Merrell Zion FST
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Overview of this review
Zion FST: Who is it for?
If you are a speedster (or want to become one), the Merrell Zion FST should be right up your alley. That said, the shoe in question is also for the following trail-goers:
Heavy heel-strikers. Merrell’s shock-absorbing Air Cushion tech is part of the shoe’s midsole, which means rearfoot landings are safer. It also adds a bit more spring to your step, translating to more efficient, less tiring strides.
Dryland travelers. With its breathable shell, the Zion FST is an indispensable ally on sunny adventures.
Base mountain walkers. This Merrell piece comes with a mountain-grade outsole, whose compound and tread pattern provide sufficient traction over loose soil on slightly inclined terrain.
Merrell Zion FST vs. Moab Edge 2
- The Moab Edge 2 is cheaper than the featured shoe by about $5.
- Merrell’s Zion FST is lighter than its competitor by approximately 150 grams per shoe.
- The Moab Edge 2 has anti-odor properties, which the Zion FST lacks.
- When it comes to abrasion protection, the Zion FST takes the crown for having synthetic overlays covering the vulnerable parts of its mesh upper.
- Between the two Merrell hikers, only the Moab Edge 2 has an arch-supportive nylon shank.
Takeaway: For light and speedy hikes, you might be better off with the Zion FST. Otherwise, show the trail the brawnier side of you in the Moab Edge 2.