Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator

Priced: $89.95 - $90.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 23 reviews.
Merrell Moab Ventilator -

The Men's Moab Ventilator Shoe by Merrell now has highly evolved 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 that is a Merrell mark. Full bumper protection at the toe and around the heel. Proven Vibram Multi-Sport sole with TC5+ rubber compound for grip and durability.

FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Shoe.

Lining and Layers:

  • Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis Antimicrobial solution maintains foot comfort


  • Nylon 6.6 Injection Molded Arch Shank.
  • Slip Lasted Construction.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability


  • Breathable Ventilator Bellows Tongue.
  • Dura Leather/Breathable Ventilator Mesh Upper.
  • Breathable mesh lining wicks to keep feet dry


  • 7.5mm Narrow Gauge Webbing.


  • Vibram outsole


  • 4.5mm Anatomical Footbed
  • Merrell Multi-Sport™ Sole/TC5+ Rubber.
  • Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
  • Compression Molded EVA Footframe
  • Rubber Toe Bumper/Heel Counter.
  • M Select Fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for Fresh smelling feet
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • 5mm lug depth
The Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe is a proud namesake of beautiful landscapes. Located in Grand County, the land of Moab, Utah is home to marvelous Arches and Canyonlands. But this arid climate calls for a durable shoe that ventilates well; hiking shoes like the Moab Ventilator. Comprised of Dura leather and Aegis Antimicrobial treated mesh with an Ortholite Anatomical footbed and VIBRAM Multi-sport sole this Merrell hiking shoe provides the comfort, support, and breathability necessary to stay on your feet.
Whether you hit up some red rock on your mountain bike or hike through a sun-drenched canyon, the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe keeps your feet cool, comfortable, and hungry for more. Merrell constructed these shoes with leather strapping supports to protect the breathable mesh uppers that supply your feet with fresh air on those oven-hot desert hikes. An Air Cushion midsole absorbs shock on jarring downhill jaunts, and a compression-molded EVA footbed provides the support you need on varied terrain. Merrell recommends wearing the Ventilator shoe with a light to midweight sock.

The Merrell Moab Ventilator 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.

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Put some comfort back in your hikes with the Moab Ventilator Boots from Merrel. These lightweight and highly breathable hiking boots are designed to protect your feet from the outside while comforting them from the inside, so they always feel rested--even after a long day's hike. Merrell Air Cushion works to absorb impact while the Vibram Multi Sport sole offers excellent grip on all terrains.
Roam with adventurous intent in the Moab Ventilator multi-sport shoe from Merrell. A breathable mesh lining keeps the foot in contact with cooling air. Heel and toe bumpers provide encompassing protection from treacherous terrain. An Air Cushion in the midsole meets the sole with stability and shock absorption. The Vibram rubber outsole delivers a durable tread pattern for advancing across your outdoor playground.
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Also available for: Women
Conditioning:Recommended treatment depends on construction and materials of the footwear (most treatments do alter color and appearance).
Country Of Origin:Asia
Cushion:Merrell® air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
Drying:Open footwear fully, remove the insole and laces and dry at room temperature.  Never expose to heat
Footbed:Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Insole:Ortholite Anatomical Footbed
Liner:Breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis® Antimicrobial solution maintains foot comfort
Men's Weight:1 lb. 8 ozs.
Midsole:Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning, Molded nylon arch shank
Outsole:Vibram® Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
Shoe Lining:Aegis antimicrobial treated mesh lining
Shoe Sole:Vibram Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
Shoe Stability:Stability
Shoe Upper:Dura leather and mesh upper
Shoe Width:Medium
Sole:Vibram Multi-Sport Sole/TC5+ Rubber
Sole lug depth:5mm
Toe and Heel:Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
Tongue:Bellows tongue keeps debris out
Upper:Dura leather and mesh upper
Weight:1 lb 8 oz / 680 g
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Merrell Moab Ventilator Reviews:


I have taken several day hikes of varying lengths in this shoe now, and I have to say it is a great shoe. It feels light on the foot, but provides good support and enough motion control to stabilize my tendency to overpronate. The standard Merrell insoles included are fine for general hiking. I usually put Superfeet Green in my other Merrell mid-height boots for serious backpacking. I have tried the Superfeet Green in these shoes and they fit fine without making the shoe too tight. There is a slight tendency for the tongue gussets to roll and create a pressure point after several hours, but this can be avoided by spreading out the tongue gussets as you are tying the shoe.The sole is light but relatively firm, and gives great traction on every surface I have encountered including rock, dirt, light mud, and loose scree/gravel. The shoe breathes well. If you are looking for a lightweight non-waterproof, supportive hiking shoes, I highly recommend the Moab Ventilator.

