Who should buy the Merrell Moab Edge
The Moab Edge fascinates outdoorsy individuals who are looking for:
- a day hiking shoe that also works well in the office and casual use
- a pair of hikers that is lightweight and eco-friendly
- a low-cut shoe that renders breathability through its mesh upper
TC5+ treaded outsole of Moab Edge
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.
Merrell’s single-build midsole
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.
Moab Edge’s 3D-printed mesh upper
The 3D-printed mesh upper of this Merrell offering 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 that 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.
Providing extra protection against unexpected bumps and abrasions is the thick, synthetic overlay at the back of the heel.