The Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots truly are a classic. They've been around for a long time which, as always, is a good indication of quality. To me, they're a no-nonsense, no frills and does what it says on the tin pair of boots that will keep the average hiker comfortable on the trail.
Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots for Men
Truly a classic pair of hiking boots, the Merrell Wilderness have been around for a very long time with many, many satisfied customers. They're a wonderful pair of hiking boots.
Brand and Model
Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots for Men
$400.00 (Guide retail price, subject to change)
Average User Rating
Boots can be worn all year round and are crampon compatible (Strap-on Only), sturdy but comfortable with firm ankle support, fabric liner is smooth preventing any possibility of chaffing, boots can be resoled, excellent toe box
Pricey enough, check sizing if you've narrower feet
Day hiking, backpacking, general outdoor use, day-to-day casual use
The men’s Original Wilderness boot from Merrell is a sturdy, comfortable and durable pair of boots. The Norwegian welt construction on these leather hiking boots puts a wide platform underfoot for stability. Plus, the one-piece, top-grain leather upper with bellows tongue showcases the quality Italian craftsmanship of Merrell’s hiking footwear.
These boots have been around for a long time which highlights the quality they consistently give to customers i.e. people keep on buying them so you know they’re solid and reliable. When you’re looking for a long-lasting men’s hiking boot designed to withstand the elements, this is one of the true originals.
Many customers refer to these boots lasting 10- 15 years if looked after properly. These boots can be resoled so you can get a serious lifespan from them with proper TLC. Be sure you take them time to break these boots in. Any good leather boots always take time to get comfortable in for longer periods of use. So don't take them out on 10 miles hikes on day one, you will regret it!
The retail price of $400 is definitely on the high side. However, these are a quality pair of leather hiking boots which can be resoled. So, if you take good care of them, you could be getting a lot of use out of these boots for many years to come.
$400 is of course only the retail and you will find bargains! Use coupons like the ones in the side bar and shop around and you will get a decent discount for these quality boots.
The Merrell Wilderness hiking boots are really an all round pair of boots. Perfect for hiking which is of course what we are mainly concerned with. However, they will work well for most outdoor activities where you need a sturdy pair of boots on your feet.
I have read that some folks even use them as work boots, the strong toe box comes in handy for that type of thing. They will also be great for casual use, for example walking around in a pair of jeans.
As of the date of this post, from about 30+ reviews I checked out, 91% gave the Merrell Wilderness Hiking boots 3 stars (out of 5) or more, 85% 4 stars or more and 72% gave 5 stars so some great scoring
This is the 3rd pair I’ve owned of the Merrell Wilderness. I’m specifically writing about the Italian made version and not the cheaper “retro fashion” version which is much lighter and has mixed reviews....Read More Here.
These boots are solid unlike any ive ever bought. Be sure to break them in before taking them on hikes. I ignored doing that and tried them on a 10 mile hike from the base camp at mount baldy to the summit and back down and developed open wounds from the boot tops rubbing above my ankles. USER ERROR RIGHT THERE....Read More Here.
Amazon Rating: 4.2
Pros and Cons
- Boots can be worn all year round and are crampon compatible (Strap-on Only)
- Sturdy but comfortable with firm ankle support
- Fabric liner is smooth preventing any possibility of chaffing
- Boots can be resoled
- Excellent toe box
- Long break in period needed (Not a big deal really)
- May not be ideal for people with narrower feet
Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots For Men Features Summary
- Leather construction, full grain leather upper
- Synthetic sole
- Dual density footbed
- Microporous rubber midsole
- 5mm leather/TPR insole
- Vibram Trek rubber outsole
Something that really struck me about the customer experience with the Merrell Wilderness men's hiking boots was that so many people seemed to get a very, very long life out of these boots even after putting them through the wars. That's something that's not to be sniffed at!
I get the impression that these are the pair of boots that even when they do reach their final days, you just can't bear to part with them as they are just so comfortable. You know what I'm talking about, everyone has had at least one pair of boots or shoes like that and it's nearly emotional to have to let them go. With the resoling option on these boots, that day can be put off for many years to come 😉
Have you got a pair of Merrell Wilderness hiking boots? Whats your experience with them been? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below.