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Essential Outdoor Gear

Our Alpha Pack members share their most essential outdoor gear – the stuff they couldn’t go out without. Get some outdoor gift ideas for you or a friend with this list of the best outdoor gear.

Free shipping for the holidays

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the outdoors person in your life, but don’t want to brace the shopping panic that fills December on the high street? Well good news, because has free shipping on all orders for the holiday season!

Top 5 Spooky Trails

Run or hike along these spooky trails around the world. We’ve rounded up the top five scary or haunted hiking trails. So get ready to be spooked out of your trail running shoes or hiking boots.

Merrell Verterra Hiking Shoe Review

Discover the newest Merrell hiking shoe, the Verterra. Lightweight hiking shoes, the Verterra is perfect for speed hikers. Learn more with our Pack hiking shoe review.

Merrell Bare Access Ultra Road Shoe Review

Alpha Dustin Hinton put the Merrell Bare Access Ultra to the test this year during his Ironman training and racing. He’s here with a road shoe review and thoughts on its off-road performance.

The Moon Walk for Breast Cancer

It all started with 13 women power walking the New York marathon in their bras. And now one night a year, over 15,000 men and women get their kit off to walk a marathon through the night around London, taking a stand against breast cancer.

Bare Access Trail: An Alpha’s Review

Discover the Bare Access Trail running shoe with this review from Alpha Dustin Hinton. Dustin puts our trail shoe through its paces for this review, what will you put it through?

All Out Rush: Blogger Verdict

A little while ago, we revealed what running bloggers have been saying about our All Out Fuse running shoe, and now it’s the turn of the All Out Rush trail running model to come under the spotlight. One of our most popular lines, the show has an average rating of 4.6/5.0 on Amazon, but we’re always curious to hear what the running bloggers of the internet have to say about the shoe, so without further ado, it’s over to them

Competition: Gear up and Get out!

Summer’s over, but Merrell believes that getting outside and enjoying nature should be an all-year-round pursuit, so for us the start of Fall is prime hiking season!

5 funny signs from the trail

After a while hiking, you can get a little blind to the signposts along the way. But it’s worth keeping your eye out – there are plenty that are bizarre, surreal or just plain poorly written to bring a smile to your face along the way.

Tips for Animal Encounters

When out for a trail run, the last thing you want is an unexpected wild animal encounter. While animal experiences are a natural and looked-forward-to element of being outside, you don’t want to sprint up behind a bear. Follow these tips if you do have any unlucky animal encounters.

Revealed: the regular household spice that helps a workout recovery

We’ve known for some time that moderate exercise and carefully monitored post-workout intake of food and fluids has the more benefits for your immune system in the long run than going full throttle, but it appears that there’s a magical ingredient on most people’s shelves that will help your exercise recovery: ginger.

History is made at Gold Coast Marathon

What began back in 1979 has transformed into one of the world’s most scenic and sought after marathons. 2014 proved to be no exception on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia as the Gold Coast Marathon took place in front of thousands of excited fans.

Tragedy to triumph: Boston Marathon breaks fund raising record

April 15 2013 will forever go down in history as one of the most tragic days Boston has known. Bolyston Street was the scene of horror just a year ago, where two pressure cooker bombs exploded towards the finish line at the Boston marathon. The city of Boston, however, has rallied around each other and come back stronger than ever.

Great Pacific race underway

Billed as ‘the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet’, the inaugural Great Pacific Race sees teams from around the world rowing from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon this weekend

Tomorrow sees the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon return for its sixth year running. The event is will attract around 18,000 runners, with the whole event punctuated with live music, including live post-race performances from Sir-Mix-a-Lot and The Presidents of the United States of America at Seattle Center.

Seventh National Get Outdoors day tomorrow

This is not just another lazy weekend. Tomorrow marks the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day, which is then swiftly followed by Father’s Day on Sunday. Throw some good weather into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect weekend for outdoor adventuring.

Ultra D Day Trail begins tomorrow

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, and to pay tribute to the seven countries that took part, athletes and soldiers from each country will run over a route between Utah Beach (Manche) and Caen (Calvados) and stop through 14 ‘checkpoints,’ located at places of high historical value, to honor the past.

