I am one of those people who prefer to stay indoors when it’s raining. The moment the rain starts to fall, you won’t get me to go outside (unless it’s really needed) and you’ll find me on the couch or in bed. But there are people out there who want to continue walking, running, or even trekking outside even if it’s wet and slippery outside. But of course they need gear that will protect them from accidents like slips and falls. It’s a bonus if said gear is fashionable and eco-friendly.
Footwear brand Merrell is adding a new member to its 1TRL hiking line-up and this time it’s built to let users take on the wet and windy trails during the winter season. The Hydro Runner uses the brand’s trail running technology but adds lightweight fabrication as well as a water-resistant design so it can be used without fear of falling or slipping, whether you’re running, walking, or going on hikes while it’s wet outdoors. It’s basically a sneaker and clog in one with a breathable mesh sock added into the mix.
The breathable mesh keeps users’ toes from getting too hot but also provides additional protection against the elements. The shoes also have nylon pull tabs at the back so you can easily put it on or pull it off even with its enclosed fit. The soles also have good grips to protect you while you’re trekking with the outsoles having sticky, no-slip traction. In the middle you have a lightweight high rebound EVA foam so you still feel comfortable even in the rainy or windy outdoors.
The Hydro Runner is made with 100% recycled webbing and mesh while the EVA foam sole is made from 50% recycled materials. It comes in Black/White and White/Black colorways but there’s also a new tangerine option available for the men’s design. The latter is the one that looks more like a sneaker but the earlier colorways gives off more of a clog design with socks, although the material gives you more of a sneaker feel. I still won’t go out when it’s raining but this one is a good option if ever I find myself outdoors during the rainy season.