User Review: Merrell Men's Moab Mid Gore-Tex XCR
Use: rough trail w/ day pack
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $95 + tax
I arrived at Great Smoky Mountains National Park only to realize that I had left my hiking boots in Louisiana. Panic set in. How was I to hike in Mountains without well broken in boots?
I set out to find a decent pair of hikers, and after trying on several, settled on the Merrell Moabs. I was somewhat apprehensive, but I was well pleased. I hiked for several days, up to 13.5 miles per day and an elevation gain of up to 3100 feet without so much as a hot spot.
The only problems I had were that the left shoe lace kept coming undone on the downhill slope (and that was probably from not being broken in), and I found that the ankle support was not as hefty as I was used to. I was using a day pack (10 - 12 lbs) not a backpack, so not sure how they would preform under a load on the downhill slope. I do know that for most of my backpacking in MS and LA they will work great.