California Surfing & Climbing In The Fifties

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: BOB SWIFT © ALLEN STECK; OAK STREET, LAGUNA BEACH © DICK METZ/SHACC; COVER; DEVILS SLIDE © BOB SWIFT; SAN ONOFRE © DICK METZ/SHACC; RENNIE YATER © DICK PERRY

 

Tom Adler publishes beautiful photography books. I own almost all of them. They are limited edition gems that visually chronicle the culture of surfing through the eyes of a particular photographer like Don James, Jeff Divine, or Ron Church, or though a particular surfer like Miki Dora or Tom Blake. His books are curated like time capsules, and designed to appeal not just to surfers, but anyone who appreciates beautiful books, photography and design.

But Tom Adler also designs and publishes beautiful books on climbing. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon “The Stone Masters”, a gorgeous coffee table book on the California climbing scene in 70’s, and was surprised to see it was a Tom Adler book. It was typically distinctive in its contrasting juxtaposition of portraits, action, details, landscape and candid snapshots, but I had no idea his passion for the culture, photography and visual history of sport included climbing. This was not his only book I learned on the subject. There was also “Yosemite In The Sixties”, a compilation of magnificent black and white photographs by Glen Denny, capturing the famous climbing scene of Yosemite Valley’s Camp 4 in its heyday. It left me wondering what the connection was for him with these two sports.

Tom Adler has made the connection for us in his newest book, “California Surfing And Climbing In The Fifties”, which brings these two sports together in one photographic tome. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him and asked about the common thread between these sports in that era. “The late 50’s were a pivotal point in both climbing and surfing”, he told me. “Equipment was changing dramatically in both sports, and with that came first ascents in Yosemite, while at the same time, new key breaks, like Pipeline and Waimea, were being surfed in Hawaii.”

There are indeed similarities in the lifestyles of these two sports. As Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, writes in the foreward, “The fifties were the easy years in California. Gas was a quarter a gallon, used cars could be bought for twenty-five dollars, and you could easily live off the excess fat of society. Those of us in the counter cultures of climbing and surfing were, as climber Pete Sinclair said, the last free Amercians.”

There were maybe a thousand surfers worldwide in the fifties, and equally few climbers — kindred spirits living the same non-conformist lifestyle, some on the rocks of Yosemite, others on the beaches of southern California. Be it surfing or climbing, their bohemian lifestyles created common counter cultures, rich in visual stories that are the perfect material for a Tom Adler artbook.

TABOOKS

 

The Outdoors Inside

 

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NATURE SCENTED CANDLES

While winter keeps us indoors and we long for the scents of the outdoors, candles infused with the fragrances of ocean breezes, pine forests, dewy meadows, citrus groves and flower fields transport us back to the warmer days and sultry nights of summer.

ROW 1: LE LABO “PIN 12”. Aromatic pine woods are mixed with musks and amber; RED FLOWER “ITALIAN BLOOD ORANGE”. A bright blend of sweet orange blossoms, tangy juice and sharp spicy rinds; SCENTS OF LAND “NO. 78 CEDAR”. Fragrant cedar, rich in scent like a rainy forest.

ROW 2: LINNEA’S LIGHTS “WOOD”. A sweet and musky sandalwood candle contained in a bark-covered vessel; BONNY & BLITHE “LAVENDER”. Fresh lavender fragrant with the scents of a misty meadow; LAFCO “SEA & DUNE/BEACH HOUSE”. Fresh and airy with summer scents of sea grass and ocean breezes.

ROW 3: TATINE TISANE “FIELD OF GRASS”. Scents of freshly cut grass reminiscent of lazy summer afternoons; MALIN+GOETZ “VETIVER”. A subtle synthesis of fruit and citrus at the top, clove leaf in the middle, cedarwood and vetiver at the bottom; ARCHIPELAGO BOTANICALS “BAMBOO TEAK”. A bamboo garden infused with violet leaf, oak moss, teak wood.

