User Review: Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $65
Comfortable; okay for day hiking; inside ankle material not very durable.
- Look nice
- Inside ankle/heel material not durable
- Support only so, so.
I have had two pairs of the Merrell Moab Mids. They were my daily work boots (FS recreation program manager) and for weekend hiking. I typically tie the laces loose at the mid way point so that I can slip them on and off without tying and untying them (my Korean wife insists on the traditional oriental no shoes inside policy, :-) ).
I wore out the material on the heel/ankle rather quickly on the first pair. I was much more conscious of how I put on/off the second pair so that I would not prematurely wear out the second pair. However, the second pair is now torn apart in the same area. Basically, the material for the inside ankle/heel area is not very durable.
I think they are comfortable for schlepping around town and for day hikes. I think they do not provide a lot of support and are overall a rather soft mid boot. They are warm enough for Oregon winter wear, albeit the Goretex liners eventually do not provide much protection from rain or wet snow.
For serious backpacking I have found the Salomon XA Comp 6 mid boots are much more supportive, surprisingly durable, also Goretex, fit my narrow feet better, and consequently have become my favorite replacing the Moabs as my backpacking boot. Still, I continue to wear my broken down Merrell Moabs as my around town and my dog walking shoes.