Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid

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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid
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The Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Boot. 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.

FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Boot.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Boot.

Lining and Layers:

  • Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution resists odor


  • Use a clean dry cloth to wipe off dirt and dust from the shoes after use. Accumulated dirt and dust can eventually stain and even disintegrate any areas with leather. Do not saturate the fabric or rub too vigorously, as this can force stains further into the fabric.
  • Nylon arch shanks provide extra stability and support
  • Slip Lasted Construction
  • Nylon mesh linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for comfort in hot conditions
  • Nylon mesh lining helps manage moisture to ensure comfort and a blister-free hike
  • An upper blend of leather and nylon mesh promotes breathability and flexibility without sacrificing support and durability


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

Support and Cushioning:

  • Full-length, compression-molded EVA midsoles supply cushioning and support for all-day wear
  • Removable 4.5mm footbeds are anatomically shaped and add cushioning for improved comfort
  • Air Cushion heel pockets add shock-absorption capacity and increase stability on ascents and descents


  • Mid-height dura leather/nylon ventilator mesh uppers offer ample breathability, flexibility and support for long-lasting performance

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram® Multi-Sport™ outsole with Trek and Super Trek rubber deliver reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces
  • Vibram Multi-Sport outsole provides excellent traction over rough and varying terrain


  • Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
  • Protective rubber toe bumpers ensure durability and abrasion-resistance; heel loops aid entry
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • 5mm lug depth
  • Rubber Toe Bumper/Heel Counter-Black
  • M Select dry seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you're on the Move
  • M Select Fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for Fresh smelling feet
Massey's Outfitters
Tough enough for the army, the men’s Moab Ventilator Mid-Height hiking boot from Merrell is built to provide comfort and support over difficult terrain. Whether you’re hitting the trail for a bike ride or hike or trekking over desert mountains, our men’s footwear can keep pace. Extra support around the ankle and a ventilated mesh upper make for a dependable, breathable men’s boot so you can stay cool in warm climates. Plus, the Vibram® Multi-Sport Plus sole contains TC5+ rubber compound in traction zones for grip and durability over tough rocks and trails. Lace-up a pair of our men’s hiking boots and set off on your next adventure thanks to the out-of-the-box comfort of Merrell men’s footwear.
Merrell set out to build a quality hiking boot with the soul of a trail running shoe, and the result was the Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot. Featuring the durability of a combat boot and breathability that will remind you of your flip-flops, the Moab Ventilator offers a hybrid design for aggressive, high-octane hikers.

The Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid is your shoe for hiking and biking in areas that demand a highly breathable shoe. With great traction and an Air Cushion® Midsole, the Moab Ventilator will get you there.
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.
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.
Slip lasted construction.

Merrell's Moab Mid Ventilator Shoe is a mid-height shoe that has high breathability for hiking or biking the trails. A lattice-like overlay of Dura leather strapping supports and protects while enhancing the open-window venting of the breathable mesh upper. It has gull bumper protection at the toe and around the heel.


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


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Also available for: Women, Kids
Average footwear weight (pair):2 lbs. 2 oz.
Country Of Origin:Asia
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Insole:Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed
Liner:Breathable Mesh Treated with Aegis® Antimicrobial Solution
Lining:Nylon mesh
Midsole:Compression Molded EVA, Merrell Air Cushion
Outsole:Vibram® Multi-Sport Sole/ TC5+ Rubber
Shoe Stability:Neutral
Shoe Width:Medium
Sole:Vibram Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
Support:Nylon shank
Upper:Dura Leather and Mesh
Weight:1 lb 15 oz / 872 g
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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Excellent Backpacking Boot

This is an excellent, well designed boot. Do not be afraid to buy it for backpacking. The ankle support is good and the sole is stiff enough to protect your feet well under moderate backpacking loads. Breathability is excellent, and they require very little break-in.

Merrill puts extra padding in the heel and under the ball of the foot, which makes them VERY comfortable to wear.

My feet did not get sweaty in them. When the boots did get wet, they dried completely in less than an hour.

There is lots of room in the toebox, so my toes don't chafe against the side or top of the boot.

When I lace the boot for long downhills, my toes don't touch the front of the boot and the laces don't rub or hurt the top of my feet.

