Updates to Merrell Moab FST 2

The second version of the Moab FST now comes with: 

  • Nubuck leather overlays
  • Fabric lace loops
  • Kinetic Fit Base footbed

Merrell Moab FST 2 nubuck leather overlays

Who should buy the Merrell Moab FST 2

The Moab FST 2 improves upon its predecessor—the Moab FST—by possessing some changes to its overall design. It is a perfect option for those who are:

  • looking for a surprisingly lightweight yet sturdy hiking shoe
  • looking for a pair of footgear that works well in long day hikes
  • looking for a stable Merrell shoe that does not compromise underfoot support

Merrell Moab FST 2 brand logo

Merrell partners with Vibram to give the Moab FST 2 ultimate grip

With its Vibram Megagrip outsole having a lug depth of 5 mm, the Moab FST 2 has the ample amount of traction for both dry and wet trails. This unit is made of a compound that’s grippy and long-wearing.   Its sides are treaded which grants adventurers a bit more security during lateral traversals.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Vibram Megagrip

The lugs of these Merrell Moab FST 2 hiking shoes are adequately spaced to shed dirt and debris. As a result, they are resistant to slips.

Merrell Moab FST 2 slip-resistant outsole

The outsole also serves as the shoe’s protective shield as it extends upward on both ends. The rear portion contains a special pattern that’s meant for downhill maneuvers.

Merrell Moab FST 2 downhill grip

Moab FST 2 from Merrell boasts of maximum underfoot support and comfort

Offering stability and ground protection on the trail is the footwear’s light yet solidly built midsole. Situated at the rearfoot area is Merrell’s Air Cushion which protects the heel from stress upon ground contact.

Merrell Moab FST 2 heel support

Within its arch zone is a molded nylon shank for added medial support. Merrell engineers chose this material so that the unit can provide ample flex necessary for hiking and enough stiffness to keep the arch from being overworked.  

Merrell Moab FST 2 midfoot shank

For extra underfoot comfort and odor control, on the other hand, the shoe comes with the flexible Kinetic Fit Base insole. 

Merrell designed Moab FST 2.0’s upper for optimum performance

The FST 2’s upper is a combination of mesh and nubuck leather. The former is responsible for breathability while the latter adds durability and structure to the footgear. It is imbued with M Select Fresh—another Merrell creation—to leave the foot smelling fresh for hours. 

Merrell Moab FST 2 leather overlays

The midfoot section of FST 2 upper has overlays shaped like a ribcage. This construction supports the shape of the mesh material. 

Merrell Moab FST 2 bellows tongue

This gear is also crafted with a bellows tongue to prevent dust and debris from entering the interior. Its liner is made of breathable mesh. The shoe’s classic lacing system mixes things up by having fabric lace loops making up the majority of its eyelets.

Merrell Moab FST 2 heel and tongue tabs

The shoe’s heel and tongue pull tabs make on and off a swift affair. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.8oz / Women 11.2oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Merrell Moab
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.