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Merrell is expanding its Moab Collection with the new Moab 2 Hikers, the fluffy Trail Running Flight and the sporty Hiker Speed.
The Merrell Moab hiking shoe has been worn on all types of trails in decades of use. More than 20 million hikers have chosen it and made it a bestseller. Part of the appeal is the design of the shoe in terms of comfort, durability, and versatility.
You may have seen Merrell promoting its “Step Further” campaign, which aims to get more people outside by making hiking more accessible. The brand has done its part by expanding its Moab collection to appeal to a wider audience.
In addition to an update from its namesake Moab, Merrell has added a hybrid sneaker hiker and a soft trail running shoe to the Moab family: the speed and flight, respectively.
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The Moab collection aims to maintain its reputation for comfort and durability while expanding to new models. Each model uses a breathable mesh and TPU upper, medium density foam midsoles, rubber outsoles and protective toe caps.
Below, we’ll show you what’s new in the updated Hiker and introduce the two newest members of the collection.
Merrell Moab 2nd
Hiking-specific features of the Moab 2 These include the brand’s Air Cushion Heel, which Merrell says absorbs shock while aiming for more stability, and a closed-cell foam tongue that repels moisture and dirt.
In addition, the shoe uses a molded nylon arch shaft with the brand’s M Select FIT.ECO + mixed EVA footbed with “additional zonal arch and heel support”.
The Moab 2 is a waterproof hiker and has a counterpart for dry climates, the fan. Both are available in low and medium heights. The fan has a suede and mesh upper that combines protection and breathability. On the waterproof models, Merrell uses its own waterproof, breathable membrane (2 pounds 4 ounces).
Prices range from $ 100 for low models to $ 135 for waterproof mid models.
Merrell Moab 2nd Important specifications
- Upper, higher: (Fan) synthetic leather and mesh; (Medium water tight) M Select DRY membrane
- Midsole: FloatPro Foam midsole, Merrell Air Cushion in the heel
- Outsole: Vibram TC5 + sole; 5mm eyelets
- Listed weight: Low – 1 lb. 11 oz. (W) / 1 lb. 15 oz. (M); Medium WP – 2 lb. (W) / 2 lbs. 4 oz. (M)
The Moab Speed is a sportier hiking shoe and represents the Merrell crossover trail shoe. It combines the sneaker-like look and the comfort of the MQM Flex shoe over the Moab last.
We got that covered Moab Speed in more depth, but do you know it saves weight by foregoing padding and protection, but still has a rock slab, toe cap, and padded collar.
As an intermediate between Moab 2 and Flight, there is an overlap of functions including the hiker’s air-cushioned heel technology and the lightweight FloatPro Foam midsole and EcoStep outsole used in trail runners.
The speed Hybrid Hiker are available in low and mid models as well as with GORE-TEX versions of the mids. These prices range from $ 120 to $ 160.
Merrell Moab speed Important specifications
- Upper, higher: Mesh and TPU, recycled lace material; (Mid-GORE-TEX) waterproof membrane
- Midsole: FloatPro Foam with Merrell Air Cushion in the heel
- Outsole: Vibram EcoStep (30% recycled rubber); Vibram Traction stud pattern, 4mm studs
- Listed weight: 1 pound 6 ounces.
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The Flight Moab is the ultra running shoe from Merrell. The appearance alone sets it apart from the brand’s smaller trail runners, with a more generous sole and protective details in the upper.
Then there is the geometry of the flight. Its stack heights create a 10mm drop that sets it apart from the herd of most trail running shoes. Underneath, Merrell uses a sticky Vibram outsole with 3mm studs. The mesh upper and lining are breathable for better air circulation.
For cushioning, the brand uses its medium-density FloatPro Foam midsole, which is designed to cushion foot shocks and withstand abuse. Eco-conscious highlights include recycled fibers in the mesh upper and in the laces, as well as some recycled rubber in the soles. They are vegan friendly too.
A pair is $ 110.
Flight Merrell Moab Important specifications
- Upper, higher: 70% recycled mesh, with mesh lining
- Midsole: FloatPro foam; positioned as medium density, durable
- Outsole: Vibram EcoStep (30% recycled rubber); 3mm eyelets
- Listed weight: 1 pound 1 ounce.
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The Moab collection is a quiver of shoes built from the same DNA with different uses. Comfort, durability and protection are the common goals of these shoes.
From there, hikers can stick with the classic shoe that started it all, try out the new sneaker-like speed hiking shoe or enjoy the smooth run of the new Flight Trailrunner.
Within the collection, Merrell offers different heights and waterproof options. Repeat customers who are returning for another pair in a different time of year or to wear in a different climate may be the reason this shoe continues to sell so many pairs.
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