Who should buy the Merrell Forestbound Mid WP

The Merrell Forestbound Mid WP is built to give you comfort, support, and protection in your longest hikes. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that is designed for wet and dry conditions.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that is highly slip-resistant and offers stability on mixed terrain.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP logo

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP notable features

  • This boot has a PU-coated leather upper with mesh lining that protects against the elements.
  • Designed for wet and dry conditions, this hiker is lined with the M. Select Dry membrane that seals out moisture.
  • It comes with a durable M. Select Grip rubber outsole that is highly slip-resistant and offers stability on mixed terrain. In addition, the angled lugs channel excess water away from the underfoot while the razor siping increases surface traction. 
  • The EVA midsole and Kinetic Base insole create a cushiony and supportive platform for the foot.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP deatures

Size and fit

This mid-top hiker from Merrell has sizes available for men and women. It has a leather upper that is pliable enough to conform to the shape of the foot after some breaking in. Furthermore, the traditional lace-up closure features two additional hooks on top for a more secure fit.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP laces 1

Excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces

The Forestbound mid-top waterproof hiker has the M. Select Grip sole featuring diamond-shaped lugs on the forefoot and heel area. These lugs are 5mm deep, which is ideal for challenging terrain. Whether you are stepping on wet or dry surfaces, steep slopes, rocky ground, muddy trails, or loose dirt, such a lug depth is good enough to get a solid grip and traction.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP outsole

Effective water dispersal system

This outsole also has thin-cut lines (created through razor siping) that enhance the shoe traction on wet areas. Furthermore, the lugs are highly angled, creating an effective water dispersal system.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP outsole 1

Excellent stability

Like most other Merrell shoes, this model features a midsole made of EVA - a lightweight and flexible foam that does a great job of absorbing shock or impact. EVA midsoles also have a high bounce rate, which helps with the stability of the foot when walking, running, or going uphill. 

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP midsole

Excellent support and comfort

For added support and comfort, this boot comes with a removable insole that is contoured to the shape of the foot.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP midsole 1

Excellent arch support

This shoe has several other features necessary to survive long hikes. For instance, it is equipped with a molded nylon arch shank that absorbs up to four times a person’s weight, thereby reducing the risk of fatigue when hiking or walking long distances.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP arch support

Durable and abrasion-resistant

The Forestbound Mid WP has a leather upper treated with polyurethane (PU) to increase its durability, water repellency, and abrasion resistance. 

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP upper

Provides protection from trail hazards

Lastly, this boot comes with a die-cut rubber rand and toe cap for superior protection against varying trail hazards.

Merrell Forestbound Mid WP upper 1

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 456g / Women 384g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: 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.