It’s never a bad time to get out of the house and enjoy some of the sensational hiking trails New Zealand has on offer. However, before you head out, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the fit to match the conditions, particularly during the winter months. Fortunately, Merrell have created a fantastic, practical and stylish range of hiking gear that has everything you would need to ensure your hike, no matter how long or difficult, is a comfortable one. Additionally, one of the best things about the Merrell range is their commitment to sustainability through the choice of materials that their products are made from, with their products being partially or fully made from recycled materials. Here’s a short head-to-toe sample of the hiking gear Merrell has on offer:
It can get pretty cold out there in the elements and when it gets particularly chilly, it’s best to stay as covered as possible. This simple and stylish Trailhead Midweight Beanie will get the job done, providing that extra level of warmth if the temperature drops while you’re out roaming. It is made from 100% recycled polyester and comes in a variety of colours from bright to muted tones.
It’s the time of year where the weather can be a little bit all over the place, so the last thing you want is to get caught in the wind and rain in the middle of your hike without a waterproof jacket. The Ridgevent Hybrid features a DWR (durable water repellency) finish to bead off water, plus a blend of 65% waterproof goose down and 35% ultra-fine Primaloft synthetic fibres to keep you warm if you are caught out in any unexpected wet weather. In addition to this, the Ridgevent has heat-mapped BackVent baffles for the best combo of warmth and breathability when you are out moving in nature. This is the jacket you want on your back through the winter months.
As tempting as it might be, it’s probably not the best idea to head out into the elements in your nicest pair of jeans. If you’re looking for something to keep you bottom half from getting soaked or covered in mud, these waterproof Fallon Pants are an ideal option. Made from 100% recycled nylon and with a DWR (durable water repellency) coating, get yourself a pair of these to avoid getting soaked while out on a rainy hike.
Honestly, a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes might be the most essential bit of kit you need for any sort of trail adventures, from running to light hiking. You might think you can get away with your old, scraggly gym sneakers, but they are not made for the changing terrain that you get out on the trail. The Moab Flight is a great choice, with an incredibly lightweight feel combined with the Merrell FloatPro Foam technology which provides excellent cushioning on the inside and a mesh lining that lets your feet breathe. It’s also another Merrell item that adheres to their sustainable focus, featuring a 70% recycled mesh upper and 100% recycled laces.
Check out Merrell’s full range of outdoor apparel on their website now.