Winter Warmth Quartet

Boots have been Merrell‘s stock in trade since the early 1980s, when Randy Merrell parlayed his cowboy boot–making skills into the burgeoning hiking footwear trade. It wasn’t long before Backpacker magazine rated Merrell’s original leather hiker the most comfortable and functional of all the tested boots sold in North America.

In 2006, Merrell launched its line of outdoor adventure wear. Over the coming years the line would grow to include several apparel technologies. Eventually this evolved to the M-Select line in 2013 with M-Select Dry waterproof gear, M-Select Warm insulation and M-Select Wind protection, to name a few.

We’ve selected four cool- and cold-weather pieces below.

Women’s Mea Silken Fleece Balaclava

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This women’s top makes getting ready for a winter hike several steps easier: it’s a torso warmer, scarf and hood all in one.


Features include:

Supple and substantial, Silken-soft and slick-faced fleece keeps you warm while moving with you • Balaclava hood with head-hugging elastic shirring is a great scarf stand-in to keep your face warm on the way to work • Thumbholes hide your hands and keep sleeves in place • Zip secure sleeve pocket stashes cards, keys or essentials • Elastic bound cuffs and hem seal out drafts. Silken Fleece: 94% Nylon / 6% Spandex.

Technology – M Select Regulate:

Women’s Inertia Quilted Jacket

This water-resistant, insulated women’s jacket transforms into a neck pillow when packed into its lumbar pocket.


Technology – M Select Dry:

Features include:

Swiss Miss dot water resistant fabric • Patented Merrell Adventure Rest™ lightweight protection transforms into a neck pillow when packed into stretchy interior lumbar pocket • Oversized, microfiber-lined zip pockets at sides offer easy-access, ample storage phone and essentials • Reverse coil front zipper • Stand up collar hides face from wind and weather • Articulated elbows for better mobility and comfort on the move.

Men’s Quentin

The ultra lightweight thermal performance of PrimaLoft® ONE merges with the ultimate utility of a shirt-jacket in the Quentin hybrid puffy shirt.


Compressible, versatile and warm, wet or dry, this handsome heater is insulated for core warmth, then builds in stretchy slick-faced fleece side panels that let you move fluidly over rocks, along trails and across town. Zip secure hand pockets and two snap closure chest pockets.

Technology: M Select Warm, M Select Dry.

Features include:

80-g insulated panels on upper center front and back • Side panels of slick-faced fleece add mobility • Reverse coil zippers • Snap closure chest pocket • LYCRA® bound cuffs prevent drafts • Drawcord adjustable hem.

Men’s WoolTrek Jacket

Attenn-shun! The challenge is not where you can wear this naturally warm and sophisticated wool jacket – it’s trying to find a place you can’t.


With crisp water-resistant military-inspired shoulder panels and naturally breathable and water-shedding wool, this zip-up midlayer will not be left behind, whether you’re heading to the mountains for skiing, chilling around a fire, or layering up for a foray downtown.

Technology – M Select Regulate.

Features include:

100% boiled wool naturally breathes and repels moisture • Military-inspired boiled wool body with durable double weave at shoulders and hand pockets • Zippered chest pocket • Drawcord adjustable hem • Reflective side seam logo for subtle visibility in low light.