The Merrell Moab is very much an all-round outdoor shoe. The upper has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining that’s protected by mesh to allow some ventilation, plus overlays of material for more durability. The heel cup is nice and stiff to support the foot on uneven ground while the toe box has some stiffness at the front to protect the fit, but it’s less protective on the top than a leather shoe. There’s quite a lot of stitching here compared to some designs, so if used on really rough, abrasive terrain it may not last as long as a simpler leather design. For good grip there is a Vibram Multi-Sport sole with a variety of lug designs that are quite deep and well-spaced, but there’s no pronounced heel breast so braking in descent may not be perfect on soft ground. The sole does have good resistance to rocks, though, and is good for general conditions. The Merrell Moab Gore-Tex is the sort of shoe you put on and forget about, because it’s very comfortable and just allows you to get on with the fun. I’d happily wear these every day, but I might sometimes choose alternative footwear for specific activities like running, biking or approaching crags if I was looking for more dedicated performance.
Upper material synthetic mesh, synthetic and leather overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram multi-sport
Men’s sizes 6.5-14
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Weight 986g (pair, size 11)
The Merrell Moab Gore-Tex is a true all-round multi-activity shoe. It may not be the best for specific activities but it’s ideal for general use in a range of situations.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014