At the back of the boot is a leather reinforcement that enhances durability. 

Merrell Ontario Mid upper 3.0

Odor-free in-shoe environment

The brand’s M Select Fresh feature maintains an odor-free in-shoe environment. It uses a probiotic technology that helps control the development of odor, especially during active use. 

Merrell Ontario Mid insole

Secure lockdown

This Merrell hiking boot has a bellows tongue that prevents the entry of loose trail debris. Its closure system combines metal hooks and D-rings.

Merrell Ontario Mid secure lockdown

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.7oz / Women 12.6oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Merrell Ontario
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Breathable / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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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.