Merrell Vibram Hiking Boots

by Emeri Callahan

Feb 7, 2019

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Products / Clothing

Unless you’re heading out on your fifth wilderness trek or are a dedicated REI employee, chances are you don’t know much about different types of hiking boots. Being in the same boat, I put a lot of time and effort into researching different options before heading to Patagonia to hike the W trail. After searching online forums, asking outdoor adventure experts and ordering countless pairs on Amazon, I found Merrell’s MOAB 2 Mid Waterproof.


You have to give Merrell props as a company for having a sense of humor: MOAB stands for “Mother of All Boots.”


The waterproof boot is perfect for hiking in wet weather as it seals out water and lets moisture escape to keep your feet dry. Other features include durable suede leather, a supportive footbed, good traction, a protective rubber toe cap, a breathable mesh lining and air cushions in the heel to absorb shock and add stability.


The best part? You don’t need to break them in. The boots wear comfortably the first time as they will on the 10th and 100th times, making them the perfect companion for your adventurous spirit. You won’t have to worry about bringing band-aids for blisters or carrying an alternative pair around. Tip: Order a half-size bigger if you’re planning to wear thick wool hiking socks and liners.


Moderately priced at $130 and available in four colors, these are definitely the trekking boots you’ve been looking for.



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