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A hiking boot that channels the speed-oriented spirit.

Merrell set out to build a quality hiking boot with the soul of a trail running shoe, and the result was the Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot. Featuring the durability of a combat boot and breathability that will remind you of your flip-flops, the Moab Ventilator offers a hybrid design for aggressive, high-octane hikers.
  • An upper blend of leather and nylon mesh promotes breathability and flexibility without sacrificing support and durability
  • Nylon mesh lining helps manage moisture to ensure comfort and a blister-free hike
  • Vibram Multi-Sport outsole provides excellent traction over rough and varying terrain
  • Air Cushion heel pockets add shock-absorption capacity and increase stability on ascents and descents

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I wear a men's 8.5 to 9 wide shoe depending...

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I wear a men's 8.5 to 9 wide shoe depending upon the mfgr. What size should I order for the moab ventilator

5 5

My go-to day-to-day boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

These boots are a blessing for those in hot/dry climates or someone looking for a lightweight mid boot. They're comfortable to wear all day in a outdoors setting or even kicking about the office.

The Moab's fit is a little different from my experience with other Merrell boots, this might be a blessing or not depending on your foot. I find these run about a 1/2 size short but have a wider foot box to accommodate those of us with wider feet. Just something to be aware of..

Quality and construction is great. These are not a boot that you can expect to last forever like some super sturdy backpacking boot. These are a lightweight hiker. So keep that in mind as well. I've utterly worn my first pair out.. I've more than put these through the ringer. They've held up to all the abuse I've been able to throw at them so they're hardly "fragile".

For further info please read my other responses to questions regarding this boot posted here.

I usually need a rather wide shoe so I'm...

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I usually need a rather wide shoe so I'm hard to fit. This makes me reluctant to order shoes online because I cannot try them on first. The Sketchers I bought are a size 10, 4E width and they fit perfectly. If I order these in a size 10, and they don't fit will they be easy to return? I don't want to waste time ordering these if I'll just have to return them. Any advice would be appreciated.

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These are fairly wide fitting for Merrell's. I wear a size 9 in most other boots (Salomon Quest 4D for example) and I find these run slightly small. I've gone through 2 pairs of these now, they're an awesome day-day/day hiking boot.. My first pair was a size 9, and it fit, but I found them to be a bit uncomfortable on steeper and more technical descents. Toes just a bit too cramped. I've since replaced that pair with a size 9.5 and they fit like most other 9's do.

I think you'll be best served stepping up a half size with these Merrell's. As for the width, I think you'll be fine unless you truly do have some exceptionally wide feet.

As far as the return process at Backcountry, they're a blessing to deal with. I've only had to return one item so far, and they're ultra helpful and the process is smooth/hassle free. Backcountry has this stuff wired tight.

Hope this helps you, let us know how things go with them if you decide to pick them up!

2 5

Returned These...

The fit (I wear 44/10.5 'Wide' Asolos and Scarpas) was off for me: Much too wide and a bit short. And I have wide feet. Trying to avoid stubbing the toe by lashing them tight was uncomfortable, as the soft tongue does not distribute pressure much. I also found them very synthetic-feeling and sweaty, since the ventilation only cools the foot in certain spots. Points awarded for backcountry letting me return them.

4 5

Boot

Got these and returned them so I have no feedback on the product.

considering buying these for hiking around...

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considering buying these for hiking around Arizona mainly due to the ventilation aspect. Waterproof isn't important as I don't plan on spending much time in the water, and if I do they should dry fairly quickly from the sounds of it. My question is, with the mid-height ankle support would these be adequate for backpacking? Planning a trip to Havasupai (10 mi each way) with maybe a 20-30 lb pack. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I've been rocking these in the NM deserts and peaks for the last year and I've found them to be pretty freaking awesome. They're my go-to boot for most outings, but I think you're packload is a bit more than what these lightweight hikers are designed to carry. Not saying they wouldn't work, but these do better with lighter loads.

My 2cents.

I've heard these boots run very small......

