Shane A.wrote a review of Merrell Wilderness USA Backpacking Boot - Men's on September 28, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
I got these boots about two years ago and was initially pleased through a half dozen trips. However, over time they just haven't held up. I did a 150+ mile trek through the Scottish highlands with a fully loaded pack - the boots did virtually nothing to keep the water out. My feet were perpetually soaked and got tore up as a result. Two weeks ago I set out for the West Coast Trail in B.C. Prior to leaving, I gave them a thorough sealing and thought that might help the leaking. Not so. The seams around the instep may as well have been open holes. Again my feet got trashed. I've now learned my lesson and Backcountry has been good enough to allow a return. It's worth noting I take great care of my gear. In this case, I thoroughly broke them in and properly conditioned them. As a whole the boots look great and for casual hiking and around town wear, they are more than adequate. However, if you plan to do serious multi-day/week backpacking trips in extremely wet climates, I would look elsewhere. For $300 the bar has to be set high and for the money, you can do better - unfortunately, they likely won't look as good.