What We’re Testing Now: Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof

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Merrell Zion

At BACKPACKER, we usually seek “outlier” circumstances to test new gear. And whilst six inches of surprise October snow may well not appear that intense, it was nonetheless a good atmosphere for my very first outing in the Zion Mid. On the 11.six-mile roundtrip hike to King Lake in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness, the boot’s five-millimeter-deep, nicely-spaced triangular lugs held quick on packed snow and slushy mud, and the waterproof membrane kept my foot dry when I punched via thin ice covering a stream (not my smartest move). 

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