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I've heard these boots run very small... such that I'll need to order a 10.5 or 11 to fit my normal (Vasque, North Face, etc) 9.5 . True?

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They don't run THAT small. I find them to fit rather true to size. I have friends who've had to run a half size larger, but I suspect that they're in between sizes anyhow.

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They are pretty true to the size...I wear a 9.5-10 usually and I own these in 10s.

Can i get size 11 ?

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Can i get size 11 ?

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Hey Alain,

Unfortunately it doesn't look like we're getting any size 11's anytime soon.

5 5

Simply my goto casual boot for the past 10 years.

In the last few years I've gone through a few pairs (they don't last forever you know!), but each pair has been beat to death. Hiking all the trails, scrambling sharp abrasive traprock here in Western Mass, climbing trees (Maples with coarse bark and tight branch-crotches), and using it to bike with due to the ankle support: These shoes last for easily 3 years a pair doing all this stuff, constantly. For three season weather, these are prime.
Once you factor in water, they may dissapoint you, but maybe not. Usually if you end up spending more than a few hours in the wet (mud after rain, SNOW) they will seep & get damp, but they are ventilating shoes, so you will dry out.
In scorching summer and freezing winter they keep you comfortable, have enough play to fit your range of socks, and most importantly, the VIBRAM sole is indestructable. All the old pairs I've retired had to go because of internal fabric shredding or the shoe material ripping up. The soles still had easily a couple years of real good grip left. And those soles do have grip!
They look great, break in ultra-nice, and are a steal being under 100$. Perfect for a casual to serious dayhiker, or anyone who is walking around nature.

1 5

Don't waste your time

Fell apart within two months, waste of $

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I put hard use into them everyday for 5 months working a landscaping job and they dont have anything falling apart...interesting

2 5

Disappointed

I bought a pair last spring and they barely held up to the end of fall. They are comfortable but not long lasting and lose there shape. If you dont mind spending that amount of money each year they might be perfect for you. My last pair of hiking boots lasted me 16 years.

5 5

Lovable

I have had these shoes for about two years now and if you are looking for a light weigh breathable mid this is it. Forms to the foot very well and is in typical Merrell fashion just a rock solid boot. I have used it small hikes up Olympus or 45 mile/4 day trips in the ADK's, holds up great. Still alive and kicking.

5 5

Solid Choice

Great boots for the money, they hold up and are comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to take them on any 3-season backpack.

I CAN'T FIND WHERE THEY SAY WHAT WIDTH...

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I CAN'T FIND WHERE THEY SAY WHAT WIDTH THEY ARE, some sites say wide, some med,

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These are a medium width shoe. For the most part, BackCountry does not stock wide width shoes.
Although Merrell does make this shoe in a wide width, you will have to buy it directly from the manufacture.
This boot best fits a C/D width foot.

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Yes - but of all the merrell models I've tried, this one has the widest forefoot, even in a medium. It's as wide as my Keens. Just not as square at the toe.

5 5

awesome boot!

i got these for my boyfriend for our trip to utah this summer. he hiked every day in these, one hike of 13 miles, and had nothing but good things to say about them. they were comfortable from the start and didn't need a break in period. he said they gripped the rock really well too. one reviewer mentioned the lack of speed laces and this is true, but nothing you can't live without. all in all, a great buy!

4 5

Rugged

I loved these shoes when I had them. Their perfect blend of sturdiness thanks to the vibram sole and breathability seems unparalleled. I could hike for miles on end in these boots and my feet were happy as could be. My only beef are the ridiculously long laces and sometimes if you really snug the laces up, the baffles on the tongue get pinchy. Otherwise, awesome.

5 5

Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid

One of the best selling shoes in the outdoor industry. It is lightweight, has a super durable Vibram outsole, is ventilated for the warmer months. Great out-of-the-box fit. All this for $95 makes it one of the best values in footwear.

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The outsole is definitely not durable. Mine was worn almost flat within 4 months of mild to moderate use. The shoes are great, but the grip wears very quickly.

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Yeah they fit amazing and are super comfortable, mine have been holding up very well. But depends what type of terrain you hike on