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Merrell Moab Mid GTX Review

   

Hiking Boots - Men's

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Overall avg rating 3.9 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: February 21, 2014
Street Price:   $120 | Compare prices at 4 resellers
Pros:  Light, breathable, drains well.
Cons:  Not durable, not a lot of foot protection.
Best Uses:  Canyoneering, canoe tripping, hot-weather hiking.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (3/3) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Merrell
Review by: Steve McNamara ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 26, 2012  
Overview
The Merrell Moab Mid GORE-TEX is the waterproof version of the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid hiking boot that we covered with an extended review. The appearance and specs for the two are very much the same aside from the addition of a Gore-Tex lining to the waterproof version and the fact that it comes in three colors Dark Earth (brown), Dark Tan and Beluga (grey) rather than just one color (Walnut) for the non-Gore-Tex version. Plus the fact the price climbs by about $35.

The Ventilator won our Best Buy award because it gives you just so much shoe for $100 or less. At $135, the Moab GTX is bumped up into a slightly less value category and competes with our Editor's Choice winner, the Keen Targhee II Mid which offers a little more support, protection and slightly more comfort. The Moab dries faster and breathes better in hot weather but the Targhee II is a slightly higher performer overall. The Moab GTX is more waterproof than the Ventilator.

To get a better sense of how the Moab Mid GORE-TEX stacks up against the competition, look at a more complete review of the Merrell Moab Ventilator as well as our Hiking Boots Review.

Other Versions
The Moab Mid GTX - Women's, $150, are the women's version of this shoe. You can also purchase the Merrell Moab Ventilator for $90 - this shoe is the low cut version and is not waterproof. The Moab Waterproof, $110, is the low cut, waterproof version of this shoe. All versions are also available for women.

Other Names
When searching for these shoes, other names used by retailers are the Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof and the Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex.


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Most recent review: February 21, 2014
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   Feb 21, 2014 - 07:28am
D_C · Camper · Toronto, Ontario
I'm not affiliated with gore:

Going on 4 years of very heavy use. I've taken these through marshes, walked and swam fully clothed up streams, hiked through unmarked woods and portages, and used them with warm socks in the winter.

In shallow water, they stay dry. After submerging, I just take them off, squeeze out my socks and dump out the shoes. The gore-tex liner keeps water from staying in them, so they feel decent even after getting wet.

They feel nice and stick quite nicely to most surfaces. The liner does kind of pull out (like an inverted pocket) when wet with wool socks, but I see this like a winter boot or ski boot, just squish it back, it's not a problem.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 13, 2012 - 09:23pm
coloradonate · Minneapolis, MN
As a member of Gore MountainTechs, I have the opportunity to field test GORE-TEX gear in some of the harshest conditions. I purchased these boots many years ago and they have been my go-to boot for backpacking and long day hikes. They have not disappointed. The fit was excellent out of the box, honestly almost no break in period for me. The traction is superb on steep and even loose terrain, but I have had toe pain after long steep descents…probably not the boots fault though. They're certainly waterproof, no issues there. The only complaint is that after years of use (getting wet, warming by a campfire, etc.) they have shrunk about a half size and now fit very snug. Overall, awesome boot and I'll absolutely be purchased Merrells again in the future!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 3, 2012 - 09:43pm
edwardm · Mountain Biker · mass
I used these mid-tops all last winter. Now I'm walking into this seasons winter with them. except for the really deep stuff(need some gaiters). and i can say. top line of comfort as well as dry and warm. plenty of grip. i'll be using them all winter again this season. I can't think of one bad thing to say about them. enjoy!

As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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