Q:

The Best Boots for Jungle Hiking: Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid

I'm moving to Puerto Rico and I need hiking boots to match the climate and terrain. Since I've got narrow feet, I've been considering the Vasque Breeze or Wasatch. What do you think?

Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid

Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid    Photo: Courtesy of Merrell

A:

Merrell’s Moab Ventilator Mid ($100) are designed as a desert boot, with a focus on breathability, but they hold their own in damp and warm weather, too. Without a Gore-Tex liner, they're not the right boots for a downpour, but the lack of Gore-Tex will actually boost breathability in mixed conditions. And they’re extra lightweight—really a high-top running shoe—but are still comfortable and protective.

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