Merrell MOAB or Salomon Boots?

So it's that time again, and just checking Promotive and Nelson Co, doesn't seem to be much out there? The Forces line doesn't seem to be available online @ Promotive? and is Nelson Co still a vendor on here? 

I've read some very "mixed" reviews on on the MOAB boots? , some saying there are not "waterproof"? any "end users" care to chime in? I really only have experience with Danner & Salomon

Any "leads" or updates would be appreciated, Stay Safe troops 

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I love my Merrell's...I have not had a pair I didn't like.  I'm on my second pair of Ventilators and need to replace my Goretex MOAB's now as well.   Anything Merrell fits me like a glove in 11.5, but they simply aren't a to-hell-and-back shoe my Salomon's are.  Don't get me wrong, I wear the piss out of my 2x MOAB's so it was inevitable and they've been all over the country.  Shoes are perishable...but some more than others.  

Salomon's have been hit or miss for me.  The Quest 4D's have been stellar so long as it's not too hot.  However, I have noticed that my older gen boots feel just a little better than the newer gen/Forces model if I'm going to get nitpicky.  I even went through the hassle of getting a duplicate old gen pair in my size from across the pond I like my old Salomon's so much. 

The GTX's were another story.  It seems that 1/2 of the Salomon models I've tried feel great, the other half pinch, poke or hurt my feet some how. 

To clarify..."Promotive"  became "Experticity" which became "Expert voice".   Be aware there are deals to be had there (Merrell is usually one worth it) but do shop around before pulling the trigger.  I know the Merrell program won't take returns.  

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pointblank4445 posted:

I love my Merrell's...I have not had a pair I didn't like.  I'm on my second pair of Ventilators and need to replace my Goretex MOAB's now as well.   Anything Merrell fits me like a glove in 11.5, but they simply aren't a to-hell-and-back shoe my Salomon's are.  Don't get me wrong, I wear the piss out of my 2x MOAB's so it was inevitable and they've been all over the country.  Shoes are perishable...but some more than others.  

Salomon's have been hit or miss for me.  The Quest 4D's have been stellar so long as it's not too hot.  However, I have noticed that my older gen boots feel just a little better than the newer gen/Forces model if I'm going to get nitpicky.  I even went through the hassle of getting a duplicate old gen pair in my size from across the pond I like my old Salomon's so much. 

The GTX's were another story.  It seems that 1/2 of the Salomon models I've tried feel great, the other half pinch, poke or hurt my feet some how. 

To clarify..."Promotive"  became "Experticity" which became "Expert voice".   Be aware there are deals to be had there (Merrell is usually one worth it) but do shop around before pulling the trigger.  I know the Merrell program won't take returns.  

..ever look into Lowa's?...they've been stellar for me as a light assault boot alternatives for my Merrel and Salomons..

 

 

SWAT experience and general daily wear..

Summer time daily wear - Salomon Speed-cross with or without socks they are awesome 

fall winter Salomon XA Pro Mid 

the only issue ive had is the speedlace tensioner coming loose on just one very annoying having to constantly tighten them and a no go for duty

 Best that ive had for SWAT were LOWA Zephyr...durable like the Salomon XA but lighter and as comfortable 

merrills wear out way to fast for me so i stick with Salomon now

 

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BSO posted:

So it's that time again, and just checking Promotive and Nelson Co, doesn't seem to be much out there? The Forces line doesn't seem to be available online @ Promotive? and is Nelson Co still a vendor on here? 

I've read some very "mixed" reviews on on the MOAB boots? , some saying there are not "waterproof"? any "end users" care to chime in? I really only have experience with Danner & Salomon

Any "leads" or updates would be appreciated, Stay Safe troops 

What is your main purpose? Do you need waterproof boots or no? Do you plan to use them in hot or cold climates?

Make your question more precisely and I can give you advice based on my own experience, fellow.

arcticlightfighter posted:

merrills wear out way to fast for me so i stick with Salomon now

 

This.  I used to only wear Merrells but it seems their quality has gone down over the years and my last couple pairs have worn out very quickly.  The older models with Vibram soles lasted much longer.  I wear Salomon XA Pro3Ds daily and they are great.  Super comfortable, wear more like a tennis shoe than a boot.  I have them in GoreTex and non-GTX, GoreTex version has been great in the snow/rain but a little warm when its hot out.  I also have Lowa Zephyrs that are more boot-like and are better when more support is needed.

arcticlightfighter posted:

SWAT experience and general daily wear..

Summer time daily wear - Salomon Speed-cross with or without socks they are awesome 

fall winter Salomon XA Pro Mid 

the only issue ive had is the speedlace tensioner coming loose on just one very annoying having to constantly tighten them and a no go for duty

 Best that ive had for SWAT were LOWA Zephyr...durable like the Salomon XA but lighter and as comfortable 

merrills wear out way to fast for me so i stick with Salomon now

 

...laces getting loose used to irk me to till it occurred to me to put cordlocks in them, the round kind works best...

 

 

I had excellent luck with my Salomon combat boots while I was in - my Salomon shoes run narrow. As far as I can tell, Salomon sizing is not based on the same last across their lines, whereas Merrells are.

Merrells are my go-to everyday shoe (the MOAB Ventilator - I've gone through 6 pairs in 9 years, and I'm wearing some now). For hiking, shooting, or everyday wear you can't go wrong with either, but as with all shoes, TRY THEM ON before you buy and walk around in them as much as you can. REI is, as mentioned, really good for that.

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bestcounsel posted:

So I was at Rei last weekend and tried on the civi versions of salmons on...they were way too narrow for me. 

Are the all black tactical version just as narrow or are they a little more wide?

I find my civi gortex Salomon Quest 4d to be a bit tighter and a hair narrower than the non gortex forces I wear daily. 

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bestcounsel posted:

So I was at Rei last weekend and tried on the civi versions of salmons on...they were way too narrow for me. 

Are the all black tactical version just as narrow or are they a little more wide?

In my limited experience, I’ve noticed the Forces line seems a bit wider than similar civi-branded Salomons - especially in the forefoot area. 

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Wanted to throw this out there ...

I bought a pair of Adidas terrex swifts (non goretex version) from tactical distributors late last year - they were on clearance for 17 freaking dollars.  The lacing system seems somewhat similar to Salomons and they might not be the best for wide feet, but I've been thoroughly impressed with them. Breathable, comfortable, good cushioning, grippy soles...for my uses, they are the total package and a lot better then the Moabs I had (even with the cool guy discounted price for the merrells)

Full price on the adidas is pretty expensive but if you can find a good sale price, I'd recommend them.

 

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