Recently I’ve been abusing a pair of Moab Rover’s from their new arrivals section. At just 421g they’re light and very comfortable, even straight out of the box. A warning though, I’ve found over the past couple of years that I’ve needed to go up a shoe size, I’m size 11, so I order size 12.
Merrell call their Moab Rover a hiking shoe, but you won’t find any ankle support, in fact they sit quite low, so in my opinion they’re great for meandering on the beach, in the park and so on. Merrell say that with a classy, oiled leather and textile upper they’re suitable to wear at dress up dinners and other spontaneous social events that warrant a bit more sophistication. Personally I wouldn’t go that far, but they certainly have a less casual look about them.
Getting technical, their upper lining is made from a waterproof oily Leather with die cut rubber heel for durability. They have a mesh lining treated with M-Select FRESH that naturally prevents odour before it starts for fresh smelling feet, which is handy.
Merrell’s M-Select DRY waterproof construction seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you’re on the move and I like that they have a bellow tongue that keeps sand, stones and muck out.
The midsole has Merrell’s air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock and adds stability whilst the compression moulded EVA foot frame provides cushioning. Of course there’s the Vibram® outsole and a 5mm sole lug depth that helps you stay upright in muddy and greasy conditions.
I’ve only had them for a week or so and they’re flippin’ comfy, in a rugged sort of way. Only time will tell how they deal with the rigors of everyday use, I’ll keep you informed.