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Merrell Moab FST

rated 4.00 of 5 stars

The Moab FST has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Merrell Moab FST 2.

photo: Merrell Moab FST trail shoe

A good, quality made, comfortable hiking shoe that I look forward to putting to the test for hiking and some light backpacking. I'd prefer a dark/black sole.


  • Comfortable
  • Good grip


  • White sole

My brother bought a pair of these in the spring of 2017 and used them on a three-day, 20+ mile backpacking trip in the Sawtooths of central Idaho. He really liked the fit and comfort, until day three on the way back down the mountain hauling around 45 pounds of gear, his feet just got a bit fatigued and beat up. But, even after that, he still liked the shoe. 

So, I picked up a pair (color: black with light grey sole) on sale for a good price in the spring of 2018, and after a couple of weeks, I've have only had a chance to wear them around the house while the snow melts and the trails dry out. The plan is to use them for hiking and possibly some light backpacking.

I plan to update my review once I've had a chance to put some miles on these shoes.

Initial Impressions

My initial impressions were good. The fit right out of the box was comfortable. The shoe laced up nicely, and secured my heel/foot well. Even with some space in front of my toes to allow for some thicker socks and swelling of the foot, my foot didn't seem to slide forward at all in my initial walking, stopping, and jumping around. The Vibram soles seemed to provide solid grip around the house, so I have some high expectations once I get them out on the trail.

The sole had some flex to them, pretty much what I expected. I can see why my brother's feet started bothering him after 20+ miles carrying a heavy pack over rocky and uneven terrain.

There isn't a lot of testing that I can do on shoes while staying indoors, but swinging my foot through the air, I could feel some airflow into the shoe. I'm hoping this translates to good breathability out on the trails.

My only complaint at this time is the light grey sole. I'm not a huge fan of the light colored soles for shoes, as in my experience they seem to get dirty and look grungy too quickly for my taste. But, I'll see how that goes as I use the shoes more.  

Stay tuned for an update later this spring/summer (including some pictures!).

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75

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