Another, more general purpose trailshoe, this time from Merrell, the Moab FST is a fairly radical rethink on something of a confirmed classic. The new version of the Moab has seen a lot of use in a short time here at OE Towers – running, lower level walking and plenty of bike abuse. I tested the GTX version, which performed well in the wet and was fairly breathable, although there’s a non-GTX version if you prefer more breathability. It’s a far more stable fit than it’s predecessor, with plenty of room in the toebox and a well fitting heel, which means the shoe moves with you inside it – I used to feel like I was walking ‘on top’ of the old model. Merrell have slim lined things with the FST, but it’s still a bit overly padded for my liking; for most that won’t be a problem, it just means it takes a little longer to dry out. The tread is good on mud and grass, less so on rock – the Vibram sole is contoured more in ‘strips’ rather than studs. A very worthy update for an all-purpose, 3-season hiker. Weight per shoe 395g.
Review by David Lintern @