Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe – Review

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe – Product characteristics

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Manmade sole
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris
  • Protective toe cap
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Kinetic Fit ADVANCED removable contoured insole with reinforced heel cushioning for medium support
  • Molded nylon arch shank
  • Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
  • Lightweight EVA foam midsole for stability and comfort
  • Vibram TC5+ rubber sole
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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10.5 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe – Reviews

READ BEFORE YOU BUY – These shoes could ruin your day.

I’m a big fan of the Moab Ventilator. I’ve used them for years. I have a wide foot so I buy the Wide width and hike hundreds of miles each year in them.If you’re reading this you probably know that Merrell has discontinued the “Moab” Ventilator and replaced it with the Moab 2. But don’t be fooled, the Moab 2 is a big departure from the Moab.Like I said earlier, I hike hundreds of miles with my shoes. I don’t get blisters. My feet and legs feel good afterwards. In short, I have had no problems with the Moab. After hiking in my new Moab 2s, I could barely walk the next day. At the time I had no idea it was the shoes. The doctor diagnosed it as Achilles’ tendinitis and prescribed a topical anti inflammatory and six weeks of rest and physical therapy.After clearance from my doctor and the physical therapist, I donned my Moab 2s again for a shopping trip. No hills – just walking the isles. By the time I got home my Achilles’ tendon was pounding again. This is when I put 2 & 2 together and realized it was the shoes.I called Merrill and the representative told me that yes, the Moab 2 was designed differently. The heal had been deepened to hold the heal firmer. Apparently no one told them that letting the heal slide deeper into the heal also forces the Achilles back and into the pull tab rim. It all made sense when she told me about the deeper heal. That’s exactly what was causing my injury. So, BE WARNED!, the Moab 2 could be hazardous to your health.As an aside, the toe box, the area where the widest part of your foot fits, was widened. I need a wide shoe for my wide feet but now there is so much room that the wide part of my foot slides left and right and actually bangs into the sides of the shoe hard enough to bruise that part of my foot. The representative told me that I should try a regular width shoe next time. Wouldn’t that mean that the regular width shoe would now be too wide for someone that normally wears a regular width shoe? I was not happy with her logic.I hope this helps and prevents anyone else from an unnecessary injury.Be well and be safe.

Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017

Merrell went down the path of CHEAP. Very disappointed.

The media could not be loaded.  I have worn MOABs for many years. Love them. I have issues with rolling my left ankle and sweaty feet. The original MOAB solved everything.I was concerned to hear the “MOAB II” had replaced the product I loved, so I called Merrell’s Customer Service about it. They told me that the MOAB II was the same product, but with improved materials. So, I ordered a new pair. It turns out that Merrell’s assertion was patently false. There are IMPORTANT differences that cause my ankle to be unsteady.Less ankle area padding, one less shoestring eyelet for final cinching, and lack of the stiffener that stabilizes the upper foot at the ankle. I posted a video. See for yourself.

Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018

Amazon Wardrobe is a rip-off.

I -love- the shoes. Amazon Wardrobe is a whole different thing. I am very unhappy with their program.Amazon Wardrobe is a new program offered through Amazon that allows you to try on clothing before you buy them. I decided to try it as I wanted to try others on as well. Sounds like a -great- idea!Unfortunately, the shoes I decided to keep were billed for $20 more than what they were selling for directly without Amazon Wardrobe. They tout Wardrobe as a try before you buy for free when in actuality you are paying for the service by being charged more for items that you decide to keep. A $20 upcharge is substantial on a $80 purchase. I feel mislead and grossly fleeced.:/

Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018

Not the same quality as before

3rd pair of Merrell Moab, except this one was the new MOAB 2. Previous ones lasted 2 years or more before I wore out the sole. The MOAB 2 has not lasted a year and the top part of the shoe is falling apart. Soles are peeling along the edges, stitching has failed in places, rubber on the front is cracking. Far inferior to the previous model. Looking at Salomon or Keen to replace. Don’t know why companies take a good product and supposedly improve it but actually cheapen it. There decision to do this have forced me to look else where.

Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019

Moab 2: Good, Bad & Ugly

Updated after 100 miles of hiking with shoe…I’m a long-time Merrell Moab wearer and SoCal hike leader. Wish I had better things to say about my new Moab 2s.The good: more prominent arch than the original Moabs, similar fit otherwise, still good lateral support mid-shoe forward, nearly identical tread design, and great price.The bad: they have changed the lacing geometry, eliminated one set of lace holes, and intentionally or unintentionally increased the size of the shoe opening. As a result, I cannot get the shoe to close up around my foot, even trying different lacing patterns. The shoe remains loose, even when tightly laced, and mid-shoe back lateral stability is greatly reduced compared with the original Moabs.The ugly: Two things. First, I am getting a persistent pinch near top of the laces. Started on the right shoe, but now it is on both shoes. Different lacings, multiple tongue adjustments, lots of break-in, and the pinch is still there. Will go away if I relax the lacing, but then the shoes no longer have enough stability for safe hiking. Believe this problem results from the altered lacing geometry and/or inadequate foam padding in the shoe tongue. Second, the terry-cloth liner surrounding the shoe opening began to blister on both shoes after less than 100 miles and, suffice it to say, this is not getting better with added time and use.Overall, as a long-time Merrell customer, I am not happy with either the Moab 2s or Merrell. I ordered a replacement pair of original Moabs, since I am weeks away from heading to the Sierras for the summer and don’t have time to begin exploring a new long-term shoe. But I will when I get back.Debating sending the folks at Merrell a note, but frankly, not feeling good about a company that would let a product like this go to market.In any case, I would strongly recommend against using these shoes for hiking, based on my experience with them.

Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2017
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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10.5 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe – FAQ

I bought a moab 1 about 2 years ago as a size 9. i bought this moab 2 pair an d the 9 was too small. had to send back. has anyone else had this proble

I take a size 10. When I bought my Moab 1 a few years ago, I bought a size 10 and they were too small. I had to by a 10.5 and wore those comfortably for years. I recently bought a pair of Moab 2 in a 10.5 and it was too small.

Would these be appropriate to wear on a surface like walking for a week at Disney?

Very much so, my job requires me to walk 8-10 miles per day on smooth and rough surfaces. There is no better shoe to wear to my knowledge! 5🌟

Is this shoe water proof/resistant?

No ventilators are not water proof. That being said I have purchased 3 pairs over the last 10 years, I love these shoes!!

Is the shoes waterproof and slippery resistance

Yes, the shoe is very waterproof if you avoid stepping into freestanding or flowing water higher than 1/4 inch. And yes, the shoes are slippery resistance but only so far as to say the person wearing the shoes is light on their feet, agile and with cat-like balance.

What is 2E?

2E is the width designation for “Wide”. 10.5 M is normal width while 10.5 W is wide width (2E).

Does the Moab 2 come with bungee laces?

No. The Moab 2 comes with standard knit laces that are pretty durable and have a little stretch to them.

How are these in length and width? i have wide feet at midfoot &toe box. wear 10.5 ee in n b sneakers. need for yardwork? are they heavy??

I usually wear 10.5 M but ordered 11M based upon previous experience and they fit nicely. I don’ find them to be too heavy.

Are they too warm for the summer?

On really hot days over 100, they can be a little warm. But truthfully, most shoes are at that point.

Are they good for hiking in Denver Colorado?

Only if you are willing to sit in a traffic jam for 45 mins either way (assuming you want to hike at around Boulder), hope there is no rain up in the mountains, then yeah! Otherwise sitting in your car on I-25, I-70, 285 and the weird two-lane road to Boulder (with a strange patchwork of express lanes) is a great workout for your glutes, facial muscles and patience. Good luck!

Amazon, on this web-page there is absolutely no way to choose, or confirm what size to order! Please correct. ?

Sometimes, there is an (ad) that refers to just a single size. I will keep looking for another (ad) that has all sizes. Other times the (ad) opens up on different colors but some colors are not available in all sizes.

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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10.5 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

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