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  • Mid-height dura leather/nylon ventilator mesh uppers offer ample breathability, flexibility and support for long-lasting performance
  • Protective rubber toe bumpers ensure durability and abrasion-resistance; heel loops aid entry
  • Mesh padded tongue protects instep against lace pressure without inhibiting breathability
  • Nylon mesh linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for comfort in hot conditions
  • Removable 4.5mm footbeds are anatomically shaped and add cushioning for improved comfort
  • Full-length, compression-molded EVA midsoles supply cushioning and support for all-day wear
  • Air Cushion® heel pockets enhance shock-absorption under heels and help stabilize footstrike
  • Nylon arch shanks provide extra stability and support
  • Vibram® Multi-Sport™ outsole with Trek and Super Trek rubber deliver reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces


View all Merrell Men's Day Hiking Boots

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Best Use Hiking
Footwear Height Over-the-ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Leather/nylon mesh
Lining Nylon mesh
Midsole EVA
Support Nylon shank
Outsole Rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 2 lbs. 2 oz.
Gender Men's

Size chart

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hiking Boots I've Owned So Far! Purchased these boots via two weeks prior to a week long BWCA trip. Once they arrived I wore them twice, and was really impressed with the comfort and lack of needing to formally break them in. Initially I thought that the arch support wasn't going to be enough for me, but once there is weight put on the insole, the cushoning air pockets really do their job. After wet-footing in the BWCA for a week, and hiking in dry and wet conditions, I was blown away by the traction they provided, the overall quality of the boots construction, and the fact that I did not have one blister!
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good shoe, I bought for the wrong reason I walk 6-14 miles per day for work so I am a little picky about footwear. They are light, which is nice. They basically needed zero break in. Good ankle support and traction. My issue, which I bought them knowing they were not water resistant, is that they are like a sponge. My feet were soaked by morning dew by 8am. Like I said, I bought them knowing that they had no water resistance. I thought I could treat them to no avail. The shoe could use a bit more padding. I'm 6'2 230lbs, I felt like the shoe could have more padding in the forefront. I havent had that much luck with insoles. If you want a great light weight hiker where you will not incounter moisture, this is a great great boot.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my JMT hike Since it never rains in California anymore why sweat in waterproof boots? I wore these in a September JMT hike over 17 days and had zero blisters. Paired with a pair of Darn Tough socks and some superfeet they were perfect. Makes a good combo for thru hikers who want a little more support than Cascadias. I hurt in a lot of places on my hike but my feet were good the whole trip. I've tried lots of combos and some very expensive boots but these have been the best. My waterproof boot of choice are some cheap Hi-Tek Altitude 4's which also never give me blisters. I have been backpacking for 40 years and this is my current go to boot. May not be the best for off trail scrambling but I have used it for that as well.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Changed for the worse - For me. I have been wearing Moab Ventilators for several years now, love them. I have had at least 4 pairs. I wear them for everything, work, hiking, backpacking, etc. The wide version fit me perfectly, until the pair that I just bought, that is. They changed the insole, so now they have a much higher arch support, which is very uncomfortable for me. I returned them and tried a few other pairs, they were all the same.Now, I could change out the new insole for a different one, but that would cost even more than they do now. So now I have to find a new non-waterproof shoe that work for my short - wide feet, good luck with that.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hiking boots! I mostly hike on Mission Peak in Fremont. Mission Peak is a steep, 2500' hill. You start at around 500' and do a 2000' foot climb up. There are very few trees, mostly just rolling hills with dry grass and dirt trails going upward. These boots are perfect for doing that. If you go in shoes, your shoes might slip on the dirt trails. I recommend getting a size larger than what you normally wear in a shoe. Then for the hike, make sure to lace them tight. That way when you go downhill, your toes won't bash into the front of the shoe. I wear a size 11 and originally bought size 11 boots. After 1 hike, I destroyed my toes. Thankfully, REI is awesome and let me exchange them for a bigger size. So the size 12's I got instead are PERFECT! Someday when these boots wear out, I plan on getting another pair.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for me These are the only boots I wear now doing 20 to 40 miles a week on hard packed fire roads and some rocky single tracks. NOTE!!!!! I ALWAYS add a pair of Sole red Dean Karnasas or blue Ed Viesters insoles to these shoes. No matter what the condition I always get a new pair at least once a year. The insoles are crucial to pad up the bottoms. I love the Vibram soles. great on rock. I have never had a pair come apart on me or fail in any way. NOTE MY MILEAGE! Usually 30 miles a week - EVERY week.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On my third pair I cannot stress enough how I feel about these boots. They are the best boots ever. No EVER. I have bought 6 other boots in the past 2 years and had to return them all. North Face, Vasque and other Merrells all did not work. All of the other boots gave me blisters , and it had nothing to do with the socks. I did buy some other Merrells. The salesman said, "These are the same as the Moab, just water proof." WRONG! Not even close to the same boot. The water proof version is much stiffer and has a smaller heal. These are perfect for loose gravel or boulders. They are not stiff while providing support thru the ankle. The sole is great. It does not slip on bigger rocks or gravel. There is a reason why Merrell continues to produce this boot without any changes. Even the color is the same.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Zion I bought a pair of these to replace an old pair of running shoes I used for hiking and I'm glad I did. I used them when I went hiking in Zion National Park and my feet were the better for it. And, quite stupidly on my part, I wore them while hiking through the Narrows. They got incredibly wet and dirty but after a day or two of cleaning and drying they were like new again--or at least slightly used. My only complaints about these shoes are that they're a bit tighter on the sides than the other brands I tried in the same size and the laces are too long. Other than that, a great pair of shoes for hiking.
Date published: 2014-08-16
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Vasque made the Clarion boots in an extra wide width but have discontinued them and left me with a major problem. I have a wide forefoot and small toes that are very sensitive to pressure. I need boots with an extra wide width. What is the best option ?

Asked by: Leob
The wide Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots have a 2E width and could work for your foot.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-23

In what country are these shoes made?

Asked by: jhdavoli
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the item is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-27

when i choose a number then how can I know the width of the sole (M or W)?

Asked by: Francesco
All of the sizes available in these boots are a medium (D) width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-24

How much durability do these shoes have

Asked by: Sper34
The Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots are durable for moderate day hikes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-22

Are these good for flat feet?

Asked by: JustinBuck91
Based on feedback, these shoes are very comfortable for users with flat feet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29

How wide is the wide version? I know that New Balance shoes 4E width work for me. Thank you

Asked by: skiman
The wide version of these shoes are EE width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-13

Are these shoes suitable for hiking in the Himalayas ?

Asked by: phdke
​We do not recommend these boots for hiking in the Himalayas. The do not have a stiff enough shank and will not provide enough support.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-22

Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots item #828479 says it has nylon arch shank. Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots item #748510 says it has nylon shank. What's the difference?

Asked by: Peter in the Foothills
Both models of the Moab mid boots have a nylon arch shank.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-22
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