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ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

Events

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

Getting down and dirty isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – especially if it involves trekking 20km across rocky terrain featuring deep gorges, muddy landscapes and thick, unforgiving Aussie bush.

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9/11/2014

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

News / Outsiders / Events

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO A FRESH PERSPECTIVE


Lace your shoes and polish your compass! Orienteering is an adventure, my friend. Plain and simple. It is a sport that sees you testing your fitness levels amid new landscapes and stunning scenery, navigating your way from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B’ with nothing but an intricate map and a trusty compass.

We spoke to one valiant outdoorsman who completed the recent orienteering championship ‘SS3/DuO’, set in the NSW Lower Blue Mountains’ suburb of Glenbrook.

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8/09/2014

Marathon Training Top Tips

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Marathon Training Top Tips

By Tobias Mews

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6/04/2014

Preventing a footwear disaster

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Preventing a footwear disaster

Often the first time a person steps into a Merrell store is just before heading off on a big trip. Tickets are booked and they are counting down the days before they head off to Nepal, Africa, Mozambique or some other similarly exotic location.
They head into the store, are so excited about their pending adventure, they try on their very first pair of Merrell shoes and hey presto, they are sold.
The shoes are purchased, carefully put back into the box and taken home like a precious jewel, stored away till the day of the big trip.
Finally the Big Day arrives and like Cinderella the shoes are slipped on with glee, ready to set off on an adventure of a life time.
Now in most cases, adventures are had, exploration occurs and children are entertained for years to come with stories of far-away lands….
But sometimes…
Not everything goes to plan. The shoes actually don’t seem to fit as well as they should or it appears that after the 10,000th step on the Great-Wall-of-China, there is a terrible rubbing where is should not be.
Why does this happen? Well sometimes the socks are wrong, sometimes the fit is not right and sometimes ,very rarely, the shoes are faulty (this of course is a very rare occurrence indeed, but nothing is 100% infallible, not even Merrell). 
So now here comes the footwear advice:  Before you head off on your big adventure, take home your shoes, put them on, wear them, really wear them (not just up and down the back steps) give them a taste of your pending adventure.  You will soon know if something is amiss and it is here, my friend, where we can help you fix the problem before it begins. Because sometimes finding a solution (or a pair of good wicking socks) in the middle of the Sahara desert can be quite the challenge.

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4/02/2014

If these shoes could talk .......

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If these shoes could talk .......

I bought the shoes in London in 2001 for the following 6 years I remained relatively homeless, travelling largely between London and Australia for work.

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20/01/2014

Merrell's Top 10 Packing Tips

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Merrell's Top 10 Packing Tips

Holidays are just around the courner. But the looming task of packing can sometimes put a dampener on what should be a time of excitement.

Determined to shed the weight but all the while scared you’ll eliminate items you’ll be begging for later?

Fear no more, the Merrell team want you to enjoy your travels and not be stressing about the size and weight of your bag, so we’ve kindly put together a list of our top 10 packing tips!


Merrell’s Top 10 Packing Tips:
 

1. Pack your bag, unpack it and half it. You won’t need half of that stuff, it’s likely you’re just being over cautious. We always seem to come back from holiday with unworn clothes and unused toiletries, so think about what you really need and only take that.
 

2. Plan out your clothes carefully. Make sure you have the right clothing with you and that you can make a selection of outfits out of them. Does that top go with your trousers and your shorts? Yes? Great, get it in! Clothes that can be dressed up and down with the addition of some jewellery or a scarf are also a winner.
 

3. Roll up your clothes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much place this saves compared to folding. Don’t ask me how this works, but it does! This also reduces the amount of creases in your clothes.
 

4. Throw Out Packaging. You’ve probably brought yourself lots of medicines and drugs for the trip. Don’t keep these in their cardboard boxes, take them out and put them all in a bag. However, make sure they’re labelled and that you include the instructions.
 

5. Label Your Luggage Well. Make sure you have a luggage label on your backpack in case it’s lost in transit. It’s also worth putting a second copy of your name, address and contact details inside your bag as it’s not too difficult for luggage tags to get detached and lost.
 

