This is a tough, lightweight, protective shoe that performs beautifully on hikes and backpacking trips. The lacing system melds the shoe to your foot for an amazingly snug fit while the tongue is great at keeping out small rocks and dirt. The full-length protective plate effectively reduces shock and pokes from uneven, pointy surfaces. These shoes are also fantastically grippy thanks to the angled forefoot blades and perform very well on wet rocks and slick surfaces.
This hiking shoe is designed for more aggressive hikes and activities. The eVent waterproof fabric shields your foot like a champ during water crossings and is surprisingly breathable; your feet will obviously heat up a bit more in this shoe compared to non-waterproof membrane alternatives, but that is expected. The rubber sole offers incredible grip on virtually any trail terrain you will come across. This shoe also includes Teva’s Shoc Pad in the heel to keep shock absorption in your shoe instead of in your joints. Last but not least, the Mush insole is extra comfortable and supportive.
The Voyageur is a stellar choice for keeping the toes and soles happy. The shoe's rubber toe bumpers and carbon rubber outsole offer excellent interior protection from toe-jamming and exterior protection from toe stubbing on rocks and upraised roots. It is also remarkably breathable thanks to mesh ventilation windows and offers killer grip due to the multi-directional lugs on the outsole. The leather is also water resistant and dries quickly when wet.
This hiking shoe is an excellent choice for hikers and adventurists who desire a barefoot experience but don't want to sacrifice comfort or traction. The Vibram outsole offers a hefty amount of grip for such a minimalist shoe. The mesh lining helps keep your foot cool and ventilated during hot climbs. A rock plate in the forefoot helps decrease bruising and hot spots by absorbing shock from rocks and uneven terrain. This shoe also incorporates a few reflective details to help keep you visible to others in low light situations.
Merrell shoes are a perennial favorite among outdoor enthusiasts and the Moab Ventilator more than adds to that reputation. These multisport shoes are a great accessory for anything and everything outdoors. They are extremely supportive, flexible, and breathable for a hiking shoe. The toe/heel bumper protection and air-cushioned heel effectively work together to ensure overall foot comfort and shock absorption. Many users often report how impressed they are with this shoe's durability and longevity.