950 users: 4.7 / 5
1 experts: 98 / 100
Weight: Men 484g / Women 382g
Base model: Merrell Ontario
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut

Verdict from 6.4 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Comfort-wise, the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof has given a very good impression on almost everyone who reviewed it.
  • This hiker has floored many owners, including a vlogger, with its astonishing grip over rough terrain.
  • The Ontario Mid Waterproof was commended by several wearers for its jaw-dropping looks.
  • Some verified purchasers couldn’t help but praise the surprising lightness of this watertight hiking boot.
  • Its superbly supportive ankle zone impresses about a handful of users.
  • An expert applauds the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof’s amazing flexibility.
  • The shoe’s almost non-existent break-in period floors a small percentage of hiking enthusiasts.
  • A couple of patrons rave about the boot’s fantastic protectiveness against moisture.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several consumers find the Ontario Mid Waterproof’s width unflatteringly too narrow.

Bottom line

People who would give the Ontario Mid Waterproof a shot can expect to experience insane amounts of comfort and heaps of style. Hikers who would invest in this true-to-size Merrell piece are also likely to be mind-blown by its stellar grip performance on the trail.

It is just a shame, however, that this incredibly lightweight hiking boot might be too restrictive widthwise for some. To sum up, minus its lone misstep, the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof is a stunning footgear that goes beyond expectations in both function and form.

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- The Ontario Mid Waterproof is a supportive leather hiker designed to give adventurers a comfy and secure ride in their everyday trail outings. It has two of Merrell’s exclusive technologies: M Select Fresh and M Select Dry.  The former deals with odor, while the latter walls off most types of wet elements.

- Underfoot, this shoe promises a combination of protection and cushioning, thanks to its shock absorbent midsole. It also provides enough tenacity on different types of surfaces with its Vibram outsole.

Merrell’s Ontario Mid Waterproof, the ankle-supportive brother of the Ontario Waterproof, is a fairly true-to-size, mid-top day hiking shoe for men and women. It is offered in full and half sizes in standard width. Owners may take full advantage of its lace-up closure to achieve a secure and personalized fit in it.

The Ontario Mid Waterproof is capable of staying glued on a variety of outdoor surfaces come rain or shine thanks to its Vibram Megagrip outsole (also found in Danner’s Mountain 600 and Asolo’s Falcon GV). It has 3-millimeter multi-directional lugs and aggressive treads to give travelers sufficient sticking power over soft- or loose-soiled terrain.

This boot-type hiker is equipped with a compression-molded midsole made of EVA for underfoot comfort and stability. It comes built at the heel with Air Cushion—a Merrell-owned technology that doubles down on shock absorbency and footing balance. Right on top of it is the Kinetic Fit Base contoured footbed which ups the shoe’s comfort level and gives extra support where needed.

What hugs the foot in the Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof is the hiker’s almost seamless full-grain leather upper. Its plush interior is lined with breathable mesh. It is built with a bellows tongue whose primary purpose is to keep debris at bay. When it comes to water protection and internal moisture management, on the other hand, wearers have the M Select Dry membrane to thank.

Metal hooks and D-rings make up its set of eyelets. They work hand in hand with the shoe’s synthetic lace in cinching the foot in place.

  • The featured shoe is the mid-top, watertight version of the Merrell Ontario.

Size and fit

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True to size (91%)
Large (4%)
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For me, it was true to size and was extremely comfortable from the get go.. - Amazon
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How Ontario Mid Waterproof compares

This shoe: 99
All shoes average: 88
40 99
This shoe: £170
All shoes average: £210
£50 £490
This shoe: 484g
All shoes average: 593g
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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.