Merrell Moab 2 Fully Reviewed And Rated

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Merrell Moab 2 Fully Reviewed And Rated Review Facts

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 the shoe they have put into the 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 Merrell Moab 2.

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 held 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.

Keep reading our in-depth Merrell Moab 2 review to find out if it is worth the investment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • 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
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 3 hours analyzing a total of 1712 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

  • 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.
The Reviewmeter shows you an overall score that you can easily refer to. The highest rating is 10 (100% positive feedback)
Of the 1712 reviews we found in total, 15% were negative, and 85% were positive.


The outsole of the Merrell Moab 2 is a thicker Vibram TC5 rubber which combines over 70 years of experience in sport-specific design to create the rubber compound that provides a superior grip, extreme durability, and reliable traction. It is the same rubber featured in the original Moab as well as the same tread pattern, so Merrell didn’t change too much in this part of the shoe.

With a proven long life, they didn’t need to make adjustments to increase the all-around traction. As far as design, the mix of circles, open channels and narrow and thick 5 mm lugs give excellent traction on rock and dirt.


The Merrell Moab 2 uses a firm EVA foam midsole for stability and comfort, similar to the original Moab. Where it differs is with the refined insole, designed for additional arch support and a molded heel cup to hold the foot securely into the base of the shoe for a more stable, comfortable ride.

The sculpted insole also adds to the support of the shoe as the movement is reduced, causing the outsole and upper to flex naturally with your gait.


The upper on the Merrell Moab 2 is also similar to the original model. When a shoe is a favorite for over 10 years, you just don’t make a lot of drastic changes. The suede leather is a more durable material than on the original Moab, and they’ve added two silicon bands into the upper material running lengthwise around the inside and outside of the foot.

These bands provide additional structure and reduce ankle rolls on rough terrain. The mesh along the sides and top keep the shoe breathable, cool and dry just as the original did. If you choose the waterproof option, a layer of Gore-Tex would be just beneath the mesh, reducing breathability just a bit but keeping the moisture away from your foot.


Each one of the Merrell Moab 2shoes weights just around 2 pounds. With the additional outsole and rubber for traction, this shoe weighs around the average hiking shoe weight. The mesh upper and EVA foam lighten the load slightly but the addition of the suede on the upper, cushioning around the heel, and sculpted insole do add to the overall weight.


When you’re on a good hike, the last thing you want to worry about is wet, sweaty feet. You want your feet to stay fresh and dry while still protected from the elements. The Merrell Moab 2 has created a comfortable, breathable shoe with a mesh upper that is still supportive enough for an average hike and breathable even with the performance suede leather overlays.

The mesh cutouts in the upper provide needed air flow into and over the foot, helping to evaporate any excess moisture while the Bellows, closed-cell foam in the tongue helps to keep moisture and debris away from your feet.


There’s nothing worse than being at the top of a beautiful mountain hike and realizing that your feet are not happy and that these shoes were probably not the right choice for this activity. The Merrill design is all about comfort. That is one of the company’s central core values.

The Moab 2 is an extremely comfortable hiking shoe, coming from the original favorite and combining bits and pieces of trail running technology. With the mesh and suede upper, the sculpted insole for arch support and heel comfort, EVA foam midsole and Vibram rubber outsole, this shoe has all of its bases covered. No piece doesn’t focus on your satisfaction.

The shoe has just the right amount of flexibility in the outsole and midsole to traverse rougher terrain without being unforgiving and stressful.


The Merrell Moab 2 is a working shoe. It is good looking for its function. With a heavy tread on the sole, a synthetic mesh and suede leather upper, it is a protective hiking shoe that looks good on foot.

The base color is gray but with an orange accent on the lace loops and a small emphasis on the heel. With that said, the shoe is nice-looking. Solid color with one accent throughout shows the consistency that Merrell and the Moab model are known for.

They didn’t want to take any attention away from the functionality of the shoe. The Merrell logo is also in orange along with the midsole. The synthetic mesh is a slightly lighter gray than the suede leather upper, and the tongue has a small circular orange M.

The Moab 2 is an attractive, functional hiking shoe.


