A Brief History About Merrell Company
Merrell is a multi-millonaire company which was founded by Clark Matis, Randy Merrell, and John Schweizer in 1981. The goal of the Merrell company was to design the best hiking boots that well serve their customers. Although, they couldn’t meet their expectation back in 1983 when they lunch their first hiking gear. However, Merrell continued to make small percent of profit in the hiking boots market until they were purchase in 1987 by Karhu.
Karhu moved their production to Asia because they wanted to reduce their retail prices and increase their sales and profit margin. By 1988, Merrell hit their first $4 million mark in sales and they kept reaching new height in sales each and every year, until Karhu sold Merrel to Wolverine Worldwide in 1997.
Wolverine Changing The Game
When Wolverine Worldwide took over Merrell, they introduced lighter-weight sensibility to the line. They started off with trail running shoe which was called the “Jungle Runner.” However, this lightweight sensibility did not become a success but Clark Matis came with a different idea which involves making the outsole of the trails very aggressive with casual slip-on upper.
The idea became a huge success with a total shipment of the shoes approximately 3.5 million pairs by 2002. From there onwards, the Merrell company have emerged into a global power of making quality different footwear and clothing.
Merrel Moab is known for designing hiking boots with these four core values. These are comfort, durability, design, and versatility. For Merrel, it is all about removing any barriers so that hikers can have a great time when hiking down the mountains and hills.
In this post, I will be reviewing one of Merrell’s hiking boots of all time and it is the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots For Men.
The merrell moab ventilator mid hiking boots for men is designed with suede leather and mesh upper. This is a great material to use in a hiking boot. The reason why this is the case is because the suede leather can be made from any animal however it is mostly made from lamb, alongside goat, deer, pig and calf.
This is a good selection from Merrell because the suede leather gives it a soft and luxurious feeling when you wear the boots. The breathable mesh upper on the other hand can be made either from polyethylene or nylon which is a good combination with the suede leather because it helps to keep debris from getting to your boots. On top of that, it gives the boot more comfort and good cushioning when you wear it.
Furthermore, the suede leather and mesh upper are made of high quality and it has being updated last year which gives you more durable leather. This as a result gives you more breathability across the tongue and at the front of the foot.
One of the key weakness of this men hiking boot is the lacing structure. This is because the last upper eyelet is an open hook whiles the rest are fabric loops. This makes it difficult to adjust the laces and switch between lacing patterns based on how you prefer to lace your hiking boats.
Fit And Comfort
The merrell moab ventilator mid hiking boots is super comfortable and you can even wear it straight out of the box. The hiking boots has got a very good mid-height cuff that will give you a good support from rolling your ankle on the trail. On top of that, it has got a lock heel cup in place to give it extra support and keeps it from sliding back and forth when going downhill.
It seems that there are limited color selection for this type of men hiking boots. Based on our research there are only three types of color selection available. This includes the Black Night, Walnut and the Castle/Wing.
Despite the lack of colours available for this boot, you can still wear it with matching hiking clothes that suit it. Or even wear normal clothes that match one of the colours of the boots when doing some sort of activities such as walking. For example, you could wear a brown khaki trouser with the walnut.
Outsole, Insole and Midsole
The midsole is made with EVA which is beautifully built inside the boot because it gives you great stability, cushioning and comfort when hiking on the trails. Also, the EVA material allows you to wear the boots straight away from the box which is cool and the heels have great absorption as well. All these features makes the hiking trip fun and enjoyable throughout.
In terms of the outsole, the boots are designed with the TC5+ vibram. Since the TC5+ vibram is made of rubber, it is very good on grippy wet rock surfaces as well as dry surfaces which gives you strong stability when hiking through a wet trail.
In addition to that, the outsole have five millimeters lug which is very good at cleaning out debris from underneath the boots and trys to keep it clean. It also have a nice heel at the bottom of the boot which serve as a brake system by giving you a strong grip when going down a steeper rock terrain.
And lastly, the insoles of the boot is made of EVA foam. This is to give you extra added arch support and the little stiffer foam base gives you shock absorption.
The merrell moab ventilator mid hiking boots comes with protective rubber toe cap. This feature is awesome because the toe cap is very strong and can protect your foot from getting some serious injury when you trip over rocks and stumps on the trails.
Secondly, the toe box is made wide to give you more space to allow your toes to move around comfortably and breathe a little better especially when it gets very hot inside the boot.
What These Boots Are Perfectly Used For
Typically speaking, the merrell moab ventilator mid hiking boots is good for everyday hiker, light backpacking overnight trips and short distances.
Furthermore, they are best suited for 3 to 4 seasons on the trail and it is specifically designed to use on well-established trails such as single-use trails, access trails and others. This type of boot is great to wear on a day to day activities such as walking to the park.
What I liked about the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots For Men:
- It has good toe protection
- You can wear it for even daily use like walking to the park
- The materials they use are excellent
- The price for the boot is fairly decent
What I didn’t like about the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots For Men:
- Lack of colour selection
- Not very good for long hiking distances
So as we come to the conclusion of this post about Merrell Moab ventilator mid hiking boots for men. It is very obvious that this type of hiking boots is specifically designed for everyday hiker, light backpacking overnight trips and short distances.
I don’t personally recommend this boot for using in wet conditions, long hiking trips because it can wear out very easily. It would definitely suit hot conditions and can even be wore like normal trainers to use for day to day activities.
I hope you have really enjoy reading this post on the Merrell Moab ventilator mid hiking boots for men. If you have any questions or thoughts on the Merrell Moab ventilator mid hiking boots for men, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip.