I have worn these Merrells Moab 2 Mids on various terrain and in various conditions for 0ver a year now. They fit just as comfortable now as they first did fresh out of the box. These boots have performed exceptionally well and continue to do so regardless of whether I find myself trekking through mud, sand, or snow. The Moab 2 Mids are more of a cross between boots and trail runners than just boots themselves. The height of the boots run a little shorter than your standard hiking boots which sacrifices some ankle support to shed a little extra weight. This isn’t as bad as one might think when you realize that many thru-hikers, like those on the Appalachian trail (2,200 miles), prefer hiking all the way through in trail runners. These boots provide all the support I need for the bottom of feet and just enough support for my ankles.
Features and specifications
- GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, exceptional breathability and waterproof performance
- Synthetic leather and mesh upper
- Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
- Protective rubber toe cap • Breathable mesh lining
- Merrell M Select™ FIT.ECO+ blended EVA contoured footbed with added zonal arch and heel support
- Molded nylon arch shank
- Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
- EVA midsole for stability and comfort
- Vibram® TC5+ sole
- 5mm lug depth
- Weight: 2lbs 1oz / 936G
I have seen the Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX criticized by some owners for poor durability while others fervently attest to its toughness. I suppose you could say that experiences differ, some people love them, others not so much. I consider myself to be in the former group of people, these are my choice of adventure boots that I always take on the trails. That isn’t to say that these boots are absolutely perfect, but I do wear them on nearly every excursion and recommend them to people in the market for hiking boots. They have held up well for me so far after constantly taking them out all year and I fully expect that to continue. My fellow hiking and backpacking buddies who have tried the Moab 2 based my recommendation enjoy them as well. You can read my previous review of the boots, here.
All photos courtesy of Matt Jin