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Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe - Men's

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    Bike the Slickrock Trail or hike through Horseshoe Canyon in the Merrell Moab Ventilator.

    Whether you hit up some red rock on your mountain bike or hike through a sun-drenched canyon, the Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe keeps your feet cool, comfortable, and hungry for more. Merrell constructed these shoes with leather strapping supports to protect the breathable mesh uppers that supply your feet with fresh air on those oven-hot desert hikes. An Air Cushion midsole absorbs shock on jarring downhill jaunts, and a compression-molded EVA footbed provides the support you need on varied terrain. Merrell recommends wearing the Ventilator shoe with a light to midweight sock.
    • Item #MER0031

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, mesh, [lining] mesh
    Vibram Multisport
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking and biking in warm climate and on varied terrain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great low-cut hiking shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 7

    The vibram soles on these hiking shoes give great traction on hardpack and rocky terrain. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to test them yet on wet rocks. They fit true to size with ample room in the toes for an E-width foot (in size 7). Quality materials and workmanship, as usual from Merrell. Will probably need to size up a half- to full-size if thicker/warmer socks are required. But since I will be using these shoes in Southern California and only during the summer months, I ordered my normal size. I'm planning on getting the gore-tex mid-hiker model for fall/winter hiking in a full-size larger.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    They are good hiking shoes but if I walk on concrete w them all day my feet kill me great for price but def better options...meant for warmer climates for sure awesome tred on the bottom

    Decent light hiker

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Had to try a pair of these as a light weight hiking shoe. These are light, roomy, have a fairly stiff sole, and are comfortable. The insoles are HORRIBLE and need to be swapped out ASAP. I took these out for a 5mile walk after arrival and pretty quickly developed a hotspot on the inner heel edge that created a small blister. The stiffness of the sole makes them a bit "rubby" so I'm going to try different socks and insoles. I run an 11 in a tight sneaker, and 11.5 in hiking type shoes and trail runners, so I got these in 11.5. They run the slightest bit big on me in that size right now. I still like them though. I'll break them in a bit, and work on getting the right combo of innards for them.

    Just like my last couple pair

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

    Been hiking in these a few times a week for the last couple weeks. First week the sole and heel box was rigid. After they broke in, they have been very comfortable.

    Quality has gone downhill 2016

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

    I have had many pairs of the Merrell Moab Ventilator over the years and bought some new ones recently. I still had a pair from two years ago (2014) unused, to compare against the new ones I bought.

    I remembered these being shoes you could wear straight away but the new shoes had hard and uncomfortable inner soles. I compared the older (but new) pair. Sure enough, they have changed their manufacturing.

    In 2014, they had a super soft inner sole, like foot heaven. In 2016, this is gone and they are hard and uncomfortable. I'm not impressed that Merrell has gone down this obviously cheaper manufacturing route while continuing to trade on customer goodwill and familiarity with the Moab Ventilator name.

    Not made like they used to be. Don't get sucked in like I did. No more Merrells for me. Really disappointing.

    Off track from my above review but the Vibram soles are completely useless in the wet and are slippery as all hell. They have never inspired confidence. Industrial workboots have better grip.

    Comfort and function

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

    I gave these as a gift and was told the sizing is as expected, and the shoes are really great for working a day on your feet. The bottom grip is solid, they are water resistant, and they are pretty light weight.

    A soft, cushy standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    Merrill has made a good, all around hiking shoe. I use the Ventilator and tend to avoid GTX. GTX can get water inside and take forever to dry. My Ventilators work well and dry quickly. They will work reasonable well even on hotter days.
    I believe the Moab has recently improved it sizing by a millimeter up front. I can now use my choice of after market footbeds (Spenco) without going to a larger size. Previously, they were clearly smaller than size, but now they may be approaching true to size. Merrill makes good shoes, but the Merrell footbeds are worthless.
    It is very soft and flexible. It will work well as a daily trainer on shorter hikes and trail running. It is not on the more durable side like the La Sportive Boulder X, but it is not designed for that. It is a "use right out of the box" comfortable shoe. If you would like a more detailed comparison, check out my comparison review to the La Sportiva Boulder X here on Back Country.
    I have gotten many miles on my last couple purchases before serious damage appeared.
    I tend to blister, but have had no issues with the Moab. Make the shoe snug on the way up, but tight on the way down to avoid issues.
    I am an active hiker, trail runner and climber.

