Updates to Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof

  • Merrell’s Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof is a backpacking boot that can withstand different kinds of harsh trail conditions. This 2nd generation’s ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole is updated with a Merrell Air Cushion Viz in the heel to deliver enhanced support and energy return.
  • The suede and full grain leather upper is lined with an M Select Dry membrane which promotes water protection. The gear’s Vibram Megagrip outsole grants traction on different ground conditions.

Size and fit

The Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof is an above-the-ankle boot for male and female backpackers. Lengths are offered in regular and half sizes while its width profile is available only in standard. The gear relatively runs true size. Its closure system can be adjusted by the wearer to achieve a personalized fit.


This trail boot comes with a Vibram outsole made of a durable Megagrip compound. Its 5mm multi-directional lugs render traction on virtually all types of terrain. The spaces between these lugs prevent debris from building up. The sole’s heel brake works in conjunction with several grooves on both ends for enhanced ascent and descent control.


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


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.

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

Additional Info

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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