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What Makes A True Hiker? – Merrel Moab Features

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes at TheShoeMart

What makes a good hiking shoe?

It’s the start of the 2016 hiking season, and we’re celebrating with our favorite hiking shoe–the Merrell Moab. So what’s in a good hiking shoe? We’ll tell you all about it and how the Moab measures up below.

Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof

What to Look for in a pair of hiking shoes:

  1. Breathability: You want a pair of shoes that you can spend a lot time in without overheating or creating a swampy, sweaty and uncomfortable environment for your feet–especially in the summer.
  2. Water Protection: Depending on where you’re hiking, you can encounter wetlands, mud, or various bodies of water. Water-resistant or waterproof hiking shoes are great for tackling wet terrain and won’t hold you back if it rains.
  3. Long-lasting comfort – Make sure that your hiking shoes are comfortable not just when you put them on, but also at the end of your hike.
  4. Rugged outsole – you want an outsole that is going to hold grip in uneven terrain. Skip the road running shoes and look for something with a lugged outsole.

 

Features of the Merrell Moab Hiking Shoe:

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1.  Great breathability thanks to uppers with just enough mesh to get air to your feet.

 

  Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof

 

2. Depending on the style, the Merrell Moab series can have a combination of water-resistant or waterproof technologies, including: waterproof leather or synthetic material on the uppers, a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, or Merrell M Select™ DRY technology.

Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof

3. An air cushion in the heel, CMEVA cushion footframe, and odor control technologies offer long-lasting comfort on your hike.

  Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof OutsoleMerrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Vibram Outsole

 

4. A rugged, durable Vibram outsole has 5mm lugs and is ready to tackle tough terrain.

10 Hiking Tips for 2016

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Our Tips For Hiking

We’re celebrating the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab, the number one hiking boot!

We want to get you outside and into nature, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks for those getting out for the first time (and even some for the seasoned hiker!).

  1. Protect Yourself from the Sun!

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    This especially goes out to those of us that aren’t used to spending long hours outdoors. Save your skin with 30+ SPF sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses! Protect your eyes from the sun and take it all the sights with a pair that blocks 100% of UV Rays.

  2. Be Prepared!

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    There’s a reason for the scout motto. You want to be prepared for the worst case scenario so that you don’t end up in serious danger.

  3. K.I.S.S.

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    It’s easy to get caught up in all the hyped up tech and gear out there, but it’s really best to keep it simple. If it’s your first hike, you probably won’t need a high-altitude expedition tent or $600 waterproof binoculars. You’ll have a lot more fun and a lighter pack if you take only what you need.

  4. Invest in a Headlamp

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    This is a classic piece of gear that you’ll truly appreciate if your hiking adventure involves dark places or later hours.  Headlamps are hands-free and often have long-lasting batteries. Plus, a headlamp strapped to a gallon jug of water makes an instant tent lantern!

  5. Pack an Essential First Aid Kit

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    A large clunky first aid kit isn’t helpful if you can’t take it with you. Make a small kit with just the essentials for your hike.  You can buy a pre-made kit or pack your own. Don’t forget personal medications, pain, itch, or allergy relief, and santizing agents.

  6. Don’t Ditch The Map or Compass

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    Just because you bought a fancy GPS or have GPS in your smartphone does not mean that you can toss the Map and Compass. Remember your last road trip when your GPS thought you were in the middle of the ocean? Plus, GPS takes up a lot of battery and you don’t want to wind up stranded.

  7. Be Aware (and Beware!) of Wildlife

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    If you’re going hiking in a less-populated area, be sure to speak with a local wilderness expert or an authority about the wildlife in the area–or do a quick Google search(and be sure to fact-check!). You want to know how to avoid dangerous animals and what to do if you encounter one. It also helps to know your poisonous plants.

  8. Mind Your Manners!

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    You are likely to run into other humans on your hikes. Be pleasant and considerate, alert others of your presence with a friendly greeting–and know when to yield the trail. Need to brush up on your manners? We like this Hiking Trail Etiquette guide from HikingDude.

  9. Save the Phone for Emergencies.

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    Turn it off, and put it in your pack.  Not only will you be more alert to potential dangers, but you’ll also be able to spend a lot more time enjoying nature. Plus, it’s rude to be talking loudly on the phone or not paying attention when there are other hikers trying to enjoy the outdoors.

  10. Have fun!

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    It’s nice to get out of dodge and get some fresh air. If you forget something, don’t let it ruin your hike. Part of the fun of hiking is the challenge.

