We would like to introduce you to the newest and most coolest hiking shoe for women, the Merrell Bravada! The Bravada is an all new addition to the Merrell lineup, and it features a one of a kind design. It’s a women’s women’s specific hiker that looks, feels, and fits like a sneaker, but performs like a hiker. The Merrell Bravada is the brainchild of the Merrell Women’s Collective, a group of 60 women united by the trail. The Merrell Women’s Collective is a group of women who truly represent the trail, women of all ages, all experience levels, women who hike, and women who run. When we were asked what we wanted in a shoe for all trails and for all conditions, the result was the Bravada.
The Bravada comes in two different low styles, one being waterproof, and a mid version too. No matter what version you decide to choose, know that you're hitting the trail or the streets with mountain grade traction, and the stickiest outsole to ever hit the market. The outsole, Merrell Quantum Grip, is built to perform on all surfaces, including wet and dry rock. We took them for a hike up Sandstone Peak, a summit in the Santa Monica Mountains, a place where a steep scramble is needed to reach the top. While we’re used to a more aggressive hiking boot, the Bravada totally performed just as well, if not better, and with every step we felt confident as we made our way up to and onto the summit.
One of the other highlights of the Bravada is how lightweight it is, a pair together weighs as little as 1lb, 4oz. Each model features a ballistic knit upper that is flexible and supportive without any added bulk. The sneaker style upper hugs the ankle without any stiffness or pinch points. They’re seriously, very comfortable ladies. Other highlights on the Bravada include a Merrell Air Cushion in the heel, which absorbs shock and adds stability, a removable Kinetic Fit™ BASE contoured insole for flexible support, an EVA foam midsole for stability and comfort, and a comfort collar which reduces hot spots. Another bonus of the Merrell Bravada, they’re Vegan!
Seriously, if you can’t tell, we’re really huge fans of the Bravada, a shoe made for women by women! And right now, during this time of COVID-19, they’ve been our go to, for neighborhood walks on our sidewalks and hikes at our local urban trails. If you’re like us, and your hiking style is transitioning too, we recommend giving the Bravada a try! CLICK here to see the different styles, Bravada, Bravada Waterproof, and Bravada Mid Waterproof.