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Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots Review

Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots Review

Designed with class and elegance in mind, Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots have been around for what seems to be forever. Quality has never looked this good. The come labeled as no-nonsense, no frills and functional. But are these boots really as great as people claim they are, and more importantly, should you be considering buying a pair for yourself?

Read our review to find out!

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Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots Review

Product

Gender

Price

Rating

Merrell Wilderness Canyon Origins

Men's

$$$

Merrell Women’s Wilderness

Women's

$$$

Why The Big Hype?

Marketed as a “legend in leather” the Merrell Wilderness Boot has also been called the one and only pair of boots you’ll ever have to buy. These boots are best known for their wide platforms that give you extra underfoot stability. Furthermore, the one-piece, top-grain leather upper with bellows tongue has been the flagship design of the classic boot for decades.

First Impressions 

Right out of the box, we could see that Merrell's Original Wilderness Boots looked sturdy, comfy, and durable. We appreciate the Norwegian welt construction that these leather hiking boots sport, and the fact that they're made from a one-piece, top-grain leather uppers with bellows tongues just goes to show that the Italian craftsmanship o Merrell's footwear was made done with durability in mind.

Tech Specs

  • Tesivel™ 3-bar knit lining
  • Bellows tongue to keep debris out
  • Vibram® Roccia Block Sole/Trek Rubber
  • Weighs in at 3lbs. 8 oz.
  • Vibram® rubber outsoles for added traction
  • Strap-on crampon compatible for snow and ice travel

Best Features

  • Full-grain leather uppers attached to the soles with Norwegian welt double stitching for extra durability
  • Padded leather bellows tongues and padded collar to keep debris out of the boots
  • Rubber midsoles to absorb shock and dissipate pressure for added comfort
  • Steel shanks for stability and support on uneven terrain

Comfort Level

Since Merrell’s Wilderness Hiking Boots have a Gore-Tex lining, they’re not only comfortable, but they’re also breathable. You’ll also appreciate the Vibram performance rubber soles which add to the boots' durability, slip resistance, and stability.

These boots are made from full-grain leather and sports 20% recycled EVA dual footbed and stitch bed, which obviously makes them ideal for long hikes. Another added perk is the use of air cushioning and nylon shanks for a natural foot flex movement.

Breathability 

Like we mentioned before, the use of Gore-Tex in the inners of these boots ensure that your feet won't get stuffy during a day out hiking and the air cushions just enhance the ventilation features that these boots sport.

Price-to-Value Ratio

When you see the price initially, you might get caught a little off guard. That's totally acceptable for a price tag of nearly $450 a pair (depending on your size), but when you take these boots' durability, comfort, and functionality into consideration, it makes sense that these truly are a pair of boots that'll last you at least 10 years with the right care, which translates to nothing less than exceptional value for money.

Different Types of Merrell Wilderness Boots

Although we reviewed (and definitely loved) the Merrell Classic Wilderness Hiking Boots, there are a few different wilderness boots on offer from Merrell, so that everybody can kit themselves out in their own unique style. Here are some other Wilderness boots on offer from Merrell:

Product

Gender

Price

Rating

Merrell Wilderness Canyon Origins

Men's

$$$

Merrell Women’s Wilderness

Women's

$$$

Who Will Love Merrell Wilderness Boots?

The real catch in these boots lie in their innovative and classic design, which means they’ll work out in the backcountry, but equally as well in town. Just about everyone will love Merrell’s classic and stylish Wilderness boots.

Benefits

  • All-season boots
  • Sturdy yet comfortable with firm ankle support
  • No chafing thanks to the smooth fabric liner

Draw-Backs

  • People with wider or narrower feet might not like the fit
  • They’re not cheap
  • On average they can be slightly heavy

The Verdict

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that’ll literally last you a lifetime, you just can’t go wrong with Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots. These classic-looking backcountry style boots and comfortable, sturdy and super-durable, making them one of the best footwear options when it comes to good value for money.

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