Who should buy the Merrell Zion FST Mid Waterproof
The Merrell Zion FST Mid Waterproof is a stylish and affordable mid-cut hiker that will keep your tootsies warm and dry. This lightweight hiking boot is best recommended for:
- camping trips and day hiking on shallow streams and light-to-moderate rain
- speed hiking on rocky, rooted, and soggy trails
Provides protection from intrusive moisture
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.
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.
Zion FST Mid Waterproof offers enhanced shock protection
With its ankle-high gusseted tongue, virtually all sorts of debris—sand, pieces of mulch, pebbles—are also barred from the shoe’s confines.
The Air Cushion component of the Zion FST Mid Waterproof covers a wider area around the heel, delivering extra shock absorption as a result.
Questionable stability (women’s variant)
An owner finds the Zion FST Mid Waterproof wobbly on rugged terrain, particularly during twisting maneuvers.
However, hikers in droves find the boot mighty secure around the collar. Someone who injured his ankle even said, “Wish I had them sooner.”
Instant comfort fresh out of the box
Dozens of trail-goers are drawn to the Merrell Zion FST Mid Waterproof for its high provision of comfort straight from the box.
With its 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.
Grippy, heavy-duty outsole
Its heavy-duty outsole clings to almost every kind of terrain effortlessly, numerous adventurers say.
It comes with the Ultra-tacky Vibram Megagrip outsole that performs very well on rocky, rooted, and soggy trails.
Lightweight and waterproof
The Zion FST Mid Waterproof, at no more than 800 g a pair, easily earns a spot on our list of lightweight hiking boots.
Just like most waterproof Merrell hiking boots, this piece will keep your feet dry through shallow streams and light-to-moderate rain.
Merrell Zion FST Mid Waterproof offers warmth in cold conditions
Many testers say that this hiker, despite lacking insulation, provides sufficient warmth in mildly cold pursuits.
Opt for the Zion FST instead if you have no need for waterproofing, and ankle freedom is more your jam.