The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid hiking boot is the least expensive hiker in our review and provides a comfortable, cushioned walking experience for the day hiker or casual backpacker. They are best suited to a dry, desert-like climate as they do not feature a waterproof liner of any type (this boot is available with a waterproof lining in a model called the Moab 2 Ventilator Mid WP). Since lots of people go backpacking in warm and dry environments, we put this to the test and were impressed with how well they breathe. This is also the only boot we tested that comes in a wide version, so those with larger feet might be happy to give these a try.
For hikers wishing for a waterproof liner despite the lessened breathability, we heartily recommend the Best Buy winning Keen Targhee II, which costs only $25 more and is much more of a boot. To help you decide what kind of hiking footwear is right for you, we have written a Buying Advice Article to give you more insight.