M-CONNECT "Feel Your World," Apparel-Outside, Trail, Urban and BAREFOOT Running/Trail Shoeswords/images Judith Ecochard
MERRELL's Spring 2013 apparel and footwear continues this brand's commitment to performance fashion---with the "M-Connect" ethos---to get moving.
Functional pieces-with contemporary style- for wearing anywhere (Outside, Trail, Urban)---Merrell's selections include compositions made of pirpose-driven fabrics, amped up with its proprietary technology-including Opti-Shell™-2.5 or 2 layer fully seamed, waterproof, breathable garments, Aeroblock™-wind resistant breathable, Opti-Wick™moisture management, Opti-Warm™ synthetic insulation-warmth without the bulk, and Adventure Rest™---travel jackets that stuff into a neck pillow via a specialized pocket.
First up-outdoor runner separates (Naturally Mobile) for gals on the go- in pretty blues inspired by the sea.
|Afton short-self fabric tie waist adjustment, zip pocket, scalloped side seams-waistband flatters|
|Thelon Tank 50+ UPF, built in jog bra bra with mesh moisture wicking panels tank w/ drapey fit|
|Lauley Bolero-soft stretchy cropped top stylish moisture wicking way keep warm-deep v neck, mandarin collar, angled cuffs|
|Emery Tank-solid or Ikat print---shelf bra, adjustable straps, moisture wicking w/stretch|
|Orenco Jacket-reflective details, mesh lined vents stitched geometric panels, nice detail-zip back pocket with reflective pop, hooded -water resistant-in four colors|
|under arm mesh panel-vens|
|Versatile knits-cotton/poly, scooped shaped hem, chevron pontelle-Awenda Tunic-in deep water blue|
Trail Mobility collection has some trail to street style---great travel pieces...easy care
|Mira Tunic-100% poly w/ four way stretch...roll-up sleeves, flattering draw string waist|
|Mira SS-sea salt|
|Mira SS-quick drying, shaping darts, two button cuff detail, great stitching...deep water blue-wear this to work too.|
|Mira Mix, stretch woven front-draw-tie scoop neck, raglan sleeve, 5 button, 3/4 placket|
|knit stretch back|
|Aquatia jacket packs into left pocket, welt-covered secure, zip hand pockets, pit zips|
|Frances jacket-ginger houndstooth brighten up any gray rainy day-concealed channel for removable waist tie belt, ,longer length-storm flap over snap closure protects vs elements. nice.|
|contoured adjustable hanging hood|
|Newblay Crop capri-stretchy, 20+UPF, back pocket w/zip closure, articulated knees,engineered waist reduces bulk and feels comfy under pack strap|
|Newblay Short-engineered waist reduces bulk and feels comfy under pack strap, back pack pockets|
|Lanca Pullover sea shore blue, relaxed fit w/drawstring, gauzy knit|
|Nolita Tunic-poly/cotton burnout Ikat pattern, droptail for flattering shape, draw string neck closure-sea salt|
|Nolita burnout Ikat pattern, rounded v neck with draw string closure -guava|
|hanging mesh line hood, -pleated back eases movement on a bike,|
|Avondale-soft cotton look w/ subtle pinstripe- airy mesh lining and wicking back panel, stand-up collar w/button detail|
|attached 3 piece hood protects-princess seams---feminine|
|Cherish Short-cotton/poly with hidden snap closure fly low profile for comfort under a pack belt, button pocket--very cute|
To wear anywhere---technical features that transcend the city byways---with performance fabrics that are easy care and pack down. Big plus-very flattering silhouettes...and tailored details.
