The laces on my Merrell boots broke a couple of trips ago. The Merrell Moab Ventilator has been my go-to boot whenever I know that my feet are going to get wet. And in the last year, that happened quite often.
I bought these boots to see how well an inexpensive boot would hold up. I chose the them because of their price and availability. I have seen these boots at Gander Mountain, Cabelas, Dicks Sporting Goods, and dozens of smaller outfitters during our travels.
It was not until the laces rotted through that I thought “how long I have been wearing these boots?” I realized it had been a couple years since I replaced my Hi-Tec lightweight boots with these Merrell Moab Ventilator boots.
I upgraded the insoles, and started wearing them. No break-in time, and no blisters. These poor boots have spent more time submerged under water than any boot I have ever worn. That’s the reason that I avoided the “waterproof” version.
I like these boots for day hiking, but they will not replace the Keens as my go-to hiking boot. The Keens just feel better on my feet for longer distances. They are heavier and waterproof, so they serve a different purpose.
After the laces broke, I threw on some old boot laces that we had in the gear closet. They are not the right size, but they are working just fine and will probably last until I replace the old Moabs.
When I replace them, I am going to see what other boots Merrell has to offer. I am thinking of trying a different model.
Take a look at the specs for these boots on Amazon.com.