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Merrell Men's MOAB 2 Leather Mid Gore Tex Hiking Shoe (Granite) $149.99 + Shipping (Free with Kogan First) @ Kogan

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Just snapped up a pair of these after browsing and waiting for sales. Cheapest I've found is Merrell's own website @ $199 at the moment, whereas most other sites have them for $200+. I know it's only in one colour but together with black, I'd argue grey is the safest option. They do have a blue version too for the same price, but the upper sole is synthetic rather than leather on the grey one.

Rated a very good hiking shoe for this price and with performance leather + gore tex and a comfy sole you can conquer most walks and hikes with this bad boy. For more reviews check out e.g. Amazon :)

Edit 1: Thanks to @ricerocket for the reminder:

  1. Use code APPLOVE when checking out on the Kogan app on Android/iOS for $5 off
  2. Check your email to see if you've received the targeted $10 voucher

I did, so ended up paying $144.99 in total (includes shipping to Metro Sydney).

Edit 2: Similar model (unsure about leather, plus different colour (brown) + slower delivery) on Amazon!

Edit 3: These are now part of the 10% off selected items on Kogan, so can be had for even less!

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  • +3 votes

    At least the GTX version has a gusseted tongue.

    The adventure version which is leather you would think would follow the same design?

    NOPE. No gusset which means any puddle deeper than 1 inch gets water into the boot.

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      Yeah, it's important to check the shoes thoroughly and read reviews. There are people who claim this shoe isn't the quality it once was and that the waterproofing isn't too good, especially around the toes, but for this price I'd argue it's a pretty good deal :)

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        When it comes to hiking boots, I'm of the opinion it's better to pay a bit more and get a quality boot that will work and last. In the long run, it will be cheaper and you'll have a better boot in the meantime.

        Personally, I like Scarpa boots - my last pair have seen me travel around the world a few times and are still going strong 8 years later. My experience with Merrell's is that they'd last a few years at best.

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    Do we know if this is also leather as it doesn’t mention leather .

    https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/merrell-mens-moab-2-gore-tex-hi...

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    Thanks. Was looking at this exact pair size and colour a while ago but couldn't justify the $200+ price tag.

    For additional $5 off, download the kogan app and use the 'applove' code. Forgot I had kogan first, so free postage for me too!

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      Yep, thanks for the reminder! I got the targeted $10 credit via email too, so paid $144.99 shipped :)

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    It's crazy how online shoe stores have very little sizing info (apart from US/UK/Eu conversions). They don't even mention if these are a wide fit toebox or not. You'd think they'd have diagrams with measurements or something to help with sizing.

    Waiting for an app that 3d scans my foot and recommends a specific shoe - that would be a better experience than most retail outlets

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      I think most Aussie importers/distributers only import a single width in most shoes, usually a mid width…

      Shopping last year the only wide hiking boots I could find were the Scarpa Deltas, pricey boots though… (Zamberlan Vioz were claimed to be wide but they didn't feel very wide)

    • +2 votes

      I can tell you for certain that these will not be Moab 2 GTX wide fits.

      They basically exist in 3 colour variations (Beluga, Black/black and I think the last is called natural? its creamy brown).

      Trying to get wide fit Merells is an absolute pain in the butt. And I've had staff from their stores tell me they don't exist…while I'm wearing them from US importing.

      Also that app already exists - https://shoefitter.io/

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        Looks promising - still just a demo by the sounds of it though

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    Does anyone have a reference for how these fit? Not sure where to go to try for sizes before purchasing.

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      Anaconda. You can try them on yourself off the shelf. I've found Merrell run small in the past. YMMV.

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      Like most Merrell, they're pretty generous wide fit.

  • +1 vote

    I went to Anaconda to try the right size and 9.5 was a good fit for me. I'm normally 9/10 on Adidas, Nike, etc. so it seems to be fair but you might want to figure out if you want to use e.g. warm/hiking socks which could increase your size by 0.5 or so!

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    GTX hiking boots are terrible for anything but snow. They take forever to dry out once they inevitably get wet and have low breathability. Then the waterproofing wears off and you're stuck with a heavy, non-breathable boot.

