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We put the Moab FST trail walking shoes to the test on the hills to see how well they perform.

merrell moab fst gtx
Price
£120
Value
9
Quality
9
Performance
9
Comfort
9
Overall Score
9
+
Good comfort despite initial concerns
They don't excel in any one area
ellis-brigham.com

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Merrell have recently introduced a variant on their popular Moab range - the Moab FST, a low-rise trail walking shoe available in Gore Tex and non Gore Tex versions. The Gore Tex version on test comes equipped with a waterproof Gore Tex lining, mesh upper, contoured footbed and Vibram Megagrip outsole with a fairly hefty 5mm lug depth.

The Moabs aren't immediately comfortable but they soon loosen up which is where the lacing system comes into play, successfully cinching the body of the shoe tightly to the foot. With plenty of adjustments we were able to achieve a great fit with no discernible heel slip or movement at the forefoot and the shoe felt stable and comfortable without having to be overly tight.

The EVA footbed feels a little stiff at first and it was touch and go as to whether the contoured arch might have been too contoured but after a 17 mile hike the footbed felt supple but with plenty of support and our feet didn't feel overly fatigued.

The Gore-Tex lining does what you would expect it to do, keeping the wet out. In the winter conditions the Moab's were tested in we didn't ever feel our feet getting too hot but In summer conditions you would probably do well to opt for a shoe without a Gore-Tex lining.

The sole of the shoe provides a good balance between trail feel and cushioning and we had no complaints about the grip from the Vibram Megagrip sole which performed well across varied terrain including wet rock, bogs, long grass and sheep droppings!

The shoes feel light to wear which adds to the feeling of comfort and although the Merrell website curiously chalks the Moabs up at over 1.5kg for the pair our digital scales have them weighing in at a very reasonable 800g for a pair (UK10.5).

Overall the Moab FST trail walking shoe bridges the gap nicely between full on walking boot and trail running shoe. At £120 they're more or less on a par with other big brand trail walking shoes out there, so if you're in the market for some new footwear don't overlook this offering from Merrell.

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