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5 Drops That Prove Outdoor Brands are Having a Moment

When the pandemic pushed us all outside, outdoor brands responded with styles that suited everyone. They looked like our everyday sneakers and were ideal for walking, running, moderate hiking, and even grocery shopping. While there are still styles for everyone, the outdoor space today is more about innovative technology for specialty sports. From fastpacking to climbing, side-by-side racing to everyday hiking, these drops up the ante.

Oboz Introduces Super Shoe Hiker

Oboz Outdoor Hiker

On March 1, Oboz dropped a new Katabatic Wind hiker ($185 SRP), designed for fastpackers and speed hikers who prioritize weight and technical performance. A nitrogen-infused midsole and carbon fiber plate reduce fatigue for a more stable ride on uneven terrain. The dual-density midsole features ACT Nitro, a nitrogen-infused foam that is lighter, resistant to packing out, and provides higher rebound.

“While remaining true to our hike design ethos of ensuring durability, comfort and support, we created a fastpacking ‘super hiker’ that is made for steep climbs and picking up pace on flat stretches of trail.” — Abigail Cook, Oboz Brand Marketing and ESG Manager.

Wolverine x Red Bull

Red Bull Wolverine Outdoor

Shoes that give you wings? Heritage boot maker Wolverine is debuting a style for the Red Bull Scramble Series (a series of Side by Side off-road races). The Wolverine x Red Bull Scramble Series Rush UltraSpring Boot embodies the gritty, tenacious spirit of the competition. The collection includes a boot, hat, and hoody for sale on the brand’s website. The limited-edition boot sports Red Bull Motorsports branding and colors. It also boasts Wolverine’s UltraSpring cushioning, a waterproof leather upper, rubber lug outsole, and lightweight construction. It retails for $174.95.

Arc’teryx Drops 3 New Technical Styles

Arc'Teryx Outdoor Footwear

Arc’teryx has a reputation for leading innovation in technical equipment and footwear for the outdoors. Its spring ’24 drops, launching March 6, are delivering with three new styles and a lime green colorway. The Sylan has enhanced performance for running in technical mountain terrain ($200 SRP). Vortex ($220), pictured above, has versatility to climb and move efficiently in tough terrain. And Kragg ($160) is a laceless solution for crag access and comfort pre- and post-climb.

Merrell x Sweaty Betty

Outdoor Shoes Merrell

In a girl-power focused collaboration, Merrell is teaming up with UK activewear brand Sweaty Betty meant to empower females and encourage them to connect with nature. The capsule includes two shoes (the “future of hiking” Moab Speed 2 and sporty Speed Fusion Web sandal) as well as a head-to-toe workout ‘fit and two bags, a sling and lumbar pack. The capsule collection of apparel, accessories and shoes will also available later this month on the brands respective websites and at select retailers.

“We know women are willing to try all sorts of methods when it comes to self-care and, together, our brands are championing the solution that the most available, long-term form of self-care is getting outside and moving your body.” —Merrell Vice President of Marketing Lindsey Lindemulder.

Vasque Updates St. Elias

Heritage outdoor brand Vasque is updating an old favorite, the St. Elias Hiking Boot. Designed for seasoned adventures and novice hikers alike, the style is most known for its out-of-the-box comfort. Constructed with premium full-grain leather, these boots offer easier break-in while providing exceptional foot comfort. The midsole and outsole systems are designed to offer athletic flexibility and cushioning, ensuring a comfortable ride on any terrain with a full-leather upper and Gore-Tex membrane. A Vibram Megagrip outsole and enhanced sustainability upgrade the shoe from iterations past.

 “The St. Elias has been a trusted companion for outdoor enthusiasts for over a decade, and with our all-new 2024 version, we’re proud to deliver consumers an increase in comfort, performance, and durability while reducing weight and break-in time. This new iteration embodies the perfect balance of our rich heritage and cutting-edge technology, that both legacy and new consumers are sure to love.” —President of Vasque, Bryce Wernsman,

 

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