Merrell Team | November 01, 2018

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Nov. 2018) —  Merrell, the brand that exists to give you all you really need to discover the simple yet profound power of the trail, has announced their expansive footwear and apparel collection for Second Half 2019. New and exclusive, as well as patent pending technologies, paired with modern takes on its iconic styles have made this season’s collection one of the most anticipated to date. 

 

In addition to a variety of technology and design innovations within Hike and Nature’s Gym, the Outdoor Life and Urban Path collections bring a fresh blend of style and function to consumers.  Focused efforts on sustainable materials continue to take the spotlight cross-territorially with updates to the Gridway Collection and Merrell’s first recycled trail runner with the Bare Access XTR Sweeper. Merrell continues to carry its leadership role in the industry with DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives through various activations in the US and soon globally.

 

Hike paves the way with iconic styles and innovative, exclusive technologies
The Thermo Rogue 2.0 takes grip on packed snow and icy trails to a new level. This athletic hybrid is loaded with the best in protection, but stripped of any bulk, so you can move fast on any winter adventure. The BOA lacing system provides fast adjustment and secure lockdown. Vibram’s® Arctic Grip® Dura 2 compound combined with Merrell’s new lug geometry offers enhanced grip for a boot that brings speed on the trail and confidence on ice.

 

Add up the miles and the memories with the Zion. Sneaker meets hiking boot in the Zion because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for trail-worthy traction and protection. This transitional footwear performs from doorstep to trailhead and brings a sleek and technical look and feel with a full grain leather and mesh upper, as well as a Vibram® Megagrip® outsole.

 

Modern performance inspired by a different decade. Ontario 85 is 80s heritage nostalgia, reinvented with modern tech. Just what you need to perform on the trail. And nothing you don’t. This retro hiker features a performance CORDURA® upper and sticky Vibram® Megagrip® for confidence on any adventure.

 

Nature’s Gym expands with a winter-specific trail runner and sustainable materials 
Tackle winter trails fearlessly with the MTL Astrum. Built in the Merrell Test Lab where our most technical innovations are born, this winter trail runner with a snow-stopping collar radiates body heat back toward the foot and features snowtire-inspired Vibram® lugs that grip on mixed winter terrain. Because it’s never too cold for a trail run.

 

Bare Access XTR makes its trail running debut featuring a 0 heel-to-toe offset, a moderate amount of shock-absorbing foam and a sticky Vibram® outsole for enhanced ground connection and agility on fast runs on light to moderate trails. 

 

The Bare Access XTR Sweeper brings Merrell’s first sustainable trail runner to market by celebrating the sweeper community – those who pick up stray flags, lost items, and anything else that inadvertently gets left on the trail. The Sweeper is made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible, giving you the outdoor performance you need, with less impact on the planet.

 

Outdoor Life and Urban Path merge performance and style with modernized, iconic looks
With trans-seasonal style, the Haven is a boot designed to be as spontaneous as the weather. This women’s only style is complete with a full grain leather and tweed upper, as well as M Select™ Dry and M Select™ Warm, giving you enough weather protection to go anywhere.

 

Blur the line between boot and sneaker. Classic style gets an enlightened, modern refresh. Inspired by Merrell’s original, iconic Wilderness hiking boot, the Ashford Classic combines outdoor heritage looks and lightweight sneaker comfort.

 

Let the retro vibe take over in sneakers you simply can’t take off. In colors that mix well with your style, Alpine Sneaker will earn its place at the top of your shoe rack, and come in a standard lace, mid and a women’s Velcro version.

 

The next generation of Gridway sustainability is here. The Gridway Leather is made from sustainable and recycled materials wherever possible and is built with a singular intent: to last. The Gridway Leather uses SuperLite, a Merrell-exclusive LITE leather made by ISA, offering the pinnacle of low impact to the environment savings.

 

Collaborations with Stormy Kromer, Duluth Pack, and Dogfish Head to catch the eyes of new consumers
Inspired by our friends at Stormy Kromer®, a new version of the Ontario features the same soft oiled waxed cotton (men’s), wool (women’s), and flannel used to make the iconic Kromer hats. An exclusive plaid will also be featured in a men’s and women’s jacket.

 

Handcrafted heritage is reflected through our collaboration with Duluth Pack. The Moab Duluth 8" WP ST is what a hardworking partnership looks like. Equipped with the Kinetic Fit™ ELITE footbed, plus a full grain leather and canvas upper, the Moab Duluth brings two craft heritages together.

 

Designed with our friends at Dogfish Head Brewery, the Agility Synthesis Flex X DF is a trail runner inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever created. The Seaquench Ale-inspired shoes are also made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible. 

 

Merrell Work drives home a light and tough collection with options for a variety of workers
Frame support for stability and protection. Work demands durability you can trust. So we built the Strongfield with ToughFrame™ a shielding exoskeleton that functions like roll bars for feet, stabilizing and protecting them all day long from debris. Because you never know what work is going to throw at you. 

 

Super light meets super tough. An evolution of the original Fullbench, Fullbench Superlite provides strength that hits far above its weight class. A full 17% lighter than its predecessor, it’s nimble power that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Because if you’re going to be light, you better be tough. 

 

The RidgeVent Thermo Jacket brings a solution to staying warm, and cool, while wearing a pack on the trail
The RidgeVent Thermo Jacket puts warmth exactly where consumers need it – with a ventilated spine and gender-specific heat mapping to regulate body temperature while on the trail. This engineered spine keeps your core warm while allowing excess heat to escape, eliminating the hot spots created on your back when you carry a pack. Warmth where you need it. Ventilation where it matters.

 

ABOUT MERRELL    
Merrell® exists to give you all you really need to discover the simple yet profound power of the trail. We believe the trail is for everyone. Our goal is to provide thoughtfully designed, rigorously tested products that over-deliver on performance, versatility and durability. Because when you’ve got air in your lungs and good shoes on your feet, you’ve got everything you need. Visit Merrell.com or follow us on social at @merrell and @merrelloutside. www.merrell.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT


Lauren King / lauren.king@merrell.com