Who should buy the Moab Speed

A sporty-yet-tenacious hiker, the Moab Speed will reinvigorate your shaky steps on unpredictable terrain. You're part of the Speed's target audience if:

  • You prefer kicks that provide top-notch surefootedness on both level tracks and shifting surfaces (think soft soil).
  • Your favorite trail almost always leads to murky inch-deep puddles.
  • Hiking shoes with lasting comfort and extra underfoot protection are high on your shopping list.

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Who should not buy it

If a more intimate rearfoot fit is what you're after, the stockier Chameleon 7 Stretch might serve you better. Also, if round laces get undone on you more often than not, the flat-laced Salomon Outbound Prism just might be the difference you've been looking for.

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Merrell’s Moab Speed: More than just a shoe

Indeed, this speedster is more than just a product—it is also the name of yet another collection from Merrell. Besides the featured hiker, you got the Moab Speed GTX and the Moab Speed Mid GTX, both of which are waterproof kicks courtesy of Gore-Tex.

The former is everything the Moab Speed is but with below-the-ankle waterproofing. The latter, on the other hand, will boost your traversal confidence through deeper waters (think streams 3 to 4 inches in depth), all while giving you extra ankle support.

All that said, the name bearer of this collection is a competent enough piece where there is little-to-no wetness in sight. Yes, the Moab Speed just might be all you need for your summer-day hikes!

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Pampering right away

Reviewers in droves, including a professional footwear tester, find the Merrell Moab Speed lavishly comfy right from the get-go.

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The Moab Speed's anti-slip outsole

According to a seasoned blogger, the shoe sticks magnificently on “gloopy mud and slippery rocks.”

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Super-steady and secure rides

Many hikers, including someone with serious knee arthritis, are convinced that your arch—and consequently your gait—will be preserved in the Moab Speed. A seasoned vlogger among them is also pretty impressed with the way this shoe kept his balance over rough terrain.

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Prone to heel lift

Experienced adventurers say that, since heel lift is a thing in this offering, the Moab Speed requires the right lacing setup.

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Lightweight Speed

It rivals quite a number of hiking sandals on the lightness front, thanks to its pair weight that does not go beyond 700 g.

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A boon in the moody weather

An expert is a fan of the Moab Speed’s defenses against light to moderate moisture.

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Moab Speed: A sustainability role model

Believe us when we say that the vegan-friendly Merrell Moab Speed is among the exemplars of sustainability. Case in point, here are the components that back that claim:

  • 100% recycled laces
  • 100% recycled mesh liner
  • A cushy insole whose lining is made with 50% recycled top sheet
  • A Vibram outsole that is made with 30% recycled polymer

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 320g / Women 298g
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan, Eco-friendly / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.