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Posted on December 29, 2011
Ruggedness and durability are the theme of Merrell’s latest additions to their Spring line. Meet the Trailstorm and Geomorph– footwear that’s built for toughness without sacrificing the level of comfort you need. We met with the brand to find out more about these hardcore new hikers.
A true backpacking-worthy boot, the Trailstorm boasts features like a custom Vibram outsole with shanks and a supportive, cushioning liner. This Outventure boot can handle heavy loads and tough terrains–think of them as the “off-road” boots of the trail. “What we’ve tried to do is build a really rugged and aggressive outsole, so that if you are in areas where the terrain is really challenging and you have a pack on, you’re going to feel confident that this product is really going to deliver the sure-footedness that you want and need,” said Hy Rosario, VP Merrell Product Development. Add to that the structural support, Gore-Tex construction and rubberized toe bumper, and you have yourself one of the most heavy-duty hiking boots out there.
We also got to check out the Geomorph light hiker, an addition to Merrell’s Multi-Sport collection. The traction on this shoe is intense, featuring a rugged Vibram geomorph sole. The quick lace system makes these easy to pull on an off, ideal for those spontaneous on-the-go hikes. Again, comfort is key with a Merrell air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock and adds stability, and the mesh panels that provide breathability. With these hikers, you can go outside in confidence.
We were lucky enough to get a peek at these during last year’s Outdoor Retailer, but worry not–these awesome shoes will hit our warehouse early 2012!
Where will you wear your tough new Merrell shoes?