Merrell Moab Ventilator
Summer hiking shoes
If day hikes and short backpacking trips are the highlight of your summer plans, reviews point to the Merrell Moab Ventilator (available in both men's and women's sizes) as the best lightweight, low-cut hiking shoe. As the name suggests, the non-waterproof version of this shoe has a highly breathable mesh-and-leather body that isn't suited for winter use. Users say this shoe runs a bit small. Once you find the right fit, owners say the Moab Ventilator is extremely comfortable and supportive, and its soles firmly grip all surfaces. The tread reportedly wears well, although some users complain about durability. Depending on their preferred hiking style, reviewers either like or dislike this shoe's great breathability and the way its mesh-and-leather uppers drain water instead of retaining it once wet, as waterproofed shoes and boots tend to do. A mid-cut boot version, the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid (*Est. $100) is also available.