MEC products for travel - 2019

Spring and summer travel lookbook

Planning a weekend away with friends? Dreaming of a warm-weather vacation with your family? Smooth out the packing process with this new line-up of travel-friendly clothes, including stuff for little travellers and durable bags to carry it all.

Bonus: they’re all great for everyday life between trips, too.

MEC Travel Light Anorak (unisex)

Keep your phone handy for photos and your wallet safely tucked away. The breathable Travel Light Anorak wind shell is an excellent travel buddy – slip it on for breezy mornings to find coffee or when you’re standing at blustery viewpoints. The whole jacket stuffs into the zippered front pocket so you can easily keep it in your carry-on.

MEC travel light anorak
Person showing how you can pack up the MEC travel light anorak
MEC Travel Light Anorak
MEC Travel light anorak

PACKING SOLUTIONS BY THE HOUR

Each bag is sized to fit what you need for a particular time-frame, which makes it simple to decide what option is right for your next wander.

MEC 8 HR SLING

Internal organization ensures that your phone, tablet and essentials are protected, yet easy to access in the 8 Hour Sling.

MEC 8 hr sling bag

12 HR TOTE BAG

Convertible straps give you 2 ways to carry the MEC 12 Hour Tote. It’s got inner organizer pockets for batteries and cables, with fleece-lined sleeves for a tablet or 13in. laptop.

MEC 12 hr tote bag
MEC 12 hr tote bag in different colours

24 HR PACK AND 48 HR PACK

The 24 Hour Pack is a 15L bag that holds everything you need for a day on the go. If you have a quick weekend getaway, the 48 Hour Pack is the bag for you. Both of them have a dedicated laptop compartment with top zippered access and plenty of inner organizer pockets for your chargers and sunnies.

MEC 24 hr and 48 hr packs

The 24 Hr Pack (left) is 15L, while the 48 Hr Pack (right) is a larger 24L for overnighters.

72 HR DUFFLE

Sized to handle long weekend trips. Inner organization in the 72 Hour Duffle keeps your shoes separated from your clean tees, and outer pockets make it easy to get your passport out when you need it.

MEC 72 hr duffle bag

MEC TRAVEL LIGHT JACKET

Why carry a bulky coat on fickle-weather days? Slip on the breathable Travel Light Jacket for blustery or misty weather, and go about your day (or your whole holiday) without overheating. It easily packs away for travel and when the sun comes out.

MEC Travel Light jacket
Mom wearing MEC Travel Light Jacket and having fun with her child
MEC Travel Light Jacket - men's

THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL PANTS

The MEC Timeless Pants and MEC Timeless Capris are the pinnacle of versatility – wear them on your bike ride to work, to your 2pm meeting, and straight to the international departures gate. We love them so much that we dedicated an entire blog post to them.

MEC Timeless Pants

The lightweight recycled polyester and spandex blend has an effortless stretch, feels cool against the skin, packs well and dries quickly.

MEC Timeless Pants on a runner
MEC timeless pants and capris

Looking for cuffed pants that do double-duty (or quadruple-duty)? The MEC Wanderwall Pants are excellent for travelling, thanks to the stretchy, comfortable, durable water repellent fabric. Of course, that means they’re just the pair for climbing, hiking and canoeing too. If you have an active vacation planned, pack these pants.

MEC Wanderwall Pants

SUPER PACKABLE HAT

A hat with a secret: it stuffs into a hidden compartment in the crown so it’s always at-the-ready. The MEC Pack Away Sun Cap barely takes up any space in your carry-on.

MEC pack away sun cap

SWIM AND SUN

Heading out on a warm weather vacation to break free from frost? Or just excited for summer road trips? Choose from fun prints and smart cover-ups to protect you from the sun.

Bathing suits and beach wear
Surfer on wave in Seea bathing suit

Seea bathing suits use recycled polyester from post-consumer pop bottles nylon from regenerated fishing nets to reduce waste and impact on our oceans. Photo: Seea.

June bathing suit

The top above is made of quick-drying recycled polyester – a fabric designed exclusively for MEC and June Swimwear. These bathing suits are crafted in Montreal with female surfers in mind. (Photo: Savitri Bastiani)

Man in Patagonia boardshorts

Patagonia Wavefarer Boardshorts are stretchy and made at a Fair Trade Certified facility, from bluesign®-approved materials.

THE LIGHTEST CARRY-ON

Made from lightweight nylon, the MEC Travel Light Carry-on is free of unnecessary bulk and durable enough to survive sliding around overhead bins and little bumps on bustling streets. The whole thing packs away neatly into its own pocket to make for fast storing or packing into a checked bag.

