James Hickswrote a review of Merrell Wilderness USA Backpacking Boot - Men's on January 13, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I don't do multi-day hiking treks for dozens of miles. The most I do is maybe three days, less than 20 miles. Otherwise I engage in your typical day hikes and the like, and my job. I am a fairly frequent hiker, going anywhere from once to twice per month. My first pair of Merrell Wilderness were just retired after 14 years. The soles are worn and smooth (resoled once), leather is cracked, inside of the heel cuff are rotted away, and one of the eyelets has popped out. But after 14 years, I have no complaints. These boots are amazingly sturdy and the step is sure. Since I've owned them, I've never bought boots with glued on soft rubber souls and soft leather/canvas uppers. I also use these boots for work (loading boxes) and of course they excel at that as well. I can also confirm the obvious of what other reviewers are saying: these boots aren't waterproof if submerged. Wear plastic bags around your feet or seal socks if that's what you want. Be sensible and avoid water hazards. That said, if I have walked through standing water that didn't go over the boot top at a brisk pace, my feet haven't gotten wet. But of course If you stand in water for a bit then water will seep in. Not sure why anyone is expecting these boots to be impervious to water.
I served in the Marines issued basic leathers, jungle boots, and Gor-Tex boots. They weren't half the boots that the Merrell Wilderness are.
I won't even go into the break-in required for these boots, because if that's a con for you, then you know nothing of what boots of this construction entail. These are not Timberlands.
So I just bought my second pair for another decade or more. So happy with these boots.