Things to expect from Merrell’s Zion FST Mid Waterproof

Top-quality hiking boots put out by Merrell share characteristics that encourage trail-goers to push forward. Fortunately, the Zion FST Mid Waterproof dances to the same tune but comes with several draws all its own. These distinct qualities are as follows:

Low-cost waterproofing. As it is built with a proprietary waterproof membrane, the boot in question provides enough protection from intrusive moisture, all while having an enticing asking price.

Ankle-high gusseted tongue. With it, virtually all sorts of debris—sand, pieces of mulch, pebbles—are also barred from the shoe’s confines.

Enhanced shock protection. The Air Cushion component of the Zion FST Mid Waterproof covers a wider area around the heel, delivering extra shock absorption as a result.

Increased surface contact + toe rocker. This boot can make traversals on level terrain feel a bit more intimate. And since the sole unit is rockered at the toe, push offs over flat surfaces are also made relatively easier.

Additional info

  • Opt for the Zion FST instead if you have no need for waterproofing, and ankle freedom is more your jam.


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