Product Review: Merrell Moab 2 GTX hiking shoe or Mid boot
Place to buy: amazon.com
Weight of shoes: *372g(13oz)- 468g(16.5oz) per shoe/boot
Guarantee/Warranty: yes (see details below)
*medium size womens per shoe 372g(13oz) or womens per Mid boot 405g(14oz)
mens per shoe 422g(15oz) or mens per Mid boot 468g(16.5oz)
Merrell have delivered the MOAB 2 GORE-TEX shoes in the shoe and mid-boot by utilising the outstanding technology of two companies: Vibram® who are famous for their rubber outer soles and Gore-tex® for their breathable, waterproof mesh uppers. By incorporating the outer sole and mesh upper with Merrells outstanding designs they have produced a durable and comfortable shoe for tough hiking trails and conditions.
MOAB : Mother of all Boots™
GTX : Gore-Tex
Do not mistake other Merrell Hiking Shoes – the label must contain MOAB 2 GTX for the shoe or Mid if you want the benefits of Vibram® and Gore-tex®
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Sole: High performance rubber, slip resistant, built for rough and tough terrain providing durability and stability, shock absorption , cushioning for comfort, protective cap around toes
Upper: Gore-tex breathable and waterproof allowing for air circulation while keeping water out. It is a comfortable mesh fabric which provides flexibility. Synthetic or suede leather depending on style chosen.
Inner and Mid sole: contouring around arch for support, stability, comfort, shock absorption,
There is odour control included with Merrells M Fresh technology causing odour causing bacteria to break down on contact.
Comfort in this shoe is due to all of the above features – the shoe fits comfortably without any tight spots or loose areas when sized correctly. Labelled as out-of-the-box shoe means they do not need to be worn in – they are ready to go!
The toe is reinforced – this extends the life of the shoe, especially in rugged terrain when the front is often damaged before the rest of the shoe.
Cost versus Benefits
The value for money comes from choosing a shoe that is going to last, withstanding some heavy-duty hiking or enjoying the comfort of an out-of-the-box shoe that fits comfortably from day one. Looking at the things that wear out most on hiking shoes: the sole, the front of the shoe, the sides take a beating, the inside becomes damp, smelly and mouldy – all of these things are addressed with the MOAB 2 GTX.
The benefits to the person wearing them: comfortable fitting and dry feet are less likely to get blisters, the shock absorption and air cushioned sole is going to be less impacting on the feet, knees, legs and subsequently the back.
Merrell back their workmanship and also satisfaction for their customers. See guarantee/warranty section below.
Tip: remember to go up 1/2 a size if you have wide feet
If you cannot find the measurements for your country in the charts below, follow this link to the World shoe size conversion tool
Cleaning: keep shoes clean by removing any dirt with a soft brush and if extremely dirty use warm soapy water then rinse off soap
Drying: undo laces, remove insoles and open shoe out to air and dry – do not expose to heat
Waterproofing: Use waterproofing spray after you have hiked your boots for a while which may affect the natural waterproofing through hiking wear and tear.
Merrell back their shoes against any defects, damage with exchange or refund and support customer satisfaction with a 60day easy exchange.
If your item has been bought via Amazon.com then go here to find out more about their policies:
Amazon.com return & refunds policy
I have personally reviewed this product based on its waterproofing, comfort, durable sole, weight and value for money, everything I blog about in a good hiking shoe, so I hope this review has been helpful.
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