Two go sub four minutes to celebrate Jim Ryun’s Festival of Miles

A couple of months ago we reported on the Jim Ryun Festival of Miles, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Olympic silver medalist and politician Jim Ryun breaking the four minute mile – the first time a high school boy had achieved the feat. Well appropriately enough two competitors managed to break the four minute mile in San Diego – one of them for the very first time.

Fitness tracker tech makes you ditch the car

It’s very easy to jump in the car to travel a mile or two to pick up a carton of milk, but a new partnership between Jawbone, the maker of the Up fitness band, and Automatic, maker of an activity tracker for cars, aims to put a stop to unnecessary driving.

Nike to leave fitness hardware market?

Rumors are gathering that Nike is planning on leaving the fitness hardware game, after a report surfaced that Nike had laid off as much as 80 percent of its Digital Sport hardware team. This includes the majority of people who worked on the FuelBand tracker

Product focus: AllOut Blaze

A while ago, we spoke to Mark Pavsec, the Business Director from the Performance Outdoor Footwear department, about the design challenges of the Grassbow light-weight hiking shoe. We managed to get a little bit more time with him to discuss the AllOut Blaze line.

Boston Marathon 2014 Preview

On Monday, 36,000 runners will occupy Main Street, Hopkinton, the start line of the world’s oldest annual marathon and scene of the 2013 bombings, which saw three people killed, and over 260 injured.

Down & Dirty returns for fifth year running

Obstacle racing season officially kicks off this weekend with the first of Merrell’s Down & Dirty Obstacle races taking place in Los Angeles. We spoke to MESP’s Alisha Bryant to find out a little about the history of obstacle racing in the USA, and how Down & Dirty has evolved over the years…

Introducing the Grassbow light weight hiking shoe

A new addition to the Merrell line added recently is the Grassbow light weight hiking shoe for men. It hit stores a few weeks ago, and we caught up with Mark Pavesek the Business Director from the Performance Outdoor Footwear department to find out who the shoe’s for, what it does differently and whether it’s the shoe for you.

Boston Marathon returns for 2014

The world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon, is due to return to the city for its 118th year on 21 April. It will be the first year since the tragic finish line bombings stunned the world at the 2013 event, but organizers are working tirelessly to ensure this year’s event makes headlines for positive reasons.

Webcomic creator launches ‘Beat the Blerch’ marathon

When comic author Matthew Inman – creator of The Oatmeal Comic – published a work called ‘Why I Run’, he probably didn’t see it ending the way it has. The comic, which explains his struggle with motivation and disinclination to running, has already been turned into a book, and will soon come to life as a 10k, half or full marathon in Carnation, Washington on September 21 2014.

GODZone day six update

We’re approaching the end of GODZone now, and Team Merrell has put in a superhuman effort so far, with only a small part of the 500km race to go.

GODZone day five update

Day 5 was one of the best for Team Merrell in the GODZone, featuring a 38km hike across the Glynn Wye Range to the Hurunui River.

GODZone day four update

Day four of the GODZone race continues apace, with a new addition to Team Merrell: Sabrina Verjee. She was part of another team – Movie AR – who lost a member to injury and decided not to continue.


The gruelling 300-mile-plus, multi-discipline GODZone race continues. Team Merrell had an epic day yesterday climbing Mount Tapuae O Uenku, the highest peak in the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island.

GODZone – Day One Gallery

Team 41 Merrell Alpha Pack are making good progress in the GODZone Adventure Race. Despite the loss of Catalina Gerstle – out with a knee injury – the team is looking strong. Here are just a few pictures from the TA03 transition.

GODZone – Day One

A good start from the Merrell Alpha Pack team with the 9Km coasteering section and 12Km open water kayak completed without any drama and in a good time. After a change over at the first checkpoint, the team began the 53Km mountain bike sections that’s expected to take around 8 hours.

Win Merrell gear with Map My Fitness

We’ve teamed up with MapMyFitness to offer some fantastic Merrell prizes in the Out.Perform ‘Hike Mt. Blanc’ Challenge. We challenge users of the app and website to hike and run your own 103 mile epic trail between March 3 and April 20 2004.

