Who should buy the Merrell Zion Waterproof

The Merrell Zion Waterproof may provide hikers with ample performance via its trail-related strengths, granted its default insole is replaced with a more supportive variant. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that keeps the water out.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers traction on most types of ground conditions.

Merrell Zion Waterproof logo

Size and fit

The Merrell Zion Waterproof is a low-top hiking shoe built for men and women. Its conventional lacing system grants wearers a secure and customized lockdown. It is connected to an integrated webbing stability arm to provide a snug fit.

Merrell Zion Waterproof laces

Renders grip on virtually all types of terrain

Delivering ground adherence to users is the Merrell Zion Waterproof’s Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its profile is filled with aggressive 5mm-deep triangular lugs, which render grip on virtually all types of terrain. 

Merrell Zion Waterproof outsole

Provides protection from accidental knocks

This component is made of a Megagrip rubber compound, which is engineered to withstand harsh ground conditions while keeping its durability intact. Meanwhile, the outsole’s front tip extends upward to provide protection from accidental knocks.

Merrell Zion Waterproof outsole 1

Comfortable cushioning

This hike-specific shoe from Merrell comes with a compression-molded EVA midsole for shock reduction and rebound. A pair of dual-density EVA inserts are positioned in the forefoot and rearfoot areas to deliver added cushioning.

Merrell Zion Waterproof midsole

Excellent arch support

It has the brand’s patented Kinetic Fit Base footbed, which grants arch support and extra comfort underfoot. A lightweight FlexiPlate is also integrated into the Zion Waterproof’s midsole to make it rigid and supportive.

Merrell Zion Waterproof arch support

Durable and lightweight

The Merrell Zion Waterproof is equipped with an upper made of full grain leather mesh panels. The combination of these materials imbues the shoe with durability and lightness.

Merrell Zion Waterproof upper


It houses a trademarked M Select Dry membrane to prevent water from entering while allowing excess moisture to pass through. Its forefoot section has a rubber rand, which gives added protection from various trail hazards.

Merrell Zion Waterproof upper 1


This Merrell hiking shoe uses a round lace, several fabric loops, and metal eyelets for fit management. Its bellows tongue prevents debris from entering the footgear. The molded heel counter contains several perforations for optimal breathability. It also grants added heel support. The Zion Waterproof’s ankle cuff is padded to promote comfort.

Merrell Zion Waterproof upper 3

Nice to know

-Buyers who seek a boost in performance and protection for multi-day trips may want to explore the benefits of backpacking boots. One option that may be considered is the Salomon Quest Prime GTX.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Merrell Zion
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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