My feet get achy easily, typically starting at about 8 miles with a moderate backpack load. In these boots my, feet do not start getting achy til about 10 miles, and I have walkded up to 14 miles in them comfortably.

Several times, I slipped on loose rocks and my ankle turned inward. Each time, the boot provided good support and I recovered easily.

Here's my hiking profile:

Last backpacking boot I liked: New Balance H515 mid-highs. Leather with lots of fabric in the uppers. Wore them for 15 years.

Most recent boot: La Sportiva Trango Trek GTX. Excellent alpine boot. Wore them for 100 miles but took them back to REI because they were hot and much too heavy.

Feet: size 13-13.5, low arches, sweaty, history of bad ankle sprains.

Needs: a backpacking boot that provides good fit, good ankle support, good breathability, minimum weight, and good grip.

Goals: Am going to hike the JMT this summer.

How I wear them: Bought size 14. Then put in green Superfeet and hike with SmartWool Adrenaline Hiker socks without sock liners.

Break-in: One 10 mile day-hike, mostly to verify that socks and SuperFeet were good.

Hike on which comments are based: 75 mile backpack twice-around the Rae Lakes Loop in SEKI in July 08. Wide variety of trail conditions including rubble, talus, mud, rain, and snow. Max pack weight 35 lbs. Averaged 10 to 14 miles/day.
Harve at REI on 07/07/2008

Any Time Almost Anywhere Hiking Boots

I have had a pair of the Moabs since 2007, and until recently they were the only pair of hiking boots I ever needed. They were mostly durable, and the only reason I say that is because the rubber covering the toes came loose after my 3rd year of having them. A few simple dabs of super glue fixed them right up. I used these boots all over the bay area on all sorts of trails for extended periods of time, some muddy, some rocky, but most dusty and laden with layers of dirt and small stones. I also brought them with me to Nepal where I trekked for over a month in high altitude and difficult terrain areas. They never let me down, not the laces, not the comfortable insoles, and never the traction. The traction for me was especially good even when forging rivers and standing on wet stones. The ankle support is also really good seeing as how I never rolled or sprained my ankle, and I've hit some pretty gnarly trails. They breathe really easily so they are best for spring and summer, but even when they get wet or muddy they aren't bad since they dry out so quickly. If you have some proper water resistant sock liners, I am confident that these boots can be used in the damp and wet seasons. Cold, not so much just because they are meant to breath and therefor the cold can seep in really easily. So yea, great boots for 3 season use. The only reason I need to replace mine is because I left them in the garage for a while and rats chewed out the tongues. Super lame, but I look forward to getting new Moabs because mine were so awesome and comfortable. Just keep an eye out on where the rubber meets the suede and other materials because it may come loose after prolonged use. If so, get some shoe glue or super glue, give them a little dab, and you'll be set. If the rats didn't get to mine, I'm sure I could have squeezed out a couple more years of use (making it a total of 6-7 years of use... pretty long life if treated properly). Merell has made a great pair of boots, so try them out!
J.D.K. at REI on 03/03/2011

My first no blister boots

I've had these a couple of months now and have used them in conditions from a day trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains to a three day trip in the Alps. I've really had no complaints throughout. I also feel that they were plenty warm, even when it was near freezing out, so I wouldn't necessarily classify them as just a summer boot.

These felt great right out of the box. The body is super lightweight and flexible, so there's no uncomfortable rubbing on the tongue. Also, this is one of the few boots that I've tried that doesn't rub at all in the heel. In spite of the light walls, I feel that the sole is rugged enough not to feel uncomfortable on rocky ground. In fact, I feel more stable because I'm lighter on my feet and can actually tell what I'm standing on.

I treated mine with some of that DWR stuff, and it works fine for an occasional quick dunk in a puddle. If they are exposed to water for any real time, though, they do get wet. That includes hiking through wet grass or snow. But hey, they don't claim to be waterproof, quite the opposite. The plus side is that they ventilate so well that even if they get wet, they dry out while you walk. With a decent pair of wool socks, I was comfortable throughout. My feet sweat _a lot_ so I actually prefer this approach. Even with "breathable" goretex boots, my feet always end up soaked from the inside (and blistered).

