Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.7ozWomen: 13.6oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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78 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
This shoe is comfortable right out of the box and it's super versatile.
Overall, we like the changes. They didn’t try and turn the Moab into a sports car, but the small tweaks have made the shoe just as capable and even more comfortable than the prior model.
Day hikes and quick and light overnighters in dry weather are where this shoe performs best.
Updates to Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
- Belonging to Merrell’s line of ventilated shoes, the Moab 2 Ventilator now features a performance suede leather with mesh panels. This structure optimizes comfort and breathability. It also comes with a fewer set of eyelets.
- Underfoot cushioning comes from the EVA midsole and M Select FIT.ECO+ footbed. A nylon shank and air cushion enhance stability.
- Previously equipped with Vibram Multi-Sport, this latest iteration sports the Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole. It connects hikers to the ground and offers traction on wet and slippery ground surfaces.
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator size and fit
The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is a low-cut shoe for day hiking which caters to men and women. It can be purchased in regular sizes with an option for a standard or wide width. Its fit is customizable, thanks to its traditional lace-up closure. It reasonably runs true to size.
The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is equipped with Vibram TC5+ outsole to adhere on ground surfaces. It has 5 mm deep lugs to bite even into challenging trails. It also provides grip on slick, wet surfaces. It slightly extends upward at the heel and toe ends to add durability and protection.
This low-cut day hiking shoe uses an EVA midsole to grant users a lightweight and comfy ride. It has a molded nylon shank for underfoot rigidity. An air cushion in the heel promotes stability and shock absorption.
Merrell engineers added their M Select FIT.ECO+ footbed in the Moab 2 Ventilator. It is made from blended EVA which maximizes steadiness through its zonal arch and heel reinforcement.
With a durable performance suede leather with mesh upper, the Moab 2 Ventilator offers comfort in a rugged look. It has a breathable mesh lining which wicks away moisture and promotes airflow for a cool in-shoe feel.
The toe area is reinforced with a rubber cap to protect against knocks. Its bellows, closed-cell foam tongue prevents unwanted entry of trail debris. A collar pull tab makes on and off easy while the webbing and metal eyelets permit quicker closure.
- MOAB means Mother of all Boots.
- The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator also comes in mid.