695 users: 4.2 / 5
1 experts: 100 / 100
Weight: Men 408g / Women 356g
Base model: Merrell Zion
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut

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5 reasons to buy

  • Numerous customers find their Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof hiking boots unbelievably lightweight.
  • In terms of comfort, this footgear is exemplary, according to almost everyone who has purchased it.
  • Based on a decent number of reviews, this astonishing Merrell hiking boot has a super-sticky outsole.
  • The Zion Mid Waterproof has an excellent support system, say several of those who have bought it.
  • Some users compare the fit of this over-the-ankle hiking shoe to that of a sneaker

2 reasons not to buy

  • This boot-type hiker from Merrell is not very breathable, less than a handful of testers claim.
  • An owner finds the Zion Mid Waterproof’s default footbed too thin

Bottom line

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. To sum up, the Zion Mid Waterproof is yet another incredible Merrell offering whose set of competencies inspires hikers to go further

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-The Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof is built with aggressive performance on virtually all kinds of terrain in mind. As such, its developers made its upper extra sturdy and gave it a hard-wearing outsole from Vibram.

-This hiking boot is watertight, thanks to M Select Dry (also seen in the Moab 2 Mid Waterproof). It also promises walking comfort on level surfaces with its toe-rockered sole unit.

Merrell’s Zion Mid Waterproof is a mid-top hiker for men and women. It is crafted around a trail running last, giving it a sneaker-like fit. Owners may get a personalized lockdown in it by way of the boot’s lace-up closure with integrated webbing stability arm.

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. The compound used in it (Megagrip) promises to produce and maintain traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

The Zion Mid Waterproof from Merrell uses a compression-molded EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) midsole to give the 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 designers topped the boot’s midsole with a flexible insole, called Kinetic Fit Base. This removable component delivers additional support and comfort with every step.

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

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.

  • Purchasers who take on mostly dry trails and those who wish to hike with more ankle freedom might want to give the low-top, non-waterproof Merrell Zion a try.

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How Zion Mid Waterproof compares

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This shoe: £150
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This shoe: 408g
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.