Merrell Pulse II Waterproof Mid

rated 4.00 of 5 stars (3)

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photo: Merrell Pulse II Waterproof Mid hiking boot


Price Historic Range: $48.96-$125.00
Reviewers Paid: $119.00
Price Historic Range: $42.00-$120.00
Reviewers Paid: $85.00


I'm a walking guide. I bought these boots because I needed something waterproof, comfortable and durable. In spite of the name (Pulse II WATERPROOF Mid) my pair is most definitely not waterproof. Even walking through wet grass after a light rain, they fill-up with water. On my last walk in dry weather after a rain, I squeezed a quarter cup of water out of each of my socks!
They are also not durable. The toe-cap began peeling after only three walks.

They provide adequate ankle support and are very comfortable but the supplied inner sole compacts very quickly and I had to purchase an alternative inner sole to protect my feet.

Materials: Leather, Vibram Sole
Use: Short dayhikes (5-8 hrs), rough trail, light pack
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 1.1kg

I bought these boots on sale at REI and put about fifty miles on them in the first week. The first hike was a nineteen mile loop in Glacier National Park over two passes with a 2400 foot elevation gain and loss and I did not have a sore spot anywhere even with my bunion prone feet. Next came a ten mile up and down day hike in them and then I carried a 32 pound pack almost seven miles in and back to a back country campsite where I did a lot of scrambling and steep dayhiking.

I think the product description underrates their capabilities. I did not fully test their waterproofness but when I accidentally put my foot in a stream briefly water ran off it like a ducks back. I like the lacing system too though I wonder about its durability. My husband's Merrells have the same system, however, and are holding up well after about four years.

Materials: nubuck and goretex
Use: long dayhikes and backpacking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $85

Very comfortable and light boot. I experienced no soreness or fatigue after several 8+ mile hikes. FYI, the sizing runs small. I had to go up a whole size to get the right fit.

Materials: Gore-tex
Use: short day hikes
Break-in Period: None
Weight: < 1
Price Paid: $119