Who should buy the Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof

The third-gen Moab Waterproof is a familiar yet still formidable trail kick from Merrell. Purchase it if:

  • You've been a true-blue fan of the Moab series, which consists of truly hard-wearing shoes.
  • Pushing your hiking game to the limit is how you roll.
  • You believe that luxurious comfiness needs not to be earned.

Who should NOT buy it

With no issues with its regular width and shoestrings, the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX is a great alternative to the Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof. Also, if extra breathability is what you're after in hiking shoes, check out the Arc'teryx Aerios FL GTX.

Titanic traction in every pair

Tons of stickiness is what the Moab 3 Waterproof has, and many trail-goers agree. Indeed, the shoe in question is the receiver of noteworthy traction-related comments, from "superb grip" to "amazing on the slick rocks" to "gave me confidence on any slippery incline."

Get massive support in the Moab 3 Waterproof

Numerous hikers find a mighty supportive shoe in the Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof. The highlights in their reviews are as follows:

  • "Tons of support throughout the arch."
  • "My feet never gave out underneath me."
  • "Great support for hiking."

Quite the compelling remarks, no? That said, we've fished out the boldest claim yet, and it reads, "the arch support is probably the best in the industry."

Astonishingly comfy right away

With comments like "super comfortable right out of the box" and "feels good from the start," it can be surmised that the Moab 3 Waterproof will pamper your feet minus the customary break-in period. An experienced adventurer also describes this shoe as a "pillow for your feet."

Wanted: Thicker socks

It's been reported that this day hiking shoe is laterally too spacious. It's "much too wide," says a trail-goer. He then added that his regular Moab 3s felt like an E-width shoe, a.k.a. Wide.

Not the clingiest of laces

Another misfire about the Moab 3 Waterproof lies in its shoestrings. A female hiker says that the featured shoe's laces "don't stay tied."

The Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof knows no wear and tear

A decent number of reviewers find the Moab 3 Waterproof remarkably tough. "These shoes last a reasonable amount of time," says one of them.

Boss-like in bad weather

Many are impressed with the waterproofness of this true-to-size Merrell kick. One adventurer felt totally triumphant after finishing his hike with his friends with completely dry feet. He said that his friends "weren't so lucky" because they ended up getting soaked.

But it might not be ideal in warm conditions

As is true in most waterproof shoes, including GTX-engineered ones, the third-generation Moab Waterproof can get somewhat stuffy in warm conditions. It's "a bit too warm for my feet," says an experienced hiker.

The pristine craftsmanship of the Moab 3 Waterproof

This budget-friendly waterproof hiking shoe is praised by many for its super-fine overall build. Remarks such as "awesome quality" and "very well made!" prove this.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 16oz
Base model: Merrell Moab 3
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Merrell Moab
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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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.