Who should buy the Merrell Zion FST

If you are a speedster (or want to become one), the Merrell Zion FST should be right up your alley. That said, the shoe in question is also for the following trail-goers:

  • heavy heel-strikers and dryland travelers
  • base mountain walkers

Delivers springy performance

Merrell’s shock-absorbing Air Cushion tech is part of the shoe’s midsole, which means rearfoot landings are safer. 

It also adds a bit more spring to your step, translating to more efficient, less tiring strides. With its breathable shell, the Zion FST is an indispensable ally on sunny adventures.

Zion FST provides sufficient traction 

This Merrell piece comes with a mountain-grade outsole, whose compound and tread pattern provide sufficient traction over loose soil on slightly inclined terrain.

Trail-goers are impressed with how its outsole with semi-aggressive lugs sticks magnificently to a variety of surfaces.

Frail upper mesh

Its mesh upper coming apart too soon is a major disappointment to a gear vlogger. The rips, as shown in his video, are especially noticeable around the toe flex point. 

Another tester said that the tongue is so low that it rubs uncomfortably against the front of the ankle. This means that wearing the shoe on a longer hike will not be ideal.

Merrell Zion FST vs. Moab Edge 2

The Zion FST finds itself pitted against the Moab Edge 2 in this head-to-head. Find out the differences between these two Merrell kicks below.

  • The Moab Edge 2 is cheaper than the featured shoe by about $5.
  • Merrell’s Zion FST is lighter than its competitor by approximately 150 grams per shoe.
  • The Moab Edge 2 has anti-odor properties, which the Zion FST lacks.
  • When it comes to abrasion protection, the Zion FST takes the crown for having synthetic overlays covering the vulnerable parts of its mesh upper.
  • Between the two Merrell hikers, only the Moab Edge 2 has an arch-supportive nylon shank.

Lightweight and glove-like fit

This hiking shoe hits the nail on the head when it comes to heel-to-toe fit. When it comes to its stability, one reviewer said that you will not lose your footing over rocky terrain in this Merrell piece.

At no more than 280 g per shoe, the Zion FST has a place in our collection of lightweight hikers. Your arch will not collapse on you while sporting this breathable pair.

Merrell Zion FST offers instant comfort on day one

The Merrell Zion FST is insanely comfortable right from the get-go, according to numerous hikers.

For light and speedy hikes, you might be better off with the Zion FST. Otherwise, show the trail the brawnier side of you in the Moab Edge 2.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 240g / Women 260g
Base model: Merrell Zion
Use: Speed Hiking, Light Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan / 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.