Merrell Moab, An Affordable Hiking Boot That Is Great For Beginners
Let’s Talk About the Cons
The Moab has one very definite con that I have experienced. The sole is flexible which adds to the comfort, but so flexible that you will feel rocks through the bottom. I do alot of hiking around Northern Arizona. This area of the United States is covered in Volcanic Rock. This Volcanic Rock is sharp, extremely hard, and would poke a hole right through your foot if you weren’t wearing boots.
In my trail ready boots, I can step over a sharp piece of rock and feel little to nothing. The bottom of my foot is well protected. However, due to the build of the Vibram Sole on the Merrell Moab, I can feel what I step on! So much so that I often find myself changing my route to avoid sharp outcroppings whenever I can.
Some people love the minimalist feel of their foot being in contact with the earth. That is great for you, but I like my feet stable and protected. I usually opt for cowboy boots over tennis shoes when I head into town, just in case a rattle snake pops out. I am just crazy like that. Plus I am an Arizona Native, so the chances are there are some scorpions, snakes, spiders, mosquitos, and other pesky little critters out there who would love a taste of my Bear Paws.
A secondary concern is the ankle support. Even on the Mid Range version of the boot the ankle support is slightly lacking. This adds to the comfortability of the boot, but is a concern. If you are going to be carrying a heavy pack get a more secure boot.
The main reason for ankle support on many boots is the amount of weight you have on your back when traveling rough terrain. This boot is perfect for day trips with a day pack on your back. However, if you plan on carrying a heavy back pack, make sure you get something with better ankle support.
Chances are you won’t find a better boot for the bucks. The Merrell Moab has some faults. The soles don’t protect your feet as much as some. The water proofing may be a bit questionable. However, The Merrell Moab is an extremely good choice for an everyday shoe. Even if you aren’t hiking, this is a nice comfy pair of boots. They are also very durable for the price.
The Merrell Moab Hiking Boot is a perfect choice for beginner hikers, or those only looking to do short day trips. Use the link below to get a pair right now!