Over the years I've had a love-hate relationship with Merrell. I had a pair of the Sawtooth that were, as far as I know, one of the first civilian 'tactical' boots used by the military on a semi-official basis. Mine fell apart after a few months use and never felt really comfortable. Then I bought the MOAB ventilator mids in both GTX and non-GTX and they felt so comfortable and light I bought a pair of the low versions. Within a few months they stopped providing any kind of underfoot cushioning and actually started to hurt, and possibly damage, my feet. The pain in my foot arches was intense after wearing them for even short distances. I stopped using them, sold them off and swore I'd never use Merrells again.
Then I saw a YouTube video showcasing a new, improved version, the MOAB 2. The video explained that they had improved the arch support and put extra padding in the heel. I was sceptical but after seeing a pair of the lows on offer I thought I'd give them a try seeing as how the weather was hotting up and I needed a pair of summer hikers.
Boy am I glad I got them, these things have hardly been off my feet for nearly three months now. Same light weight, comfort and breathability of the old style but 1000% more arch support and gentle kindness to my footsies. No more pain in the soles of my feet, happy to go miles in these things without any discomfort. I cannot recommend them highly enough as a hot-weather walking shoe.
These are the 'Beluga' colour, most 'tactical' colour I could find
Post dog walk, filthy
Same sole design as the first model but feels more rigid
Much better insole with far improved support (so much so I went half a size smaller as my feet seemed to flatten out more in the older models, or maybe my feet are just weird.
Downside - clearly not waterproof, your feet will get soaked just walking through wet grass but they are a summer shoe and they dry relatively quickly.
Grass seeds, etc, will cling to these babies and work their way inside your skin, not pleasant and a PITA to get them out as they seem to weave into the very fabric.
Any questions let me know.