Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens Hiking Shoes

Merrell Moab Ventilators are known throughout the hiking world as the only hot weather hiking boots most people would ever trust. With a simple mesh like system that will keep you cool when they weather gets toasty, these are rugged shoes that are just right for a very specific set of tasks.

Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens Hiking Shoes Review

Smartly designed and perfectly built for exactly what it is, the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot is a very purpose specific solution. While not the best all-around piece of footwear you could invest in when looking to go hiking, when you know you’re going to be doing some pretty crazy activities in hot weather getting down and dirty and especially wet, this is the kind shoe you want your foot.

Merrell Moab Ventilator Review — First Impressions

One of the major problems that I have with most hiking shoe reviews, and outdoor gear reviews in general, is the fact that they too often downgrade a specific piece of equipment simply because it’s not as versatile as they had expected it to be originally. If you go into a product understanding right away and has specific limitations and avoid those uses, while at the same time only leveraging it when it makes sense and using it for what it’s actually been designed to do, you’re going to have a much better time.

Nowhere does this mindset fit the bill better than with the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot.

Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoes Video Review

Purposely built for very specific applications

There is a very real and very serious push in hiking boot and hiking shoe world to offer the most personal, tough, well-built, and superstrong products possible. You know, the kind of products that are jacks of all trades and built to take on all comers with little to no slowdown.

That ain’t what you’re getting when you slide into a Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot.

With absolutely no illusions as to what it is and what is not, the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot specifically built for super-hot weather, wet and soggy activities, and lightweight hiking. It’s almost all mesh construction gives it the best ventilation of just about any hiking boot on the market, but it also makes it incredibly vulnerable to errant objects, sticks, sharp rocks, or any other kind of field debris you might find out about.

Also not waterproof, and never claiming to be waterproof, the reason that the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot absolutely shines in wet conditions is simply because the ventilation allows the water to pass in and out of the shoe without being retained inside any longer than absolutely necessary. While this doesn’t make it ideal if you have a pair of socks on, since it’s been specifically built and designed for hot weather activity the odds of you wearing socks are slim to none.

It’s getting hot in here

Constructed specifically to fill the needs of hot weather hikers were looking for a real deal boot that will protect their feet while also keeping them nice and cool, this is the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for a solution that will help you stomp around in wooded areas and forests in the hottest of whether, a perfect boot for lugging your canoe over shallow areas in rivers, or just something you don’t have to wear socks and, this is the boot for you.

The dark side

There are absolutely some serious shortcomings when it comes to this hiking boot, but they only rear their ugly head if you force it into something it wasn’t designed to do. When used properly, you’ll never have to worry about the fact that the ventilation is not even close to waterproof, or the fact that the mesh fabric please your feet open and vulnerable to attacks from just about everything. If you understand the limitations going in, only use this product when it is supposed to be used, and follow the tips and tricks provided by most all Merrell Moab Ventilator Mens hiking boot reviews out there, you’ll find a dream solution for hot weather gear.

Merrell Moab Ventilator Review Specs

Best use Hiking
Footwear height Over-the-ankle
Footwear closure Lace-up
Waterproof No
Upper Leather/nylon mesh
Lining Nylon mesh
Midsole EVA
Support Nylon shank
Outsole Rubber
Average footwear weight (pair) 2 lbs. 2 oz.
Gender Mens
MSRP: $99.95


While not specifically a water moccasin, this lightweight and super ventilated hiking boot serves the function quite well. If you’re looking for a beater that will keep you see cool while lower you to navigate the rocks in any shallow water your canoe upon, or just looking for something that can transition from deep water to the truck without having to throw on a pair a good shoes, this is your ticket.

Written by Stan Tyan