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Pros: Light, breathable, drains well.
Cons: Not durable, not a lot of foot protection.
Best Uses: Canyoneering, canoe tripping, hot-weather hiking.
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.
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.
When searching for these shoes, other names used by retailers are the Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof and the Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex.
— Steve McNamara
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Most recent review: February 21, 2014
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