Since its debut a handful of years ago, the Merrell Moab 2 has risen to the top of the hiking boot Mt. Olympus – along with, you know, countless other actual mountains. In the past we have called it one of those best values on the market and called it one of the best boots, period. It’s easy to see why. (“Moab” is, after all, an acronym for the Mother of All Boots.) Its strategically placed panels will keep your feet cool, its Gore-Tex exterior will keep them dry, and its sticky Vibram soles will help you soldier through all kinds of terrain with ease. It doesn’t hurt that the lovable gorp-bent design looks just as good with zip-off pants and an anorak as it does with baggy jeans and a statement sweater.
But all good things must come to an end – or, at least in menswear, must be usurped by a more advanced model. With the recent introduction of the Moab 3, the brand is now officially sending the 2 to greener pastures, slowly phasing out production of the beloved trail titan in favor of the newer silhouette. What exactly does that mean? Aesthetically, not much (a good thing). Functionally, that means better arch support, a softer midsole and an even more grippy Vibram outsole (good things too). The latest Moab is also more earth-friendly than its predecessor; it is partially made with recycled materials. In other words, win all the way!
Unfortunately, this seems to mean the end of the Moab 2. But before you cry into your Arc’teryx, there’s a silver lining: the ultra-durable hiking shoe is now on sale for some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen. We’re not sure how much longer the second generation will last (the same goes for it), but our advice is to hurry. Whether you’re a diehard Moab 2 stan or a budding gorp guru, right now might be your last chance to snag a pair of one of the best trail-ready shoes ever, discount notwithstanding. Head over to Merrell’s website and you can pick up a pair for 30% off, or head over to Amazon for an even bigger discount. Adventure – and huge savings – are out there!