    Great Hiking and All Around Shoe

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

    I had a pair of these several years back and wore the tread down to the point of no traction. So naturally I got another pair.

    I must say, they seem to have not changed a bit in regard to comfort and durability. I can go from 10 miles walking and standing on concrete floors for 8 hours at the workplace to hitting a soft, muddy trail after hours and these shoes don't flinch. I can strongly recommend these shoes to anyone who expects and values versatility, comfort and durability in their shoes.

    Great all around shoe

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

    I have only had these shoes for a little over two weeks, but I couldn't be more impressed. They fit great, and true to size. Cant go wrong with this company and shoe!

    This is the shoe

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

    Seriously. This is now my fourth pair. I wear these ~100% of the time, and that's not an exaggeration. Light, comfortable, and I've never had a problem with blisters even after 10 hours of hiking or a full day standing at work. They just fit my feet like a glove. Took a few weeks to break em in (no major hikes during that time, just daily wear), but after that, it's heaven for my feet.

    Worn these for years

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

    I have gone through several iterations of these over the years. One awesome thing is that the style has only gotten better over time. I usually buy a couple pair and stash them away.

    More Merrell Quality

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

    These are good all-around shoes. Sturdy, but reasonably light-weight. They vent decently and were comfortable out on the hiking trails as well as around the office. As another reviewer noted, I did find the toe box a bit narrow. I’m guessing the narrowness has prompted some to buy the next size larger. I didn’t find the narrowness to cause serious discomfort and I suspect they’ll open up as they break in.

    Great Quality

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

    These shoes have that great Merrell quality, no question about it. The size 7.5 I ordered fit true to size, but the toe box is a bit narrow. Overall, not as comfy as Keen, in my opinion. Great price and service from


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    These are great shoes to go hiking and explore new places, I used a couple of time on hikes around San Carlos (Costa Rica) and they felt great using them all day long, even under the rain (although not waterproof)

    Keep into account they do run small.

    Decent hiking shoe

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

    I've been a big fan of the Merrell Moab Ventilator boot and decided to give the shoe a try. I don't know if Merrell has changed the fit of their shoes, but for me the've gone from "awesome" to merely "adequate." Don't get me wrong, it's still a good shoe. Not waterproof by any stretch, but it's not designed to be (hence the clever name "Ventilator.") They do keep the dogs cool, though. One thing I would recommend is ditching the stock insole and replacing with something else. Even a cheap drugstore Dr. Scholls insole is better than the one the shoe came with.

    So overall, not bad. I'll keep them for sure. I was just hoping for something as comfortable as my venerable, beat-up Moab Ventilator boots. Perhaps with time they will be.

    hey I was thinking of buying a pair online...

    hey I was thinking of buying a pair online but got me wondering about size? always have worn a size 9 in nike and boots with a little toe room...should I order these in 9.5? thanks!

    Merrell MOAB Walnut. Where do you buy...

    Merrell MOAB Walnut. Where do you buy replacement Shoelaces. Was not on their website.

    @ cdk,
    I just called, I just wanted to say thank you for that little tidbit. I didnt expect to get my call answered right away (as in not going though an automated attendant menu) I spoke to someone named "Molly" I told her that my laces on my Merrell shoes were a bit frayed and needed replacement. She said no problem and asked for my model of shoe which is the MOAB Ventilator and my address and said she'll send em' out right away. Great customer service. I would'nt have even minded paying $5.00-$8.00 for a pair of exact laces, but hey I'll take em' free too! Thanks again!

    Where do I buy Shoe Laces>

    Where do I buy Shoe Laces>

    I was thinking of using these shoes on an...

