Who should buy the Merrell Coldpack Ice+ 8" Zip Polar Waterproof

The Merrell Coldpack Ice+ 8" Zip Polar Waterproof is best recommended for:

  • outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a solid quality winter boot for day hiking on snowy days
  • anyone who needs a reliable go-to boot for their fall-to-winter escapades

Offers stability and comfort

Coldpack Ice+ 8” Zip Polar delivers great performance for warm adventures in a no-frills package. Merrell hiking boots are known for their distinct presence in the realm of trail expeditions.

The Coldpack Ice+ 8” is naturally a fantastic addition to the brand’s robust roster. It comes with EVA midsole for stability and comfort.

Coldpack Ice+ 8" provides shock absorption 

What does this boot have that sets itself apart from other winter kicks? It has an 8-inch cuff height, which is fully lined with nappy fleece for extra warmth.

Its removable footbed also has a fleece liner, trapping heat underfoot for a comfier ride.

Merrell’s Air Cushion tech is part of this shoe’s midsole, offering enough shock absorption as you land on frigid terrain.

Questionable grip

Dozens of experienced adventurers find the outsole of the Merrell Coldpack Ice+ 8” Zip Polar Waterproof ineffective on frozen surfaces.

Lackluster waterproofing: The boot struggles to keep its interior moisture-free. “Water seeps through the zipper (bottom part),” one owner said.

Toe bumper lacks durability

Moreover, its protective toe bumper comes off way too soon, a couple of testers say.

On the upside, this winter boot offers convenient access. Many hikers love how easy it is to get in and out of the boot. They can thank the shoe’s zipper closure for that.

Offers instant comfort

For being richly comfy on day one, the Coldpack Ice+ 8” Zip Polar Waterproof is a must-have for numerous hikers.
The boots Vibram outsole changes color when the temperature drops to a certain level, giving you a fair warning about the coldness that is to come.

Surprising lightness

Winter trail-goers are quite impressed with its surprising lightness. The boot is 200 grams lightweight, with low bulk insulation that offers more comfort.

Its ability to keep the foot nice and warm during cold weather conditions is pretty decent.

Merrell Coldpack Ice+ 8" is a protective winter boot

The traction and protection of this popular Merrell winter boot keep the wearers and their feet happy in their fall to winter escapades.

Not a fan of tall boots? Check out the Merrell Coldpack ICE+ Mid Polar Waterproof instead. Merrell’s Thermo collection is also a great place to look for high-quality winter hikers.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 496g / Women 301g
Use: Day Hiking, Snow
Cut: High cut
Features: Lightweight / Insulated / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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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.