Merrell is a great brand to shop from for outdoor and hiking boots or shoes. Merrell’s technology is innovative and they prioritize sustainability when making their products. Also, their footwear has a good design and style in our opinion.
However, if you like Merrell’s style but want more brand options to choose from, this article is for you.
We have researched and selected 9 footwear brands that are similar to Merrell when it comes to shoes for hiking and outdoor activities in general.
What makes them good alternatives? Their history, technology, design, and sustainability. Let’s take a look!
Human beings have been in a search of protecting their bodies from the elements since the beginning of their history.
We have searched and tested and experimented with thousands of different materials, either natural, manmade, or a mix of both.
All this is to find the perfect material that can protect us from water, wind, and cold, while at the same time letting our skin breathe as naturally as possible. Also, sustainability and respect for the environment must be up there on the list of important things to keep in mind.
A lot of fabrics and technologies have been invented over the years. Here on our site we frequently focus on some of them, reviewing and comparing them, to learn more and at the same time to hopefully help you find the right clothes for your specific situation.
We have always been fascinated by the world of technical fabrics used in various sports and outdoor activities. That’s why we investigate them and try to better understand them as soon as a new fabric or membrane gets launched in the market.
We also like to see how a specific material measures up to the current industry standards. We usually do this in our comparisons.
And that’s what we’re going to do today: we’ll compare two types of fabrics, Fjällräven’s G-1000 and Gore-Tex.
While Gore-Tex can be seen as a high-tech fabric technology, G-1000 uses traditional waxing to make garments water-resistant.
We’ll see how they behave in different conditions in terms of breathability, waterproofness, and weight, while also learning about their history.
In the end, we’ll see which of the two would be the better choice and when.
We love brands with a particular history, especially when they are born from a specific need and in a difficult situation.
Such is the case with Fjällräven, a Swedish brand born in the 1960s from the need for a more spacious backpack.
Patagonia is another brand with a similar history, this time born in the USA from a climbing enthusiast who told himself blacksmithing. With his new learned ability, he started making climbing pitons and selling them to other mountaineers.
So, today we have two interesting brands that we’re going to compare by focusing on their outdoor gear. In the end, we’ll try to understand which of the two is the better brand and in what situations.
I would define myself as an amateur runner. I run 2-3 times per week both light running (for cardio) and sprints. I do sprints because I also like to play soccer and I’ve noticed that sprints help me, but that’s not the point of this article.
Before I received my Reebok running shoes as a gift in 2016, I was using a pair of shoes from some general, not famous brand. As soon as I put the Reeboks on, the difference was noticeable.
In this article, I’ll tell you about my 5+ years of experience with my Reebok men’s running shoes (yes, the same pair of shoes) by answering some common questions and showing you some pictures of my now old shoes.
You can also ask questions in the comments section at the end of the article.