    • +3 votes

      I dont agree, in Tassie I find GTX is a must have year round, most multi-day tracks have decent amounts of mud, creek crossings and such, when combined with gaiters you can paddle through decent water/mud depths with minimal amounts ending up in your boots if you're fast…

      If you look after them with something like Nikwax products they last well, hit the leather after each wet/muddy hike with water-proofer, and give them an occasional wash out with techwash and TX-Direct…

      Some people like to use ventilated shoes/boots and just have wet feet the whole time, they claim the water drains and they dry faster, but I couldn't think of anything worse in winter… (I might change my mind after doing the Port Davey and South Coast tracks in the coming months, lol, the mud down there is as bad as it gets I believe)

      You see a lot down here with sandshoe type boots and they're always tiptoeing around the mud trying to stay dry, doing damage, making the tracks wider, Parks and Wildlife prefer us to slosh straight through the middle where possible…

      At the end of the day, each to their own, we're all different…

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        I don't know how you're moving your feet fast enough through water to prevent ingress through the big holes at the top - even with gaiters. Water crossings were the main reason I dropped GTX boots.

        A quick search of BPL shows basically universal agreement https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/gore-tex-trail-sho...

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          I'm not talking wading across foot or more deep rivers or such, but mid height full leather boots and gaiters over the top, the occasional dunking into 200mm of water or into near-knee-deep mud, all good if you yank your foot out fast… any real wading across deeper water I take my boots off, I haven't had much of that yet…

          More often than not it's just rainy wet weather and shallow mud/water, or wading through wet button grass plains or shrubby heath crap going off-track…

          As I said I may change my mind after spending a couple of weeks in the muddy South-West, lol, but for the moment I'm quite content with my heavy full leather GTX boots…

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          If the water is deep enough to go over the top of the boots, you take the boots off. Simple.

          The rest of the time, you just power through the puddles and streams and enjoy nice dry feet.

      • +1 vote

        Mate its been 12 years since I've done the Port Davey and South coast track but you'll have no significant mud issues on the SC track. Port Davey, at least back then, did have some drainage issues but only for a short stretch, couple of days max. and it won't start until after the Arthurs turn off. Chapman guide will be up to date though of course. I envy you, have a great walk.

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      This view is common and it is silly because you are compromising excellent gear because of poor management. And let me be clear- breathable waterproofs are among the most valuable advances in outdoor equipment we've had in many decades.

      I've hiked nearly every major trail in Australia. The only one I haven't completed fully is the Alps track from Valhalla to Canberra.
      I've done them all in spring-summer-autumn (winter walks only in northern and central australia so they dont count).
      I've done them all in 4-5 pairs of gore-tex or event lined boot.

      Learn to manage your gear
      If you buy a high quality synthetic or open leather boot the waterproof lining will outlast that leather stitching. A hard wearing vibram sole will outlast both.
      If you buy a full grain leather boot, the craftsmanship and leather care is important. But your boot will never be breathable and the waterproof lining plays second fiddle to your boot wax.

      How to dry out your wet boot.
      Experienced hikers don't carry lots of stuff but what you should do is carry 3-4 pairs of thick, high quality socks (like bridgedale). You keep one pair clean for camp. the other 2-3 pairs you wash after each days walk and dry during each days hike. If your boot is wet you can keep trading your socks in and out using them as a sponge to remove the water.

      Now you can have your waterproof boot. and you can dry it if water gets in. Sounds a whole lot better than wearing a non-waterproof boot and just letting water in all the time right?

      Your camp shoes should also be your wading/river crossing shoes if necessary. Depending on the crossing that could be slip ons, sandals, ultralight sneakers, booties etc.

      Also, as a very general rule, don't go to BPL for advice. It's full of forum hikers and people who review equipment in their backyards or after 3 day walks. Most are also in North America which has very different conditions- over there gaiters are an extra sock to keep dirt out of the top of their boots (how precious can you be). In Australia a well fitted pair of below knee gaiters will very nearly turn your mid cut boot into a gumboot.

      Sometimes, on BPL, you get somebody who knows wtf they are doing like Andrew Skurka. But most are hacks and label junkies.

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        And let me be clear- breathable waterproofs are among the most valuable advances in outdoor equipment we've had in many decades.

        WPB is largely a marketing gimmick. Even my expensive 3L H2No and GTX jackets are barely breathable.

