Who should buy the Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX

The Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX may deliver trail-centric performance for day hikers because of its strengths. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that reduces shoe odor and provides stability on the trail.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides durability, grip, and traction.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that prevents water and moisture from reaching the foot.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX logo

Size and fit

The Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX is available in men's and women's sizes. This low-cut hiking shoe is equipped with a special insole that is contoured to the foot, along with a standard lace-up closure for a more precise fit.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX laces

Excellent grip and traction on varying terrains

This hiking shoe is equipped with the M Select™ GRIP outsole that is designed for wet and dry grounds. It’s a Merrell exclusive technology that is created to enhance foot stability and control on uneven surfaces, and provide sufficient grip and traction on varying terrains.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX outsole

Highly slip-resistant

Yokota 2 Sport GTX’s outsole is highly slip-resistant, which is an important quality that hikers look for in a shoe. This means they can go through muddy trails or cross streams with confidence. As to lug depth, this hiker is just within the average range at 4mm. This makes the shoe ideal for both hard-packed trails and roads.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX outsole 1

Helps hikers endure many challenges on the trail

The shoe midsole is made of EVA - a very soft and elastic material that provides cushioning and rebound. It has unique properties that help hikers endure many challenges on the trail, such as the terrain, their weight, and any other pressure that can happen while walking or running. 

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX midsole 1

Excellent stability 

Another interesting feature of the Yokota 2 Sport GTX is the integration of the Merrell Air Cushion. It’s a sealed unit located in the heel section that helps align the foot within the shoe for added stability while walking or hiking. According to Merrell, this technology can absorb up to four times the person’s weight. Lastly, the removable Kinetic Fit insole provides intuitive support and protection in every move.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX midsole 2

Waterproof yet breathable

The shoe upper is made with a combination of synthetic, mesh, and ripstop fabrics that are water-resistant and at the same time, breathable. Lining the shoe interior is a GORE-tex material that is completely waterproof.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX upper

Keeps the feet smelling fresh

However, it can get a little too warm on a sunny day. Thankfully, the shoe is treated with antimicrobial agents that keep the feet smelling fresh.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX insole

Provides toe protection

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX also features a bellows tongue for keeping debris out, a rubber toe cap for added protection and durability, and a molded TPU heel counter for added stability.

Merrell Yokota 2 Sport GTX upper 1

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.1oz / Women 11.1oz
Base model: Merrell Yokota 2
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.