The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator hiking shoes are one of the most popular models on the market- and for a good reason! They are both comfortable and supportive, with excellent traction and great ventilation (hence the name). The model that we tested was not waterproof, though it is available as such, and they are lightweight. While they might not last as long as a slightly sturdier pair, and the softer rubber soles will wear down quicker than a stiffer one, one of our testers wore these on the Appalachian Trail without any issues, so they will last a fair amount of time! We did prefer the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry, our Editors' Choice winner, for a better all-around hiking shoe, and the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP was the most comfortable pair that we tested. But considering how well this one performed and that it retails for only $100, this model is hard to beat, and it's our Best Buy award winner.
While we love a great hiking shoe, sometimes the job calls for a full-fledged boot. If you love the sound of the Moab 2 Ventilator but are in the market for something a little burlier, check out the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mid - Women's, Merrell's boot version of the shoe we tested. For $110, a small increase on the shoe's $100 price tag, the Mid may be a great and cost-effective solution for hikers in the market for a mid-top. This boot is available in wide and waterproof versions as well.