KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Merrell M-Select Dry. Merrell has been outfitting adventurists in performance hiking boots, trail shoes, and gear for over three decades. In other words, it's safe to say Merrell knows a thing or two about staying comfortable and safe outdoors. Merrell M-Select Dry technology continues their tradition, shielding explorers from the elements with a waterproof barrier.

What is it? Merrell M-Select Dry is a waterproof technology used on the brand's apparel, shoes, and boots. It's recommended for everyday use and is often featured on soft polyester materials. For more extreme situations, Merrell M-Select X-Dry adds moisture-wicking properties to keep the wearer completely dry. 

How does it work? The outer layer of Merrell M-Select Dry functions as a waterproof safeguard in rain and snow while blocking wind at the same time. Through the use of waterproof taped seams, Merrell M-Select Dry apparel remains lightweight and suitable for high intensity activities. 

Notable products: Merrell Catalyst Insulated Jacket, Merrell Moab Waterproof, Merrell Thermo 6 Waterproof

Bottom line: Water-resistant technologies can be great in light precipitation, but Merrell M-Select Dry is built to withstand winter's meanest storms. 

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