Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: Nearly all the Merrell MQM Ace Mid Waterproof reviews talk about how amazing it feels.
  • Zero break-in: Just like the popular MOABs, this hiker is ready to be used straight out of the box, several people note.
  • Lightweight: This hiking boot will not slow you down, say a couple of satisfied users.
  • Stable: Some customers praise the MQM Ace Mid WP for providing amazing arch and ankle support.
  • Good-looking: Many adore the vibrant colorways of this hiking footwear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Narrow: The heel area is quite tight, a few testers suggest.
  • Flimsy: Several customers complain about the lace hooks breaking too soon.

Bottom line

Another stylish boot from Merrell, the MQM Ace Mid WP hiker has everything you need to tackle challenging terrains with speed and confidence. Equipped with a waterproof membrane, a lacing system that runs to the toes, and a Vibram outsole, this boot is powered up for your trail adventures.

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Merrell MQM Ace Mid Waterproof: Athlete-inspired lightweight hiker

Best used for day hikes and quick trips to the backcountry, the MQM Ace Mid hiking boots are lightweight, protective, and supportive.

Notable features of the MQM Ace Mid WP

  • Shock-absorbing midsole. Like most other Merrell hiking boots, this model uses a lightweight yet durable cushioning system that works well in absorbing shock. This means that these kicks are light on your feet. The midsole is reinforced with a contoured insole that offers flexible support.
  • Lightweight mesh upper. One common complaint about waterproof hiking boots is that they tend to overheat. This is why some brands have offerings that feature mesh and similar fabrics for the upper. This way, there's still some airflow within the boot even though the insides are lined with a waterproof membrane.
  • Grippy outsole. The Vibram sole used in this model has a semi-aggressive tread pattern which means it claws nicely to rough terrains like rock, loose dirt, and gravel.

The Merrell MQM Ace Mid WP is an athlete-inspired footwear designed for hikers who want to level up their performance on the trail. Alongside its beneficial features, this boot has a sporty vibe.


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Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.