As we begin to emerge from winter, it’s time to revisit your outdoor gear. What needs fixing, refitting, or replacing? How can you ensure that you have the right pieces for your outside adventures, whether they’re around home or farther afield?


In an inspiring collaboration with Unlikely Hikers, Merrell has redesigned and updated one of its more versatile hiking boots, Zion Mid Waterproof X Unlikely Hikers, to encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.


Seeing a need to have more diversity represented in the outdoor community, Jenny Bruso set out to build a community of hikers and adventurers of all shapes and sizes with the founding of Unlikely Hikers. What began as a personal blog and Instagram community has also grown to include a podcast and nationwide hiking group that embraces underrepresented outdoorspeople.


These mid boots are built on a trail-running last to give them sneaker-style agility and comfort for all shapes and sizes. The Vibram Megagrip outsole gets traction in both wet and dry conditions on varied terrain. And Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability.


The waterproof full-grain leather and ballistic mesh upper with a rubber toe cap is solid protection and excellent for long-wearing durability. Breathable mesh lining helps when you’ve got a full day of adventure ahead and don’t have time to slow down for sweaty discomfort. Paired with the waterproof membrane, the boot lets moisture escape while also sealing out water, like those puddles you just stomped through.


The mid boots come in women’s and men’s versions, and list for $160. This new Unlikely Hikers boot comes in an eye-catching ungendered colorway and is available in wide widths and hard-to-find sizes to help welcome underrepresented outdoor lovers to explore confidently with gear that fits well for adventure.