Who should buy the Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof

The FST 2 makes an ideal shoe for day hiking in all weather conditions. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that keeps the foot dry and warm.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that absorbs shock and promotes stability while walking or running.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers superior traction and grip on varying surfaces.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof logo 1

Size and fit

The Moab FST 2 WP is a low-cut model that can be worn by men and women and is available in medium widths. It has a padded tongue and collar that gives the wearer a snug fit, along with a Kinetic Fit BASE insole that is contoured to the shape of the foot. The traditional lace-up closure allows for a convenient adjustment of the fit while the pull tabs in the heel and tongue facilitate an easy entrance of the foot.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof laces 1

Sticky and grippy by Vibram MegaGrip

Like the earlier version of the Moab FST, this model features the Vibram MegaGrip outsole which is made of high-performance rubber. Among its chief qualities are stickiness, traction, grip, and durability. 

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof outsole

Well-suitable for dry and wet conditions

According to Vibram, the MegaGrip sole offers optimal ground adaptability and is well-suitable for dry and wet conditions.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof outsole 1

Flexible support for all movement

The Moab FST 2 Waterproof uses a lighter midsole. It also comes with the Kinetic Base insole that offers flexible support for all movement. 

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof midsole

Keeps the foot feeling fresh

This Merrel-exclusive removable footbed has an intuitive shape and superior arch coverage. It has a mesh liner for moisture management and is treated with odor control compounds to keep the foot feeling fresh.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof insole

Secure fit

This lightweight hiker features an upper made of mesh and Nubuck leather. The bellows tongue keeps the foot protected from debris while the traditional closure keeps it secured.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof laces


The upper interior is lined with the M Select DRY impermeable membrane which acts as a barrier against external moisture.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof upper

Shock-absorbing cushioning

The Moab FST 2 Wp also comes with the Merrell Air Cushion - a sealed unit in the heel section that works by absorbing weight and helping align the foot for a more comfortable stride. According to Merrell, this air cushion can absorb up to four times the person’s weight.

Merrell Moab FST 2 Waterproof heel

Nice to know

  • The Moab Collection is the largest and most popular line of Merrell hiking footwear. It has been around for 10 years and the company continues to create shoe models that cater to every hiker’s needs.   -The “FST” in the Moab FST 2 WP stands for Fit + Superior Traction. This shoe is designed for hiking in rugged terrains.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.1oz / Women 11.4oz
Base model: Merrell Moab FST 2
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Merrell Moab
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Antimicrobial, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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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.