Filson’s inherent knowledge of the footwear realm is unsurpassed. But sometimes, the ability to take on a fresh perspective is always a valuable learning experience for both parties involved. That seems to be the case with the company’s newest boot — a genre-bending trail runner with hiking DNA that’s been conceptualized in collaboration with one of the outdoor market’s most prominent footwear designers.
The Filson x Merrell MQM Trail Runner Boot is exactly what it sounds like: an amalgamation of notable traits from both the calculated and expediently-paced sides of outdoor navigation. Built as a light-and-fast alternative to the companies’ more distinct offerings, the MQM boasts a GORE-TEX waterproof lining to keep your feet protected from inclement weather, while a breathable membrane and abrasion-resistant ripstop nylon upper provide adequate moisture release as you jaunt from switchback to switchback. But the lightweight shoe wouldn’t be as purpose-driven without the addition of a comfortable and supportive air cushion heel, removable Kinetic Fit insole, and a protective TPU toe cap — ensuring that, if you end up losing traction with the MQM’s Quantum Grip sole, you’ll be adequately protected. Pick up a pair of your own on Filson’s website starting at $160.