Verdict from 31 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most of the Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof reviews suggest that this boot is built to last.
  • Many agree that this is one of the most comfortable boots that they've owned.
  • Some say that they've gotten compliments from colleagues for how pretty their Wilderness Legend WP boot is.
  • The uppers of the Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof boots are more supple than the first version, according to some.
  • Lots of reviewers are on their second and third pairs and are still completely satisfied with its performance.
  • It is a stable backpacking boot that will take you anywhere, says an avid hiker.

1 reason not to buy

  • This boot requires breaking in, note a couple of users.

Bottom line

The legendary boot that many people loved now comes in a much more comfortable waterproof version. It gets top remarks for being super durable, comfortable, and stable. It also looks great. Thanks to the fine leather finish that gives it so much classiness.

While it may take some time to completely break it in, the Merrell Wilderness Legend Waterproof promises top-notch comfort and performance that will get you through any season.

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Good to know

  • The latest version of the Wilderness Legend features a much more supple leather upper made of rich Horween leather. Additionally, the sheepskin lining provides added protection against rain, water, and wind.
  • It has a durable Vibram outsole designed to deliver traction in all weather and temperature conditions.

The Wilderness Legend WP is a mid-top hiker with an upper completely made of Horween leather. It's quite stiff at first but after the break-in period, this boot will conform to the shape of the foot, creating a soft and comfortable environment. Both the collar and tongue are nicely padded and the lacing system features a robust set of metal hooks and eyelets for a customized and secure fit.

Designed for all conditions, the Wilderness Legend WP boasts of a grippy Vibram outsole with multidirectional lugs. There are grooves or siping around the edges that enable the wearer to traverse uneven ground or wet and slippery trails. 

Furthermore, the outsole of this hiker is completely resoleable which means you can have it replaced once it wears out without having to purchase another pair of boots.

This boot uses a heavy-duty midsole for lasting cushioning. It's a little stiff to provide the wearer enough balance and stability when backpacking or hiking with heavy loads. For added comfort, this boot incorporates a sheepskin-wrapped footbed that offers plush and warm cushioning.

The Wilderness Legend Waterproof by Merrell features an upper made of one-piece Horween leather. This material is known for its durability and superior quality. The boot is built using a Norwegian Welt construction that creates a classic-looking shoe with a durable sole that can be resoled.

Lining the boot interior is sheepskin leather which is soft and velvety to the touch. It is also wind-proof which means your foot will stay warm and cozy even when the temperature drops. This hiker uses a bellows tongue to keep debris out, and a traditional lacing system with metal hooks and eyelets for a secure fit.

- The Wilderness Legend hiking boot by Merrell was first launched in 1981. It was created with the goal of creating a thoughtfully-designed, versatile, and built-to-last boot. The "original" Wilderness boots come in Oxblood and lack colors with iconic blue laces.


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