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Merrell Moab Speed GTX Shoe | Review

Like to feel fleet of foot, but also well grounded? Here’s a shoe for you; a model that strikes a very happy medium between a trail runner and a walking shoe

Why we chose them: Good eco aspects, light but sturdy

Merrell’s Moab has been one of its most popular models over the years. In fact, the brand says they’ve sold 20 million pairs over the years – quite a phenomenal figure. Now, for 2021, Merrell have developed this new iteration of the walking shoe, one that’s designed for those who prefer to feel light-footed and agile on the trail.

“I’d definitely class these as my favourite Merrells I’ve tested to date.” 

Merrell say their intention was to create a hybrid-type shoe, one with the comfort of a running shoe or sneaker but the protection of a walking shoe. And have they succeeded here? We’d say they have. This shoe is 130g lighter than the previous Moab, but during our tests, we’ve found it just as stable, comfortable and protective. 

Photos: Chris Johnson

We’ll go into more about the performance, fit, etc further down, but first of all, as this is featured within our Green Gear Guide, we’ll discuss the eco creds. 

As part of their membership within the Higg Index, a sustainability measurement tool, Merrell have taken steps to lower the overall impact of their products on the environment. In the case of the Moab collection, they’ve swapped out a bunch of materials for recycled ones. The laces and the mesh lining, for instance, use a material produced from recycled plastic bottles, the footbed uses a 50% recycled top sheet material and the Vibram sole is made from a minimum of 30% recycled rubber. 


The version pictured here is low cut model with Gore-tex. You can also get this in a mid cut version and if you want more breathability and drainage there are versions without the waterproof protection of a Gore-tex membrane. 

All models come with 4mm Vibram Traction Lugs, an EVA foam midsole, built-in rockplate for underfoot protection, removable PU foam insole, cushioning around the ankle and then a big rubber cap to protect the toes.

What’s the Moab Speed GTX Best Suited To?

From our experiences testing the Merrell Speed, we’d say it’s best suited to three-season use. The shoe cut version we had was best suited to trail hiking whereas we can see the mid cut being a good option for those who take a more off-the-beaten-track approach.

Tester’s Verdict

James Forrest, Outdoors Magic gear tester

“I’d definitely class these as my favourite Merrells I’ve tested to date. Comfort was excellent straight from the off – I couldn’t fault it. The fit is pretty standard and true to size, in my experience, with a touch more width than a trail running shoe but still the kind of security you’d expect from a hiking shoe.

“The Gore-Tex liner did its job admirably, keeping my feet dry as I encountered squelchy, boggy ground on Gavel Fell, near Loweswater, and I found the all-round cushioning and rebound pretty good. For hiking I liked the protective toe cap, bit of rigidity in the heel counter and overall lateral stiffness – it gave me added confidence over rocky, rough ground – and I was definitely impressed with the design of the upper. There’s a protective film over the mesh, which provides an added layer of protection from scuffs and tears. One of the big flaws of lightweight trainers is that it’s all too easy to rip a hole in their ultralight uppers – but hopefully Merrell’s approach will help avoid this pitfall over long-term use.”

Merrell Moab Speed GTX

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