These are not heavy duty backpacking boots. I've never had any ankle problems, so the support thing didn't bother me, but if you tend to roll your ankle you may want to only use these for day hikes. They are very very light, which will help you go fast, but will not hold your foot in place the way a sturdier boot will.

Bottom line:
Great ventilation, perfect for hikers with sweaty feet. Good for traveling fast and light, especially over scrambling terrain. If you're hiking in the rain or carrying 60lb loads all the time, look elsewhere.
d0d0d01 at REI on 11/11/2008

Love these boots

I've only owned a few pairs of hiking shoes/boots, but these by far are the best I've had. I've used the same pair for years, hiking in many varied places/climates. I've used these in the White Mtns, the north GA mtns, the Berkshires, Ocala forest in FL, and Yosemite as well as every day use.

Knock on wood, but I've never had a blister or problem with these boots. They definitely are not "heavy duty" and you do feel a bit of the trail thru the sole, but for whatever reason this works for me. We don't hike tremendous mileage, usually about 5miles a day but its varied terrain and climate. On each trip I've had at least one friend have blister or other foot problems and have been happy this hasn't happened to me.

I also use these boots mountain biking from time to time.

With years of use the only problem I am seeing is a slight separation of the sole on the tip of one shoe.

I bought a pair of Oboz with a heavier sole and wore them daily for weeks to break them in; on my first trip I had terrible blisters on both feet in the exact same spot. I've also got a pair of Solomons that just don't fit as well as my Merrills either.

I like these boots so much compared to my others that I just ordered a waterproof pair of Moabs. My only complaint on my last trip was the frequent river crossings put my feet in water up to the top of my feet many times, soaking thru the boot and making me pretty uncomfortable but I'll keep using these for warm weather hiking for as long as I can.

The only reason i didn't give these a 5 star rating is because i realize i don't have a huge base of experience with other shoes to compare these with.
sl10002001 at REI on 05/05/2012

Baja Trekker

Comfort: I have bunions, corns, hammer toes, broken toes, surgery on each foot. These shoes give me the relief I need w/o expensive inserts. No break-in and immediate comfort right out of the box.

Use: I camp, fish, hike, and walk the rugged streets of Mexico (a lot). There is no such thing as even sidewalks in any Mexican city I have visited, with open holes, trenches, high curbs, slanted surfaces, drops, etc. I kicked out a pair of Nike (mids) recently during a TJ "tour" (don't ask), and I'm headed back to Ensenada for Carnival or another fishing trip, then to La Paz or San Jose del Cabo for the same reasons. I was in serious pain after the last trip and vowed to put an end to it. The flexibility and moderate ankle support the MOABs give is sure to do the trick.

I'm not looking to step into water, but there are puddles these will traverse well enough. I am wearing them now in California 'winter' weather, and they are quite warm enough. I expect that they will also be quite cool enough in the heat of our semi-annual camping trips to Potrero in San Diego County, and other California campsites, like Montana de Oro or the Ventana Redwoods. They also give great support while pushing the 4W burb.

The walnut color seems to take on either kakki or grey hues depending on the pants I'm wearing - otherwise, I have to have a grey pair and a kakki pair. Wouldn't mind them in blue and black, either. I will be wearing these a lot and will probably get another pair as back-up for when I kick these out.

These are a huge sight above any kind of tennis shoe and not so stiff as a full fledged hiking boot. Thus, the perfect fit and use for me, Urban and off-road Baja Trekking.
Captain Gerard at REI on 02/02/2013

On my third pair

Technically this is my fourth pair as I had their predecessors before the Moab came out in 2006. With the Moab they added the Vibram sole. I love these boots for most every situation.

My first pair of Moabs was a replacement for my worn out Merrells in Waynesboro, VA while hiking the A.T. I called Merrell while 100 miles outside Waynesboro and had them sent to me. As you can see in the image below they needed replacing!

I wore the Moabs from Waynesboro to Delaware Water Gap, PA where I got off the trail. After returning home, I wore them for 4 months doing day hikes and walking around town until I finally felt the need to replace them.

Even with a relatively high pack weight of 35 pounds, these boots took all I threw at them.

