In February of 2017, Merrell released their latest iteration in their popular Moab line. The Moab 2 is not a major deviation from the original, but an attempt to increase performance on a proven design. Straight out of the box, we liked this shoe. It's a great choice for hikers who prefer easy to moderate day hikes, where this shoe provides ample comfort and support. The Vibram soles gained purchase on most surfaces tested, and the shoe offers sufficient durability. Rocky terrain and carrying sizeable loads, is not this model's strong suit, though, and it didn't perform well in our water resistance metric. It's also the second-heaviest shoe reviewed.
The Columbia Redmond features a similar upper design with a lower weight and price, but our feet preferred the Moab 2 on moderate trails after the first mile. If you want to backpack with your hiking shoes, the Keen Targhee II provides more support when wearing a pack, yet falls behind the traction and durability of this shoe.
If low-cut shoes don't fit your hiking style, Merrell offers a boot version, the Moab 2 Mid Waterproof. The mid-cut iteration of the Moab 2 is essentially the same footwear but with the addition of a higher ankle collar. If you plan on covering significant distances with substantial loads, the ankle stability the Mid version provides could be right up your alley.