Who should buy the Merrell MQM Flex 2

From the mountains to the streets, the MQM Flex is back with a more grippy outsole and flexible midsole. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers enhanced grip and traction on wet or dry surfaces. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that helps the users move more naturally with the foot.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers protection against varying trail hazards.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 logo

Size and fit

The MQM Flex 2 is a low-cut hiker which means the shaft runs just below the ankle, giving the foot more freedom of movement. Low-cut models make an ideal choice of footwear for experienced hikers. It's also great for traversing well-maintained trails. For a more secure fit, the tongue is integrated into the lacing system. Thus, it stays in place no matter how fast the wearer walks or what direction he or she's taking. Lastly, the web laces make adjusting the fit fast and easy.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 sizes

Excellent surface traction

This hiking shoe from Merrell features an aggressive outsole with 5mm lugs. Such a lug depth makes the shoe bite into loose dirt, soft grass, gravel, and mud.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 outsole

Ideal for both dry and wet surfaces

As an update to the first version, the MQM Flex 2 gets even more grippy with the addition of the Quantum grip rubber compound. It's a durable, very sticky rubber that's ideal for both dry and wet conditions.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 outsole 1

Flexible and high energy return

For the midsole, this shoe utilizes EVA foam which is known for its flexibility and high energy return. The midsole is enhanced by cutting dual-directional grooves (called FLEXconnect) that are meant to boost ground connection. 

Merrell MQM Flex 2 midsole

They allow the midsole to bend and flex with the foot. For added cushioning and support, the MQM Flex 2 comes with a removable contoured footbed.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 midsole 1

Waterproof yet breathable

The shoe upper is made with performance mesh with TPU overlays for durability and support. There is no waterproof lining so it is highly breathable but to the expense of getting your foot wet when it rains. Thus, this shoe is best for hiking in the summer.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 upper 1

Absorbs shock and enhanced stability

This hiker also features the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel which works by absorbing shock and enhancing stability. There's also a rock plate for more support. Completing the upper is a tongue-integrated lacing system with bellows tongue that keeps the debris out.

Merrell MQM Flex 2 upper 3

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.3oz / Women 10.4oz
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan, Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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