Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid

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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid - The mid-height version of the Merrell endless summer essential for trail, bike and hike. Extra support around the ankle without compromise of the hyperventilating mesh upper due to trimmed down but efficient Dura leather strapping. Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus sole contains TC5+ rubber compound in traction zones for grip and durability.
Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot Features: Dura leather and mesh upperBellows tongue keeps debris outSynthetic leather toe cap and heel counterBreathable mesh lining treated with Aegis® Antimicrobial solution maintains foot comfortOrtholite® Anatomical FootbedMolded nylon arch shankQForm® Comfort midsole provides women’s specific stride-sequenced cushioningMerrell® Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability5mm Sole lug depthVibram® Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ RubberWeight: 1 lb. 13 ozs.Style number J86592

Support and Cushioning:

  • Air Cushion® heel pockets provide extra shock-absorption under heels and help stabilize footstrike
  • Removable 4.5mm footbeds are anatomically shaped and add cushioning for improved comfort
  • Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability.
  • Full-length, compression-molded EVA midsoles supply cushioning and support for all-day wear


  • Vibram® outsole with 5 mm lug depth.


  • Q-Form— alignment system provides women with a precise anatomic fit for superb, tailored comfort


  • Air Cushion Midsole for added comfort
  • Merrell QForm® Comfort midsole provides women's specific, stride-sequenced cushioning.


  • Nylon 6.6 Injection Molded Arch Shank and Q-Form® Triple Density Compression Molded EVA Footframe for greater control
  • Nylon arch shanks provide extra stability and support
  • Nylon mesh linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for more comfortable feet in hot conditions
  • Slip Lasted Construction


  • Mesh padded tongue protects instep against lace pressure without inhibiting breathability


  • Dura leather/nylon ventilator mesh uppers offer ample breathability, flexibility and support for long-lasting performance
  • Breathable mesh lining wicks to keep feet dry.
  • Dura Leather/Breathable Ventilator Mesh Upper, Breathable Mesh Lining, Breathable Ventilator Bellows Tongue will feel like air conditioning on your feet


  • 7.5mm Narrow Gauge Webbing

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus™ Sole/TC5+ Rubber with a 5mm Sole Lug Depth provides great traction for those difficult trails
  • Vibram® Multi-Sport™ outsoles with Trek and Super Trek rubber deliver reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces


  • Rubber Toe Bumper/Heel Counter for added protection
  • M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts.
  • Protective synthetic leather toe bumpers ensure durability and abrasion-resistance; heel loops aid entry
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris.
The 'Moab Ventilator Mid' from Merrell® is an endless summer essential for outdoor generalists who need versatility and warm-weather ventilation.
Dura leather and breathable ventilator mesh upper with breathable ventilator bellows tongue.
Rubber toe bumper and heel counter for added durability and protection.
Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis™ antimicrobial technology.
Quick-pull narrow gauge lacing ensures a secure fit and flow-through breathability.
4.5mm anatomical footbed with compression-molded EVA footframe and nylon 6.6 injection-molded arch shank.
Merrell® Air Cushion® midsole and Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus™ TC5+ rubber outsole with 5mm lug depth.
Q-Form™ Triple Density Compression Molded EVA footframe offers women-specific, stride centering alignment.
Slip lasted construction.

When you’re hiking, biking or working under a hot Arizona sun, the Moab Ventilator Mid is like air conditioning for your feet. The mid-height uppers are Dura leather with lots of exposed breathable Ventilator mesh. These breathable mesh linings and bellow tongue will have you thanking Merrell when you feel the breeze on your feet. The Rubber toe bumper and heel counter, Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus™ sole provide the protection, support and traction you need when the action heats up.

The Merrell Women's Moab Mid Ventilator is like air conditioning for your feet. Mid-height uppers are Dura leather with lots of exposed breathable Ventilator mesh to keep your feet cool yet supported, for comfort on the trail.


