Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe Reviews

Have you ever wondered why hiking shoes are so specifically made differently from other shoes? This is because the rig-ours one must endure while hiking is different than those of other forms of physical activity. Merrell hiking shoes are designed more for stability and traction over a variety of terrain rather than for running or playing sports. They also have to contend with more aggressive elements of nature like water, dirt and rocks that may damage normal shoes and subsequently the wearer. 

Finding a new pair of hiking shoes may, however, prove daunting, as there were tonnes of options at your disposal. Luckily, Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe are an exception offering and they may be exactly the kind of shoe hikers are looking for due to their great features.

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Synthetic/Leather Exterior and Hydrophobic Mesh Lining

Having the ability to seal out moisture is useless if the material used cannot breathe. This only encourages additional moisture to gather from trapped heat inside the shoe. Merrell hiking shoes has made the Moab Ventilator with both waterproof leather outer material and a hydrophobic mesh lining that both prevents any moisture from penetrating the outside lining while allows air to flow inside and allow trapped heat to escape.

Waterproof Seal

When communing with nature for any extended period of time, you're going to encounter moisture in some form or another - whether it be rain or crossing a river or stream. The drawbacks of moisture seeping into the lining of your hiking shoes not only can cause added odour and discomfort, it can also hinder your ability to stabilize yourself over rough terrain. This fact makes the waterproof seal that comes with the Moab Ventilator shoes even more essential. It allows you to hike in rainy weather and to cross shallow bodies of water without your socks ever getting wet.

M Select Fresh Insole

These insoles prevent sweat and moisture from causing bad odours from accumulating inside your shoes. It does by using anti-microbial agents that penetrate and disrupt production of microbes and bacteria and mildew that cause such odours and helps keep the bed of your feet dry and fresh smelling.

Aggressively Vibram Lugged Outsole

The main important feature of any pair of hiking shoes is stability over rough terrain. If your out-sole doesn't have enough gripping power over dirt, rocks and undergrowth, most of the energy you expend while hiking is used for stabilizing your feet underneath you. This always cuts down on the distances you're able to traverse while hiking. These shoes come with an aggressively lugged out-sole that gives you extra grip on virtually any variety of terrain and stabilizes your feet underneath you while in motion. This translates to longer hiking distances. To those for whom hiking is their primary form of exercise this is vital. Even better, the Moab shoes have no lugging on the arches of your feet, so it can flex naturally while hiking and prevent discomfort.

Key Features

  • Waterproof Seal
  • Synthetic Leather and Hydrophobic mesh Lining
  • Vibram Lugged Outsole
  • M-Select Fresh insole
  • Compression Moulded EVA Footframe


  • Breathable material
  • Stable while hiking over variety of terrain
  • Waterproof construction
  • Microbial Odor Prevention
  • Comfortable for soles of feet while walking


  • Rough insole material may cause some discomfort
  • May wear out over extended periods of time if not taken care of
  • May cause some blistering on ankles without calf-length socks


  • Q1. Can you put in orthotic insoles inside and is the footbed removable?
  • A1. Yes on both counts.
  • Q2. Are these shoes good for walking in snow?
  • A2. Yes, they can prevent moisture from entering while having good traction over ice and snow.
  • Q3. Can they be worn without socks and keep bare feet dry?
  • A3. Yes, those your feet may get blisters without the added sock cushion and absorption.

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These shoes are extremely durable and not prone to excessive wear and tear like similarly price hiking shoes. Of course, any kind of preventative maintenance can extend the life of even the most well-made the pair. These include storing these shoes in a dry, well-ventilated place and not using them for any type of sporting activity that can put too much strain on the seams of the soles and laces. As long as you use them primarily for hiking, merrell hiking shoes Moab Ventilator should last you a long time before having to replace them. Highly recommended.

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