A famous naturalist by the name of John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Getting in touch with Mother Nature can revive your mind, body and soul. So, if you’re considering hitting the trails or venturing off the beaten path, one thing is certain: the most important piece of equipment to own is a sturdy pair of hiking boots. The right pair will protect your feet, keep them dry and have a good enough grip to keep you safe along your journey. And that’s where Merrell comes in.
People hike for all kinds of reasons — to stay fit, boost mental health, seek adventure with friends and family, or enjoy quality alone time. Whatever the reason, there are a variety of boots to help you do just that. Climbing a rough trail? Maybe you need a sturdy, high-ankle boot to help avoid injury along the way. Headed out on a day hike with friends? Look for a breathable low-cut or mid-cut boot for flatter terrain. There’s a variety of boots to choose from, fit for beginners and advanced hikers alike.
Need help picking the pair that will get you there? Here are our Top 5 hiking boots for trekking the great outdoors.
5.) Merrell Arctic Grip
Know your terrain before deciding which boot is best for you. Trekking through the snow? If so, you’ll need a boot that keeps your feet warm and dry and is stable on the ice. Merrell produces an array of boots with Vibram Arctic Grip (a rubber sole that sticks to ice) to ensure you won’t slip and slide on your icy hike.
These boots also come equipped with a waterproof shell for protection and Thinsulate (thermal insulation) for warmth. There’s an Arctic Grip boot out there for every mountain-bound adventurer, you just need to shop around for your perfect pair.
4.) Siren Sport Q2
Sorry guys! But Merrell’s stylish Siren Sport Q2 is designed for all the wild women out there. These boots are waterproof and engineered for the precise ways in which women move, offering support, alignment and stability. They come with an impermeable membrane that blocks out moisture and are made of leather with metal hook and lacing eyelets and a bellows tongue to keep everything on the trail and outside of your shoe. They also come with two dual-density midsoles with heel-centering technology that provide gender-engineered comfort.
If you’re a woman who is serious about hiking, these boots may be right up your alley (er, trail).
3.) Everbound Ventilator
Men, these boots are for you. These heavy-duty, long-lasting boots are designed for mid-level hikers who hit the trails regularly. Merrell’s Everbound Ventilators are super stable, but not too stiff, and will definitely keep your feet dry.
Comfortable and stylish, these leather boots come with an impermeable membrane that seals out water and lets moisture escape. They’re also fashioned with metal hook and lacing eyelets for security and a bellows tongue to keep dirt and rocks out. With a protective rubber toe cap and a thermoplastic insole, you’ll be comfortable on a trail, even with a light pack on your back.
2.) Moab Ventilator
Merrell’s Moab Ventilators are ideal for both men and women hikers looking for durability, comfort and breathability. The leather boot has a sole made of vibramn — a dense and stiff rubber known for its grip and comfort. And because the traction is amazing, you can wear them on more challenging hikes as well as at the workplace. There are also best-selling versions designed just for women.
These boots provide solid support and are great for tackling muddy, wet trails. There are more than 20 affordable designs to choose from, and they’re worth every penny.
1.) Chameleon 7
The original Chameleon boot came out 16 years ago and was inspired by the reptile’s adaptability in changing conditions. Merrell’s Chameleon 7 design is meant for men and women hikers who are always changing terrain, speeds and sites.
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s lightweight yet has all the advantages of an athletic boot and protection for long-haul hiking, this is the shoe for you. The design is revolutionary because it’s inspired by mountain running and pays homage to its predecessors. The latest version is waterproof and features Nubuck (top-grain suede leather) and a mesh upper with metal hook and lacing eyelets for security. A bellows tongue also keeps debris out, and each shoe is fitted with a rubber toe cap. These next-generation boots are stout but nimble and perfect for hikes of all kinds.