Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most owners testified that the Moab 2 Ventilator Mid fits true to size.
  • Its light build was appreciated by the majority.
  • Based on a lot of user reviews, it was a comfortable pair of hiking boots.
  • Its breathability was admired by numerous hikers.
  • Tons of wearers mentioned that the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid required virtually no breaking in.
  • Its grip proved to be effective on city walks and backcountry hikes, according to an abundance of users.
  • Scores of Merrell loyalists were very eager to get another pair of the Moab 2 Ventilator Mid as they were sold with its versatility.
  • An army of outdoor enthusiasts loved that it also comes in wide width. They liked how it fits them perfectly.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several testers were disappointed with its durability as the soles were coming off after a few easy hikes.
  • Plenty of wearers had to replace the stock insole of the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid as it lacks support.

Bottom line

The Moab 2 Ventilator Mid is a Merrell Moab 2 boot that established its reputation through comfort, breathability, accurate sizing, and grip. Its little-to-no break-in period was also commended. It may have been received in a positive way, however, it failed to satisfy in terms of durability and arch support.

To conclude, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid may be a good choice for warm summer hikes. Replacing the insole is recommended for those who want ample arch support in their footwear.

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Good to know

  • The Merrell Moab (Mother of all Boots) 2 Ventilator Mid now features a performance suede leather with breathable mesh panels. This optimizes airflow for a fresh and cool in-shoe feel.
  • From an OrthoLite footbed, this version is equipped with the M.Select FIT.ECO+ insole sitting on top of an EVA midsole. It is in charge of providing underfoot cushioning and comfort.
  • From the previous iteration's Vibram Multi-Sport outsole, the Moab 2 Ventilator Mid sports a Vibram TC5+ outsole. It enables the boot to grip on diverse ground conditions.

The mid version of the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator generally runs true to size. It can be purchased in regular sizes, with medium and wide width options. Its conventional lacing system gives users a snug fit. Also, this model caters to male and female hikers.

The Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole features 5 mm deep lugs which bite into most types of terrain. This slip-resistant component is slightly extends upward at the toe and heel areas to add durability and protection. The aggressive boots on the side enhance stability on bumpy trails.

The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid uses an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam which grants a lightweight and cushioned ride. It works with the brand’s M.Select FIT.ECO+ footbed. It is created using a blended EVA foam with zonal arch and heel reinforcements, which conforms to the foot for optimal support.

The Air Cushion technology in the heel area absorbs shock from impacts. Additionally, a molded nylon shank renders underfoot stiffness for a steadier stride.

This mid-cut day hiking boot grants breathability and comfort through its upper made of performance suede leather with mesh vents. It has a bellows tongue which prevents intrusion of trail debris while the rubber toe cap shields against accidental bumps.

Its lacing closure uses webbing eyelets with a pair of open hooks on the top to securely lock the foot in place. A pull tab on the heel assists users in easy on and off.


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