These highly breathable Merrell® Moab Ventilator mid-height light hikers work hard on all your active warm-weather endeavors.


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Also available for: Men, Kids
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 7 oz.
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Lining:Nylon mesh
Midsole:QForm® Comfort
Outsole:Vibram® Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
Support:Nylon shank
Upper:Leather/nylon mesh
Weight:1 lb. 13 oz.
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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Hiker

I have had great difficulty to find a boot to fit me. Although these boots are light weight and not waterproof they fit me so comfortably. I wear them with a light weight pair of REI socks and put in a cheap flat liner from the drugstore to fill up some of the volume at the front (I have a flat foot). They fit like a pair of sneakers and after a 10 day trip around Utah National Parks they worked great and didn't feel a need to take them off at the end of the day. They did slip forward when I did do a 4 mile hike of 1000ft elevation but I had no pain or damage to the foot. I do not know how this would affect you if you had to do a longer hike. I have found them to be the first shoe that fits snugly on my narrow ankle but is wide enough in the front. I found several Merrells that might have been ok so I think company cuts a last that is suitable for my foot. Hope this helps. I love them for what i use them for. I am going to buy another back-up pair.
joanne marshall at REI on 04/04/2010

Best shoes I have ever owned!

I wear these shoes almost every day, and I absolutely love them. Most comfortable shoes ever! I wear these for all day hikes and overnight hikes. I was lucky enough to be wearing these when I had a mishap and broke my big toe on a hike. I had to hike back out the next day, and I could fortunately still get my sore swollen toe into my shoe and not have the shoe cause more pain. They were the only shoes I could comfortably fit my foot into until my toe healed. Of course since they are not waterproof, make sure to wear something different if you are going to be walking/hiking through big puddles or streams. These shoes are also very durable. I think I have had them for about 3 years with heavy wear, and I am just now thinking about buying a new pair and retiring these ones to my "mow the lawn shoes" since they are so great I don't want to part with them until they eventually start falling apart.
mandikandi at REI on 03/03/2012

LOVE these shoes

I loved these boots. Mine were a different color that were a few years older but the same make overall. Lasted me about 6 years and I use my boots pretty regulary between seasonal field work, backpacking trips, and day hikes.

The treads are still holding strong and the overall cost was reasonable for the time I got out of them. The only draw back is these boots are not waterproof even though they claim to be. But they will keep your feet dry better than many boots out there. Salepeople always push a stronger boot to me but I like flexible and lightness - which these boots have. I don't think I ever had a blister in these bad boys, it was like walking on a cloud.

I finally ripped out the seam near the toe on my last trip at Isle Royale. Five days of hiking on rocks and 6 years of use will do that to you. RIP Merrell Moad, you will be missed and hard to replace.
Wilderness Barbie at REI on 04/04/2012

Very Comfortable First Time Worn

I tried on many pair of light hiking boots in all price ranges for weekly 10 mile range hikes. I wanted immediate comfort, good traction, cushion in the soles, breathability and waterproof.

These were the boots that won out because they felt like comfortable old boots on my feet when I tried them on. I have hiked in them several time now and they have proven to have great traction and stay comfortable through the entire hike and they did not need any breaking period at all.

The only thing that I did not get was the waterproofing, so I have to be careful to stay out of wet areas due to the mesh parts on the uppers. If not for that I would have rated them 5 stars.

One thing to note is that I found that Merrells tend to run small, so even though I normally wear a 7 1/2 shoe and would have bought an 8 in most other boots, I bought an 8 1/2 in these.
SSFpintos at REI on 06/06/2011

One of the world's great shoes

This shoe has been comfortable from the moment I first tried it on in the store. It is hard for me to find comfortable shoes. I have a slightly wide foot and wear a 7 1/2 in this shoe, which is my perfect size. There is plenty of room but my feet fit snugly, with all the right kind of support. I absolutely love wearing it for all purposes, every day use as well as hiking, bouldering, etc.

