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MOAB VENTILATOR MID
Merrell’s Moab Ventilator Mid ($100) is designed as a desert boot, with a focus on breathability, but they hold their own in damp and warm weather, too. Without a Gore-Tex liner, they're not the right boots for a downpour, but the lack of Gore-Tex will actually boost breathability in mixed conditions. And they’re extra lightweight—really a high-top running shoe—but are still comfortable and protective.
SIREN SPORT MID LEATHER WATERPROOF
Bottom Line: Highly recommend
If you are serious about hiking, you better get some serious hiking boots. You can make do with sneakers, but once you go boot you never go back. There are many perks to proper hiking boots: great stability, traction, support and protection that regular shoes cannot provide.
After a couple pairs of clunky hiking boots, the feel and ease of wearing the Merrell Siren boots was almost joyous. These lightweight boots lace up effortlessly and feel no different from regular sneakers when simply walking. A great thing about these boots is the fact that there is no risk of breaking your laces when tightening and tying like other boots I have had. The cloth loops do not cut into the shoelaces and thus I have not had to buy replacement laces once, whereas I previously had to every month.
On rocky terrain the boots perform superbly, providing more traction and support than any footgear I have had. They also are more comfortable than any hiking boots I have worn. Their waterproof feature gives confidence when traipsing through water-logged areas. According to customer reviews, some do not feel the boots are entirely waterproof. However, I have always had dry feet wearing these boots - even through creek crossings and in the snow. Maybe it is a quality control issue, or people do not understand they are only waterproof up to the ankle; submersion over the top of the boot will get your feet wet. Even so, they come with a one year guarantee if defective.
The only issue experienced was some discomfort around the ankle during the first week break-in period. This has fully receded and thus is forgiven. Everything about these boots I love and I never go hiking without them.
SIREN SPORT GORE TEX
If it takes more than a little snow or cold weather to keep you from hitting the trails, then have I got a shoe for you? Merrell sent me a pair of Siren Sport Gore-Tex XCR trail running/hiking shoes ($100), and my feet are in love. Not only are they adorable and sleek enough to wear with casual jeans (not bulky or manly looking), but these weatherproof sneaks also impressed me on the trails.
MOAB VENTILATOR MID
The Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid perfectly fills a niche role. No other boot can handle hot weather and soggy conditions as well. It's perfect for activities like canoe tripping or canyoneering. If you've resigned yourself to the fact that your feet are going to get wet, the Moab Ventilator is the shoe you want.