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I was looking for a rugged, lightweight, durable pair of boots for general hiking and light backpacking, and eventually settled on the MOAB mid waterproof boots by Merrell.

I fell in love with them as soon as I tried them on. They are very comfortable right out of the box, and are the first boots I have ever owned that don't seem to need a break-in period. My usual outdoors boots are either heavy, stiff climbing/backpacking boots or full height military/hunting boots, so these lightweight boots are a real treat for my tired old feet.

At first, I was a little concerned that the mid height wouldn't offer enough ankle support for anything beyond casual hiking, but after putting a few miles on them over very harsh terrain, I am now satisfied that these will do the job.

These are synthetic boots. The uppers are a combination of mesh reenforced with Dura Leather, which is a recycled leather product. They break leather down to its fibers, then arrange the fibers in a web pattern and pressure bond it with a high tech polymer. The result is stronger, more wear resistant, and more uniform than leather. The uppers also have a waterproof membrane which provides an impermeable but breathable barrier.

The Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability while the molded nylon arch shank provides just the right amount of stiffness and support. The compression molded EVA footframe provides additional cushioning, and the Vibram Multi-Sport sole uses TC5+ rubber for excellent grip on any surface.

For those of you unfamiliar with Merrell they offer legendary customer service. If I am unsatisfied with these boots 6 months or a year from now, I am confident they will send me a new pair no questions asked. They make high quality boots and have superior customer service, who could ask for more?

I paid about $120 for the at Dick's. One word of advice here... at least go try them on at a local shop. They seem to run a little on the small side and I ended up getting a full size larger than I normally take. They aren't cold weather boots, but anyone looking for good, durable boots for warmer climates would do well to look at these.

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Hmm, thanks for the review! I've been using a pair of military boots I picked up a while ago, they do have a steel toe and are a bit on the bulky side, though. I was just thinking that before next spring I might be looking for a new pair, I'll have to look into these a little more!
 

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I just wore out a pair of these, took me over a year, hard use but they held up great . The sole is wore out finally . Great shoes :)
 

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I got a pair of them when I couldn't find anyone who had the Keen hikers. You're right they are comfortable right out of the box. I haven't tried the waterproof part yet, but given Merrells reputation, they most likely are. Super good traction tread, until you go in the house. Take 'em off at the door if you've been in mud or something similar. Makes's the wife turn really red if you don't. Speaking of which, she's been going I told you so ever since I got them. She's always had Merrells, has probably 15 pair, while I've always worn Keen's. But now, I'll shop for both of them when it's time for a new pair.
 

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since talking about boots I love the Oliver ATs (all terrain) not long lasting as a line marker, but in general I can't fult them (brilliant rural bush firefighter boots also)

i also suggest the explorer branded socks, (they are thick as) might do something more in-depth, but with firefighting, linemarking and even as a bowling tech I have never gotten blisters with the combination of these socks and boots (had other brands, haven't gotten.blisters from those boots either)
 
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