Merrell and Unlikely Hikers Launch Size-Inclusive Hiking Boots
Merrell and Unlikely Hikers believe that the great outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone, which is why they teamed up to launch their first gender-inclusive collaboration.
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Hikers come from all walks of life, so why do brands create merchandise geared towards a narrow consumer base? It’s a good question, especially when equipment like headlamps, outdoor survival gear and family tents aren’t gender-specific. Merrell and Unlikely Hikers teamed up to challenge the notion that there is a “type” of person who enjoys the outdoors.
This is the second collaboration between the two companies, known respectively for their durable outdoor footwear and all-inclusive hiking communities. When visiting the Unlikely Hikers about page, a positive message greets visitors: “Nature is infinitely diverse and so are we.” Jenny Bruso, founder of Unlikely Hikers, aims to crush stereotypes of what an “average hiker” looks like.
The Merrell collaboration is only the beginning of Bruso’s quest for inclusivity in the hiking community. They seek to remove barriers for people of size and color, those in the LGBTQ+ community and folks with disabilities. Unlikely Hikers is passionate about utilizing the outdoors to aid in mental health.
What is the Merrell x Unlikely Hikers collection?
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The Moab 3 x Unlikely Hikers collection sits apart from traditional hiking gear. Customers of any background can find a perfect fit with several width options and hard-to-find sizes. Both the tall and short styles of boots come in sizes five to 16 in wide and medium widths.
The Merrell x Unlikely Hikers collection comes in a unisex colorway that features spirited shades of pastels, and it’s based on Merrell’s best-selling hiking boot. Customers still get the traction, waterproof materials, comfort and fit they expect.
In addition to gender- and size-inclusive boots, the Merrell and Unlikely Hikers collection features a playful assemblage of hats, t-shirts, lumbar packs and crossbody sling bags that promote Unlikely Hikers’ mission of inclusivity. Just like the boots, other items from the collaboration are available in a range of sizes designed to fit any body.
Where can I buy the Merrell and Unlikely Hikers collection?
To shop the Merrell x Unlikely Hikers collection, visit the collaboration’s landing page on Merrell’s website. Items from the collection range in price from $25 to $145, with the mid-cut boots ringing up at $145. Hikers can scoop up the low-cut boots for slightly less at $110.
Thanks to the wide range of sizes and colors, the collection makes the perfect gift for any outdoors lover next to camping must-haves like emergency lights, tent heaters and camp kitchens. Peruse Merrell’s outlet section for more great camping gear on significant markdown.
Our Top Picks
Moab 3 Waterproof
Crafted from recycled materials, this eco-friendly Moab 3 x Unlikely Hikers boot features a breathable mesh upper construction and debris-free bellows tongue. Just like other Merrell boots, the sole has incredible traction for outdoor adventures anywhere. Access new heights—pick up a pair before they sell out!
Moab 3 Mid Waterproof
The taller version of the Moab 3 x Unlikely Hikers boot looks great when hiking or relaxing on camping furniture. Waterproof membranes work to prevent water from entering while simultaneously allowing moisture to escape. Rated for rugged trails, the boot absorbs shock thanks to the expertly-designed air cushion heel.
Short Sleeve Tee
Whether worn while on the trail or snoozing on a sleeping pad, this comfy tee, made from 35% organic cotton, offers breathable coverage. It’s available in extended sizing up to 6X and highlights an upbeat message that sticks with you.
Crest Lumbar Pack
Stash camping knives and other gear in a belt bag that looks stylish. This lumbar pack includes a padded back panel and adjustable straps for a secure fit. Like all other items in the Unlikely Hikers collection, it’s available in inclusive sizing.
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