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Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boot - Men's

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You don't have to venture to Utah to experience the beauty of Moab.

Even if you've never been hiking in Moab, you can understand the importance of support and breathability in the rugged, rocky terrain of the Utah desert. And don’t forget about water. Not only does rain fall there, but it often hits in epic proportions and can turn dry creeks into flooded streams in minutes. Lace up the Men's Merrell Moab Mid GTX XCR Boots and experience how lightweight, supportive, totally waterproof, grippy, breathable hiking boots are supposed to feel.
  • Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable insert between the outer material and inner lining keeps feet dry without overheating
  • Durable, waterproof leather provides substantial support and foot protection while added mesh allows maximum breathability
  • Ortholite insole made from open-cell polyurethane retains significant cushion longer than traditional EVA foam
  • Molded nylon arch shank provides stability and prevents rocks from putting a painful end to your hike
  • Aegis antimicrobial in the mesh lining fends off odor and bacterial growth in the shoe
  • Vibram Multi-Sport sole has an aggressive tread pattern and durable rubber compound that provides equal traction on wet or dry surfaces
  • Air cushion in the heel of the EVA midsole provides added cushion where you need it most
  • Item #MER0275

Tech Specs

Upper Material
leather, synthetic
Gore-Tex XCR membrane
Vibram Multi-Sport
Claimed Weight
[pair] 1 lb 15 oz
Recommended Use
hiking, light backpacking, everyday
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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Replacements for original Moabs

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8.5

I bought these because my previous Moabs were finally getting a hole in the side of the shoe where my foot would brush up against things alongside the trails I would walk. Granted that my first pair that I bought are from around 2010 and just finally starting to show wear is pretty darn good. These were just as easy to get on as my previous pair. I've always loved the room in all Merrell's, especially the toe box even when I'm wearing thicker wool or merino socks. I'm putting my review in just as the Michigan weather is just starting to transition into Spring, but so far I've worn these for some hikes while it was semi snowy and wet and my feet have stayed warm and dry. Cannot wait to take these out for longer hikes when I make a trip to the upper peninsula this coming summer.

I wanted to give a 5-star rating but my one downside is that my right boot seemed to be slightly looser no matter how tight I tie my laces or the technique I use to tie the laces. I may change the number of stars when I use these more this summer.


Replacements for original Moabs

Solid go-to

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12

Don't waste time with the "waterproof" version. If you want a waterproof boot, Gore-Tex is the only way to go (of corse no soft boot will ever be totally waterproof, but Gore is as good as it gets!) If waterproofing isn't a concern than just get the regular moab ventilator. I have owned MANY pairs of the Moab over the years and I keep going back to it for it's out-of-the-box comfort and it's rugged dependability. I have owned multiple pairs of both the "waterproof" as well the the Gore, and I can say without a doubt that the Gore version is FAR superior in both breathability as well as waterproofness. I regularly wear these boots (Gore version) at work ,anywhere from 12-24 hours a day, and let me tell you, that time is NOT spent idle. These boots preform day in and day out! The only reason i don't give these boots 5 stars is because i am incredibly stubborn in offering ultimate praise. That being said, I really do love these boots and will continue to buy them as long as the Gore version remains available.

Merrell Warranty Lacking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 12

I was unpleasantly surprised by the lack luster service provided when accessed by the warranty phone number. You would think that a company such as Merrell would offer a lifetime manufacturers defect warranty. Their competition, including Columbia, does. They produce a quality product and could not possibly receive numerous warranty claims.. or do they?
When I called it seemed I was under suspicion of being a boot scammer. It would just seem to me that a company like Merrell would back up its product without question, or face the consequences of being shamed on public forum such as this one.
I have owned several pairs of Merrells without incident. I received this pair as a gift, they are barely worn. The right boot irritates my ankle.

Solid Boot

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these as a gift for my old man and he's only been able to wear them a few times as to try and break them in. He said that they were actually not bad coming right out of the box. He's got high arches and says that the boot is very comfortable as is. So far he's pretty happy.

Poor Construction !

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: 12

The first time that I wore these shoes was on my way through the Airport , on a trip to Colorado .
After passing through the TSA checkpoint , and removing the shoes , the eyelet broke . Didn't apply much force simply tightening the laced .
Hoping to find a way to have the manufacturer repair them .
Otherwise , a very comfortable shoe !

Great Mid boot

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Size Bought: 10.5

“Very comfortable and breathable, the fit is spot on. This is my third set of Merrell Moabs and they’re always great, my go-to hiking shoe. The Mid makes for a great all-around shoe.”

