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Merrell Gatherer Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

The only true limitation with the Gatherer is your imagination.

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by Will Rietveld | 2008-01-28 18:22:00-07


The Merrell Gatherer Jacket is a 100% nylon envelope with numerous stylish orange zippers. It has a DWR finish for weather resistance.

The Gatherer will become whatever you want it to be.

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The Merrell Gatherer Jacket is a concept piece made of 100% nylon with DWR. Note the stylish orange zippers. Jacket as shown is stuffed with leaves.

A SUL pack jacket perhaps? Simply stuff the jacket with all your backpacking gear and wear it. Be careful where you put your cook pot.

An insulated jacket perhaps? Just stuff the jacket with newspaper, leaves, grass, shredded paper, or packaging peanuts. Maybe leaves or grass would be best because you can leave them in the woods.

You could even stuff it with muli-colored blinking lights during the holidays.

Here’s Merrell’s description of the Gatherer: “The inspiration for developing this jacket is to allow the wearer to adjust their own temperature to surrounding conditions using adaptive insulation pockets throughout the body and sleeves. Developed as a “do it yourself” piece, the jacket represents creativity and technology merging together. Reduce, reuse and recycle with insulating materials like newspaper, leaves, recycled shredded paper or stuffing from old pillows to fill the jacket and collar - the only true limitation with the Gatherer is your imagination. The Gatherer allows for the wearer to be original and creative while encouraging the use of sustainable materials in outdoor exploration.”

The Gatherer will be available in limited quantities for fall 2008; the MSRP will be $99, and men’s and women’s models will be available. No weight is available, but I'd estimate it in the 10 ounce range.

What creative uses can you think of for the Gatherer Jacket?


"Merrell Gatherer Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Will Rietveld. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2008-01-28 18:22:00-07.


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Frank Perkins

Locale: North East
Re: Merrell Gatherer Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/31/2008 06:40:53 MST Print View

Hrm... trail magic may one day include 800 fill down for your jacket. In case of emergency, STUFF!

Jim Colten
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Locale: MN
Re: SUL on 01/31/2008 07:57:21 MST Print View

How about an esbit stove, foil pot, mini water bladders and all your clothes, bivy sack, mini tarp, and trail bars. Wear your jacket as a pack, super weight distribution.

Surely someone with a 3 or 4 pound load could get everything in the "tubes".

The owner of a backcountry gear store near me is a SUL fanatic and does just that with a many pocketed vest made mostly of bug netting. I've seen his slide show of using it for all gear carried while walking the Haute Route (hut to hut so he didn't carry shelter)

Heather Pisani-Kristl
(P-K) - F

Locale: San Diego
Stuffing on 01/31/2008 11:29:03 MST Print View

A sleeping bag for shelter mice... they'll still wake you up, but you'll all be warm.

Casey Cardwell
(Niles) - MLife

Locale: On the Dirt in Oregon
Service Project on 02/07/2008 00:06:11 MST Print View

For a while now I've been looking for a service project, and this jacket really inspired me. Though, the gatherer may not be the best for backpacking, it would be excellent for the homeless. I know that I could get a bunch of local sewers together and we could bang out a bunch of jackets of the same concept and then pass them out to the homeless to help them deal with the cold weather. The biggest problem of course being that the jacket belongs to Merrell. I e-mailed them and told them what I'd like to do, hoping for some kind of permission, but they haven't written me back yet.

I went ahead and made one to see if I could simplify the pattern and make it quick to make, and this is what I've come up with so far:



It's not hemmed or anything yet, but it works. I stuffed it full of shredded newspaper and it got really warm.

Do you think this would be a worthwhile project? What do you think my chances are of getting Merrell's blessing?

Edited by Niles on 02/07/2008 00:07:40 MST.