Who should buy the Merrell Zion

The Merrell Zion perfectly fits the bill for anyone looking for sturdy shoes they can use on the trail and on the streets. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers protection from knocks and bumps
  • Prefer a lightweight and durable hiking shoe
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides ground adherence

Merrell Zion logo

Provide multidirectional traction

The Zion from Merrell uses a Vibram Megagrip outsole. This sticky unit has 5 mm deep lugs that anchor to a variety of terrain. The boots are designed to provide multidirectional traction, regardless of the ground condition. 

Merrell Zion outsole

Prevent the accumulation of mud and dirt

The textured spaces between each lug prevent the accumulation of mud and dirt. The sole extends upwards in the toe area that helps reinforce the foot’s protection against painful knocks.

Merrell Zion outsole 1.0

Stable and comfortable cushioning

This low-top hiking shoe from Merrell comes with a compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. It gives wearers stability and comfort, especially when tackling rugged terrain. Comfort is further enhanced by bi-density EVA inserts placed at the rear- and forefoot. Cradling the hiker’s foot is a Kinetic Fit Base insole that also yields intuitive support. 

Merrell Zion midsole

Renders amplified comfort

The product engineers added the trademarked FlexPlate technology underfoot. This feature’s lightweight construction renders amplified comfort, reducing fatigue over long periods of use. It is also an impact-resistant material that protects the foot from sharp rocks and roots.

Merrell Zion midsole 1.0


Merrell’s Zion has a durable upper made of a combination of full-grain leather and ballistic mesh. Its interior is imbued with a breathable mesh for optimal comfort. 

Merrell Zion upper

Optimize protection against outdoor elements

The shoe is designed with a bellows tongue and rubber toe cap to optimize protection against outdoor elements. The bellows tongue helps keep debris out, and the toe cap shields the user’s foot against painful knocks on rocky grounds. 

Merrell Zion upper 1.0

Prevent heel slippage and maximize trail performance

The shoe’s lacing system employs metal eyelets and webbing loops that aid in fit management. This system works with the integrated webbing stability arm to prevent heel slippage and maximize trail performance.

Merrell Zion upper 3.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.2oz / Women 10.9oz
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric / EVA midsole, Fabric

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