    I was thinking of using these shoes on an overnight trip up and down Mt. Whitney in September. I will have a ~30 lbs. pack. Anyone have any thoughts on whether these shoes will be okay?

    Best Answer

    You'll be fine with 30lbs on. For added comfort, consider some green Superfeet insoles to go with them. Be sure to bring some moleskin, just in case. And don't commit to a ventilated mesh hiking shoe over a boot without checking the weather on Whitney first. Hope that helped.

    I wore a pair of these for one my dayhikes of Whitney (a July trip) and they were perfect. My pack was closer to 16 lbs., but I think you will be fine. I agree that the addition of the Superfeet insoles will definitely increase your support (and rock resistance on a granite trail like the MMWT), but will also reduce the soft feel (and trail feel) of the Merrell insoles, so your call on that. And while they aren't waterproof, they do drain quickly.

    I thought I would follow up. I ended up wearing these for my Mt. Whitney overnight backpack trip. Weighed my pack in on the scale at the trail head at 39 lbs (the wife doesn't carry much). I had no issues wearing these all the way to the top. In fact, I found them very comfortable on that trip and on every dry weather excursion since. I love these shoes.

    Write your question here...Is there a...

    Write your question here...Is there a leather model of the Moah ventilator?

    I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian...

    I'm planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and I was wondering what the thoughts are for that application with these shoes? Any specific comments about expected mileage, water resistance, or blisters would be great.

    Best Answer

    I thru-hiked in 2003 and started out in full blown hiking boots. By the time I reached Franklin, NC (105 miles in), my feet were in bad shape and covered in blisters. I picked up a pair of ventilators at the outfitter there and and it changed my entire hike. No breaking in required. The blisters went away and the ventilators provided plenty of support for all AT terrains. I doubt they will last the entire trail. By the time I reached Delaware Water Gap, they needed to be replaced. But I think it's safe to say you should be able to get at least 1100 miles out of a pair. I had a lot of rain my year which definitely contributed to the wear and tear (it rained everyday while in Virginia!). The only downside is that they are low tops, so you won't have ankle support, but that shouldn't bother you if you have strong/flexible ankles and are used to hiking in lows/chacos. Don't even bother trying to waterproof them. They will soak through during your first downpour, but they dry out quickly while hiking. I've done several long distance hikes since the AT and I've always worn ventilators. Great value, durability and comfort. Good luck on your hike. It will be the best time of your life. Ponyboy
    PS Always have one pair of dry socks. It's the best feeling to be able to put them on at the end of a long, wet day of hiking.

    I have thru-hiked the AT 3 times any each time I wore a light hiker. The first year I went with Merrells and had a great experience. They were some of the most comfortable shoe that I had ever hiked in. I personally don't like to hike in gortex because my feet sweat and then don't dry out. A non gortex shoe breathes and allows my feet to stay drier as I hike, and on rainy days or after stepping in a creek they dry out much faster than their gortex counter parts. Another great thing about Merrells is there is no break in time, so when you wear out one pair and switch to a new pair and you are good to go. The most milage I got out of one pair was 1,000 miles, but I usually average closer to 700 miles for Merrells. The soles hold up great and have good traction. Mine usually wore out where the uppers met the soles. I don't carry a heavy pack, usually around 22 pounds so my feet stayed happy even on long days. If you are planning of heaver pack weights(35+) you might want to invest in super feet to help support and cushion your feet from the rocks and roots on the AT.

    Nature Boy

    In my opinion, light hikers are the best shoe for the AT. The trail is not too rocky for the most part so you wont have to worry too much about the lack of ankle support. Plus it does tend to rain quite a bit and no shoe is water proof. A heavy boot or something with a waterproofing like goretex just makes it take a lot longer for your shoes to dry out. You will also be glad for the lighter weight of this shoe as it should save you from injuries you might incur wearing a heavier boot. All in all, this would be a good, durable choice though you may also want to look at some trail running shoes, as they are light and will dry out even quicker, but are much less durable.

    I know everyone says this runs a half size...

    I know everyone says this runs a half size small. But how does this run compared to other Merrell shoes?