Adam F.wrote a review of Merrell Wilderness USA Backpacking Boot - Men's on August 3, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have owned these boots for several months now and during that time tested their limits, or so the condition of the boot now would allude to. My initial impressions were very similar to another reviewer's: "cows stitched to a brick". Built solid, with a great old-time style, I was very excited to test them out. I broke the boot in for several weeks wearing it around town and on short day hikes before taking them on a backpacking trip out of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite where I bagged Raffordy Peak at the midway point of a long trip. Boots were holding up fine at this point, and I continued to use them, climbing Brokentop before hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and bagging the summit of Eagle Cap itself; this was when I started to see problems. The vibram soles have started to delaminate from the mid-soles, and the toe crease consistently presses on my foot, blistering it. In addition, the tongue of the boot also creases inward substantially, rubbing the top of the foot raw and bruising it deeply. Though I am sure I could have the sole reattached, I think it is time to continue the boot hunt as these just aren't for me. That being said: this might just be my boot, and these could work out great for other backpackers, just not me.