Who should buy the Merrell Ontario

Those who are seeking a new pair of hiking shoes may be enticed to check what Merrell Ontario has to offer. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides a simplistic yet functional solution to the challenges faced by hikers on the trail. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that has the capability to deal with the odor.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides adequate security over moderately rough terrain.

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Excellent sticking power

Users are able to adhere to most types of outdoor surfaces thanks to Ontario’s Vibram Megagrip outsole. It comes with triangular lugs (at 3 mm deep) to improve its sticking power. 

Merrell Ontario outsole

Excellent surface traction

It has zigzag grooves at the heel and forefoot to give hikers additional ascent and descent control. Besides surface traction, this grippy component also provides bump protection with its sturdy front tip.

Merrell Ontario outsole 1

Comfortable and protective cushioning

With the Merrell Ontario’s compression-molded EVA midsole, hikers get to have a steady footing over uneven terrain with ample cushioning and protection. A brand-owned tech called Merrell Air Cushion is built at its heel to give users enhanced shock mitigation on ground contact. This additional element also elevates the midsole’s stabilizing ability.

Merrell Ontario midsole

Flexible and supportive

Joining the shoe’s midsole in providing underfoot comfort is the proprietary Kinetic Fit Base footbed. This removable insole also adds a flexible kind of support to the shoe’s utility.

Merrell Ontario arch support


This hiker protects the foot from most terrain hazards in its full-grain leather upper. Its cushy interior is lined with breathable mesh.

Merrell Ontario upper

Prevent debris from entering the shoe

Giving it the capability to prevent debris from entering the shoe is its bellows tongue. It has an overlay cupping its heel for extra support.

Merrell Ontario collar

Easy to adjust

The footwear’s front closure is made up of metallic eyelets and synthetic lace. The topmost eyelets have an open design for quicker configurations.

Merrell Ontario laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 374g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Red lace
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Material: Leather, Rubber sole / EVA midsole

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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.