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: 17ozWomen: 14.9oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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64 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
These are very, very good shoes for the money.
These are great for backpacking, day hiking, everyday work.
The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid received mixed scores across our review. While low-performing in metrics such as water resistance and durability, which we placed less weight on, it did quite well and competed against more popular boots when it came to comfort and weight, metrics that received higher weight percentages.
Updates to Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid
- The Merrell Moab (Mother of all Boots) 2 Ventilator Mid now features a performance suede leather with breathable mesh panels. This optimizes airflow for a fresh and cool in-shoe feel.
- From an Ortholite footbed, this version is equipped with the M.Select FIT.ECO+ insole sitting on top of an EVA midsole. It is in charge of providing underfoot cushioning and comfort.
- From the previous iteration's Vibram Multi-Sport outsole, the Moab 2 Ventilator Mid sports a Vibram TC5+ outsole. It enables the boot to grip on diverse ground conditions.
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid size and fit
The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid generally runs true to size. It can be purchased in regular sizes, with medium and wide width options. Its conventional lacing system gives users a snug fit. Also, this model caters to male and female hikers.
The Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole features 5 mm deep lugs which bite into most types of terrain. This slip-resistant component is slightly extends upward at the toe and heel areas to add durability and protection. The aggressive cleats on the side enhance stability on bumpy trails.
The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid uses an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam which grants a lightweight and cushioned ride. It works with the brand’s M.Select FIT.ECO+ footbed. It is created using a blended EVA foam with zonal arch and heel reinforcements, which conforms to the foot for optimal support.
The Air Cushion technology in the heel area absorbs shock from impacts. Additionally, a molded nylon shank renders underfoot stiffness for a steadier stride.
This mid-cut day hiking boot grants breathability and comfort through its upper made of performance suede leather with mesh vents. It has a bellows tongue which prevents intrusion of trail debris while the rubber toe cap shields against accidental bumps.
Its lacing closure uses webbing eyelets with a pair of open hooks on the top to securely lock the foot in place. A pull tab on the heel assists users in easy on and off.