Updated: Feb 19, 2020
At Champaign Outdoors, we are passionate about living a life of adventure. We are also passionate about providing our customers with the best gear available when it comes to outdoor exploring. So, we want to highlight some of our brands that help us do what we love.
Meet Merrell Footwear. It's possible that you've had a pair of their boots before! Widely known for their hiking and work boots, Merrell has been a go-to for active people for over three decades. Their original designs were developed by adding American cowboy boot technology to the Italian boot manufacturing process. This created a boot that was meant to last a decade. In fact the Wilderness boot, one of the earliest Merrell styles with its signature blue laces, still remains in the line today.
Merrell wants to remove barriers to help people enjoy the outdoors. They value comfort, durability, design, and versatility. Because of this, you'll find Merrell shoes for hiking, trail running, training, and work! They incorporate technologies like Vibram Megagrip into their Ontario Boots for unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces. GORE-TEX is a technology used on their Moab boots for durable waterproofing and breathability. Their MQM series is a trail running shoe meant for "moving quickly in the mountains." To achieve that, Merrell incorporates FLEXconnect, a dual-directional flex-groove midsole for agility and stability.
Sustainability is a huge factor for most outdoors brands, and that's true for Merrell as well. They incorporate recycled water bottles in their sock line, and use recycled rubber in several of their shoe lines. Durability is key for sustainability with Merrell. By providing a shoe that will last, they are reducing waste because their shoes don't need to be replaced as often.
At Champaign Outdoors, we love Merrell because it is a truly timeless brand and their shoes are seriously tough. Check out some of the Merrell shoes we carry in store!