djwilliamson at on 10/26/2012

I used these extensively over the past summer and fall. The description suggests these are great for hiking a sun drenched canyon or hitting some red rock on a mountain bike... and they are. However, unlike other hiking shoes out there, these are not what I'd consider a good "all around" hiking shoe. My last pair of hiking shoes could go anywhere, do anything, and left my feet feeling like a million bucks. The Ventilators excel at ventilation (not surprisingly) but I would only give them a 5 out of 10 for comfort. This shoe is fine on an ascent, but these shoes always seem to leave my feet yearning for more underfoot support and shock absorption on the way down. The advertised air-cushion midsole is just not an adequate shock absorber for this level of shoe, even on gradual declines. I have already decided to retire them from hiking service, and use them for my casual wear shoe instead.

John Langer at on 11/13/2012

I'm on my third pair of these shoes - two low tops and one high top. As the name implies, they have exceptional ventilation. On trails with fine dust, it works through to my feet. Other than that, they're great for everyday wear, hiking with lighter packs, scrambling (good traction), hot weather due to the ventilation or wet weather due to the fast drying (I prefer a Goretex sock to the built in Goretex lining that is too hot when not getting wet). I've worn them on week long trips with a light pack and one pair of Smartwool socks and finished very happy with their performance. I'm going to buy some ultralight gaiters to see if they help protect the shoe on scree slopes and morning dew on the grass.

cunp86656 at on 10/14/2012

I like these shoes! I wore them up and down San Gorgonio as a 1 day (16 miles) last Summer with almost zero break-in and had no issues. They are a good lightweight summer hiker. They breathe very well (non-Gore-tex) I would agree the sizing is true. I would not wear these on any further distance or with more than a daypack as they are lightweight with a lot of feel so your feet bottoms would get pounded. I still use the original Merrell insoles.
These shoes also double for me as indoor workout trainers and they have massive grip on regular floor surfaces.

james tepner at on 01/20/2012

I have used these as my go-to hiking footwear for years, and love them for day hikes and overnight trips
They are light, have good tread (Vibram), stay tied well, shed moisture pretty well, and don't hold odor too badly; when going on longer multi-day trips, however, I usually opt for something with more ankle support
My only gripe is that the sole started to peel off the toe almost immediately, but it hasn't progressed in the years since then and they continue to perform well

Aaron C at on 11/28/2013

A Classic

This shoe is a jack of all trades. I have used it for hiking, biking, golf and to just wear everyday. It is much more supportive than a pair of sneakers. It is not a backpacking shoe though. With a pair of superfeet premium insoles and treking poles I have put miles and miles on mine. I have been to deep valleys and mountain tops in mine. They fit a wide variety of foot shapes and take no breakin time.
Jon at on 08/08/2009

Just ordered my 3rd pair of these shoes. I use them for everything. Mountain Biking in Moab. Approach shoes for rock climbing in Yosemite. Day Hiking. Trekking. They have survived 30+ days in the Himalayas as my only shoes besides flip flops. I hiked through snow, getting over 19,000 feet. With a pack, I didn't get a blister or have any problems. Walked through some rivers, they dried out by the next morning. Love 'em!

sol4696679 at on 04/20/2012

Great shoe for the price. My feet stay cool and comfy all day long on 10+ mile hikes with some climbing involved. I've had the shoes for about two years now and the soles are still looking good with plenty of grip. Now I don't use them everyday but they are holding up great for how old they are. Styling not the best but hey its a hiking shoe and its not all about looks.

matthew_pr1169306 at on 05/26/2011
These shoes were just what I needed to replace my aged North Face shoes. They're holding up great so far under the mild daily abuse I give them wandering the office. But they also do a fantastic job of supporting my feet when I'm at the gym 3-5 days throughout the week. Very comfortable to walk or run in and definitely feel light, and still provide plenty of arch support.
Chris H - customer at on 09/29/2011

Have had a pair of these for several months, and noticed recently that an uneven level in the padding was developing in the heel of one of the shoes. I guess I could have covered it with a stiff-heeled insole, but I contacted Merrell, and they cheerfully accepted my shoes and agreed to send me a new pair. Thanks for the great customer service- I remain a loyal customer.

Bruce Garris at on 01/11/2012