Merrell Moab 2
With an origin story that starts with an American cowboy boot added to an Italian boot manufacturing process, you can only wonder where it goes from there. Merrell shoes opened up shop with 4 core values: comfort, durability, design, and versatility. They are inherent in every design and every model of shoe they have put into rotation since 1981. They even kept the Wilderness boot, one of the earliest Merrell styles, in the line today. Yes, even with their signature blue laces. But they’re not on the Moab 2. Named Moab, for “Mother of All Boots,” it is not over-claiming when they added the level of comfort to the upgrade on the original model. These shoes speak for themselves.
The cushioned collar and tongue, supportive footbed and fresh from the box flexibility already focus on those core values Merrell prides itself in. Comfortable from the moment you slide the Moab 2 onto your foot, this hiking shoe works double duty with its extra padding in the heel. It adds trail isolation and keeps the heel in place for additional underfoot protection. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Merrill Moab 2 kept the majority of the original, well-loved, details with slight improvements here and there while recognizing that an all-time favorite doesn’t need that much changing. Some simple updates and the Moab 2 is ready for trails, mud, dirt, gravel, whatever you want.
- Mesh upper
- Extra padding in heel
- Ready right out of the box
- Silicon bands built into the upper
- High quality rubber on outsole
- Refined insole with arch support
- Average traction in mud
- Too flexible for heavy loads or technical trails
- These are praised highly as a hiking shoe for various terrain.
- Most buyers are satisfied with the level of water resistance.
- These are protective without having as much bulkiness as other hiking shoes.
- Most think these are a good value for the cost.
- The toe box is roomy enough to stay comfortable during long days on the trails.
- The outsole is solid enough to protect feet from rocks and roots.
- With the correct size, there is enough space and give to stay comfortable on long descents.
- These have the comfortable fit of running shoes with the protection of hiking boots.
- Good ankle support to feel safe on the trails.
- A majority of buyers are impressed by the durability.
- These are recommended by buyers as spring and fall shoes, keeping feet dry and a comfortable temperature for most people.
- Buyers say these perform well as travel shoes since they can stand up to a lot of walking both on trails and in urban areas.
- Available in wide sizes.
- Unlike some shoes, the finger loop on these is sized to comfortably use.
- Most say these are comfortable straight out of the box.
- There are very few reports of blisters or hot spots.
- Buyers who have used these on multi-day hikes give 5 stars for their performance.
- Most negative reviews concern quality control or sizing issues.
- Compared to original Moabs, these are more narrow. Many buyers found it necessary to order a size or two up.
- The vast majority of reviews come from hikers. There is very little in customer reviews to judge them for other activities.
- Although the traction is good on most trails, there's a chance of losing grip on smooth, wet surfaces.
- The outsole is protective but too stiff for some reviewers who are looking for more flexibility.
- There are mixed reviews on the level of waterproofing these have.
- These are not recommended for winter use.
- For some buyers, the look is too boxy.
- Not recommended for hikers who tend to get hot feet. These lack breathability according to some buyers resulting in excessive foot sweating.
- Since these run small, there are reports of blisters from poor sizing.
- Reports of quality control issues involve weak glue, poor stitching, and inconsistent sizing between left and right shoes.
- If you are fan of the original Merrell Moab, the narrower fit of Moab 2s may be a disappointment.
- There is one report of the heel cup pushing through the cushioning during long hikes.
• 2 silicon bands built into upper for additional support and reduced ankle rolls
• 5mm thick tread for maneuvering diverse terrain with full traction
• Vibram TC5 Outsole for a better grip
• Closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out of the shoe