Field Test 03: Tramping the Routeburn Track

One of New Zealand's nine “Great Walks” the Routeburn Track is a world-renowned 32 Kilometer Point to Point Tramping (Backpacking) track. The Track moves through a myriad of micro-climates and ecosystems from it’s jumping off point just outside of Glenorchy to its conclusion near Milford Sound. This provided a perfect testing ground for our NZ Collection.

Our trek began on a beautiful Autumn morning. After crossing over the Routeburn river we began a steady ascent through lush Beech forests to the Routeburn Flats Tramping Hut. This yielded an excellent opportunity to field test our new Endeavor Pant and Tasman Merino Tees. Both styles are optimized around temperature regulation, breathability, and odor resistance and performed flawlessly throughout the trek. After arriving at the Routeburn Flats Hut we were afforded stunning glacial views of Mt. Aspiring National Park along a chance encounter with a family of rabbits sunning themselves along the river. After consulting the Hut weather report we realized that our stretch of gorgeous weather was not to last and decided to make a push for the summit of the trek at Harris Saddle. Time to layer up with some Carson Merino Hoodies and log some serious trail time. After reaching the Saddle, the trail begins a series of descents towards Milford Sound. While enduring a stretch of some rather gnarly weather we felt totally secure in a combination of our Merino Wool and Water Resistant technical stretch nylons pants.

Having trekked throughout the world we can say the Routeburn is not be missed and falls securely within our passions of packing light and adventuring often.

The NZ Collection features Global Merino’s unique 87%/ 13% Core RAPT(™) Nylon Merino Wool. RAPT (™) technology which provides incredible strength, durability, and stretch recovery while maintaining the technical properties of 100% Merino Wool.

Justin Seale