Introducing #thepack social

So, The Pack has been live for a few days now, and we hope you’re enjoying the articles we’ve already published. We want you to get involved though, and for that reason we’re announcing #thepack – the social way to get involved in our adventures!

The Pack – introducing our new online adventure magazine

Exciting times today at Merrell as we can officially announce the launch of the new-look online adventure magazine: The Pack! Our Alpha Pack is comprised of world class experts from across the full spectrum of active adventure, and they’ll be on hand to offer advice in everything from nutrition to training schedules.

Chuckanut 50k returns to Washington

For the 22nd year running, the Chuckanut 50k is returning to Washington next month. Mixing the urban elements of Washington with climbing 5000ft of the stunning Chuckanut Mountain ridge, it’s a grueling but hugely rewarding event.

Transgrancanaria race returns for 2014

March 1st sees Transgrancanaria return for its 11th year. The race around the Spanish island of Gran Canaria brought together 2,500 runners last year (a big improvement on the 65 it attracted when it began back in October 2003) of varying abilities, thanks to the different options it provides its runners, mixing up the elevation, distance and time allowed to complete.

Introducing Flyfit, the fitness tracker you strap to your ankle

Flyfit is a new wearable fitness tracker with one small but crucial difference – it’s designed to fit around your ankle. This might seem like a subtle distinction from the wristbands that dominate the market, but think about it, which body parts are the engine behind most exercise…


Many of us dream of climbing Mount Everest, but the price is a huge barrier for many of us. Even if you overlook the expense of getting the equipment in the first place and flying out to Nepal, a license to climb the world’s highest mountain costs an individual $25,000. Good news though, the Nepalese government has announced that from 2015 this price will be slashed by more than half, dropping to just $11,000!

Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race schedule confirmed

The Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run has inspired thousands of athletes to push themselves to the limits over military fitness-inspired courses across the US. Down and Dirty racers compete over 5K or 10K courses and little ones can join in too, in the Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or the shorter adventure dash.

Tarawera Ultramarathon joins Ultra-Trail World Tour

The 6th Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon will take place on March 15th with a field of over 850 runners from 26 different countries. The endurance run from Rotorua to Kawerau, New Zealand, can be entered as a 100, 85, or 65km trail through exotic forests, native bush, lakes and waterfalls. Check out the trailer!

Merrell Pack Projects bring outdoor adventures to all

Through our Pack Projects program, we award grants of up $2,500 to encourage people to spend time outside and to have their own active adventures in the great outdoors. These grants have made a difference to hundreds of lives, increasing participation in outdoor pursuits and creating connections between both children and adults and the outdoors.

Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru – Miami 2014

The Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run series – which this year includes a race in Miami – has inspired thousands of athletes to push themselves to the limits over military fitness-inspired courses across the US. Down and Dirty racers compete over 5K or 10K courses and little ones can join in too, in the Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or the shorter adventure dash.

Hike hard, rest easy

Since 1981, Merrell’s been the footwear that gets you to the mountain – built with innovation & exceptional design. Nothing proves this more than the development and story of our infamous Jungle Moc. Brought to you in ’98 from one man’s idea for a new category that changed the industry.

My first trail half marathon

Half-marathons are possibly the most addictive runs to do. If you haven’t trained for one, go find your pals and start cranking; you won’t regret it. Thirteen miles is long enough to get the endorphins flowing and leave you feeling accomplished, but short enough that you can train for it before the kids wake up.

The 2012 Merrell-go-round calendar

Merrell event season is here and with it comes our recently named Merrell-Go-Round! For 2012, the Merrell-Go-Round will be making appearances at the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud and Obstacle Series and the Merrell Oyster Adventure Race.

2012 schedule of Merrell sponsored events!

Here at Merrell, we like to get busy outside during the summer months. What does that mean? It means you can find us at all kinds of places. If there is something fun going on outside, we will be there and we hope YOU can join us! Check out below for a complete month-by-month schedule to find out where our next Merrell Event will be.

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