Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A huge deal of Merrell loyalists approved of the comfort offered by the Moab 2 Mid GTX.
  • The fit of this day hiking boot was appreciated by many wearers.
  • A multitude of users mentioned how light it was.
  • It did not require a breaking in period, as testified by numerous owners.
  • According to a lot of wearers, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX gripped well on wet and dry surfaces.
  • A high percentage of those who bought the Moab 2 Mid GTX from Merrell used it as their everyday boot.
  • Its sizing was near-perfect, as testified by an abundance of users.
  • Several hiking enthusiasts upvoted this Merrell gear for its high-quality waterproofing.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of hikers were disappointed because the sole of the Moab 2 Mid GTX came off after a few months of use.
  • It was not breathable enough for warmer conditions, based on some consumer reviews.

Bottom line

The Moab 2 Mid GTX, which belongs to Merrell’s iconic Mother of All Boots 2 line, received heaps of praises for comfort, traction, and performance.

However, the boot fell short in terms of durability and breathability. To conclude, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX is a pair of hiking boots that can perform remarkably on the trail, but maybe not for long.

Tip: see the best hiking boots.

Good to know

  • Merrell has updated the Moab 2 with features promoting comfort, breathability and durability. It now comes with an M.Select FIT.ECO plus blended EVA as its footbed. A molded nylon shank and EVA midsole grant support and flexibility.
  • The Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX has a Vibram TC5+ outsole. It grants traction on different ground conditions.
  • The upper is crafted with synthetic leather and mesh panels. Its linings, a Gore-Tex laminate and a breathable mesh, work together to promote airflow in and out of the boots. A closed-cell, foam-cushioned tongue creates a comfy environment.

The Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX comes in standard and wide widths. Full and half sizes are offered. This boot caters to male and female outdoor enthusiasts and generally runs true to size. The toe box is made roomy to give users enough room to wiggle their toes. The snug heel grants the foot a secure lockdown.

The Vibram TC5+ outsole powers the Moab 2 Mid GTX. Its multi-directional lugs have a depth of 5 mm for optimal grip even on the most uneven terrain. The lug spacing prevents mud and water from getting stuck underfoot.

The midsole of this day hiking boot is made of EVA which is soft and flexible. It is incorporated with a molded nylon shank and an Air Cushion in the heel for stability and shock absorption. The zonal arch and heel support comes from the Merrell M.Select FIT.ECO and a blended EVA footbed.

This mid-cut day hiking boot from Merrell uses synthetic leather and mesh for its upper. It is lined with the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate which renders comfort through its non-insulated construction. This membrane works with a breathable mesh lining to promote ventilation. Its bellows tongue with a closed-cell foam material helps keep debris and moisture out. A rubber toe cap is added for abrasion resistance and toe protection. A heel pull tab assists in easy on and off.


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