Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof was hailed as a remarkably comfortable boot by nearly everyone who reviewed it.
  • Based on a multitude of reports, this Merrell gear runs true to size.
  • Some consumers were able to break in this boot successfully in just a few days.
  • Its unwavering waterproofing stunned several wearers.
  • The footgear’s unbelievable lightness floored a couple of reviewers.
  • An owner was charmed by the Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof’s attractive looks.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One tester wasn’t too pleased with one of the hiker’s lace loops coming off after just a day’s use.
  • A user found the footwear’s tongue somewhat ineffective against intrusive debris.

Bottom line

People in dire need of a Merrell Moab 2 boot that provides meteoric comfort accessible from day one may find such in the Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof. Those who are seriously desperate for a mid-top hiking shoe with a true-to-size fit and outstanding water protection may also find it in this gear. Purchasers, however, must take heed of the questionable construction of its lace loops and tongue. Overall, despite its criticisms, the Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof has more than enough merits to be deemed worthy of the trail, rain or shine.

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Good to know

  • The Mid Waterproof version of the Merrell Moab FST 2  combines comfort and athletic aesthetics in its lightweight package. It has a sleeker profile than the first Moab FST Mid Waterproof.
  • This new version still has a mostly mesh upper; however, its overlays are now made entirely of leather instead of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
  • Extra comfort underfoot is now provided by Merrell’s Kinetic Fit Base footbed. It replaces the first edition’s M-Select Fit.Eco insert.

A mid-cut, adequately true-to-size Merrell boot for men and women is the Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof. It is offered in standard width in full and half sizes. The gear’s lacing system, which has metallic hooks as its top pair of eyelets, makes fit personalization possible.

Planting the wearer’s feet securely on uneven terrain is the day hiker’s Vibram Megagrip outsole. Its capability to bite into most types of outdoor surfaces, be they wet or dry, is attributed to its 5-mm lugs. It has aggressively designed tread patterns that help users remain surefooted even while performing lateral maneuvers.

The Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof’s lightweight midsole provides cushioning and stability over rugged terrain. The Merrell Air Cushion technology embedded in its heel zone doubles down on shock absorption, while the nylon shank molded within its medial section provides additional arch support. What grants extra comfort and support underfoot, on the other hand, is the gear’s contoured insole, called Kinetic Fit Base.

This footwear’s over-the-ankle upper is comprised of mesh fabric and nubuck leather, the latter of which is used for the boot’s protective overlays. It has a breathable liner made of mesh and a bellows tongue that fences out unwanted debris. The main bootie of this footgear is imbued with M-Select Dry and M-Select Fresh, making the boot waterproof and odor protected respectively.

Providing a secure foot lockdown is the Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof’s closure system. Its top eyelets are metallic hooks with an open design for faster lace-ups


How Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof ranks compared to all other shoes
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Bottom 6% Merrell hiking boots
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