Who should buy the Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather

Designed to provide hikers with all-day comfort on the trail, the Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather shoes are packed with the most important features you need. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that gives users a snugger fit through the side-by-side eyelets at the top.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides excellent cushioning and support.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that renders surface traction.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather logo

Size and fit

The Pulsate 2 Leather is a fairly true-to-size men’s-only hiking shoe. It is available in standard and wide widths and is manufactured in regular sizes. Its traditional lace-up closure assists users in customizing the fit. The eyelets near the top of the tongue enable owners to adjust the shoe’s overall volume.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather laces 3

Excellent surface traction

This Merrell hiking shoe employs the M Select Grip outsole (a component also found in the Moab Edge 2). It is characterized by 5 mm deep lugs that bite into the ground. The aggressive lugs along the side of the sole boost stability. 

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather outsole

Render 360-degree grip

The triangular-like studs at the center render a 360-degree grip. This material extends upright at the front and back ends of the shoe for extra protection.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather outsole 1

Comfortable and stable cushioning

This lightweight shoe for hiking carries a compression-molded EVA midsole that takes care of comfort. The brand’s Air Cushion feature is added at the heel to optimize stability.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather midsole

Excellent arch support

The shoe is also equipped with a molded nylon arch shank for underfoot firmness while a Kinetic Fit Base insole conforms to the user’s foot for support.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather arch support

Breathable and keeps the debris out

The Pulsate 2 Leather from Merrell wears an upper made of durable full-grain leather and mesh. Its interior is lined with a breathable mesh for enhanced comfort. The brand’s engineers also designed it with a bellows tongue that aids in keeping debris out.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather upper

Keeps the feet fresh

This below-the-ankle hiker comes with the Merrell-owned M Select Fresh antimicrobial treatment that helps keep the foot fresh. A rubber toe cap is added for extra trail protection. It has a cushioned tongue and collar that amplify comfort.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather insole

Easy to wear

The closure system employs webbing loops and punched eyelets. Lastly, a heel tab assists in donning and doffing.

Merrell Pulsate 2 Leather collar

Nice to know

  • This model also comes in a waterproof version that incorporates the M Select DRY impermeable membrane that works by sealing out water and letting moisture escape.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 436g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.