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Merrell Moab Speed x Sweaty Betty hiking shoe

Two outdoor brands have come together to create an excellent summer hiking shoe that's flexible and grippy.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
Moab Merrell Sweaty Betty speed hiking shoe

Our review

An excellent, lightweight summer hiking shoe for women.
Pros: Comfortable
Excellent grip
Lightweight
Supportive
Made from recycled fabrics
Waterproof
Cons: Light colours show up the dirt

The Merrell Moab Speed Gore Tex x Sweaty Betty hiking shoe is a lightweight version of the classic Moab, which (with various updates) has been a stalwart of the hiking scene for more than a decade. This version is the result of a collaboration between women’s sports clothing brand Sweaty Betty and Merrell.

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The first thing you notice is how comfortable they are. They feature Merrell’s ‘FloatPro Foam’ midsole, which makes them cushioned and supportive with a 10mm drop – perfect for summer hikes when you want to feel a little more of the terrain under your feet than in the winter. The PU footbed is removable, on days when you want even less padding and a lighter trail feel – and more breathability, although they’re already well ventilated so you probably won’t need this.

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The second thing you notice is how lightweight they are. Made using recycled materials (laces, mesh lining and footbed cover 100%; outer sole 30% recycled), Merrell has kept this shoe featherlight on feet.

Additionally, the Vibram EcoStep outer sole is fantastically grippy, with a 4mm lug that sheds without you noticing. Their traction on slippery surfaces such as loose dirt tracks and wet rocks, both of which I tried them on, is excellent. The rockplate – often a feature on trail running shoes, this is the extra layer between the mid-heel and toes – offers good protection on rougher tracks.

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They’re breathable and waterproof, which you’d expect from a Gore Tex shoe. Get the fit right, and these shoes could possibly double up as trail running shoes.

My only criticism is that the colour schemes aren’t to my taste – the lighter colours make the mud stand out gloriously, but if you’re not fussed about that, these are excellent shoes for hiking in the summer.

Facts at a glance:

• RRP £125

• Weight: 645g per pair (women’s size 7)

• Outer: Vibram® EcoStep outsole (30% recycled)

• Midsole: FloatPro Foam

• Upper: Mesh and TPU upper, with Gore-Tex waterproof membrane

Buy now for women (RRP from £125)


Also consider…

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX walking shoe review

Looking for something heavier to hit the trails with? Consider this walking shoe from Adidas. With a tyre-like Continental outsole that boasts 4.5mm lugs, these shoes are great for hiking on rocky terrain. They look like a running shoe, but have the rigid qualities of a hiking shoe, with a protection plate in the outsole, toecap and heel cup. They’re a midweight shoe, at 444g per shoe (men’s 10.5).

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Read Pat Kinsella’s Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX walking shoe review for more technical and performance details.