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Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

rated 1 of 5 stars
photo: Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator trail shoe

Loved prior versions. Latest version (shoe has 8/19 date on tongue) is uncomfortable. Warranty replacement sole is literally falling off.


  • Lots of tread—at least it had lots, now falling off.
  • Solid upper


  • Little insole padding at toes
  • Narrow at foot midsection
  • Sole is literally falling off

Update 5/2021: I took some measurements and the inside width of the shoes is different by 1/2 inch. Contacted Merrell and they replaced. This seemed great. I have a new pair. Unfortunately I bought a different pair, so these sat for a bit. Now they are three hikes in and two of the lugs actually fell off!

Check out the rear part of the upper shoe in this pic. 

Soo disappointed!


Had this latest incarnation for about a month and I cannot get them comfortable. I have tried lacing them in different ways and nothing works. I finally put a different insole in and that has helped. But, overall something has changed in manufacturing and I would give this latest bunch a pass.

Tried on in store and they seemed fine, but stiff. I had hoped they would break in, but they are not getting any more comfortable.

Now with around 10 hikes in them

 Lugs on the sole are literally falling off



I have owned previous versions, the Moab and earlier Moab 2's, but this pair is a dud. My wife also has a pair and the stitching at the toe is starting to shred after only a handful of hikes.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110

Purchased directly from Merrell Canada and was told that the soles will mark wood floors. The soles left sticky marks on wood flooring so I could not break them in indoors or check for fit so I returned them. The marks had to be removed from the floor using a Teflon scrubber, paper towel didn't touch work at all! Beware.


  • Great fit
  • Good sales events


  • Vibram soles leave marks

Can't advise about fit, comfort, support, features, etc. without walking around to break them in—but the soles leave sticky marks on wood flooring so they were returned hours after I received them. I thought Merrell had a good reputation, but now I'm not so sure.

Called toll free # and was told by Jennifer at Merrell Canada that the Vibram soles of these shoes would leave marks on wood or other hard surface flooring. Returned them for full refund. 


In the past I have had hiking boots with Vibram soles and never experienced this issue.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $126 CDN

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The Moab 2 Ventilator replaced the Merrell Moab Ventilator.


Price MSRP: $110.00
Current Retail: $79.96-$110.00
Historic Range: $49.99-$110.00
Reviewers Paid: $110.00
Weight 1 lb 15 oz / 879 g (full pair)
Lug 5mm
Price MSRP: $110.00
Current Retail: $60.00-$110.00
Historic Range: $29.83-$110.00
Weight 1 lb 11 oz / 772 g (full pair)
Lug 5mm
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