Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots

Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots

There are no 2 ways around it, I am a very big man and have been through many a pair of shoes and boots and if there ever was a hard test for shoes and boots I am it. When I say that my Merrill's are the best boot I have had in the past 20 years they are. (Period!!!) At 6'4" and over 350lb's I place a lot of stress on any shoe without having to run or jump. I am on my 2nd pair of merrill's, I still have the first pair they just started to look a little worn and dirty for work purposes. I bought them at an REI garage sale barely used and have been highly impressed. If you are not an REI member you should join just for the yard sales they have every so often if you are within driving distance of a store. I have saved several hundred dollars if not thousands on yard sale items. The Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots have withstood a 26 mile week long hike on the Appalachian Trail with me carrying a 50 pound pack, and working on concrete floors without a problem. I also use my older pair now as my grass mowing shoes. Because of my size I tend to rotate outward onto the outside edge of my foot wearing the shoe out there first, and causing ankle and knee pain. The  Merrell's  have not broken down in this area and the soles have not worn out excessively fast either making the boots last as long as they have. None of the seams have torn or separated and the inside of the boots look new showing no signs of wear after 8 months of use. The mid sole ( cushioning part of the sole) is starting to show signs of crushing down some but it is doing so evenly on both sides which helps with the boot lasting longer. The vibram outsole is showing just a little wear at the heel and toe edge, otherwise it is fine. The boot itself is lightweight and like a pair of  robust hightop tennis shoes. No tennis shoes has lasted like these Merrell's. They also breath well and provide nice support for my ankles. I don't go into the water with them so I can't speak about their dryness, but if I walked into a creek I would expect to get wet feet with them as that is not what they were intended to do but have been just fine in the rain and puddles going into work.  I will be purchasing them again when these wear out

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