|Nolita Dress-Marakand IKAT burnout print, hanging opti-wick™ liner-moisture wicking, flattering crossover seams, cap sleeves, waist seaming---ideal travel piece.|
|Ellsworth Dress-stretchy fabric 50+ UPF fabric-built in bra w/ mesh moisture wicking panel supports , corssover bustline|
|fold-over halter strap detail|
|right-Artemisia Tunic-a line design, silky cool poly/rayon/spandex blend under Lauca Cardigan|
|RFE Short-lightweight stretch woven moisture wicking, breathable sides and low back, reflective logo pops, 30+SPF|
|Grapheous crewneck, reflective gel print, UPF 20+-moisture wicking/quick dry|
|Trimaran crew, 2 sided double knit mesh, reverse contrasting side panels seam free no chafing, flatlock stitching, forward shoulder seams don't no friction when hauling w/ pack, reflective gel print, UPF 20-moisture wicking/quick dry|
|Mix Master Windshirt-wind water resistant running shell w/Trimaran stretch underarm/side panels, chest and back wicking panel 2 slash hand pockets, reflective logo|
|Torrent Shell, DWR-20Denier fabric-strong, durable, resists snags, breathable moisture wicking, Trimaran stretch underarm/side panels, reflective piping/logos, left chest zip pocket-jacket packs in.|
|Tidnish Polo-poly/elastane jersey, soft hand feel SPF 20, moisture-wicking/quick dry|
|Kalamaplaid S/S shirt-3 color yarn dyed tonal plaid, button down w/ 2 chest pockets, moisture-wicking 30+UPF,|
|Kelsall Water Short-quick drying hiking short-water tough w/mechanical stretch, snap waist closure, lightweight stretch woven-zip closure leg pocket right side, 30+UPF, DWR finish|
|URBAN MOBILITY: Freewheel button down-function/style-poly/cotton breathable fabric, two dual button chest pockets|
|button tab epaulets reflective pop|
|Phinney Ridge Shirt S/S shirt-100% cotton|
A few seasons back when the company intro'ed their take on minimalism---in cahoots with Vibram® ---we tried a women's something Glove version-billed as a running shoe- which we ended up sending back 3x and finally gave up on it. The heel was cut too wide ---and we tried sizing down- and the outsole waaaayyy too stiff.
Bonus points though, for excellent customer service...but it reminded us why we never buy a pair of running shoes online unless we have used them prior.
A complete re-vamp seems to have taken place. M-Connect™is still the overall theme---with newer models...aimed at various kinds of preferences.
AS IN: Barefoot Run-0mm Drop -with different outer cushioning thickness---from 5.5mm stack height-2mm cushioning (Vapor Glove)-9.55mm stack height, 4mm cushioning (Road Glove)-13.5mm stack height, 8mm cushioning (Bare Access 2).
|Bare Access 2-barefoot construction, mesh and synthetic upper, reflective details, external heel stability run, integrated footbed trated w/ Aegis®, wash cold water-dry gentle cycle, air dry-7oz per shoe Vibram®are Access 2 Sole|
|Multi-Hike Proterra Mid Sport Ventilator-4mm Drop/10mm Cush/21mm Stack Height-2.5mm lug depth, Merrell Proterra Sole/Sticky Rubber|
|this is how they do it...|
|Merrell Mix Move Sole/Sticky Rubber-Mix Master Move Glide trail/road running shoe|
|Barefoot Run women's and men's|
|Vapor Glove-women's 0mm drop, 2mm cushioning, Vibram® Vapor Glove SOle/TC1 Rubber, breathable construction, breathable mesh upper, external TPU Heel Sling for contoured support, reflective pops, integrated microfiber treated with Aegis®|
|Barefoot Run-Bare Access Arc 2 -0mm/8mm cushioning, cement construction, 51% textile upper, lining treated w/Aegis®, lightweight EVA midsole, Vibram® Bare Access 2 Sole|
|Momentum Casula Styles for men-including MOC slip-ons and waterproof lace-ups|
|Barefoot Life Adore Wrap-synthetic and nubuck leather upper (right), Nerium-(upper right), Karfa Thongs (left)-w/ suede footbed cover-men's|