Want more tips? Follow us on Twitter (@TheShoeMart) and check out #TSMTips.

Start the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab

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We’re celebrating the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab, the number one hiking boot!

From now through May 7th, we’ll be focusing on the outdoors. Follow us on Twitter and stay tuned to #TSMTips for hiking tips and info, and stay tuned to the blog as well! Learn more about the Merrell Moab and why it’s one of our favorite shoes for hiking!

Things to Look Forward To

Thu. April 28th – Savings Begin. Check out Merrell’s #1 Selling Hiking Boot for yourself!

Fri. April 29th – Last day to enter our Merrell Moab Giveaway on Facebook. Hiking Tips!

Sat. April 30th – Learn about what makes the Merrell Moab great here and on Twitter!

Sun. May 1 – Discover which Moab is right for you on the blog. Find some great snacks for hiking on Twitter at #TSMTips.

Mon. May 2nd – Merrell Moab Giveaway Winner Announced on Facebook. Kid-Friendly Hiking at #TSMTips on Twitter.

Tue. May 3rd – Hiking Inspiration is everywhere.

Wed. May 4th – We’ll highlight our Favorite Hiking Spots (and yours too!) 

Sat. May 7th – Don’t get left behind. Be sure to pick up a pair of Moabs and get outside!

 

 

30% off Wolverine Boots!

Wolverine Boots

All of Wolverine’s boots are made with the perseverance of the Wolverine in mind. These Wolverine boots were built to endure the tough working conditions when the first railroads were built in America in the 1800’s. Today, they are still “Relentless By Nature.”  Now, on sale for 30% off, the Wolverine boots below are a fantastic addition to your wardrobe at a great price! 

The Wolverine Julian Chukka boot has a crepe rubber outsole to keep you stable and comfortable. Full-grain leather or waxed suede uppers look great in a casual environment and are great in less-than-ideal weather. The Navy and Cognac colorways shown below are selling out, so this is your last chance to get them!

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Also on sale is the Morley boot from the Wolverine 1000 Mile collection. This Goodyear welted Wolverine boot is as tough as it looks.  The tan colorway we have on sale for 30% off right now features a military style Horween waxed flesh leather.  In simple terms, the Horween Leather Company finishes the leather for this Wolverine boot on the flesh side instead of the grain side for a rugged, suede-like look.

What are you waiting for? Shop our selection of Wolverine boots while we still have your size in stock!

Winter Boots

 

A snowstorm is brewing in the North East, and we’d like to make sure you’re prepared! We can’t stock up on groceries or emergencies supplies for you, but we can keep your feet warm and protected with our great selection of snow boots! We’ll list our favorites below– and if you’re planning on staying inside, try cozying up with some of our favorite slippers!

 

Men’s Winter Boots

 

Kamik Boots

Dark Brown

The ultimate winter boots for shoveling or spending time outdoors with the kids, Kamik boots are warm and practical with rugged winter-ready outsoles.  Great for any winter adventure.

 

Blundstone Boots

Rustic Brown

The Blundstone Thermal Series features a thermo urethane outsole resistant to hydrolysis and microbial attacks, a Thinsulate insulation lining, and a removable sheepskin footbed for extra warmth and comfort.

 

 

Carolina Boots

 

A Carolina SCUBALINER™ waterproof membrane and 600 grams of Thinsulate™ insulation make these Carolina workboots well-equipped for winter weather. Available with a steel toe or without.

 

Clarks Boots

Those of you that need to head into the office will appreciate the super-comfortable Clarks Rockie Top boot with Gore-Tex.  The waterproof Gore-Tex lining will keep you warm and dry without any unnecessary bulk.

 

Women’s Winter Boots

 

Kamik Boots

 

Charcoal

 

Waterproof and warm boots from Kamik come with insulated linings, rugged winter outsoles, and tongues and collars that keep snow out.  Perfect for exploring the winter wonderland in your future.

 

BOGS Boots

The BOGS boots shown above come with 7mm of Neo-Tech™ insulation and are comfort rated for temps as low as 40°F, so your feet can stay dry and cozy, even if you venture outside. Tall or short boots in fun winter patterns or classic black are easy to put on and super stylish!

 

Sorel Boots

Black

Our Sorel Boots–especially the Joan of Arctic–are always flying off our shelves. If you’re lucky enough to be a 6, 7.5, 9.5, or 10.5, we might still have something in stock for you–but hurry!

 

Check out warm slippers for Men and Women, plus a bunch of other ways to keep your feet warm this weekend, on our Pinterest board: Cozy Toes!
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