The only real downside I could find with them while backpacking is the insole. I have used the green Spenco insert in all of them and that change kept me blister free from these boots.

They don't claim to be water resistant but do dry quickly. Even in freezing temps and snow, my Moabs have been fairly easy to put on while others in the group had frozen boots that had not dried out.

One caveat I will offer, they may not wear well when breaking trail in the snow. I think that is what caused my blow out on the originals. Tromping through calf-deep snow is abrasive and probably wore out some of the fibers. They changed the leather overlay pattern on the upper on the Moab so this might not be as big an issue.

My current pair has approximately 750 miles of day and weekend hikes on them and I might be thinking of replacing this winter.
freefall at REI on 08/08/2011

Great boot

Bought these boots for a 4 day hike out and around the Smokemont Trailhead in SMNP. The price was right, and they looked better than my military style parachuting boots that I have used in and around the AT.

Right out of the box, these boots were like putting on socks - absolutely no break-in needed whatsoever, although I did do the standard breaking in just in case. These boots are right on par for comfort!

I had a 35# pack and did 8+ miles for the whole trip and did not experience major amounts of fatigue from these boots. They are fine for single day hikes and multi-day hikes alike. What I did find was that as I got more tired, I became more aware of the terrain and was able to feel most rocks and sticks through the sole; however, there was no discomfort.

I did get these boots wet, as it had rained for 11 hours the night before our last day. These boots got soaked; however, with the warm weather, and my nifty, thin wool, moisture wicking REI brand hiking socks, I did not experience any "hotspots" or blisters. The boots began drying out in the middle of the hike, and then by the next morning were completely dry! They are not water resistant or water proof, but the manufacture does not even touch on those details, so I knew not to expect it. I did treat them, before the hike, with some DWR to aid is resistance, and it seemed to work well.

All-in-all, this is a great boot for a great price.
Mythical at REI on 06/06/2011

Great Footwear

These boots are seriously comfortable, even after one years worth of use. I have worn them as everyday kicks, weekend warriors, in the mountains of Kentucky, and used them on week long backpacking trips in Big Bend Texas where zone camping is the norm and trails are few and far between.

So far I've logged about 125 miles in them and the souls are showing wear but nothing out of the normal. Even if they end up wearing out soon I figure the cost of the boot out weighs its longevity (I can buy 2 or 3 pairs of these for the cost of a more durable boot).

Speaking as a trim 150lbs and have found the support to be fine and dandy... even with a 40lb pack. No additional cushion needed. If you are heavier or carry a heavier load this might not be the case however. On my longer treks (25+ miles) I didn't notice my feet getting fatigued any more than normal.

I love these boots in the desert environment. The only draw back is they don't provide as much protection (from cacti) as a heavier boot. The product description doesn't mention anything about water resistance, and it shouldn't, these boots are made of mesh. However, these boots are great for wetter weather or stream crossings as they dry very fast (in my other water proof boots my feet end up getting wet anyway, I've found the quick dry quality of these boots to be awesome).

Ultimately, these boots have been great for me and I will buy another pair.
Isaac Kayak Bivouac at REI on 10/10/2010

Running shoes and some mo'...

I got these as a gift about a year ago. They fit just right, I'm used to wear shoes 1/2 size bigger than my actual size and this ended up being just my size. I figured I keep them since I would need a tighter fit for better support. WRONG. I walked two blocks and I had to come back home and switch insoles with my running shoes. Now they feel GREAT but since the soles are a bit more bulkier my It a tighter fit and I can only wear them for a few hours at a time.

They are great scrambler boots. I've taken them on 10-15 miles hikes on different terrain and they are great when light hiking. I've tried them with my mountaineering pack for preseason conditioning and after mile 6 (out of 10) I had to switch to my trail shoes. SO, I do not recommend them for heavy backpacking, although like I mentioned before, mine fit a bit tighter than what I normally use. Maybe in your personal experience you can get away with it, kuddos for that.

They dry fast! I cross many streams on my hikes in Pa and they dry within 30 minutes unless I submerge them in a deeper stream, then they might take up to an hour... That's a record unless you wear flip flops.

