Verdict from 1 expert and 21 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Instant comfort: Reviewers in droves, including a pro footwear tester, find the Merrell Moab Speed lavishly comfy right from the get-go.
  • Grippy: According to a seasoned blogger, the shoe sticks magnificently on “gloopy mud and slippery rocks.”
  • Supportive: Many hikers, including someone with serious knee arthritis, are convinced that your arch—and consequently your gait—will be preserved in the Moab Speed.
  • Featherweight: It rivals quite a number of hiking sandals on the lightness front, thanks to its pair weight that does not go beyond 700 g.
  • Water-resistant: An expert is a fan of the Moab Speed’s defenses against light to moderate moisture.
  • Mud-repellent: The shoe’s outsole does a fantastic job of shedding off mud, a gear pundit says.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Questionable rearfoot fit: To an experienced adventurer, heel lift is a thing in this offering.
  • Unruly laces (women’s version): The Moab Speed’s laces getting untied too often is a let-down for one owner.

Bottom line

If there is one word that can describe the Moab Speed outside the bounds of “fast” and the like, “liberating” should be it. Dubbed by Merrell as their tackle-any-trail shoe, this agile hiker will draw out the creative adventurer bubbling inside you. Yes, the Moab Speed is poised to live up to its moniker, especially once you get it on nice and secure.

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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 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!

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


How Merrell Moab Speed ranks compared to all other shoes
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