I had the pleasure of wearing these boots on my six day hiking trip to the Overland Track in Tasmania. I chose the Moab 2 GTX Hiking Boots because I currently use a pair of low cut Moab's for day to day use and knew they fit my feet well and have never had any issues with hotspots or blisters.
The first day and a half of our trip saw pouring rain, creek crossings, huge puddles and boggy sections for walking. Although my feet/boots got wet purely due to rain running down my leg into my boots they held up to the task at hand. My feet were warm and still had no hot spots form during the hiking over the first soggy two days.
As soon as the sun came out on day three the Moab's started to dry out and others commented how you could see the water draining from the shoe on the outside changing the leather back to its lighter fawn colour. After a couple of days walking and opening the shoes out (including removing the eva innersole) to dry in the afternoons at camp the internal dampness had gone and they were back to their usual dry form.
During the second half of the hike with full sun shining I found the Moabs quite comfortable to hike in. The breathable GORE-TEX membrane allowed my feet to stay cool whilst keeping moisture out from the damp vegetation and creek crossing required throughout the day.
The benefit of having the higher ankle support was fantastic for me especially on this hike with so many sections of tree roots lining the ground and steep rocky sections I had the support needed to help maintain my balance and prevent any injuries or ankle rolls. This for me has been an issue in the past so to have this extra piece of mind was fantastic.
Overall I was very happy with my Moab Boots. I would happily recommend these boots to anyone for use from day walks through to multi day trips.
- Waterproof suede leather and mesh upper
- GORE-TEX breathable waterproof membrane
- Bellows tongue keeps debris out
- Protective rubber toe cap
- M Select FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured foot bed with zonal arch and heel support
- Moulded nylon arch shank
- Merrel air cushion in heel for shock absorption and stability
- Vibram TC5+ outsole
- 5mm lug depth Vibram rubber outsole
- M Select Fresh odour control