Who should buy the Merrell Accentor 2 Vent

The Merrell Accentor 2 Vent is a great shoe for light hiking and everyday use. If not for the paper-thin insoles and the narrow fit, more people would have happily taken these shoes on their trail adventures. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that ensures a grippy performance on different surfaces and trail conditions.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers more flexibility and support.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that allows the wearer to make more aggressive movements.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent logo 1

Durable and excellent grip

Like several other quality adventure footwear from Merrell, the men’s and women’s Accentor 2 Vent is equipped with the patented “Sticky Rubber” outsole. It’s constructed with dual-density rubber that has notable qualities, such as increased durability and grip. 

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent outsole

Excellent traction

All Merrell products have shoe-specific sole designs. This one has deeper lugs for added traction on different surfaces. It also has non-skid properties for preventing injuries on the trail.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent outsole 3

Comfortable cushioning

The shoe comes with a compression-molded EVA midsole. This material has shock-absorbing qualities and offers a good level of cushioning for the foot. 

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent midsole


And since it is low-density, EVA is lighter compared to other foams commonly used in performance footwear. This makes the Accentor 2 Vent really lightweight and ideal for walking or hiking where you’re not carrying a heavy load.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent midsole 2

Protective insole

As mentioned, the shoe comes with a Kinetic Base insole that takes on the shape of the foot, giving it a protective and comfortable environment.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent insole

Excellent arch support

Furthermore, this footwear is equipped with a nylon molded shank placed underneath the arch of the foot.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent arch support .

Breathable and quick-drying

The Accentor 2 Vent features an upper made of Suede leather and mesh which is available in Castlerock and Blinder colors. Suede is used for the overlays, providing durable and stylish protection for the shoe. The rest of the upper is made with mesh fabric which is breathable and quick-drying. 

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent upper

Flexible toe cap

The shoe is also equipped with a rubber toe cap which is very helpful in absorbing stress to the toe area. Since it’s made of rubber, the toe cap stretches to fit any toe and stay in place. And despite being firm and protective, it stays soft enough to provide comfort.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent toe cap

Supportive and shock absorbing

Furthermore, there is the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel section which is meant to provide extra support and absorb shock. This brand-exclusive technology also helps align the foot within the shoe for more stability while walking or hiking. 

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent upper 2.0

Snug fit

Completing the upper is a traditional lacing system with round laces. The bellow's tongue helps keep dirt and debris from entering the shoe while creating thick padding for a snug fit.

Merrell Accentor 2 Vent laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 425g / Women 298g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric / EVA midsole, Nylon shank, Fabric

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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.