- Comfort – 8/10
- Stability – 7/10
- Traction – 6/10
- Durability – 7/10
You don’t need the firepower of heavy hiking boots for a short day of hiking. The Moab 2 with its lightweight design is ideal for short hikes.
It immediately feels super comfortable. It offers the best cushioning for your feet (at this price point) and protects your feet from the shock of stepping on rocks. The outsole is very flexible and easily copes with uneven terrain.
On the other hand, traction is average, especially on muddy trails. The upper also takes time to dry when you step in the water.
If you’re looking for a cheap option for a small day hike in the desert, you can’t go wrong with the Merrell Moab 2. That’s why it’s our top budget pick for men.
WHAT WE LIKED
- With a roomy fit and flexible sole, it ranks high on comfort. (Easy to navigate on an uneven terrain)
- The ankle collar is reasonably high, and the mesh lining offers excellent breathability on a hot sunny day
- Hiking on a rocky trail is a breeze with its Vibram outsole
- Don’t want your feet to be all tired at the end of your hike? The lightweight design of the Moab 2 makes that possible without comprising on support
WHAT WE DISLIKED
- It is lacking a waterproof membrane and performs poorly on wet or snowy trails
- The lug design of the outsole is not designed for muddier trails, and beginners can experience an occasional slip
If you’re taking a little hike and don’t want a big bump in your wallet, get the Moab 2.