Our verdict


Members of the hiking community who wish to cover trail miles in an amazingly lightweight hiking boot might find one in the Zion Mid Waterproof. Those who are in great need of something immensely comfortable, supportive, and grippy might also get what they are looking for in this product. That said, the shoe is probably not the best choice when it comes to breathability.


  • Lightweight
  • Exemplary comfort
  • Super-sticky outsole
  • Excellent support system
  • Over-the-ankle hiking shoe


  • Lack of breathability
  • Thin footbed

Who should buy the Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof

The Zion Mid Waterproof is yet another incredible Merrell offering whose set of competencies inspires hikers to go further. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is built with aggressive performance on virtually all kinds of terrain in mind.
  • Prefer a watertight hiking boot.
  • Prefer walking comfort on level surfaces with a toe-rockered sole unit.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof logo

Deliver ample slip and skid resistance

Sufficient grip on the trail comes from the shoe’s Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its triangular lugs, which have a depth of 5 mm, deliver ample slip and skid resistance in practically every direction. 

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof outsole

Excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces

The compound used in it (Megagrip) produces and maintains traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof outsole 2.0

Comfortable and stable underfoot

The Zion Mid Waterproof from Merrell uses a compression-molded EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) midsole that give sthe wearer enough comfort and stability underfoot. It comes with FlexPlate—a company-owned sole technology that supports the foot even further, especially during twisting maneuvers. Both its rear end and forefoot zone come with comfy dual-density EVA inserts.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof midsole

Delivers additional support and comfort

The boot’s midsole has a flexible insole, called Kinetic Fit Base. This removable component delivers additional support and comfort with every step.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof midsole 1.0

Waterproof full-grain leather and mesh fabric

This Merrell boot of a hiker wraps the user’s foot in its over-the-ankle shell made of waterproof full-grain leather and mesh fabric. It comes with a breathable mesh liner. It has a bellows-type tongue that bars out debris, dust, and sand. What prevents water intrusion in this shoe, however, is Merrell’s M Select Dry membrane. This brand-exclusive waterproofing technology also has a moisture-wicking feature.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof upper

Enhanced abrasion protection

The toe box of this upper is reinforced with a rubber rand that protects the adventurer’s tootsies from bumpy hazards while giving the footgear enhanced abrasion protection. Attached to its heel is a synthetic pull loop, granting easier on and off.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof toe box

Quick lace-ups possible

The closure system of the waterproof Zion Mid consists of combination eyelets and a round lace. It makes quick lace-ups possible as its uppermost pair of eyelets are open hooks.

Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof Quick lace-ups possible