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Pros: Good value, plush, lightweight.
Cons: Lacks support, mushy feeling uppers.
Best Uses: Light hiking, canyoneering, desert hiking.
The Merrell Moab is a solid shoe that we found to be comfortable and versatile, but brought little to the table that made our testers say "Wow." While the shoe is a good shoe, it lacks any specialty that would make it succeed in our testing. The Moab ranked as average throughout all of our testing metrics, although the weight is a standout. The fit is average, and the shoe is comfortable and soft, but lacks arch support, and seemed to miss the sweet spot of sacrificing comfort for performance. The Moab would be a good fit for someone looking for a shoe for occasional light day-hikes and a good casual shoe to wear around town, but it missed the mark for our team of testers who spent the majority of their days outside in the elements. The shoe also fits a nice niche for ultra-hot hiking, or trips where you will be in the water frequently; although we still preferred other shoes such as the North Face Hedgehog Guide, which can also be purchased in a non-waterproof version.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Merrell Moab was one of the lightest shoes we tested, coming in at just 1.87 pounds per pair. Under our manta of "weight=miles", this shoe should excel in pounding out light and fast miles on decently flat terrain, but when the going gets tough the shoe starts to cower. Some of the shortcuts made to lighten this shoe lead to its demise in terms of support, and therefore comfort; but for some people with lighter applications this shoe can still be a good option. For a lightweight option that also has great support, check out the North Face Hedgehog Guide.
The Merrell Moab is a plush, comfortable shoe right off the bat, but lacks the arch support and fit to make itcomfortable all day. Additionally, the squishy mesh uppers and foamy-feeling footbed leads the shoe to feel more like a casual shoe than an all-terrain vehicle for outdoor adventures.
The support of the Merrell Moab is middling at best. Between a nearly flat footbed, mushy uppers, and a sole lacking any resemblance of stiffness, the Moab falls drastically short of a shoe you can depend on for when the trail turns gnarly. Alhough for a casual shoe to mostly wear around town with an occasional trip out to the trails, it could fit the bill. For a beefier shoe, check out the North Face Hedgehog Guide or the Salomon Exit Peak.
The Merrell Moab was a solid competitor on technical rocks, and we felt like it was a great shoe for hopping rock-to-rock and running around canyons. Combined with its ability to drain water, this makes a great canyoneering shoe.
The soft construction and breathability of this shoe make it a good choice for an everyday wearing shoe, as long as support isn't necessary.
The water resistance category is simply unfair to this shoe — without a lining, this shoe is not marketed as water resistant. However, some may prefer an unlined shoe, as they drain faster and are extremely breathable. When inevitably the shoe gets wet it dries very quickly.
The mesh uppers of the Merrell Moab held up marginally in our testing, but leave us a bit concerned about the longevity of the shoe. However, the sole was surprisingly resilient.
Canyoneering, desert hiking, day hiking.
At a super low list price of only $90, the Moab is barely more than half the cost of many of the shoes we tested. This is a great value, but only if the shoe meets your needs.
This comfortable, affordable shoe may be the ticket for some folks, but for the needs of our testers the Moab fell short in support, and consequently, comfort. While we were wonderfully pleased by the weight of the shoe, when our feet are aching from not having support for hours on end, we have a hard time remembering the plushness we felt at first.
Other Versions and Accessories
Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid - Men's, $100
Merrell Moab Ventilator - Women's, Low Cut, $90
Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid - Women's, $100
Merrell Moab Mid GTX, $150
Merrell Moab Mid GTX - Women's, $150
— Tommy Penick
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