Who should buy the Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof

The Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof promises top-notch comfort and performance that will get you through any season. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides added protection against rain, water, and wind.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that delivers traction in all weather and temperature conditions.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof logo

Size and fit

The Wilderness Legend WP is a mid-top hiker with an upper completely made of Horween leather. It's quite stiff at first but after the break-in period, this boot will conform to the shape of the foot, creating a soft and comfortable environment. Both the collar and tongue are nicely padded and the lacing system features a robust set of metal hooks and eyelets for a customized and secure fit.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof laces 3

Excellent edging performance

Designed for all conditions, the Wilderness Legend WP boasts of a grippy Vibram outsole with multidirectional lugs. There are grooves or siping around the edges that enable the wearer to traverse uneven ground or wet and slippery trails. 

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof outsole

Completely resoleable

Furthermore, the outsole of this hiker is completely resoleable which means you can have it replaced once it wears out without having to purchase another pair of boots.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof outsole 1

Excellent stability

This boot uses a heavy-duty midsole for lasting cushioning. It's a little stiff to provide the wearer enough balance and stability when backpacking or hiking with heavy loads. 

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof midsole

Comfortable cushioning

For added comfort, this boot incorporates a sheepskin-wrapped footbed that offers plush and warm cushioning.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof arch support

Durable and superior quality

The Wilderness Legend Waterproof by Merrell features an upper made of one-piece Horween leather. This material is known for its durability and superior quality. The boot is built using a Norwegian Welt construction that creates a classic-looking shoe with a durable sole that can be resoled.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof upper


Lining the boot interior is sheepskin leather which is soft and velvety to the touch. It is also wind-proof which means your foot will stay warm and cozy even when the temperature drops.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof upper 1

Secure fit

This hiker uses a bellows tongue to keep debris out, and a traditional lacing system with metal hooks and eyelets for a secure fit.

Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof laces

Nice to know

- The Wilderness Legend hiking boot by Merrell was first launched in 1981. It was created with the goal of creating a thoughtfully-designed, versatile, and built-to-last boot. The "original" Wilderness boots come in Oxblood and lack colors with iconic blue laces.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 24oz / Women 20.8oz
Base model: Merrell Wilderness
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.