Christopher W.wrote a review of Merrell Wilderness USA Backpacking Boot - Men's on April 13, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
These are the second pair of Merrell Wilderness boots I've owned. They are great boots. They are classic, old school backpacking boots. Light? Yes, for what they are. Stiff? You betcha, prepare for a break in period. Supportive? Atlas wishes he had a pair of these. Waterproof? Not so much. Your feet will stay dry walking through wet grass, but like all boots of this type, they will leak at the welt if immersed. I knew that going in. It is my personal opinion that GoreTex in a leather upper boot is not much more than a very expensive plastic bag. GoreTe membranes mean your feet will stew in their own juices and you will count yourself lucky if your boots are only very damp in the morning. Your feet will get wet in these if you immerse them for long enough. Deal with it, it's the nature of these beasts. They will still be drier in the morning than if you had GoreTex in them. They are very supportive boots that will protect your feet and ankles from many potential ills that could befall you on the trail. Perhaps I'm a catankerous old fart fearful of change but I've logged enough miles to know what works for me and what doesn't. These things work.