ROW 4: PADDYWAX MASON JAR CANDLE “OCEAN TIDE + SEA SALT. The scents of the sea are poured into this aqua jar; VOTIVO RED CURRANT. One of the most popular candles in the world, exuding the rich fragrance of the red currant berry. DIPTYQUE BAIES. Another all time favorite, with the scents of roses and blackcurrent leaves

 

Snow Day

 

 

WINTER 2014: THE RUGGEDLY CHIC SNOW BOOT

Leather and suede, shearling and faux fur lined, with sexy lace ups and wrap around style, our favorite snow boots of the season have that chic apres-ski look. Rugged, waterproof and warm, these furry friends can handle the snowiest conditions and will have your feet wishing that everyday was a snow day.

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: THE NORTH FACE KINLEY $120. Cushioned, waterproof, and warm with Heatseeker™ insulation, these furry boots have the protection and traction needed for winter’s toughest conditions; ISABEL MARANT NOWLES $840. Shearling lined with a concealed wedge heel, these chic little snow boots will keep your feet warm with a touch of urban style; MERRELL DECORA PRELUDE $200; Waterproof with lightweight, low bulk insulation, these boots feature a contoured foot frame and air cushioned heel for all-day comfort. Full lace up and faux fur collar add extra style to this tough boot. SOREL JOAN OF ARCTIC $150. These seasonal favorites in chic black leather with faux fur cuff and red lace ups, are seam sealed waterproof and proven warm; SPERRY TOP-SIDER HIGHLAND $150. Duck boot style, these waterproof boots feature Thinsulate™ insulation, a cushioned insole for all-day comfort, and a wraparound lacing system for a secure fit and stylish look.

 

The Holiday Silver

 

 

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WITH NEW YEARS EVE ON ITS TAIL, AND FROM THE GYM TO THE OFFICE, THE SLOPES TO THE STREET, SILVER IS MAKING A PARTY OF IT ALL. 

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR SHINE ON!

ROW 1: BOGNER FIRE & ICE LEONY-D DOWN JACKET $569. Both on the slopes and in town, you are guaranteed to turn heads in this chic racer style down jacket. Refined cigarette quilting on the sides makes for a sporty and flattering fit; NIKON 1 AWI $799. When it’s time to move on from the phone, here is a tough, waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof camera designed to capture all your sporty adventures. It boasts the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 fps with AF), Slow View and Live Image Control, and features full HD video, built-in GPS and a Wireless Mobile Adapter to instantly share photos; CASIO BABY-G MINI GLOSS ANA-DIGI WATCH $120. Who doesn’t love a Casio, and this silver sporty classic combines analog and digital displays on a 3D dial that features world time, multiple alarms, 1/100th-second stopwatch, a countdown timer and more.

ROW 2: HERMES BOUCLE SELLIER $3800. Silver chain and buckle design, this chunky Hermes silver bracelet is the ultimate in sporty chicness; REBECCA MINKOFF PETRA JELLY THONG SANDALS $98. Metal details adorn these high gloss rubber sandals.

ROW 3: SAINT LAURENT TOY DUFFEL $1390. This fab little metallic leather duffel style handbag features rolled top handles, embossed logo, an adjustable chainstrap and protective metal feet at base. SPECIALIZED GLOBE ROLL 7 $900. The Roll 7, with its classic Cr-Mo frame and Nexus 7-speed drivetrain, can handle the most competitive urban assaults while maintaining it’s cool and polished style.

ROW 4: ADIDAS ORIGINALS GAZELLE OG now $76. These shiny Gazelle classics feature a metallic upper with snakeskin embossed details on the heel, eye stays and heel tab; BARRACUDA HYDROBAT RACING GOGGLES $17.95. These revolutionary racing goggles feature a Batwing design that covers the eye socket and dramatically reduces drag. The mirrored, anti-fog coated lenses and frame provide a focused visual field plus wide peripheral vision. The frame also uses fluted holes in the lower area to channel water and create a hydrostatic pressure that holds the goggle firmly in place during dives, flip turns and open water swimming.

