DiscontinuedUpdate: Merrell Moab Edge 2
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Updates to Merrell Moab Edge
- Designed specifically for hikers on the move, Merrell’s Moab Edge is made lightweight and airy by its breathable, 3D-printed, mesh upper. The shoe has a padded bellows tongue that provides a snug fit and protection against debris. There’s also a synthetic pull tab stitched to the back of the heel for a quick on and off.
- The cushy midsole is created extra thick to give wearers comfort and stability on unpredictable terrain. It comes with a nylon shank, a component that helps stabilize the wearer’s balance further.
- Traction on various surface types is achieved through the Vibram TC5+ outsole. This trademarked rubber layer provides adequate grip and stopping power with its zonal treads and multi-directional lugs.
Merrell Moab Edge size and fit
Merrells’ Moab Edge is a true-to-size footwear designed for both men and women. The men’s version is offered in sizes 7 through 15, with half sizes until 12.5. The women’s shoe, on the other hand, comes in whole and half sizes from 5 through 11. Both versions are offered in standard width. A secure lockdown and snug fit is made possible by the shoe’s classic lacing system. This closure system makes use of flat laces which provide a secure lockdown with an even distribution of pressure. The inner liner’s padding around the ankle area provides comfort.
Allowing wearers to hold their footing on level ground securely and uneven surfaces is the work of the Moab Edge’s treaded outsole. Called TC5+, this Vibram-engineered rubber layer is designed to be both durable and grippy over mixed terrain. It promises traction with its 5mm multi-directional lugs and intricate tread patterns. The outsole’s sides also feature treads, promoting lateral movement security.
The outsole extends to the upper’s toe box. This extension serves as the shoe’s defensive bumper, protecting the forefoot area, thereby shielding the toes from stubbing and injuries. A similar outsole extension is also present at the base of the upper’s heel, further reinforcing this part of the shoe and contributing to its heel protection.
The Merrell Moab Edge has a sturdy, single-build midsole, engineered to provide stability, absorb shock, and protect wearers from rough terrain. This rubber platform runs thick for cushioning and has a curved design which allows for flexibility where needed. Additional stability and shock absorption, especially around the base of the heel, is made possible by Merrell’s Air Cushion technology. This piece of proprietary tech sees a groove within the midsole’s heel zone, adding a spring to the hiker’s step. There’s also a molded nylon arch shank embedded within the confines of the midsole. This non-metal component further provides support and flexibility.
For extra comfort, the Moab Edge comes with a Merrel M Select FIT.ECO footbed. It is made of blended EVA which makes it stress-resistant and resilient. It has a contoured arch for added support and a perforated forefoot zone for breathability. This removable insole also organically combats foot odor, leaving the user’s feet smelling fresh for longer periods.
The Moab Edge’s 3D-printed mesh upper is infused with moisture-wicking fabrics which eliminate sweat and prevent heat buildup. It also has an extra layer of protection in the form of a thin, synthetic overlay which mainly covers the footwear’s toe box. The padding within the ankle collar and on the bellows tongue doubles down on comfort, while a stitched-on pull tab located at the back of the heel makes on and off convenient. There’s also a lace keeper stitched vertically along the tongue to lock it in place.
Both ends of the Moab Edge are engineered to maintain enough protection against unexpected bumps and abrasions. The back of the heel has a thick, synthetic overlay. On the other end, the toe box is reinforced with a sturdy toe guard, which is an extension of the shoe’s rubber outsole.
- The brand recommends the use of mild soap and warm water to clean this footwear, especially after extended and rugged use.
- Merrell Moab Edge 2 is the successor of this model.