Who should buy the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof

The Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof is a stunning footgear that goes beyond expectations in both function and form. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a supportive leather hiker designed to give adventurers a comfy and secure ride in their everyday trail outings.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that promises a combination of protection and cushioning.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides enough tenacity on different types of surfaces with its Vibram outsole.

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof logo

Excellent traction

The Ontario Mid Waterproof is capable of staying glued on a variety of outdoor surfaces come rain or shine thanks to its Vibram Megagrip outsole (also found in Danner’s Mountain 600 and Asolo’s Falcon GV). It has 3-millimeter multi-directional lugs and aggressive treads to give travelers sufficient sticking power over soft- or loose-soiled terrain.

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof outsole

Underfoot comfort and stability

This boot-type hiker is equipped with a compression-molded midsole made of EVA for underfoot comfort and stability. 

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof midsole

Shock-absorbing cushioning and footing balance

It comes built at the heel with Air Cushion—a Merrell-owned technology that doubles down on shock absorbency and footing balance. Right on top of it is the Kinetic Fit Base contoured footbed which ups the shoe’s comfort level and gives extra support where needed.

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof midsole 3.0

Excellent ventilation

What hugs the foot in the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof is the hiker’s almost seamless full-grain leather upper. Its plush interior is lined with breathable mesh. It is built with a bellows tongue whose primary purpose is to keep debris at bay. 

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof upper


When it comes to water protection and internal moisture management, on the other hand, wearers have the M Select Dry membrane to thank. Metal hooks and D-rings make up its set of eyelets. They work hand in hand with the shoe’s synthetic lace in cinching the foot in place.

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof upper 1.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 17.1oz / Women 13.5oz
Base model: Merrell Ontario Mid
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Merrell Ontario
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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