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Nova 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot - Men's

3.9444444444444446 out of 5 stars
18 Reviews


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Why We Like The Merrell Nova 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boot

Merrell's best-selling trail running shoe for men now comes in an over-the-ankle hiker version, the Nova 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot. More of a hybrid sneaker-hiker than a traditional hiking boot, the Nova has a light-duty build for fast hikes, urban hikes, and everyday wear. There's a waterproof bootie for protection if things get soggy or snowy and a Vibram rubber outsole to make sure we don't slip on the trail or the urban jungle as we're out hiking, walking the dog, or wandering out and about. It's a lightweight alternative for those who prefer a more sneaker-like look and feel to a sturdy hiking and backpacking boot.


  • Lightweight hiking sneaker for fast hikers and urban hikers
  • Synthetic mesh and TPU uppers for lighter construction
  • Waterproof membrane prevents water from soaking our socks
  • Rock plate protects bottom of feet from sharp rocks
  • FloatPro Foam pods add cushioning under heel and forefoot
  • Vibram rubber outsoles for trail and town traction
  • 8mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Item #MERZ2SD
Responsible Collection
Upper Material
synthetic, TPU
removable EVA
Vibram TC5+
Shaft Height
Claimed Weight
[single, size 9] 14oz
hiking, casual
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4 based on 18 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 10 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

June 18, 2024

Light boot, but poor durability.

I use these everyday out in the western slope of Colorado, so the terrain can be rugged but are generally fairly tame. These just do not hold up with the grip on the bottom. I have the trail runners as well, and those show even more signs of wear with much less use, as I hike much more. These boots are extremely light which is great, but after two pairs I will not buy again. Merrell's lighter weight boots just do not seem to hold up well.

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Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2024

Perfect Shoe to Trek Up Mount Kilimanjaro!

I bought these to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. They ere perfect, light weight, water proof, durable and fit like a slipper. I wear them now to walk daily four miles. I just bought another pair I like them so much!

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Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

May 28, 2024

The best shoe I’ve ever had

These are my second pair as I wore out the first in 2023. Quite simply they are the best fitting and most supportive shoes I have ever owned. I buy 1 size larger than my foot to allow for swelling on hot days and to for some breathing on hikes. These are well made and waterproof (for minor drizzles or puddles). While I own a low cut walking shoe by Merrell and another of their over-the-ankle models they are stiffer and less comfortable than the Nova 3 Mid. A great 3 season shoe that checks a lot of boxes for me. These are much better for walking, light hiking and general around town shoes than any other of the major show companies I have owned, period.

Portlandia NW

Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

May 25, 2024

Love These Shoes

FIrst time used right out of the box I ran 10 miles on trail. Super comfortable, great traction on rocks. One of the best trail running shoes/hikers I've ever owned and I think going forward these will be in my rotation permanently.


Originally reviewed on Merrell

2 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2024

Comfortable but not waterproof

Very comfortable boot - feels like a sneaker. But not waterproof. First couple of days I walked in wet grass and socks felt damp - then next day walked in rain and wet grass and socks were wet. Will need to return these. Unfortunate since I really liked the comfort but clearly not waterproof as advertised.

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Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

May 12, 2024

A great shoe for general every day walk-abouts.

I live on one of the Great Lakes and hike around on a peninsula on almost a daily basis. I needed a shoe that is light but can handle the puddles and wet grasses I often travel through without my feet getting soaked. These totally fit the bill. Super light but still supportive of the ankle and they keep your feet dry. Awesome arch support as well. Highly recommend.

Indrid Crow

Originally reviewed on Merrell

4 out of 5 stars

April 26, 2024

Extremely Comfortable

Lightweight, good ankle support, very comfortable walking shoe. Have not yet experienced in rainy conditions (reason for 4 stars) but protects feet in tall, wet grass. I’m glad I tried the Merrell Nove Mid 3 because tying low cut shoe strings across the top of my feet is uncomfortable. Really like the olive green color.


Originally reviewed on Merrell

3 out of 5 stars

April 23, 2024

Super comfortable but not waterproof

I bought these shoes -nova 3 mid -waterproof-about 500 miles ago which for me is about 3 1/2 months. They are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn. They are great for my plantar fasciitis. The sole is super durable. Their one drawback is that they are not waterproof at all. They are minimally water resistant if water is splashed on them, but if you step into a creek, that is deeper than the sole, you are wet almost immediately. Since I bought them for their waterproof capability, that has been a huge disappointment. I would buy them again in a second if they would keep my feet dry. As it is, I’m not sure what I’m going to do next.

Avid hiker in the Smokies

Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

April 15, 2024

Tackle all day adventure with comfort!

Extremely light and comfortable. Just got back from a long weekend of hiking in the Colorado Rockies. Excellent for those all day, all-terrain hikes!


Originally reviewed on Merrell

5 out of 5 stars

April 14, 2024

Well engineered

Very comfortable! Great support for the entire foot and ankle . Durable materials for trail use .

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Originally reviewed on Merrell