Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Lots of hikers stated that it was lightweight.
  • The arch support given by the All Out Blaze 2 was appreciated by a multitude of owners.
  • It was a comfortable pair of hiking shoes, according to the majority.
  • Based on a moderate percentage of consumer reviews, it had a wide toe box.
  • Less than a handful of verified purchasers liked the pleasing design of the All Out Blaze 2.
  • This Merrell hiker helped a few wearers remain planted on slippery surfaces with its fantastic grip performance.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several users disliked the squeaking sound it produced when walking.
  • It had a stiff sole, as mentioned by a few disappointed hikers.
  • Some Merrell loyalists noted that the All Out Blaze 2’s predecessor was a lot better.

Bottom line

The All Out Blaze 2 is one of the many Merrell All Out Blaze hiking pieces where comfort and support work in unison. However, opposing these rather beneficial characteristics are its sizing and sole design. All in all, the good-looking Merrell All Out Blaze 2 is a light hiker with a decent amount of good points slightly outnumbering its bad points. Interested buyers must be wary of its disadvantages.

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Good to know

  • Merrell has updated the All Out Blaze 2 with technologies that are light and can handle diverse trails. The boot features the Vibram TC5+ outsole which yields traction on wet and dry grounds.
  • The midsole grants a cushy and comfy ride through its combination of FIT.ECO blended EVA footbed and compression-molded EVA midsole. The Air Cushion Viz and molded nylon shank render stability.
  • The materials used in the upper creates a flexible, breathable, and durable day hiking shoe.  It has a lace-up closure and a die-cut toe cap that protects the toes. An odor-control technology is added to keep feet dry and fresh

The Merrell All Out Blaze 2 is a day hiking shoe offered to men and women. It generally runs true to size and comes in standard width. There are full and half sizes too. The front lace-up closure delivers a customized fit to the wearer.

The slip-resistant Vibram TC5+  gives underfoot protection and grip. It has a 4.5 mm lug depth which bites on most terrain. The tread patterns create a channel to drive water out, preventing slips.

The All Out Blaze 2 combines a compression-molded EVA midsole and FIT.ECO blended EVA footbed for comfort and cushioning. The latter also helps in controlling odor. The Air Cushion Viz feature adds an EVA material on the heel for steadiness and shock absorption.  A molded nylon shank enhances stability and renders arch support.

With a full-grain leather and mesh combination, the All Out Blaze 2 from Merrell upper is made durable yet flexible. It is reinforced with a protective die-cut toe cap which acts as a buffer against bumps and a bellows tongue that keeps rubble out. Its traditional lacing system comprises three types of eyelets. It is lined with a breathable mesh with M.Select FRESH to prevent the growth of odor-causing microorganisms. A pull tab is added to the heel to assist in on and off.

  • Also available in waterproof and mid-cut.


How Merrell All Out Blaze 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 7% hiking shoes
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Bottom 2% Merrell hiking shoes
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