Who should buy the Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof

The Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof hits the mark for backpackers who are looking for performance on wet trails. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a backpacking boot that can withstand different kinds of harsh trail conditions.
  • Prefer a boot that delivers enhanced support and energy return.
  • Prefer a boot that grants traction on different ground conditions.

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Render traction on virtually all types of terrain

This trail boot comes with a Vibram outsole made of a durable Megagrip compound. It's 5mm multi-directional lugs render traction on virtually all types of terrain. The spaces between these lugs prevent debris from building up. 

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof outsole

Enhanced ascent and descent control

The sole’s heel brake works in conjunction with several grooves on both ends for enhanced ascent and descent control.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof outsole 2.0

Deliver comfort, shock reduction, and energy return

The Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof’s compression-molded EVA midsole works with a Merrell Air Cushion Viz to deliver comfort, shock reduction, and energy return. It’s paired with a molded heel counter for improved stability.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof midsole

Flexible arch support 

The boot’s Kinetic Fit Base insole grants flexible arch support while a coating of M Select Fresh bars odor-causing microbes.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof arch support

Durable and excellent ventilation

The Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof’s upper is made of suede and full-grain leather which grants durability. There are mesh panels found on the collar for improved ventilation. An M Select Dry membrane lines the upper to block water out while allowing excess moisture to escape.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof upper

Organized fit

The boot’s closure system is connected to a heel stability arm. It employs metal hooks and webbing loops for an organized fit.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof laces

Protective toe cap

Debris is prevented from entering the gear, thanks to its bellows tongue. Its forefoot area contains a rubber cap which grants protection from bumps. A pair of pull tabs are located on the tongue and collar to permit an easy on and off.

Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof Protective toe cap

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 666g / Women 553g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Features: 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.