Merrell Yokota 2 review

The Yokota 2 is an affordable, and durable all-around hiking shoe. It excels at day hikes and daily wear. I wouldn’t trust it for multi day backpacking due to its potential durability concerns but this is a great option for those who stick to easier trails and day hikes.


Who should buy it

The Yokota 2 hiking shoe is for you if you are looking for a day hiking shoe that is :

  • extremely comfy
  • budget-friendly
  • grippy

Who should NOT buy it

Consider other models if you:


The Yokota 2 offers a great ride and little to no break-in time

These subdued-looking hikers are comfy right out of the box. I took them from the box for multiple days of wearing them, for 8-9 hours per day and experienced no discomfort or hotspots. 


The M Select Outsole seems durable and grippy

Merrell’s in house outsole is called M.Select and I’d have to say that it is pretty darn good. Its durable, and grippy. We wouldn’t trust it as much as Vibram, but it does what it’s supposed to do. 


The lacing could use some work

The Yokota 2 lacing is simple and effective. It’s a hook and loop-style system that offers a pretty good fit. I had to cinch the laces down to really make the shoes feel secure on foot, but your experience could differ based on your foot shape. 


Comfort is awesome

As previously stated, the Yokota 2 offers great step-in comfort and that has held true for several weeks of daily wear. The cushion hasn’t flattened out and still feels squishy underfoot. 


The Merrell Yokota 2 is a great budget-friendly hiking option

One of the biggest strengths of this shoe is its price. It’s only $90 and can routinely be found on sale for less. While it isn’t the flashiest or most lightweight hiking shoe on the market, we feel that it’s a solid option for those looking for a durable and comfortable shoe to get you outside. 


Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.3oz / Women 10.4oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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Bob Browning
Bob Browning

Bob has been an avid backpacker and outdoorsman for well over a decade. Hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado, he now lives in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, two amazing kids and dog, Hugo. He frequents the local state parks, wilderness areas, long distance trails all while passing on his love for the outdoors to his children. Bob has been a product reviewer for startup companies and larger outdoor brands for the past 8 years and loves to really examine gear to see if it'll hold up to the rigors of the Ozark Mountains.