Merrell Moab Vertex Work Boots | Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

A great combination of comfort, durability and protection.

Merrell Moab Vertex Work Boots

Merrell Moab Vertex Work Boots

MODEL:Moab Vertex Mid WP CT CSA (#J19483W)
Sizes:9 - 14 (all in wide widths)
Midsole:Rubberized EVA
Upper:Waterproof full grain leather and breathable mesh
Key Features:
  • Contoured design footbed with breathable foam
  • Abrasion resistant rubber toe cap
  • Air cushion in the heel
  • Composite safety toe rated CSA Z195-14
  • Electrical hazard rated
  • Puncture resistant plate meets CSA standards
  • Heat resistant outsole up to 500 °F for brief periods
Weight:1,404g (2 lb 1 oz)

Folks who wear work boots for any length of time during the day know that comfort, durability and safety trump style or price. If you're looking for a premium waterproof safety toe boot that is super comfortable, breathable and downright tough, then the Merrell Moab Vertex just might be the ticket.

These 6" boots, available in wide widths, sizes 9 to 14, weigh in at just over 2 pound a boot. They feature a full-grain leather upper integrated with breathable mesh and a reinforced, abrasion-resistant heel and toe. A composite toe provides the same level of protection you would get from a steel toed boot without the extra weight.
I wore these boots a full workday without taking any time to break them in. I found the fit to be very good with decent arch support. At the end of the day they didn't leave my feet feeling numb or like they had just come out of an oven. The toe box is wide enough that even when wearing thick socks the boots didn't feel overly tight - snug but not cramped. Yes, they are on the heavy side, but that's the price you pay for a massively strong work boot.

There are 5 pairs of webbed fabric eyelets that I find are more flexible than D-rings as they enable the boot to flex a bit more, putting less strain on the top of the foot.

The cushioned insoles are replaceable, though they should last quite a long time. The only reason to replace them is if you have specific support requirements such as fallen arches or flat feet, or if you feel that you need even more cushioning than these insoles provide.

The outsoles are long-wearing, and slip, oil and abrasion-­resistant. The treads are quite deep and provide excellent grip. These boots are also EH (electrical hazard) certified, so there isn’t any metallic hardware that can conduct electricity should you happen to step into a live wire situation.

Apart from the sole, its the toe and the heel that are subject to the greatest amount of wear and tear. On these boots both toe and heel have waterproof, abrasion-resistant rubber bumpers that protect the boot from scuffs and scratches.

A critical area that is susceptible to water penetration is the point at which the outsole is joined to the upper part of the boot. On these boots the outsole and the uppers are joined with an adhesive rather than sewn. The disadvantage of this method is that the outsole can't be replaced. However, this less costly method of construction also makes these boots more economical for the end user.
About the only feature these boots lack are metatarsal guards that protect the upper foot from heavy falling objects, which makes them less suitable for use on a construction site.

For renovators, service technicians, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, cabinet makers, avid DIYers and the like, these Merrell Moab Vertex boots offer 
a great combination of comfort, durability and protection.

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Protective and abrasion resistant composite safety toe with rubber toe cap

Breathable mesh lining

Protective and abrasion resistant heel

M Select GRIP slip and oil resistant rubber sole with integrated puncture resistant plate and 5mm deep lugs

OrthoLite breathable open-cell polyurethane removable and replaceable insole

A superb combination of comfort and protection

Carl Duguay
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