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.
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?