They are quite durable for such a light boot but I'm sure I'll be buying the same boot but one size up when my current ones retire from the trail.
DFullMonty at REI on 11/11/2011

Great Light Hiker

Use this boot mostly for day hiking in the Northeast when it's dry outside. Put it to the test with a two week hiking vacation in Utah and Arizona. I bought the men's 8.5 since most women's shoes just aren't wide enough for my flat feet. This boot was broken in within about two days of use. Pretty much the sole and footbed just softened up a bit. The uppers were broken in from day one - much like a tennis shoe. I've used this boot on granite and sandstone in dry conditions, and the sole grips well. I used it for two weeks straight hiking through the National Parks of UT and AZ. It was close to 100 degrees in Zion, and my feet were cool, even with Coolmax hikers and sock liners. The boot kept out the deep sand and clay of Capitol Reef, Arches and the Grand Canyon quite well. Other people were having to dump out their boots, while I had minimal sand intrusion. The boots performed well on the slickrock at Arches and Canyonlands, with the soles having great grip. I was hiking with about 20 pounds of water and stuff in my day pack, and the boot kept my ankles supported and my feet from getting tired. All in all, it's a great day hiker for hot, dry conditions. I was hiking basically every day of my two week trip, and I got no blisters and had no foot problems. They cleaned up well after being coated with sand and red clay too.
NE Hiker Biker at REI on 05/05/2012

Negative Reviews:

eventually ok, but lousy at first

I bought these because they were breathable for hot summer So. Cal. peak bagging. I always hike (even during summer) with wool socks on the outside, sock liner inside, and I pre-bandage ankle, arch, and big toe before I leave the house, also I add lotsa baby powder in the shoe. Otherwise, i get blisters on my tender feet.

The shoe sole insert that came with it is a piece of cardboard that provided no support, take it out and its worse. REI guy recommended Superfeet orange or green, those made it even worse.

EVENTUALLY I went to a cheap shoe store and got those gel inserts. That was my last hope. This combo magically worked.

I would not use these for backpacking, as they have no shank and after 5 miles on the trail, you feel the trail gravel. They are not mid-weight, these are lightweight.

They are one step above sneakers high tops. They are breathable, although on a few occasions downhill, I have felt some hotspots and had to change socks.

No issues with the lace or the metal lace hooks as others reported.

I didn't expect waterproofing or gortex from desert sand boots, so that part met my expectation.

I have small feet, wear size 6.5 mens shoes, so for hiking boots size 7 mens is just right, considering I wear thick double socks. Most shoe makers stop at size 8. so my options are limited.

I use them regularly, although its high maintenance what I had to customize to get them working for me. Now that they are broken in, they are soft but I feel the gravel pebbles.

tender small feet can't get no comfort.

Get these shoes only if are limited by the small size availability, and you realy need ventilation.

Do not get these shoes for backpacking, or as-is comfort.
Rock Rock OC at REI on 08/08/2008

Very Comfy, but not very durable

I loved these boots when I first put them on. Great fit and extremely comfy. Originally purchased for an upcoming 3 week (light pack) Nepal trekking trip. During training for Nepal, I used these new boots for 2 hikes on Haleakala, Maui. The first was 6 miles in and 6 miles out with a 30lb pack on the Sliding Sands Trail in the Haleakala crater. No problems. The boots performed very well. The second hike was way more difficult. A sea-to-summit hike up the Kaupo Gap and finally to the summit at 10,023ft. Distance of 19 miles and 10,023ft in elevation, 40lb pack. The boots were still very comfy, but lacked the ankle support and stiffness needed for a pack of that weight. On day 3 when we reached the summit, I noticed the sole on the left boot was beginning to separate from the boot at the heal and the toe. After only 31 miles of hiking in hot dry weather, I knew they would not last through 12 days of trekking through varied conditions and terrain in Nepal. I called Merrell, they were very nice and they gave me an RA# to send back the boots for replacement. Unfortunately, this will take 3 to 4 weeks and I'm leaving for Nepal in 4 weeks.Now I have to but a new pair of boots for Nepal and use the Merrells for future day hikes.I see lots of reviews about Merrells falling apart. My new boots will definitely not be Merrells.
Maui Hiker at REI on 09/09/2010

not for hiking - merrels getting cheaper

I started buying Merrel's a few years ago. I was looking for a walking/cross training type of shoe. I tried on every shoe at REI and decided the Merrel's were the best fitting.