6. Decant your liquids into smaller bottles. Unless you’re travelling for a few months, it’s unlikely that you’re going to polish off a whole bottle of shampoo etc. Grab yourself a couple of smaller travel sized toiletry bottles and decant enough of your shampoo, conditioner and body wash into these. Even if you are planning a longer trip, don’t take full-sized bottles. Remember that no matter where you’re going, at some point you’ll be able to pick up replacements.
 

7. What not to take. If you’re unsure about something, then the general rule is not to take it! So long as you’re not heading some remote spot hours away from a shop, it’s likely that you can pick up extra items while you’re away if they’re needed. This is more applicable for those inexpensive items such as Aloe Vera gel, extra sun cream and a hand-held fan. Items such as city maps can also be picked up locally from Hotels, Hostels & Tourist Information Centres
 

8. Leave the suitcase at home. If you’re planning some serious travelling and really are looking to get about and see lots of places, then don’t think about taking a suitcase. A suitcase is great if the only moving it’s going to be doing is from the airport to the hotel. However, it’s likely that you’ll have to jump on and off busses, get your bags up steps and even walk for a little while with them. Having a bag you can carry on your back makes all this a lot easier!
 

9. Secure your bag in a Secure Pack Bag. This is essentially a zip-up cover to pop your bag in while travelling, particularly on airlines or if you have to leave your bag in a hotel lobby. This helps to avoid anyone tampering with your luggage. Although this is incredibly unlikely, there have been plenty of scare stories where apparently innocent travellers have had items planted in their backpacks or had personal belongings stolen.
 
10. Leave some space free. Don’t go packing your bag to its brim! You’re going to find plenty of souvenirs and gifts you’re going to want to buy, but unless you have spare space in your backpack you won’t be able to bring them back.

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7/11/2013

Merrell hits the Northern Beaches

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Merrell hits the Northern Beaches

The Athletes Foot and Merrell have a lot in common, they both believe in providing top quality shoes that fit well and perform every day. That’s why it is so fitting, that Merrell has opened a concept area inside The Athletes Foot store in Warringah Mall.

There are over 100 styles of Merrell shoes, for all kinds of outdoor activities for the Hiker, Traveller, Adventurer, Runner, Walker or Explorer!  Plus with the very latest in fitting technology and product expertise from the experienced staff at The Athletes Foot, you will be assured of the best possible shoe to fit your feet and your adventures.

Visit The Athlete's Foot Warringah at
Shop 167, Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre,
Cnr Old Pittwater Road & Condamine Street, Brookvale, NSW 2100

Phone: (02) 9939 8926

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12/08/2013

Merrell M-Connect goes to Filex

News / Barefoot / M-Connect

Merrell M-Connect goes to Filex

For the first time ever Merrell has a stand at Filex (the Fitness Industry Expo) and we are showing off our M-Connect range.

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18/04/2013

Barefoot Top Tips

Barefoot

Barefoot Top Tips

Barefoot Top Tips

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27/03/2013

Hello Sun... Merrell is moving in!

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Hello Sun... Merrell is moving in!

Did you know that there are over 200 national parks in Queensland covering 6.5 million hectares! That is a lot of outside to explore…so isn’t it about time that Queensland had its very own Merrell store.

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11/03/2013

Extreme Camping Tips: Make Sure You Pack the Right Hiking Gear & Boots

News / Outsiders

Extreme Camping Tips: Make Sure You Pack the Right Hiking Gear & Boots

Is your inner adrenaline junkie calling out for more extreme camping adventures? Stepping up the intensity of your next outdoor excursion offers the rewards of exploring new places, checking something off your bucket list, and giving you bragging rights at the bar. However, it also carries risks you should be prepared for. Learn about new activities to add your skill set, hiking gear and training you’ll need, and adventure travel locations to start preparing for with our extreme camping tips.

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28/01/2013

Merrell Castle Hill takes out best footwear retailer award

News / Castle Hill

Merrell Castle Hill takes out best footwear retailer award

We are very proud to recognise the staff of our Merrell Store in Castle Towers for their recent win of the Excellence in Retail Award 2012 within the Footwear category. This award recognised their hard work in areas such as customer service, store design and business growth. This is a tough category, up against a large number of other footwear retailers and we would like to congratulate them on their great work. If you haven’t been to our Castle Hill Store why not drop by, they are located on the top floor of Castle Towers near the food court.

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18/12/2012