Best Hiking Boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've had 3 or 4 pair of these and wear them all the time for hiking or walking or even at work. Made the mistake once of buying the ones that didn't have the gore-tex lining and regretted it immediately. These are the way to go.

Comfortable and reliable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 7.5

I've worn these trough all sorts of water and mud and the Gore-Tex has yet to fail me. I've had these for about a year and was able to break them in fairly easy on some local hiking trips and wearing them around during the day. Once broken in these boots became extremely comfortable and no matter what the terrain or how fair I go I never get blisters or hot spots. After a years worth of my abuse they are starting to show signs of wear around the heel. The black rubber has sort of rubbed off a tiny bit to reveal a greyish rubber beneath but this is not an issue. The one complaint I have is more of a mark against Gore-Tex and not so much the boot. If you accidentally allow water to get in it will take FOREVER to dry, which on a backpacking trip is not good. I found that letting them dry by the fire at the end of the day helps a little but more than likely they will still be damp the next day and you may need to change socks at some point to keep your feet dry. Overall I would recommend this boot to anyone looking for a comfortable, easy to break in, waterproof boot.

Will they take a beating? Yes they will

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have had these boots for about two years and have worn them 5 or 6 days a week. I have gone on roughly 15 trips over ten miles in them with no problems. The only downside to them was in summers past while working landscaping the colors faded, but that is expected in my mind. The water proofing lasted till a few months ago which actually supprised me because in past my boots have worn out faster. Some people say oh they only last two years.... In my book you are not using the boots enough if they last for a decade as some people say. Love the boots and have another pair on order.

Won't be buying another pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I bought 2 pairs of Merrell at the same time - one lightweight non-waterproof pair, and these so-called waterproof ones. Main use was for light trail use while walking the dog - on the rainy days. They are very comfortable, but after 3 months of relatively light use they started to leak. Now, another 6 months gone and they are like a sieve. Were it not for the waterproof problem they would be a good shoe, but alas I won't be buying another pair.

Won't likely buy another pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is the start of the second Summer with these boots, and the seal between the sole and the uppers are separating on both. They now act as a pump to suck in water any deeper than 1 1/2" . They are my fourth pair of Merrell boots, and lasted the least amount of time... normally I was getting good wear from other Merrell models. I can't say I was hard on them as they were used when I was trail hiking with a light pack.

I can agree they were quite comfortable when brand new, but feel flat now. The traction is good, and very little wear on the bottom of the sole.

They are now all sealed up with ShoeGoo, and I will be replacing them asap.

All-Around boots that need better laces

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Right away I want to say that these are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.

And they can do almost anything; hiking, biking, rainy days, around town, in the office.

They offer decent ankle support and are relatively breathable. They are very affordable and are built to last.

My only gripe is the cylindrical laces like to come undone.

Go-To Boots

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Apparently, my dog liked these boots as much as I did since they were the only pair of shoes he's ever eaten. But, I can tell you I will repurchase the same boots. I have never worn more comfortable hiking boots.

I took these from the hottest parts of the Grand Canyon to the wettest parts of Peru and they stayed warm and dry in one and cool and breathable in the other.

I haven't had a chance for any big trips lately, but whenever that happens these boots will be back on my feet.

OMG shoes!

    The first thing I noticed besides how comfortable it is the traction, which doesn't really make or break a shoe but I will say it is very hard to slip on wet or dry. It's very warm as it should be. I normally wear an 11.5 to 12 and got a 11.5 which seems to have more than enough room for thick wool socks. heads up the dark earth color is not that dark as pictured, but still a good looking shoe. In addition my experiences with Merrell is that they are very durable, so while I can't say I've put it thru the wringer, I can say I have high expectations for the durability.

    Good ventilation for a waterproof boot.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I picked these up for the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane expecting to only be able to wear them when there was snow on the ground. I was pretty surprise when my feet weren?t soaked in sweat after a good day on snowshoes. I ended up taking them out a couple times in the spring and summer with similarly surprising results. Even with the warm weather these boots kept my feet well vented and feeling good.

    If I'm a size 12 1/2 (which merrell doesn't...

    If I'm a size 12 1/2 (which merrell doesn't do) would it be wise to get a wide 12 or just get a 13 and drop a thicker insole in these?

    Would these boots be appropriate for...

    Would these boots be appropriate for snowshoeing?

    How stiff are the soles? And any idea if...

    How stiff are the soles? And any idea if they would work with some BD Contact crampons?