A few years ago there was an obvious change in the some of the materials and the over-all quality of the show. I will not buy Merrel's again. Initially the shoes usually feel comfortable, but the the interior quickly breaks down and the shoe feel loose and my foot moves around in the shoe. They are a cheap shoes at a premium price.

HIKING: I went hiking at Waterville Valley this past weekend wearing my Merrel's. I knew instantly that these shoes were not for hiking. I felt every single rock/pebble on the trail. One the way down the mountain, my toes banged into the front of the shoe with every step.

Merrel Moab, Chameleon, radius...and any other with a similar sole are not for hiking....unless you idea of a hike is walking on a smooth dirt road, but even then you have to deal with the way Merrel's break down quickly.

I also had a the entire sole of a pair of Merrel's separate from the shoe. This occurred within a few weeks of owning the shoe and wearing them as my daily hiking involved.
Glock_9mm at REI on 06/06/2010

Broke down very fast!

I'm not very heavy, I weigh about 165, so it's not a very common thing for me to wear down the support in shoes or boots(ever) especially after such a short time. After about 3 hikes in these the support on the instep was completely crushed to the point that I can't even casually wear these shoes to the store without my feet hurting. I do over-pronate, and have a medium arch, but it has never been an issue with pain or breaking down shoes, especially this quick. I don't use supportive footbeds or anything in any other shoe or boot that I own, I run with barefoot shoes, my work boots have the cheap flat support that comes with it, so in no way am I sensitive to lack of support in a shoe. My feet ache while walking around in these slightly used boots. For [$] I thought I was getting a top of the line product. The support on the sole of the shoe looks like you crushed and folded up a chunk of foam. Extremely disappointed with these boots!
Spartan Steve at REI on 08/08/2012

Poor overall quality

I have used these boots for a year for frequent short hikes (4-8 miles), mostly on trail but some off trail. I like that they are comfortable and fit well, and are reasonably cool in hot weather. My complaints: Early on the lack of adequate arch support resulted a case of severe plantar fasciitis after a hike of no more than 8 miles, which kept me off the trails for three months. I put Birkenstock insoles into the Merrells and that solved the arch support problem--for $50. Then the leather over the outside toes wore through on both boots...this lets a lot of dirt in which increases chances of blistering. The inner lining of the upper boot is a material that seems like it is designed specifically to make foxtails and burrs difficult to remove; I've had a couple long sessions picking them out. Overall I'm disappointed in these boots and will stop buying Merrills. I used to have high regard for this company but I think their quality has slipped.
Grove Tender at REI on 07/07/2012

Not a fan

I was having bad luck with water resistant boots, so figured I would try something that is light, well vented and dries quickly instead.

While these are well ventilated and have good support and traction, they just don't cut it for me. The sole is too thin, you feel each and every pebble on the trail. Plus, durability seems to be an issue. I've only logged about 100 miles on these and the sole is already starting to separate from the boot.

They do dry quickly and are pretty well vented, but I leave these at home in favor of something much more comfortable and durable.
Hittahomer at REI on 02/02/2010

Caused terrible knee pain!

Absolutely loved these boots when I first got them. No break in, very comfortable, nice wide toe box. Reasonable grip, somewhat water resistant (unless you're standing in a stream). However, I started to realize that every time I wore them, my knees hurt terribly for days afterwards. I tried shoe inserts--no help. Finally, I regretfully returned them. I've had no knee pain since stopping wearing them. Too bad...they are great light weight boots. They will work for others that have different anatomy...just realize that some knee pain can be from the boots! It took me a while to put it together.
JasperHiker at REI on 08/08/2010

Merrell Moab size change

bought my first pair two years ago, they were perfect, wore them everywhere(retired now long dog walks on trails, my everyday shoes, still very comfortable just no tread left and the toes have worn through). Went to get new pair, got same size and found they were too small. Bought next 1/2 size larger, too big. Bought them anyway.
I find that the new ones even though a larger size are smaller around the ankle and are hard to draw up for suppport. Ball of foot is too wide.
REI is great, Merrells have changed and not for the better
onceyoung at REI on 10/10/2011

I do not recomment this boot

This boot has two serious problems:
1. The strap type lace loop broke after only three long hikes. There is no way to repair it. This means that the boots can no longer be properly laced.
2. The heel cup is not properly designed, at least for my feet. It causes blisters, no matter what combination of socks/lacing is used. This occurs in hikes of 5+ miles. I have never had this problem with other boots in over 40 years of hiking.
dleins at REI on 09/09/2007

So sad.

