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Merrell Ontario 85 Wool Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe - Women's


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Ontario 85 Wool Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe

It's true what they say about fashion: everything comes back around eventually. Inspired by the hiking boots of the 1980's but with modern know-how, the Ontario 85 Hiking Shoe is ready to take on the trail. The Ontario is built with durability in mind, from the leather upper to the Vibram sole, to ensure years of miles over rugged mile. A waterproof lining ensures your feet stay nice and dry, while the EVA midsole provides cushion and comfort.

  • Retro-inspired hiking shoe with modern tech
  • Suede and wool upper with breathable mesh lining for optimal comfort
  • Contoured insole and EVA midsole provide support and cushion
  • Vibram MegaGrip provides traction on slick surfaces
  • Item #MERZ2F7

Upper Material
pig suede leather, wool
M Select DRY BARRIER membrane
Kinetic Fit BASE
EVA foam
Vibram Megagrip, 3mm lug depth
Claimed Weight
[pair] 1lb 9oz (720g)
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Where comfort meets quality

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 3"
127 lbs

I don't have many miles on these yet, but I can tell you that right out of the box I knew there would be little to no break in period. I typically wear trail runners because I am not a fan of most of the hiking boots out there. The ones I see are usually clunky, crazy colors (great if that is your thing, but I personally do not want to highlight my feet while on trails) and sometimes overkill when it comes to their benefits/add -ons. I wanted something that would be more waterproof, and provide some more support and protection for my ankles- and these fit the bill! I would argue that they are almost like a hybrid of a hiking boot and trail runner. Trail runner comfort, with more stability and protection. But if you are looking for a stiff, rugged hiking boot, this will likely miss the mark for you. I am excited to get out on some more winter hikes to really test the waterproofing on these. I typically wear a 7.5 in most shoes, but always size up for boots. I got a size 8 and I have enough room in the toebox where I am not squished, but ample room to wear some nice, thick wool socks. So I would say these run fairly TTS. I would stick to your current size, or a half size up depending on how much room you like. These are plush and warm inside, so they will likely remain a Fall/Winter boot, they may be too hot for the Summer/Spring (but I will test that out once those seasons roll around) All in all, I am very happy with this boot. I will make any updates after a few more miles have been put on them, but I think these are a solid choice for hikers of all levels! (For hiking reference, I do anything from smaller 2 miles loops, to rock scrambles, river crossings and base camps.) I did not see many reviews on these floating around the internet, so I wanted to make sure I put one out there.