Breaking news: The Merrell Moab 3 has officially de-throned its predecessor as the king of the mountain. These days, you can find the surprisingly buzzy hiking shoe all over actual mountains, slowly overtaking its elder sibling on the trails—and on the streets. It’s easy to see why. “Moab”, after all, is an acronym for Mother of All Boots, and Merrell’s new-and-improved riff on the silhouette is one of the best values on the market, and one of the best boots around, period.
The strategically-designed panels keep your feet cool, the waterproof exterior keeps your socks dry, and the Vibram soles offer an unparalleled grip to keep you on your feet through any kind of terrain with ease. It doesn’t hurt that the beloved, gorp-inflected design looks just as good with zip-off pants and an anorak as it does with baggy jeans and a statement sweater. The latest Moab is more earth-friendly than its predecessor, too; it’s partially made with recycled materials. In other words, wins all-around!
One winning characteristic the Moab 3 definitely held onto? The silhouette’s shockingly approachable sticker price—regardless of the version that piques your fancy, you’ll never pay more than $150. But while the Merrell Moab 3 is a welcome sight on the trails, it’s rare to spot it in the sale section. (It is after all, Merrell’s brand new bundle of joy—”for sale: hiking shoes, never worn” might be even sadder than the actual turn of phrase).
Thankfully, rarely is the operative word here, because right this very moment, you can get in on all that trail-proven quality and stylist-approved design for almost half off. Like its predecessor, the Moab 3 comes in a gang of colors and heights, and with varying degrees of waterproofing. So if the sheer number of options feels daunting, think back, once again, to your middle school days, and catch ’em all.