I'm really disappointed with these boots. Right out of the box they were super comfy, light and ready for the trail. I bought them for just that reason. Within the first 7 miles of a 50 mile 6 day trip i noticed the leather sides coming apart. By the end of the trip I had to duct tape the whole front half of the boot to make it out. I really wish these were a little sturdier. Bummed.
filky at REI on 08/08/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Comfortable and light, but downsides

At first I really liked the boots, they are light, breathe really well, fit true to size, and required almost no break in. I bought them to use for field work in various hot weather places CO/UT/NV etc. While they were light and cool, I had a major problem with them.

Mine had a very "fuzzy" cloth interior around the ankle and in many of my field areas there were a lot of burrs, stickers, thorns etc. and they would get stuck in that fuzzy liner and I could never get them out meaning after a couple weeks they would be jabbing my ankle through my socks all day. I haven't had that problem with any other hiking boots but most have a fairly smooth cloth liner so even if stuff ends up in your boots it's easy to remove. I had similar issues with the mesh on the sides of the boots, it's so pourous that stickers and such would get stuck in it and then work their way through to my foot. While that feature might help with ventilation it made them very annoying to wear and after a couple weeks I just quit wearing them. A smoother interior cloth, and something not quite as pourous on the sides like a cordura nylon would still make them light and cool but fix the issues with stuff getting stuck in them.

For an around town boot, or a well groomed trail boot where you were never in the brush they might be great, or if you made sure to always wear gaitors with them, but even with long pants I'd end up with a lot of stuff in them.

So at least for my used they were a poor choice.
Todd308 at REI on 02/02/2012

Good shoe for the price

I have like 10 pair of Merrells and oddly I've never been a huge fan, but they seem to make the boots and shoes I need when I need them. I bought these on a whim, to have a pair of light, ventilated boots for kicking around in during the summer. They fit the bill, they were like slippers right out of the box. They're great for everyday use, but I don't think I suggest taking these off road, there's no real support.
n33 at REI on 10/10/2008

Decent desert boot.

These boots are decent hiking boots. Cheap, breathable, and light. The name is indeed Moab, which is a desert region of the North American continent. So, one might expect them to be useful in a dry hot climate. No gortex on these, a ton of breathable mesh. One down fall is that they're so meshy and soft that there isn't much solid material for ankle support. I'd probably say you're better off just buying some nice trail runners.
Geologist McGee at REI on 07/07/2008

Way too wide

The shoe looks ok. I would say this is more in the line of a "high-top" sneaker than anything else. I would say that for the quality I expect from Merrell, this falls far short of it. There is very little ankle support and they feel very flimsy. I sent them back immediately after trying them on. These may be more well suited for a run then backpacking or hiking.
MattAT at REI on 05/05/2008

Great boots - but . .

I've worn Merrell boots for many years. These are good boots, but I doubt they were field tested. The lining grabs and holds burrs and other debris from the trail. I spend a lot of time trying to get the lining clean, but often can't get stuff out of it.
Ricktret at REI on 08/08/2011

Wearing Out

The liner is wearing out and the shoe is only 15 months old. I am not a hiker so my use is light. The liner is failing in the same place on both shoes and it is not a wear area but in a seam area.
pete4735 at REI on 12/12/2011


End of Hike to Vernal Falls toes felt squished and at the tip of boot, not a deal breaker however. I will spend more money next time and get a better boot. ( at REI )
Dadwana at REI on 06/06/2013

Comfortable, but lacing loop on tongue

Lacing loop broken
Monkeyboy at REI on 10/10/2013