Merrell Moab Waterproof
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
Comfortable and waterproof...but for how long? Used for hiking and geocaching, all terrains. Medium use did its toll on my pair, sole began to separate. Not recommended.
- Waterproof (at first)
- Lost waterproof quickly
- Sole separation from shoe
- Lacking durability
When I think of trail shoes, I think of a few things: about $100 give or take, waterproof, durable. These Moabs pass the first test (mine were about $80) and were great with the other two aspects...at first.
Not only is this review from me, but I am pretty much speaking for my friend who received a pair about a month before I did.
The sizing and fit for my relatively normal to flat arch, wide toe box foot was great. Had enough cushion without being to constricting. Weight wasn't a big deal either, it felt as heavy as I thought they would from looking at them. When I began wearing them, the waterproof aspect and durability seemed great. Over time though, the shoes didn't hold up.
With my friend having a pair before me, it was like I was looking into a crystal ball; I knew where my shoes were heading. Hoping he had a lemon and that mine would last was wishful thinking. The sole began to separate from the rest of the shoe and the sides began to lose their waterproof capability. Issue with the inner Gore-Tex? Not sure.
As with most waterpoof shoes, breathability wasn't great. It's a trade-off.
I had my pair in 2008 and 2009. Merrell is a great brand, maybe this model is a dud. They still make this same model, but I'm not sure if anything has been tweaked or if I just had a bad experience. When they started to wear, I used them for yard work. Shortly thereafter they made their way to the dump.
Would not recommend. If you're going for waterproof, look at another model. If you just want trail shoes and don't care that they lose their waterproofing, you might as well get a different pair (i.e. specialize in your "wants").
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Merrell's Moab Mid Waterproof shoe is a hiking shoe shoe with waterproof construction and a leather reinforced breathable mesh upper. The sole is a Vibram Multi-Sport Plus sole that increases braking power at the heel for more demanding terrain.
Merrell's endless summer essential, the Moab Waterproof Wide features waterproof construction, breathable mesh uppers, and a Vibram outsole for demanding terrain.
Light and versatile, these Merrell Moab Waterproof hiking shoes deliver protection from the elements in an agile, tough and trail-ready design. Waterproof Dura leather and nylon mesh uppers are breathable, flexible and supportive for long-lasting performance; toe caps and heel counters protect uppers and feet. Bellowed, padded tongues keep debris out and protect insteps against lace pressure without inhibiting breathability. Waterproof, breathable membranes let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable. Nylon mesh linings are treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield(R) antimicrobial solution to help keep odors at bay. Washable OrthoLite(R) foam insoles enhance comfort. EVA midsoles and heel air pods absorb shock and cushion feet; molded nylon arch shanks supply stability and support. Merrell Moab Waterproof hiking shoes have Vibram(R) rubber outsoles with 5mm lugs for sure traction.
Free Shipping. Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoe FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoe Dura leather and mesh upper Bellows tongue keeps debris out Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter M Select Dry seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you are on the move M Select fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Shoe Weight: 1 lb 8 oz Molded nylon arch shank Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning 5mm lug depth Vibram outsole