Who should buy the Merrell Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof

The Merrell Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof would have captivated the hearts of a lot more hikers out there. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is greatly suitable for snowy conditions and freezing temps.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides excellent stability and comfort.

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Size and fit

The Thermo Glacier Mid is a hiking boot designed for both men and women. It has a full-grain leather upper that conforms to the shape of the foot after some breaking in. The Kinetic Fit BASE insole and the traditional lace-up closure also help the wearer achieve a snug and custom fit.

Merrell Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof laces

Excellent grip on wet ice

The shoe outsole features the Arctic Grip by Vibram, which is the latest sole technology yet for winter hiking boots. It utilizes an advanced cold-weather gripping system specifically engineered and designed for wet ice. 

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Excellent traction on snowy surfaces

Wet ice is the biggest challenge that winter hikers encounter because it’s very slick. Without enough foot traction, you can slip, fall, and suffer from a serious injury. The Thermo Glacier Mid WP outsole is equipped with 5mm lugs for maximum traction. This makes the boot suitable not just on wet ice but also on dry ice. According to Vibram, the Arctic Grip has “up to three times better grip” on snowy surfaces than other Vibram soles.

Merrell Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof upper outsole

Comfortable cushioning

This winter hiker from Merrel features a compression-molded EVA midsole (CMEVA). In this method, a block of EVA is inserted into a mold. As heat and pressure are applied, the material expands and fills in the shape of the mold.

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While there is a newer approach to producing midsoles called “EVA injection”, compression remains popular because it creates a better design detail. The traditional process also results in firmer midsoles, which are more preferred in hiking shoes.

Excellent insulation

Additionally, the Thermo Glacier Mid WP features a heat-reflective midsole that works by radiating body heat toward the foot.

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Durable 

For the upper, this boot makes use of full-grain leather. This specific type of leather is also used in other premium boots and hiking footwear because it’s naturally durable, water-resistant, and has the ability to conform to the shape of the foot.

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Waterproof and over-the-toe insulation

The Thermo Glacier Mid WP is lined with M Select DRY impermeable membrane to keep water and moisture from entering the boot. Plus, it is equipped with 1.5mm Primaloft Aerogel over-the-toe insulation, along with Conductor fleece lining for warmth.

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Provides toe protection

Completing the upper are the molded nylon arch shank, protective rubber toe cap, red laces, and bellows tongue.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 20.7oz / Women 16.9oz
Use: Snow, Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Insulated, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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