You need your hiking shoes to be durable. You plan to put them through terrain that is not ordinarily accessed, and you need them to stand up to the challenge. The Merrell Moab 2 is more of a hiking shoe than a trail runner, but it does have the increased durability needed in a hiking shoe, though not so much that it can’t be worn for a shorter trail run.

The original Moab was an incredibly durable model, and this updated version is no different. The high-quality rubber outsole is thick with a 5mm lug depth for excellent traction on variable terrain.


The Merrell Moab 2 provides modest stability and support compared to traditional hiking boots. As a low top option, it’s still less prone to ankle rolls on tougher, rockier terrain as opposed to a trail shoe. The two silicon bands built into the upper material provide more structure and hold the foot sturdy.

The 5mm lugs dig into loose dirt and gravel, providing additional traction, holding your foot steady while hiking. The mesh is incredibly breathable, keeping the foot cool and dry, reducing rubbing and irritation with wet materials.


The Merrell Moab 2 has an EVA foam midsole over the full length of the shoe that absorbs part of the shock of impact but isn’t designed to refocus any energy. As a hiking shoe, the focus is more on stability and tread than focusing on speed and agility.


The Merrell Moab 2 is a supportive hiking shoe. The synthetic mesh upper is held in place by a natural suede leather support and protection straps. The two silicon bands built into the upper material run lengthwise around the inside and outside of the foot to provide more support to keep the ankle from rolling.

The heel cup seats the heel deeper into the midsole, securing it to the base of the shoe, so limited movement is allowed, securing the foot and protecting from injury. Additional arch support is built into the insole, providing even more support through the midfoot.


The Merrell Moab 2 is a hiking shoe with trail runner tendencies. It makes good for a diverse terrain while limiting it to lighter trails and shorter trail runs. With the 5mm tread, it does have great traction, but it’s just not built for the more challenging hikes.


With the focus of the company on being the Mother Of All Boots and holding firm to the four core values, the Merrell Moab 2 fulfills those and more. With the years of experience and the technology that has evolved, these shoes could be priced much higher. As it stands, they are an excellent deal for the quality and reputation that Merrell brings to the table.


The Merrell Moab 2 is a hiking shoe with trail shoe traits. The 5mm rubber treads on the outsole provide a right amount of grip while the Vibram TC5 outsole holds the ground close, with no concern toward loose rocks, dirt or other debris.


With a mesh upper and natural leather supports, the upper on the Merrell Moab 2 flexes naturally with foot movement while still being supported by the silicon bands and leather supports. The EVA foam around the midsole paired with the Vibram rubber on the outsole also flexes along natural flex lines. The tread design on the outsole also allows for additional movement over a variety of terrains and gravel types.


The Merrell Moab 2 has stability built into the upper via the natural suede leather supports and two silicon bands built into the upper material, running lengthwise around the inside and outside of the foot. It provides additional structure and reduces potential ankle rolls.

The moderately padded heel collar holds the Achilles in place and down into the heel cup for stability. The durable EVA foam provides added security and to keep the foot in the base of the shoe. With the full upper and midsole devoted to holding the foot in place, this shoe is an excellent option.


As a hiking shoe, the drop tends to make a hike more comfortable. We weren’t able to locate a measurement on the drop of Merrell Moab 2. Based on pictures only, the toe is situated above where the heel ends, appearing to be an average drop.

Though not a natural ride, this shoe does have a thicker midsole than most and is designed for hiking so you should expect an average drop.
Key Features

Key Features

• Mesh upper with natural suede supports for a flexible, breathable feel
• 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
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Merrell Moab 2 is an updated version from the original over 10 years ago. With some key upgrades, this shoe continues to be a reliable, high-quality hiking shoe with excellent breathability, a sculpted insole and arch support. Extra padding in the heel for trail isolation and underfoot protection add to the perks of this upgrade.

The molded heel cup and arch support, as well as the silicon support bands, are additions that add to stability and overall comfort. This shoe is well worth the investment and will last you for many miles to come. It is priced about the middle of the road but also appropriate for the technology and materials used in this upgrade.

The Merrell Moab 2 is a great lightweight hiking shoe.