Merrell Moab 2 Vent – Review

Merrell Moab 2 Vent – Product characteristics

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • vibram 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
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Aluminum/Marlin, 8 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

Merrell Moab 2 Vent – Reviews

Perfect for a particular type of foot.

I have a 52 year old, flat foot with bunions that are painful. So a large toebox is important for me and support under the arch of my foot is important. I have worn many different and good types of shoes that are much higher priced than this Merrell shoe, Ahnu, Ohbo, and Keen but this is the best shoe for someone who needs a wide toebox and arch support. I hike four or five times a week and Merrill boots are the only ones that are supportive enough for me not to have painful feet after my hikes. I will never buy a different brand of boots for this very reason. Please consider the type a foot that you have if you are serious about being comfortable when you are hiking for several miles. If you have a high arch the suppoIf If you have a high arch that does not need support you might reconsider purchasing these shoes because they may interfere with you arch because they are so supportive. They are awesome for a flat foot.

Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017

Very comfortable!

I LOVE THESE SHOES! I’m a competitive hiker and I put in up to 15 miles a day and these shoes are so comfortable! There was no break-in time at all. I put them on and hit the trail. I normally wear a 7 1/2 but I ordered an 8 and they fit perfect! I have wide feet at the toes and the Moabs are really roomy, had plenty of room to wiggle the piggies. They’re lightweight enough not to fatigue my legs, but they are sturdy and easily handle rough terrain and rocks. It’s been super humid up there in the UP of Michigan, and my feet haven’t been sweaty at all. Got a race on the 4th – will let you know!

Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018

Wanted to love them – unable to…

I so wanted to love this shoe. Great support, nice toe box, super fit, everything you expect from Merrell but it also came with unexpected yet consistent lower back pain. I tried breaking them in, swapping shoes, wearing them for limited times, changing the inserts, etc. I’m a month in and each time I wear them results in lower back pain. Never had this experience with another shoe or Merrell product. If you buy them and start with lower back pain return them immediately, it’s not going to go away. It’s the shoes not you.UPDATE – It is the shoes: Spoke with Merrell. These shoes have a high lug depth (rise from heel to toe was the explanation) most shoes only have a lower lug depth, including many Merrells. The shoe’s design is known to result in lower back pain for some people (lug depth or arch placement. Merrell was very helpful and replaced the shoes for me. Very impressed with Merrell they really do stand behind their product.

Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020

Not Happy With the Moab Vent 2 Upgrade

I wore New Balance 993’s for years until they started making them in China and the soles felt like carboard. I then switched to Brooks running shoe until they upgraded to a new model and ruined the fit. I then switched to Merrell Moab Vent hiking shoe and have worn the Merrell Moab Ventilator wide hiking shoes for several years. Again someone decided for some reason to upgrade a perfectly good shoe, changing the fit to what I feel is inferior to the Moab Vent that I loved. I received the newVemt 2 upgrade today and found the Vibram sole to be less cushioned that the old one, so when I walk the toe area tends to make a flop noise because it doesn’t bend as well. The heel is a wider fit and doesn’t cling to my heel as well so it slips. I wear orthotics but the arch in the new Vent 2 is higher so that creates too much arch but not enough without the orthotic. All in all, I think the original Moab Vent was a much superior shoe and will probably be returning the new ones. I wish companies would realize when the have a good thing and stop making changes just for the sake of changes. It doesn’t always turn out well. It happened with Keen shoes too. The sole used to be rubber then they ruined it by changing to lest soft recycled soles. All these changes are probably liveable if you have young feet, but there is less and less out there for those of us with old feet who need more quality. I’d be willing to pay for for a good shoe, but for the shoe makers it seems to be all about saving money, which ends up meaning poorer quality.

Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2018

I quickly put in my own shoe inserts and it dramatically changed the size for me and it was a perfect fit. I order a size 8 and I …

Ok, so when I first tried on these shoes, it felt large in the width area near my toes. I quickly put in my own shoe inserts and it dramatically changed the size for me and it was a perfect fit. I order a size 8 and I usually wear a size 8 shoe. I wore these puppies on a 3.5 hour hike without breaking them in, and I had no issues with cramping feet or blisters. It’s a very sturdy shoe, keeping your feet in place when climbing on rocks. It also has a thick enough sole to help reduce foot fatigue, and a guard to protects toes if you accidentally stub it on some rocks. Although these shoes are not waterproof, I did trek in a creek, and the overall protection and grip I had in the water was excellent. This is a hiking shoe I recommend if you are on a budget, well worth my purchase and I am excited to use it again on my next adventure.

Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017

Fits great but doesn’t last even 2 months and manufacturer will not honor its 1 year warranty!!!

I am very disappointed in these shoes. I am a 64 year old woman and got these shoes to walk around my paths in with my dogs. I walk 2-3 times a week for 1-3 miles each time. These are manicured paths mind you. They fit great, look great, but the heels are already coming apart on one of them and the toe on the other. I am so disappointed. Used to be Merrell was a brand name you could trust, but no longer. Save yourself the trouble and buy another brand! Very unhappy!Wanted to add that apparently the Manufacturer has a 1 year warranty on these shoes. Seller requested pictures which I sent and they are working to get me a replacement pair. May revise my product rating if Manufacturer honors their warranty. If they don’t, am going to let Amazon know too as they shouldn’t be selling a product that the Manufacturer will not honor warranty on. To be continued…Manufacturer did not honor its 1 year warranty on these shoes so be aware of this before you buy! Amazon handled.

Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020

Comfortable and light

I used these the first time to hike in Sedona and my feet felt great. After hiking over 4 miles and climbing the rocks i had no discomfort or pain in my feet.I would highly recommend these shoes !

Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Aluminum/Marlin, 8 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

Merrell Moab 2 Vent – FAQ

I need good ankle support? Do these provide support for the ankles?

They don’t provide ankle support. Best type of shoes for ankle support should be high tops that go over your ankle.

Are the wide sizes really “wide,” or are they just 1cm wider than the regular? I need a toebox the size of Texas. Thanks!

Yes, I would say they are really wide. I ordered the “regular” size 7 1/2 and mine have loads of room in the toes. They will accommodate warm thick socks comfortably. Therefore the wide should fit you well

Is the footbed removable for a custom insole?

My pair does have a removable insole.

I am size 4.5 in Mexico, what size does that convert to in your US sizes please?

Google it is your best bet

Is Navy Morning really navy? They look gray & black to me.

Mine are a gray in the suede area and a light navy on the mesh areas. The colors blend well. Makes the gray look like a blue gray blending well on the shoe. The sole toe edge are a darker gray.

Free returns ??


I wear a size 8 shoe, in sneakers I wear a nine (some room for heavy walking/running) In this shoe can anyone recommend a size? thank you in advance

I think I’d go with a 9. I wear a 9.5 sneaker and that’s what I ordered and am happy with how they fit.

I have a bunion, like a wide toe box, but my heels are narrow, and I have a high instep!!! Due to my high instep, do you recommend a different shoe?

These shoes run wide. I had major foot surgery as well as a bunion removed…wide foot, high arch. These work for me but they run large even with thick socks. I don’t recommend going a size smaller, just be aware that they run large specifically in the toe bed.

Back pain issues?

They did not cause any back pain issues for me

I need a wide hiking shoe, are these hiking shoes wider than usual?

The Moab 2 is available in wide widths if you need a wideR hiking shoe.

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Aluminum/Marlin, 8 M US*
  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Traditional lace closure
  • Bellows tongue keeps out debris

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