Close-up of person using packing cubes
MEC Travel Light carry-on shown packed and unpacked
MEC Travel Light carry-on on a person's back and also shown open

EXPLORING WHILE YOU’RE THERE

Wherever you travel, day hiking is one of the best ways to explore the local parks and trails (it’s a nice nature break from city sightseeing too). Want to go hiking but don’t know how to start? Here are some resources:

Parkbus outside an MEC store

Visiting a Canadian city this summer and don’t have a car? Check out MEC-sponsored Parkbus, which connects cities to campgrounds, canoe access points and hiking trails.

DAY HIKING LOOKS

Look for durable, stretchy and breathable layers for comfort on the hiking trail. Merino wool clothing is naturally antimicrobial, which reduces odours – perfect for travelling or multi-day trips. When you’re packing, bring along a lightweight backpack (like the MEC Travel Light Daypack below); it can carry your essentials for day hiking or when you’re walking through a new city.

Person wearing clothes for day hiking, including an MEC travel light backpack

Lightweight and packable, the MEC Hydrofoil Stretch Jacket (below) is fully seam-taped and perfect for activity in wet climates or where you expect foul weather. 40-denier nylon promises durability and 4-way stretch that’s soft and supple, never crunchy.

MEC Hydrofoil jacket

Above: The Hydrofoil jacket is fully-seam taped and ridiculously breathable.

Mom hiking with two kids
Mom wearing a light blue MEC Hydrofoil jacket
Two people wearing the men's version of the MEC Hydrofoil jacket

Above: The men’s version of the Hydrofoil jacket comes in earthy avocado (shown), along with basic black and brighter options.

Built for flash storms on mountain routes or steady rain on hiking trails, the MEC Alpine Go GORE-TEX (below) is a versatile jacket that’s both packable and waterproof. Generous underarm zips give you plenty of ventilation when the elevation gain starts to get intense.

Person wearing the MEC Alpine Go Gore-Tex jacket

Be ready for sideways rain or gnarly alpine weather, wherever you go. The MEC Tonquin Jacket (below) is a versatile layer that’s both packable and waterproof. Generous underarm zips give you plenty of ventilation when the elevation gain starts to get intense.

MEC Tonquin Jacket
MEC Tonquin Jacket

KIDS’ CLOTHES FOR RAIN OR SHINE

Weather can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean it should wreck your family vacation. Pack along layers to keep kids sun safe, dry and happy to keep moving.

Fun group of kids hanging out

UPF SUN PROTECTION

Clothes with UPF sun protection are easier to put on than sunscreen (though you’ll need that too). They’re a must-have when the family takes off somewhere warm for spring break.

Kids UPF sun shirts from MEC

MEC SUN HATS

Great for travelling and summer adventures.

  • Fabric provides UPF 50+ sun protection.
  • Made of lightweight nylon with a water resistant finish so it dries quickly.
  • Adjustable crown lets the hat grow with your child.
Kids UPF sun hats from MEC

SPLASHPROOF OUTERWEAR

Be ready for drizzle, drops and the biggest puddles you can find. We designed these fearlessly waterproof jackets so everyone can get outside on rainy days.

  • Made of ripstop woven nylon with a polyurethane coating.
  • Fully taped seams defy water from reaching inside.
  • 3-panel hood has reflective tape, an elastic opening and peaked brim for protection from wind and rain.
Kids wearing rain gear and playing around
Kids wearing rainwear

MEC NEWT RAIN HAT

Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness, and the chin strap has a special closure that won’t scratch.

MEC Newt rain hats for kids

MEC CAMPFIRE FLEECE JACKET

This fleece is nice and simple so it works as a mid-layer to wear under a rain jacket or ski shell. It has classic style and even a bit of a retro nod, but the brushed polyester is entirely warmth-without-weight modern.

The Campfire fleece comes in an infant sizechildren’s size and youth’s size.

MEC Campfire Jacket

WHERE TO NEXT?

In a recent blog post, MEC Ambassador Bruce Kirkby highlighted some advice that changed the course of his life: never put until tomorrow the trip you can launch today. Wherever you’re going – somewhere close, somewhere warm, or a sizeable adventure– make sure you come prepared for a few weather surprises.

Travellers in Peru and a packed MEC Travel Light carry on bag
Denise Choo
Denise Choo

Part of the MEC web team, and one of the first to see new gear appear on mec.ca. Balances a love of mountains with a love of getting lost in new cities.