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David Barnes
(twindaddy) - M
Moab Ventilator (mid) For Trek 16 2014 on 05/11/2014 20:32:11 MDT Print View

49, 6'2, 195 and slowly dropping.

Vaca/Dear Lake/Upper Sawmill/Comanche Peak/Crooked Creek/Lost Cabin/Beaubien/Crater Lake N. Fork Urrica/Base via tooth of time and Tooth Ridge

Have been training in a variety of already owned shoes to include Salomon XD GTX hightops, Inov-8 319s and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12s. No known ankle issues and have gone up to 12 miles with 35-40pd pack with no blisters when mated with Kirkland/Costco Merino wool sock.

My big three are less than 10lbs and I should be under 35 all in to include 4 days of food,5l of water and my share of crew gear.

Bottom Line-Presuming a good fit, will this shoe do the trick?

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Moab Ventilator (mid) For Trek 16 2014 on 05/12/2014 10:55:57 MDT Print View

I liked the Ventilator for hot weather as it kept my foot dry.

Issues are subjective to the person.
My issues were:
1) the tread on the heel wore out quickly, less than 100 miles.

2) the glued on sole peeled right above the toe box. I repaired it with some wetsuit neoprene glue, it outlasted the shoe. It could have been a random defect.

3) the insole was a piece of thin cardboard. I replaced with gel inserts.

4) the half or quarter shank disintegrated after 50 miles, so I felt every pebble I stepped on. Gel insole insert helped a little.

Aside from excellent breath-ability, the shoelaces are soft yet surprisingly durable, no fray. They didn't need to be broken in.

Now they have been demoted as my gardening shoes.

Edited by RogerDodger on 05/12/2014 10:56:36 MDT.

Bruce Whittle
(bwhittle) - F

Locale: Midwest
Moab Ventilator on 05/13/2014 21:24:49 MDT Print View

I hiked in the low cut Moab Ventilator with mini Smartwool PhD socks last summer on a PSA trek. We hiked south and central country including up Black Mountain and down Tooth Ridge to Base. We had rain and rocky trails. The shoes dried quickly after they became soaked and I had one pair of dry socks to change into. They do tend to get dust in near the toes due to the mesh but it was nice to finally find some hiking shoes that my feet don't get so hot in. I kept one pair of socks rinsed and drying so I could switch back and forth as needed. I always thought I needed higher top boots but these shoes were great. Have a great time this summer!

James Brownlee
(jimbrownle)
Re: Moab Ventilator (mid) For Trek 16 2014 - wore them - loved them on 06/24/2014 20:41:50 MDT Print View

I wore the Moab Ventilator Mid on my trek last year. I am 6'3", hiked at about 235 lbs, 45lb pack. 80 mile total trek distance.

I was completely satisfied with these boots for the trek. They were a last minute switch for me because of a sole issue with the boots I had been prepping in. Switched about two weeks before the trek - risky, but I put about 50 miles on them before I left.

The one thing I found was these boots were too flexible for my size - I was getting a little bit of arch strain. I added the Superfeet green insole from REI to get just a little more stiffness and a little more cushion, and the combination worked great for me.

Even though I didn't get much break in or practice time, I had zero blisters on the trek. Not one. I wore the REI moreno wool socks, no liner, changed them each day (rotated 3 pr for the trek).

We had rain every day for the first 6 days, and my feet stayed dry.

I could not have been happier with these boots for my trek.

william cheney
(wcheney) - F
Moab Ventilator on 06/26/2014 04:55:36 MDT Print View

For what it is worth I saw a number of scouts and adults wearing these boots. I just returned from Philmont this week.

David Barnes
(twindaddy) - M
Ventillator sightings at Philmont on 06/27/2014 14:53:31 MDT Print View

Thank you for the update. I hope your trek went well.