The only thing I'm not sure about is the breathability factor. There were definitely days this summer when my feet were hot and sweaty in them, but it wasn't nearly as bad as in a pair of sneakers.

I never have the feeling at the end of the day that I've just got to get my shoes off, as happens with just about any other pair of foot coverings I own. My feet love these Merrells.
maximezara at REI on 10/10/2009

Very comfortable, but....

I read the a lot of reviews before buying this shoe, and most of what I read were true. They feel great while hiking, and I could barely feel any of the stones I was walking on. These shoes are not waterproof, and stepping in even little more than a small puddle can get your socks wet.

My only complaint against this shoe is- I have flat feet, and the shoe has relatively higher arches, than what I expected. For longer hikes (13-15mi), towards the end of the day, the center part of my feet get very sore, and blisters start to form.

Bottom line- if you have flat feet, try to look for a shoe with slightly lower arches; if not, these shoes are a great pair of hiking boots.
SK at on 05/05/2011

Looking for a 'cool' shoe

So, I'm a size 11 narrow. Only Merrell's fit. I love 'em! I live in Florida, and we hike alot through water on the Florida National Scenic Trail, so I need a good backpacking shoe that can get wet, is cool in hot humid weather. I had a bad experience with the Siren, and at my last visit to REI I bought the Moab Waterproof Mid, the Siren Cross-trainer and this one. The Waterproof Moab had a little more ankle support than the Ventilators, but the Ventilators were cool in hot weather. I haven't yet gotten them wet, and I'm anxiously awaiting to see if they'll survive and if they'll dry easily. Can we have a good water shoe that has good backpacking support for walking through water?!?
Janet Planet at REI on 05/05/2012


I bought these boots while on a business trip and from the moment I put them on I was in heaven. They did run a little small, but they have to be the most comfortable pair of shoes EVER. As a police officer I'm on my feet anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day. My only wish is that these boots came in all black (and a bit taller) so I could wear them to work! These shoes were more conducive to sightseeing and wandering Cannon Beach in the rain and playing in the ocean than a pair of Sketchers! Also much nicer on the feet running through airports and on the 7 hour flight home to the east coast.
pride53 at REI on 11/11/2007

GREAT boots!

I've worn these on two extended backpacking trips so far, and they're doing GREAT! The only sign of wear and tear is a tiny hole on the inside of the tongue from rubbing against my socks. These are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn, and my feet have gotten no blisters and have never been sore in them! I used waterproof spray on the outside and tromped through a lot of snow and some small water crossings and my feet never got close to feeling damp (while my friend and her "waterproof" boots got soaked through). I feel very stable in these boots and they are COMFY COMFY COMFY! No complaints here!
Happy Texan Hiker at REI on 02/02/2011
Just yesterday I got out my Merrell's again and thought, I need to write a review about these. My foot is recovering from an injury and I am challenged with fibromyalgia and these are the answer to both. They have great support from toe to heel. They are lightweight and provide ankle support. I live in south Texas and use them for light hiking and general wear. They breathe well and are good for warmer climates. I wear a 7 as a rule and had to go for an 8 but no problem. They fit very well. I think I'll go put them on to do my Christmas shopping. At the computer.
Heather at on 12/14/2011

Negative Reviews:

Great Name -- Not So Good Boot

Ok--I've owned Adidas hiking boots in the past which have been great, but after moving West and doing a great deal of hiking, it was time to replace my worn out hikers. I chose a Merrell hiking shoe which proved to be fine except that it provided little support for my ankles and after a recent bad fall and one of the worst bruises I have ever had on the back of my thigh, I decided to look for a cool light weight hiker for hiking in these 100 degree plus summers with better traction. This led me to the Moab. After reading the 11 reviews--of which were mostly positive, I threw out the negative remark of which I should not have. I wear an 8.5 usually, but buy my hikers in 9 to accomodate for the thicker hiking socks I wear. I follow Merrell's rule-of-thumb that you should be able to put a finger in the back of the shoe for proper fit. While the first moderate hike of 4.6 miles in the Moab with up and down rock climbing proved to be fine--the boots performed great--fantastic traction and great comfort, the hike the next day on a moderate trail with little down hill rock climbing of approximately 6 miles was not so great. My feet were terribly sore immediately at the end of the hike and upon taking off the boots my feet were blistered and as described in the negative review on this site--my big toes were bruised. Even after a week, they are still bruised and hurting at the nails. I have never had this experience before from wearing any shoe. I have narrow feet and have no difficulty in my shoe fittings. I run roughly 5 miles a day with no problems in my New Balance running shoes and so today, I'll be seeking a pair of New Balance hikers.
Debiw at REI on 06/06/2008

