Review of Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoes
Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Review
Hiking is my first love. I spent three years of my life in the wasatch mountains as a camp director, hiking and climbing mountains.
There are a lot of hiking shoes on the market and over the years I’ve tried everything from Adidas to Salomon to Keen to Lowa to Merrell to Barefoot shoes.
If you’re like me, you know the proper footwear enhances your outdoor experiences but you also want a fair price for a product that lasts.
Price of shoes: $75.99 to $129.95
Are the Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilators worth the price and will they last?
YES, and here’s why..
These were created for hiking and biking
They have excellent traction
They are fully water resistant
The upper part is mesh/leather and keep feet cool
The bellows tongue keeps pebbles and small articles out of the shoe (a must for hiking shoes)
The molded arch shank make these shoes extra comfy and stable
The EV contoured sockliner keeps shoes from smelling (a huge bonus)
My initial impressions on the Merrell Moab
Immediately putting the shoes on I felt the comfortable air cushion in the heel, which provided me with excellent shock absorption while on the trails.
They provided a lot of foot support. They were snug around the tongue and ankle with plenty of room in the footbed for toes to expand.
What surprised me most was the amount of traction these shoes provided.
I usually recommend breaking shoes in, however, these shoes are comfortable enough to go straight from the box to the trails if necessary.
How the Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator performed
These Merrell hiking shoes were put through the rigors of Southern Utah.
I hiked sand dunes, white slick rocks, petrified dunes, red rocks, and went on a casual walk through the desert conservation garden.
I usually find piles of sand in my shoes after a trip to the sand dunes. Although these shoes didn’t keep all the sand out, the amount was drastically reduced.
The boots provided excellent traction preventing slipping and twisted ankles on the steady climb up and down the steep sides of the White Rocks in Snow Canyon – a great hike for those who like to blaze their own trails but not recommended for shoes with little traction.
In addition, the sporty look make them great for casual wear when we walked through the Desert Conservation Gardens.
Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator boots are high on my list for quality and price.
Merrell the company
Merrell began as a hiking boots manufacturer in 1981. The founders were John Schweizer, Randy Merrell and Clark Matis. Wolverine World, a huge corporate conglomerate in hiking footwear industry, bought them in 1997. Since then, they broadened their portfolio to anything from hiking sandals to heavy-duty hiking boots.