Merrell Crestbound GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

Light, durable, comfortable.

Hike to faraway campsites in any condition with the Merrell Men's Crestbound GTX Backpacking Boot underfoot. Gore-Tex gives this boot waterproof, breathable protection, while the full-grain leather upper stays strong for years. M-Select Fresh helps the lining resist odor for long-lasting freshness. The boot's articulated tongue flexes to ensure full mobility down the trail.

Underfoot, Merrell added a UniFly midsole to connect you to the trail and still protect you from the terrain. Merrell also added a TrailProtect pad for extra offroad protection and a molded shank for arch support. There's also a dual-density EVA footbed for long-lasting cush, and the Vibram sole uses deep lugs to prevent slipping.

  • Gore-Tex membrane
  • Full-grain leather upper with articulated tongue
  • M-Select Fresh odor control
  • Dual-density EVA footbed
  • UniFly midsole with molded shank
  • TrailProtect pad
  • Vibram sole with 5mm lug depth
  • Reviews
  • Q & A


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

I don't like to give bad reviews but it is tough to find things I like about these boots. I've owned a pair of the Merrell Moab shoes and loved them so I thought I would try these boots. They fit well out of the box and didn't require break-in, also very lightweight. Another positive is that the boots dry fast and they even dry out a bit while you are wearing them. Negatives, where to begin? The boots come with very thin insoles making long days on rough terrain hard on the feet. After only about 14 days of hard wear backpacking the stitching came out of the seam behind the toe box where it connects with the rest of the boot. The rubber protector around the toes is starting to come unglued. The thick piece of leather that wraps around the heel became discolored and warped after the first time they were used to ford a river. The leather used to make these boots seems to be very low quality. The boots have a few gashes in them from sharp rocks in water, talus slopes , maybe brush as well. Some of these nearly cut all the way through the leather. One of the lugs ripped off of the heel portion of the sole. I like vibram rubber soles it just seems they didn't put much rubber on these. In defense of these boots they probably were not meant for such heavy use. Most of the time I was carrying a heavy backpack off trail in the Alaskan mountains; busting through brush, water crossings, glacial moraines, steep rocky slopes, that sort of thing, still I thought these boots would at least last me a year.

Everything and More

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Merrell did not disappoint. Comfy all day even with a 50lb pack, but still stable and grippy, in the Wyoming backcountry. High ankle support, but still lightweight. I had zero break in period, and took them right from the box to a 3 day-26 mile trip. I have never owned a pair of boots that did not cause some discomfort at some point, I would recommend these to anyone!