For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.6ozWomen: 13.1oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Updates to Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof
- The Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof 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.
Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof size and fit
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