Verdict from 6 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The great fit of the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof makes a high percentage of users feel that the shoes are custom made for them.
  • A majority of wearers observe that the traction of the sole is remarkable especially on wet, uneven grounds.
  • Its versatility is phenomenal, according to some hikers. They note that they can wear it while working, hiking, or just walking around town.
  • Many appreciate the affordable price of the Moab 2 Waterproof given the outstanding quality it has.
  • The shoe is amazingly lightweight, a few users claim.
  • Several consumers commend this Merrell hiker for its super-reliable arch support.
  • A good number of testers who have worn it for miles laud the durability of the pair.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Moab 2 Waterproof is too warm on hot days, some buyers testify. This issue makes them question its breathability.
  • A considerable number of wearers dislike the extended break-in period it needs. One even suffers from severe blistering, mentioning that pain is felt every time he walks.
  • A handful of users detest the waterproofing ability of the pair. They say that it wasn’t able to keep their feet dry after simply walking on damp grass.

Bottom line

Similar to other Merrell Moab 2 hikers, this shoe sports impressive durability and superb traction. The precise fit makes users think that it was custom made for them. It also boasts with its flexible design. It does not compromise the support it rendered to consumers despite being lightweight. The widest point of the forefoot area served as a stable base, allowing wearers to perform powerful push-offs.

However, the shoe’s extended break-in period, poor waterproofing, and insufficient ventilation let consumers down. Overall, the reasonably priced pair of hikers from Merrell may deliver adequate performance on demanding trails, as long as wearers break it in first.

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Good to know

  • From an Ortholite footbed, the Moab 2 Waterproof is now equipped with the M Select FIT.ECO+, a contoured EVA footbed which provides comfort. Reinforcements on the arches and heel area are present, adding support and protection.
  • The upper is upgraded from Dura leather and nylon mesh to premium performance suede and mesh upper. This improvement enhances waterproofing, durability, and comfort. The mesh panels also make the shoe breathable and reduce the break-in period.
  • The outsole of this revamped model is a Vibram TC5+ from a Vibram rubber. It has a lug depth of 5mm for traction.
  • Also new in the Moab 2 Waterproof are the silicone bands on the upper that run along the side of the shoe to give stability and reduce chances of having sprained ankles.

They generally run true to size. The Moab 2 Waterproof encompasses the Merrell Moab fit known for its snug heel fit which prevents slippage, generous toe box to freely move toes without pinching, and accurate instep for additional support. The traditional lace-up closure allows easy adjustment and better fit.

Using a Vibram TC5+ outsole, the Moab 2 Waterproof provides traction on various terrains. The lug pattern on this sole has varying shapes to prevent water from trapping. It decreases the chances of slips and falls. It also has a 5mm lug depth which makes it slip-resistant. This shoe also has a substantial toe bumper that gives protection against inadvertent bumps.

The midsole features the Merrell M Select FIT.ECO with a blended EVA contoured footbed. This proprietary footbed promotes optimal arch and heel support. The heel area is also reinforced with a durable resin material and an air cushion in the heel that absorbs impacts. The air cushion adds to the comfort of the EVA midsole.

The nylon arch shank is lightweight yet supportive. It helps ease stress from the arch and permits the foot to move naturally. It addresses stability and improves weight support.

Featured in the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof is the M-Select Dry which serves as protection against wet conditions. This technology prevents water from seeping in. It’s also moisture-wicking, so it allows moisture inside to vent, keeping the foot dry even while being active.

The enhanced performance leather suede and a breathable mesh upper will deliver a more comfortable and consistent ride. This light combination reduces or even removes the break-in period.

The upper of the shoe also has a bellows, closed-cell foam arrangement. Bellows' tongue prevents sand, dirt, rocks, and the like from entering the boot. The closed-cell foam is resistant to water absorption and is firmer than Polyurethane (PU) foam. This foam also adds cushioning and comfort to the instep.

Introduced on the Moab 2 Waterproof is the speed band which is located on the sides of the shoe. It is a silicone-like rod that adds stability to the lateral and medial arches of the foot. These arches, in addition to the traverse arch, act like a spring, bear weight, and absorb shock during locomotion. It is accompanied by the four finger-like overlays on the sides that help secure the foot in place. The heel pull loop allows easy on and off.

  • Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof has a mid-rise version for both men and women. It also has a non-waterproof edition called Merrell Moab 2 Vent.
  • Moab, according to Merrell, is an acronym for mother of all boots.


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