Who should buy the Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch

The Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch is a great hiking shoe. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that has an easy on-and-off construction. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that allows moisture and liquid trapped inside to evaporate quickly.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides strong traction and grip.

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Excellent grip on the trail

Like most Merrel hiking shoes, the Yokota Stretch 2 uses the M Select™ GRIP outsole that comes with 4mm lugs to give hikers more traction and grip on the trail.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch outsole

Excellent traction on uneven terrain

The outsole features specialized lugs that are 4mm deep. This indicates better traction on uneven terrain. Also, the lugs are widely spaced for easy release of dirt and debris. The M Select™ GRIP outsoles are known for being durable, stable, and slip-resistant.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch outsole 1

Supportive and flexible cushioning

These hiking shoes from Merrell are constructed using EVA midsole - a special type of synthetic foam that is lightweight, soft, and supportive. For an even more comfortable stride, Yokota 2 Stretch comes with a Kinetic Fit™ BASE insole that provides flexible, intuitive foot support. This insole is contoured to the wearer’s foot.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch insole

Excellent stability

Moreover, it features the Merrell Air Cushion - a  sealed unit in the heel section of the footwear. It’s designed to absorb up to four times the weight of the wearer and correctly align the foot within the shoe. All these enhance stability and make walking or hiking more comfortable.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch midsole

Breathable and quick-drying

The Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch has a durable upper made from suede leather, textile, and breathable mesh lining. The mesh panels don’t just keep the feet fresh and comfortable. They also enable quick drying when hikers are navigating wet grounds.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch upper

In addition, the lining is equipped with M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial agents that reduce shoe odor.

Excellent arch support

This all-around hiker also comes with a molded TPU heel counter that provides good foot and arch support. Meanwhile, the wide folding tongue keeps the debris out and the elastic cord and lock lacing system help the wearer get a nice fit.

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch arch support

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.5oz
Base model: Merrell Yokota 2
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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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.