Poor traction

This shoe has very poor traction, it caused my foot injury due to poor traction and fell. After it happened, I realized the bottom rear sole is rather flat therefore with little grabbing power.
Marin at REI on 07/07/2008

Neutral Reviews:

hurt my feet

I bought this one to get better ankle support and to replace my worn out day hiking shoes of a REI brand. I usually hike couple of times a week and trail length about 10 to 17 miles each time. I bought this pair because it was the only one felt comfortable around my ankle when I tried the shoes in REI store.
The first time I wear this pair, the trail was moderately steep, 2000ft elevation gain in 2 miles. It felt great when I was going uphill. But after down hill, the shoes squeezed my feet too much that after 2 months, my big toes are still in purple color. This was after I cut my toe nails very short before the hike and tied the shoe laces as tight as possible near the ankle. I also bought the shoes size 8. My usual shoe size is 7 or 7.5.
Later, I went back to REI and exchanged to a 8.5 size pair. The store assistant showed me how to tight the shoe laces from the start of the lacing area to keep my feet slipping down on a down slope. Well, I tried his technique the next weekend on a 16 mile hike with moderately steep trail. After 4 hours hike, my whole feet were hurt due to the tightness of the laces, and still, my toes pressed to the tip of the shoes when going down hill and got hurt again. I do wear heavy hiking socks on my hikes.
Also my feet felt very hot after more than 2 hours on trails every time. But I usually have hot feet anyway.
The summarize, it's a good pair of shoes if the trails are moderately flat. But be careful when you wear it for extended time on down slope.
wild rose at REI on 05/05/2008

Not good for downhill hiking...

I’ve been using the Moab hiker for about one year and have found them to be great hiking on moderate trails without much downhill hiking. They have good traction, the soles are stiff enough for rock hopping and are terrific in warm, dry weather.

However, I just came back from hiking the Kalalau trail on Kauai, Hawaii wearing the Moab boot which I thought would be perfect for the weather there. I hiked 13 miles roundtrip on rocky, steep up and down terrain for most of the trail. By the end of the hike, my toes were injured, the toenails on both my big toes were separated from the nail bed and another toenail is totally black and blue. I read the reviews of others that have injured their toes wearing these hiking shoes and I have to concur. These boots are not made for hiking trails with a lot of rocky, downhill terrain.
chiku at REI on 07/07/2008

Watch out for toenail injuries

These boots work fine when hiking on level ground. I used them to walk on very hilly streets in Europe and experienced in the first afternoon injury to my big toe on one foot. Going downhill caused my foot to jam forward and bruised my toenail terribly. Still bruised after 4 weeks. If you buy these boots, use thick hiking socks, especially if one foot is smaller than the other. That might help stabilize that foot and keep it from jamming forward on downhill slopes.
mcvbartel at REI on 07/07/2010

Hurt my ankle this time

I wear the shoes again today on a 14 mile hike. 3 miles moderately steep trails and flat for the rest.
After 8 miles, my left ankle hurts. It was also hurt last week on a 14 mile hike on more demanding trail. By the time I finished hike, there was a swollen area on my ankle the size of a bird egg. It's very tender when it was touched.
My feet felt very hot and wet after 6 miles.
wild rose at REI on 05/05/2008