Merrell Women’s Moab Hiking Boots Review

Small disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Just sharing what has worked for me.

I first started hiking on trails about 5 years ago and in the beginning I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I usually just wore my trusty pair of worn out gym shoes, which didn’t hold up well to the elements, but got the job done.

It wasn’t until I started planning my trip to Acadia National Park¬†in late 2015 when I realized that some real hiking boots might come in handy. I found myself online completely confused and steered in a million different directions and in REI asking a billion questions.

I have extremely narrow feet, so finding a boot that would fit me comfortably and not slip off the whole time or require me to wear more than one pair of socks was the goal.

I eventually found the Merrell Women’s Moab hiking boots after months of looking. I have had these boots since early 2016 and used them quite a few times (complete with two big trips to Maine and Washington State) since then. They have held up incredibly well and I seriously can’t recommend them enough if you are looking for a good starter hiking boot.

Merrell Moab Women's Hiking Boots

They are waterproof, super comfortable and durable. I have only had blisters once while wearing them and that was after a 3,000 foot ascent and descent, otherwise no problems!

I know some people prefer trail runners vs. big traditional hiking boots. It is all really your preference. I suggest trying them on and seeing what works for you.

Here is a link if you wanted to check them out for yourself (they are much cheaper now than when I bought them… I believe I paid around $140 after tax): boots

I figured while I’m on the subject of footwear recommendations, I would also recommend my absolute favorite hiking socks. I can’t rave about these bad boys enough, I love them so much I wear them even for everyday use cause they are just so comfortable.

They’re by a brand called Darn Tough. All the products are made in Vermont and guaranteed for LIFE. But, so far, after having them over a year, it doesn’t look like they’re going to get ruined any time soon. These things are truly…darn tough.

Darn Tough hiking socks

This combination of boots and socks has kept my feet happy and healthy on the trails. I never go on a trip without them.

I hope that this has helped those of you looking for a pair of reliable hiking boots and socks.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all in my next post,

Emily


 

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Why Every Girl Needs A Shih-Tzu (or dog in general)

Dogs are the best. It’s a simple fact of life that can’t be fought (UNLESS YOU’RE A CAT PERSON, AND IF SO WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE). They cuddle with you when you’re sad, they’re there for you when theres no one else, and they look up to you like a baby bird to it’s mother.

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More specifically, every girl needs a Shih-Tzu. Mine is named Oliver Twist. He’s my 12-year-old companion and more importantly best friend. He’s the apple to my peanut butter. If he were a human i’d marry him. He goes by the nicknames Shnubs, King, Prince, Barbara, Barbie, Bubz, Ol, and OLLIE. The silly, fluffy little balls of life are the best companions ever.. for several reasons.

1. They are constantly sassy and sort of have a problem with everything. This is an amazing trait; BELIEVE ME. It’s how you wish you could be in life. You wish you could sort of hate everything but at the same time expect everything (some of us do). They just kind of look at you with a stink face even if you just took them on a 5-mile walk and fed them gourmet chicken while massaging their back.

2. Shih-Tzu literally translates to Lion Dog. They’re of Tibetian origin and were used to guard the royal family.. that’s right.. small, little mini, basically harmless dogs were the face of danger when it came to ancient Tibet. The only time I can find this to be true is when my dog is biting and growling at me, which is basically on a daily basis.

3. They’re basically the face of every dog show. The long, flowing hair with a cute little top knot. They were the original man-buns. They are fashionistas til the end.

4. They’re versatile for every climate! No matter where you live, your Shih-Tzu will adapt. You would think with a winter coat on 24/7 they would be pretty hot in the sun, but nope.. They love basking in the sunlight.

5. No matter how ugly they are they are always cute.. even if your friends and family can’t see it, you do! You see the beauty in that crooked-teethed, raccoon-eyed, nugget.

6. It sometimes feels like they hate you even though you’re overly affectionate and love them more than anything. They want to be your best friend only when there is food around. It’s almost like trying to hang with the popular crowd, but the popular crowd says no.. and you keep trying.

Of course, every dog is amazing. Whether you love your Pitbull, ¬†English Bulldog, Labrador Retriever, or Chihuahua it doesn’t matter.. we are all the members of one giant family: Dog People.

Dog people made the world go round.

Respect.