Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe Review
The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe is ideal for the hiker and one of the best hiking shoes for people looking for durability, comfort, and breathability. The upper part of the shoe features open mesh venting and a lattice-like overlay of Dura Leather straps. The toe and heel are protected by rubber. It’s great not only for hiking, but for everyday wear no matter where you go.
– leather and mesh
– imported from China
– Vibram sole
– M-Select moisture-wicking mesh lining, prevents odors
– bellows tongue
-air cushion heel absorbs shock
-TC5+ rubber compound on toe and heel for traction and durability
– product dimensions: 13” x 10” x 5” – 15 oz.
-shipping weight: 3 lbs
– ships only within the US and to APO/FPO addresses
The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe features rubber soles by Vibram, a renowned Italian company. Vibram is stiffer and denser than other brands of rubber, and is known for its grip, grooves and comfort. Wearing this shoe, a hiker won’t slip on the mountains. On the other hand, it is also a great work shoe. It’s comfotable enough to wear all day, even if you’re a chef running around in the kitchen. The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe provides good support, even for the flat-footed, while the mesh allows your feet to breathe. However, if more support is needed, the removable liner can be taken out and replaced with a more suitable orthotic from a drug store.
This shoe may be too stiff and heavy for walking on pavement. It’s intended for hiking on rough terrain, and the sole isn’t flexible, so it doesn’t work as a running shoe. The air pocket below the heel may also cause the shoe to squeak. It’s not waterproof, although it does dry quicker than a shoe made entirely of leather. It’s also not dustproof – the weave allows particles to get into the shoe.
The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe may wear out after rigorous hiking for a period of time, causing sore feet. After hiking a couple of hundred miles, the ball of the sole may wear flat. The toe rubber may start to peel and crack after a month or so of hiking several miles per day. The rubber may also lose some of its effectiveness in very cold weather, causing the wearer to slip on the ice. In addition, this product isn’t intended for running on a wet pavement. Lastly, if you plan to carry a load of 50 pounds or more, you may need more ankle support than this shoe provides, so invest in something taller.
For rugged mountain men, the Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe is perfect. Its leather straps, rubber soles, and breathability make it an ideal choice for the serious hiker or active workman.