        How to dry out your wet boot.
        Experienced hikers don't carry lots of stuff but what you should do is carry 3-4 pairs of thick, high quality socks (like bridgedale). You keep one pair clean for camp. the other 2-3 pairs you wash after each days walk and dry during each days hike. If your boot is wet you can keep trading your socks in and out using them as a sponge to remove the water.

        Now you can have your waterproof boot. and you can dry it if water gets in. Sounds a whole lot better than wearing a non-waterproof boot and just letting water in all the time right?

        I suspect you've never actually used GTX boots. They don't dry out overnight even in very low humidity. There's zero chance of them drying out with a sweaty foot inside them.

        you get somebody who knows wtf they are doing like Andrew Skurka

        And Skurka disagrees with your view completely.

        https://andrewskurka.com/waterproof-gore-tex-shoes-second-ch...

        • +1 vote

          Each to their own I guess.

          Skurka hikes differently to most. you wouldn't do 60miles a day in runners carrying a tarp in the alps or SW tassie now would you.

          But really who cares in the end. I don't know you, you dont know me.

          • +1 vote

            @wasabi3: I'm a firm believer in "each to their own", and everyone is doing different things and has different needs.. I have been tempted to try the vented boot wet feet approach but i cant justify buying more boots until I have an issue with my current approach…

            At the moment I like my full leather GTX + gaiters so I can do things like this that are well over boot depth and I stay dry:
            https://youtu.be/VliLqCEZJSM

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP just bought the lower cut hiking shoe for $129 (https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/merrell-mens-moab-2-gore-tex-hi...) with free shipping thanks to the kogan first trial.

    Own a pair of Merrells gore-tex hiking shoes - 7 years and survived trips to Lapland, Southern France, New Zealand, many places in Aus and I've used them for general jogging and daily use too. Still waterproof - only recently chipped a bit of the rubber material on the side of the heel. Have been very reliable and durable for me.

    Hope that helps

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    I can absolutely give a thumbs up to the after sales service of Merrell btw. I had the toe of one of my MOAB Vents start to come apart after a hiking trip in the US I had owned them for just under a year but had lost my receipt. Merrell Australia had zero problem with sending me out a new pair (after emailing them a photo of the issue).

    One of the reasons I love Merrell MOABS is because they make them in extra width sizes as well - I find I need that extra room in the toe box.

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    Without getting all technical, I love the mid so much I purchased the low in black!

    Very durable, would recommend.

    I understand the other side of the story though, being light, GTX traps moist in, etc. Whatever works for you

  • +1 vote

    similar price at Amazon if you have prime.
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Merrell-Mens-Moab-Gore-Tex-Walking...

    Amazon over Kogan any day.

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      Thanks for that! For some reason the size I bought on Kogan (9.5 AU - 9 US) is $296 on Amazon but most sizes are closer to $150-$160 so good alternative.

      Also not sure whether this has the suede leather or synthetic leather as it's not mentioned in the description.

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        9.5 for brown pecan is still $148, but I still prefer the colour from Kogan. As long as there isn't any hold up in the delivery process, I'm still pretty happy. :) Can't deny that Amazon service is great.

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          Not sure where you're seeing that?

          Here's what I see when I choose that size on the Amazon page. It's the only size that's this price for some reason + delivery isn't until March so you'll have to weigh that up if you want something sooner :)

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            • +1 vote

              @ricerocket: That's size 9.5 US, I was referring to size 9 US, which is 9.5 AUS :)

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                @mrkrazy: Did your order status change today? Was supposed to be dispatched yesterday, but now mine says there's some delays and is no longer processing in warehouse…..:(

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                  @ricerocket: I got an email saying it's being processed and supposed to ship soon…

                  Asking about a price match/reduction too since they're 10% off today so let's see :)

                  EDIT Just got an email now (1pm on 09.02.2020) that it's been shipped!

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                    @mrkrazy: Mine too! Yay. Didn't bother trying with the price match. Let us know how you go.

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    I normally wear a size 11 US for all my shoes.

    I'm a little confused by all the size comparisons. Would I be best off getting the 11.5US Merrell's? Unfortunately, the nearest store that stocks them is over 200km away so I can't try them on!