I’ve tested these boots within the bogs of Dartmoor, the mountains of Wales and the ever changing terrain of Iceland, here’s a few of my favourite features of the ultimate all terrain trekking boot…
The number one importance for us all in a walking boot is it has to be comfortable, it can have the best grip in the world, never let a single drop of water in, but if they kill your feet then what’s the point?
Ever since a kid I have always struggled with getting footwear to fit, I am blessed (not!) with flipper shaped feet and a bony spur on the back of my heels, attractive ey!? Which unfortunately means that shoes are either two tight on my forefoot or too baggy on my heel, and they always give me massive blisters on my heels too. When I discovered the Moab Peak my world changed and trekking became fun again, the reason I got into trail running in the first place was because I really struggled with wearing boots and trail running shoes were the only option that didn't give me hassle. After 8 days worth of solid trekking through very harsh wilderness with an expedition rucksack I can honestly say that not once did I have a complaint against the comfort and fit of the Merrell Moab Peak. Roomy enough for comfort, yet close fitting to provide a very technical and supportive feel.
For trekking long distances over rough terrain it’s also important that boots are lightweight, after several days the weight of a boot can really start to become apparent. The Moab Peak is incredible lightweight for its durability and fits the foot like a glove, most boots I’ve worn have always given me that aching and swollen feeling in my feet and I always look forward to taking them off at the end of the day, with the Moab Peak this was not the case and my flip flops were rarely used throughout the trip!
All terrain machine…
Iceland really tests all aspects of the trekkers equipment and physical ability, and no more so that their footwear. The terrain changes from soft and eroding volcanic ash, to rocky mountain trails and never ending rain and wind, the Moab Peak stood up to all of it and took it within its stride. After months of hard use within the British Mountains and 8 days of trekking in Iceland, a quick scrub and they barely look fazed.
If you’re looking for a boot that is lightweight, fits well and will tackle hill and mountain terrain in spring, summer and autumn weather, then the Merrell Moab Peak is your boot.