It’s been 11 years since Merrell first debuted its Moab (Mother of all boots) shoe and it’s still the company’s most popular light hiker. Which explains why it has received an upgrade.
The Moab 2 ($219, 888g) has the same fit as the original, but some design alterations have been made to increase stability. There’s a silicon ‘speed band’ down the side of the shoe to help prevent lateral and medial roll, and four structural ‘fingers’ wrap the shoe – a little like a rib cage – to hold the foot steady.
The Moab 2 is touted as a light hiking shoe for those who want to transition from the trail to an urban setting without changing shoes.