Verdict from 2 experts and 65 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Merrell Thermo Rogue Mid GTX runs true to size, according to almost everyone who reviewed it.
  • Many consumers were delighted to report about the boot’s impressive lightness.
  • Its thermal insulation was praised highly by numerous wearers.
  • A number of owners found their Merrell Thermo Rogue Mid GTX winter hiking boots exceptionally comfortable.
  • Some reviewers considered the hiker’s arch support superbly reliable.
  • This Merrell footgear stunned a few patrons with its astonishing surface grip.
  • Less than a handful of testers applauded the shoe’s super-effective Gore-Tex membrane.

1 reason not to buy

  • Several purchasers complained about feeling pressure on their ankle bones in the Thermo Rogue Mid GTX. They blamed it either on the boot’s gusseted tongue or on its metal eyelets at the ankle line.

Bottom line

Day adventurers who prefer hiking on snowy trails have a lot to love in the Merrell Thermo Rogue Mid GTX. Indeed, they are likely to be completely enamored by the hiker’s true-to-size fit, unbelievable amounts of comfort, and incredible warming capability. And this is not including the boot’s cloud-like lightness in the equation yet. The footgear, however, may not be the best of choices for those with bulging or extra-sensitive ankles. Nevertheless, the Thermo Rogue Mid GTX is an astounding Merrell piece whose strengths give trail lovers an edge in their winter excursions.

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Good to know

  • The Merrell Thermo Rogue Mid GTX is a lightweight yet protective footgear specially crafted for day-long adventures in the snowy outdoors. It is imbued with M-Select Fresh—a brand-exclusive technology that combats odor and stink.
  • Giving the Thermo Rogue Mid GTX adequate weather protection is Gore-Tex’s waterproof membrane. What keeps the foot warm in harsh, cold conditions, on the other hand, is Primaloft’s thermal insulation.

Merrell’s Thermo Rogue Mid GTX is a generally true-to-size, mid-cut winter hiking footgear for men and women. It comes in full and half sizes in standard width. A secure and customized fit is made possible by the boot’s ghillie lacing.

Arctic Grip Dura, an exclusive Merrell outsole made by Vibram, is what grants hikers ample surface traction on the trail. As its name implies, this grippy layer—with its 5-mm multi-faceted lugs—offers the right amount of grip over icy terrain.

The Thermo Rogue Mid GTX is equipped with a chunky midsole to give winter hikers adequate terrain protection, cushioning, and stability. It houses a molded arch shank made of nylon for extra medial support. Merrell designers snuck in a company-owned footbed called Kinetic Fit Base in this shoe to help the midsole up its cushioning game. This proprietary component, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate, also doubles down on arch support.

This over-the-ankle Merrell hiking boot has a part mesh, part TPU upper. It is engineered with a rubberized toe bumper for additional forefoot protection. Its defense against all things wet is its Gore-Tex liner which also provides ample ventilation. 100 g of Primaloft Aerogel is applied to its main bootie to shield the foot from the freezing effects of the cold season. Its interior is protected from intrusive debris thanks to the boot’s bellows tongue.

Its closure system has fabric loops and metallic open hooks for eyelets. Set through them is a lace made of interwoven synthetic cords.


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