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Merrell Moab 2 Vent Review

Merrell Moab 2 Vent Review
Brand and Model Merrell Moab 2 Vent
Pros Reasonably light and excellent comfort
Cons Too flexible and stable less for heavy loads
Boot Type Lightweight

1Merrell Moab 2 Vent Overview

Enjoy breathable support and comfort out on the trail from Merrell Moab 2 Vent. It’s truly comfortable right out of the box with a cushioned collar and enough flexibility to take straight to the trail.

The Merrell Moab 2 Vent feel planted but light enough to head straight out the door. Besides, the thick upper is made up of suede leather and mesh with an EVA midsole.

Below we break down the Merrell Moab 2’s comfort, traction, breathability, waterproofing, fit, sizing and more.

2Comfort, Fit and Sizing

The Merrell Moab 2 Vent is flexible and quite breathable due to its mesh, in addition waterproof membrane-free upper makes these hiking shoes more comfortable in warm weather than the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX.

Moreover, there is an extra padding in the heel for shock absorption, cushioning, trail isolation and underfoot protection.

The Moab 2 Vent comes in various sizes and the fit is friendly with some hell slippage issues. In fact, the toe box offers enough space and the insole has more arch support.

3Weight, Durability and Stability

The Merrell Moab 2 Vent is considering as lightweight hiking shoes. Indeed, the Moab provides a great combination of weight and performance; it weighs 2 pounds exactly for a pair of men’s size 9.

In terms of durability, the Moab is holding up really well. The protective rubber toe box is wide enough for long days on the trail without feeling sloppy. Besides, the tongue is closed-cell foam that keeps moisture and debris out and the laces are thick and rounded like a cord.

The Moab 2’s main customers are day hikers with a minimal pack of water and snacks, as a result, the shoe offers modest stability and support. Consequently, the Moab is not ideal for carrying heavy loads or traversing rocky ground.

For hikers looking for boots with great stability can use this model for overnight adventures along with more stable hiking boots like the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid which is a better choice for backpacking longer distances and offering more support under heavy loads.


The boots have the famous Vibram outsoles for traction in wet and cold conditions with 5 mm lugs, we think is a good decision as Vibram rubber has proven to have a log lifespan. The lightweight EVA midsole give the boots more stability, flexibility and comfort.


The Ventilator does not have a waterproof membrane, which means that when the Moab submerged, water flows in quickly and it’s a little too flexible for heavy loads or technical trails.


The Moab’s breathability is very good with suede leather and mesh uppers for escaping of the moisture from the inside.

7Pros and Cons


  • Reasonably light and excellent comfort
  • Breathable and well made

  • Mid traction in rock and mud
  • Too flexible and stable less for heavy loads


  • Performance suede leather and mesh upper
  • Breathable mesh linings
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Molded nylon arch shank
  • Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
  • Lightweight EVA Midsole for stability and comfort
  • Vibram TC5+ outsoles have a 5mm lug depth for grip


  • Category: Lightweight
  • Weight: 2 lb (men’s size 9)
  • Waterproof: No
  • What we like: Lightweight and Breathable
  • What we don’t: Less stability and support


If you need a pair of hiking shoes that you can unbox and immediately hit the trail, the Merrell Moab 2 Vent is a great option. With a reasonable weight and excellent comfort, Moab has the most important criteria for a large part of hikers.

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Stacy Mizrahi
11 months ago

I just did a 3 miler in the rain with this shoe and my feet stayed dry. Also the arch support was great – I have plantar fasciitis so I was grateful that Merrill designed this shoe with protection in mind

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