The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is a popular shoe from a well-established footwear manufacturer. You've probably seen this shoe, or one of its versions, out on the trail or at the mountain town watering hole. Pulled from the box, it's comfortable enough to head straight out the door. Without a waterproof membrane, it breathes well but wets out quickly in soggy conditions. It's also on the heavier side of hiking shoes and doesn't encourage you to pick up the pace. The traction is solid though, and overall, this shoe is an affordable option for light to moderate hiking needs.
For wet environments, the Moab 2 Waterproof is the same shoe but with a waterproof membrane. In direct competition is the Best Buy winning Vasque Juxt, which we preferred over the Ventilator. It's more lightweight, supportive, and versatile.