The Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Shoe is a lightweight hiker that provides traction and breathability on hot summer hikes. The trails of summer can get dry, dusty, and very hot so why not protect your feet along the way? The Moab Ventilator begins with a mesh upper that allows the air to flow through and a Dura leather overlay to provide support and protection against trail debris. Additional support is provided at the toe and heel via synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter. The foot is given stability underneath by a nylon arch shank and the Merrell QForm® Comfort midsole and air cushion in the heel. The inside of the shoe has a breathable mesh lining that has been treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution that will help say no to stinky feet. The 5mm lug depth with Vibram® Multi-Sport sole (TC5+ rubber) grips rock and dirt (wet or dry!) for traction all summer long.
FEATURES of the Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Shoe
Dura leather and mesh upper
Bellows tongue keeps debris out
Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
Breathable mesh lining wicks to keep feet dry
M Select Fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for Fresh smelling feet
Molded nylon arch shank
Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
Merrell QForm Comfort midsole provides women's specific stride-sequenced cushioning
5mm lug depth
SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Shoe
I have mixed feelings on these shoes. They fit okay but feel a little clunky, and they are comfortable enough, but not heavenly like some other boots I have. I like them enough that I bought a 2nd pair after the first wore out. The first pair was waterproof, which just meant my feet didn't breathe; I like the non-waterproof much better. The first pair wore out ridiculously fast (I wore them in the field 5 days a week for work, and they started blowing out 3 months in), but held on long enough that they lasted about a year and a half. The second pair has lasted much better, so maybe Merrel improved them. I WILL say, though, that the soles are super grippy, much better than my other hikers, and this is why I bought a 2nd pair despite my general ambivalence about them. I wore them all over the Moab slickrock for 3 months, and there is never a better feeling than trusting your shoes not to slide out from under you. If I move back to Utah, I will definitely keep buying these.
I buy a new pair of these shoes once per year. I loooooove these shoes. They are comfortable, grippy, and sturdy without being clompy or stiff. The quality hasn't diminished a bit in the last 5 years, which unfortunately I cannot say about other brands. After a year of wear, the only wear spots will be the back of the shoe (because I jam my feet in without untying the shoe) and the outer side of the heel sole. I wear these shoes to work 5 days a week, 52 weeks per year because they are brown, so they don't "count" as sneakers on my office.
I was looking for a supportive shoe for walking and light hiking. I've been looking for almost 8 months and finally found what I was looking for in this shoe! We are honeymooning on Marthas Vineyard and plan on a lot of hiking and walking through all those cute little towns. I also work in a hospital and walk on my breaks around town so these shoes rock for that too! They are very comfortable and the pain I was experiencing in my feet and legs has disappeared after a very short time of wearing these. They feel like they form to your feet. I usually wear an 8 or 8 1/2 but had to get a 9 in these.
The Moab is a great go-to shoe for walking and hiking, however, the shoe shown here is not what you get so if looking for a darker colored shoe than the other taupe Moab seen on Moosejaw---this isn't it. The shoe received was the lighter Taupe colored Moab ventilator. This darker version also isn't found on the Merrell website so who knows???