Merrell Ontario 85 Mid WP Boot - Women's
Ontario 85 Mid WP Boot
Turn back the clock at the trailhead with the Merrell Ontario 85 Mid WP Boot. This retro-inspired hiker will get you to the summit and back again in any weahter thanks to a combination of durability, waterproofing and support. The super durable Cordura and suede upper powers through snags and abrasion to protect your foot and the Select Dry membrane. This select Dry membrane is then able to seal out weather and wick moisture off of your feet to keep you dry and comfortable. Meanwhile the cushioned and supportive combination of the EVA midsole and Merrell air cushion works to eliminates fatigue, while the exceptional traction from the tried and true Vibram Megagrip outsole gives you peace of mind with every step.
- Retro-inspired hiking boot for adventures of varying distances
- Cordura and suede upper easily powers through snags and abrasion
- Select dry membrane seals out weather while wicking moisture
- Mesh lining boosts breathability to keep feet dry and comfortable
- Kinetic fit Base removable footbed provides flexible support
- EVA midsole combines with air cushion heed for stability, cushion
- Tongue bellows keep sticks and debris out of your socks
- Vibram Megagrip soles with 3mm lugs offer sticky grip on the trail
Out the Box and Straight Up Hill
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I got these for my sister who usually hikes in Nike running shoes or converse (ouch). She doesn't hike super frequently, but when she does, it usually hurts during and after. We met up to hike Hanging Lake and hangout in Glenwood Springs. She put these on the morning of the hike and said they felt pretty good. Since the hike is only 1.2 miles, I figured she wouldn't have enough time to get bad hot spots.
These far and away exceeded her expectations, and they looked great too. She got 2 different complements on them in town that weekend and raved about how comfortable they were and how nothing hurt afterwards. Obviously, about any boot would have done this over Converse, but that shouldn't discount how well these performed. They were pretty light too!
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- Merrell Sizing Notes:
- Merrell boots are designed to fit like your street shoes.
When ordering Merrell boots, shoes, or sandals, you should reference your normal shoe size.
- What to Expect:
- A snug fit in the heel: In a stride, your foot bends at the ball, and the heel tries to pull away from the boot.
Because of Merrell's precise fit, the upper follows the heel. This prevents the slipping and sliding that eventually causes blisters.
Snug over the instep: Besides preventing the toes from sliding forward when you go down hill, a precise instep fit gives you internal control.
When you're standing on sloping rocks, the boot sole doesn't sideslip underneath you.
Toe Room: Merrell gives plenty of room to the toes. This room, combined with a sturdy toe box, protects the toes from getting bashed by rocks.
- Choosing Socks:
- For Hiking Boots choose heavyweight, thick, dense socks, with or without a liner sock.
For Multi-Sport choose light-or medium-weight dense socks.
- Before You Take Your Merrells to the Trail:
- 1) Try your new boots on over the correct sock combination without lacing.
Stand and push your toes forward so they touch the front of the boot.
You should be able to slip one finger into the space behind your heel.
If there isn't enough room, the boot is probably too small and you should try the next half-size larger.
For boots to be used while carrying a moderate-to-heavy pack, a full finger space is recommended.
- 2) Tap your heel back in the heel cup and lace the boot.
The boot should feel snug across the ball, around the instep, and in the heel.
The arch should be comfortably supported and the toes should be free to wiggle and curl.
- 3) To check the fit in the heel, walk up an incline. The heel should lift a maximum of 1/2 inch (1.75cm).
- 4) The toes should not jam into the front of the boot.
Checkthis by walking down an incline or tap your toe lightly into the floor or against the wall. If the boot fits correctly, the toes should gently touch the end of the boot.