Who should buy the Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX

Athleticism is quite evident in the overall makeup of the MQM Flex 2 GTX. If you're interested in this Merrell must-have, you must be:

  • A hiker who prefers to be as fleet-footed as possible no matter the weather condition.
  • Someone who collects amazing trail kicks that offer suppleness all over without requiring a pre-hike.
  • An experienced adventurer who resorts to sprinting on level terrain and man-made surfaces.

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Who should NOT buy it

The ability to endure wear and tear might not be among the featured shoe's aces. If you need something with above-average durability, try the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof. Also, if you're looking for a hiker that promises a glove-like fit, consider the Accentor instead.

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The Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX updates

A proud successor to the original MQM Flex GTX, this hiker has been given enough upgrades to improve the hiker’s odds on the trail. Its notable improvements are as follows:

Deeper lugs. These hard-wearing studs offer extra bite on loose soil. They work in concert with the ridges on both ends of the outsole to deliver improved slip resistance on ascents and descents.

Reimagined midsole. With its cushy midsole more flexible than ever, trail-goers can have a better feel of the ground. It also propels their stride, allowing for bolder maneuvers as they pick up the pace and build momentum.

Reassuring heel. Unlike its predecessor, the MQM Flex 2 GTX comes with a fanned-out heel, which provides enhanced stability on uneven terrain.

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Extra-supple rides on day one

Numerous hikers adore the Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX for being top-to-bottom comfy, whether for hikes or mild trail runs. This resplendent plushness, according to them, is available fresh from the box.

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The anti-slip MQM Flex 2 GTX

Many trail-goers are impressed with the shoe’s superb surface traction.

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Formidable against wetness

Its ability to keep moisture at bay (from drizzles to moderate rains) is fantastic, according to hikers in droves.

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Questionable liner durability

Less than a handful of adventurers say that its waterproof membrane loses effectiveness in less than a year.

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The featherweight MQM Flex 2 GTX

At around 700 g a pair, this Merrell hiker is included in our list of lightest hiking kicks.

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Needs more forefoot snugness

To a few experienced hikers, the MQM Flex 2 GTX has too much space above the toes. This resulted in one of them ending up with mild blisters.

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Freshness with every step

This well-ventilated shoe (its upper is mostly mesh, after all) gives an airy ride, despite having a waterproof liner.

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Its counterpart for summer hikes

If you only hike where moisture is not a factor, check out the non-waterproof MQM Flex 2 instead.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 354g / Women 290g
Base model: Merrell MQM Flex 2
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe, Vegan / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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.