Who should buy the Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom

Eco-friendliness meets clingy water performance in the Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom. Buy it if:

  • Plunging into creeks and streams is inevitable on your hikes.
  • Water hiking shoes with extra cushioning are what you need.
  • You want a pair that won't let go easily in and around water.

Who should NOT buy it

If you want a pair with dedicated water-ejecting channels in the midsole, trade the Hydro Moc Bloom for the Merrell Choprock. You might also be better off sporting the Salomon Tech Amphib 4 if you're after a glove-like fit and wish to skip getting tan lines completely.

Fantastic comfort in full bloom

Scores of reviewers are quite impressed with the comfort level of the Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom. These are their remarks about it:

  • "Feels amazing on foot."
  • "Pillows on your feet."
  • "Totally comfortable for this diabetic geezer."

The shoe's great cushioning, which an expert calls "better than the original," contributes a lot to the featured shoe's comfiness. A couple of hikers suffering from plantar fasciitis attest to this, with one saying that he can wear the shoe "all day with no pain."

Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom: Exceptional in the water

Based on numerous reports, the Hydro Moc Bloom thrives in wet environments. It's a reassuring kick for providing "great foot and toe protection," says a trail-goer who likes wading through shallow streams. Another athletic reviewer said that he "left everyone in the dust," crossing creeks and exploring tide pools.

10/10 slip resistance

With convincing remarks such as "stays grippy when wet" and "they don’t slip," the Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom can keep your confidence level high wherever your feet may land.

Wanted: More drainage channels

There's no denying that the Hydro Moc Bloom dries quickly. That said, ending up with wrinkly toes is likely in it as the shoe lacks a drainage port around the forefoot. Taking the shoe off to drain the trapped fluids is a solution, but that might come as an annoyance for some.

Won't let go of your feet

A decent number of adventurers deeply appreciate the way the Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom keeps the foot in place. Despite its alleged a-tad-too-spacious confines, the shoe never popped off on them during their watery excursions, not even once.

Unhindered strides in the Hydro Moc Bloom

"My stride is better in these shoes," says an experienced trail-goer. Smooth transitions are possible in the Hydro Moc Bloom thanks to its rockered toe zone and superb lightness. About the latter, the featured kick boasts a per-shoe weight of 210 grams, undercutting the average weight of hiking shoes by 170 grams.

Gives tan circles

If you choose to go sockless in the Hydro Moc Bloom, you might end up with odd tan marks after a long day in the sun. "A crazy tan" is what you're going to get in this shoe, says an owner.

The captivating Merrell Hydro Moc Bloom

Many hikers find the Hydro Moc Bloom aesthetically magnetizing. "They are banging :)," says one of them.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 7.4oz
Base model: Merrell Hydro Moc
Use: Water hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly, Vegan / Breathable
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.