 

A Winter’s Run

 

 

THE GUIDE TO WINTER RUNNING APPAREL

Got the running bug? No need to let a little cold weather stop you when there are so many great jackets, tights, tops, hats and gloves to keep you warm, happy and running outdoors this winter. With the right gear, winter can be one of the most beautiful times of the year to run. Wind resistant, waterproof, warm, wicking and breathable layers are all you need. Here are some our favorite pieces from top to bottom. All are available for both men and women unless otherwise indicated.

THE HAT
PUT A LID ON IT: WARM HEAD EQUALS WARM BODY

 

NIKE THERMA-FIT REVERSIBLE RUNNING HAT $22. Total warmth with two looks in one, this reversible hat is made with microfiber fleece that provides maximum insulation with minimal weight and bulk.

SMARTWOOL TRAINING BEANIE $22. This merino wool beanie features a four-panel design and contoured double layer ear band to ensure a snug fit that stays in place during all high-intensity activities.

ICEBREAKER POCKET HAT $26.99. Lightweight and also made from warm merino wool, this stylish little hat is reversible and available in an array of great colors.

THE JACKET
THE OUTER LAYER THAT PROTECTS FROM THE ELEMENTS

 

PATAGONIA HOUDINI JACKET $99. Paper thin and light as a feather, this little shell offers big protection from the elements. It is made of a highly wind-resistant ripstop nylon with a Deluge® DWR finish, and conveniently packs away into its own palm sized zipper chest pocket.

NIKE ELEMENT SHIELD MAX RUNNING JACKET $250. This slim-fitting jacket offers lightweight wind and water resistance without sacrificing freedom of movement. It features breathable stretch Dri-FIT jersey with strategically placed stretch panels, DWR finish, and an adjustable hood with removable face gaiter for extra warmth and protection.

MOUNTAIN HARDWARE GHOST WHISPERER HOODED JACKET $165. Another featherweight shell weighing in at a mind-bending 2 oz, this jacket is a super wind, water and element resistant outer layer, also packing down to nothing in its own chest pocket. Read More

 

Olympic Patchwork

 

 

The 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching and I had an exciting Olympic moment of my own last week getting to try on one of the official US Olympic Team snowboard jackets created by Burton Snowboards. This is the third consecutive Olympics that Burton has partnered with US Ski & Snowboard Association to create the US Snowboard team uniform. They once again looked to American heritage for inspiration, choosing the patchwork quilt and the American flag.

Burton designers found their perfect vintage quilt at an antiques fair and brought it home to Vermont where it was deconstructed and re-constructed by a veteran Vermont quilt maker, who created the design that would be replicated onto the outerwear. The end result is a jacket that looks like it was hand-stitched with patchwork squares and no two jackets are alike. A duplicate of a vintage American flag is proudly featured on the jacket’s sleeve.

With the design inspiration in place, technical performance came next. Burton turned to the US Army RD&E Center to research and develop a new DRYRIDE Vaporshell laminate, which is being showcased for the first time in the Olympic Competition Jackets. Sochi is known for its unpredictable weather, and this waterproof breathable fabric has been created to stand up to anything Mother Nature decides to dole out. The corduroy that was chosen for the pant fabric, another staple of American heritage, has been weatherproofed with the same laminate. Water literally beads and rolls off it.

To round out the look, Burton also designed all items that will be worn under the jacket and pants, including first-layer bottoms and tops, three different beanies, gloves/mitts and a cozy wool/silk blend competition pull-over fleece. All are slightly reminiscent of items you might find in a New England country store. “We’re really proud that the 2014 uniform builds on Burton’s legacy of creating fun, unconventional designs that stray from the formal, traditional look of most uniforms,” said Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton Snowboards. “The vintage quilt and flag print of the jacket combined with the corduroy pants give the uniform a ‘heirloom hippy’ vibe that lines up with snowboarding’s laid-back culture while paying respect to America’s longstanding creative heritage.

 

The Citi Bike Update

 
 

It has been about 6 months since the Citi Bike bicycle sharing program launched in NYC. Despite early glitches, it has caught on with great success. The Department of Transportation released data last week about the program which revealed that New Yorkers are taking 33,000 bike trips daily on a Citi Bike, most frequently for commuting, but also for errands, shopping, sightseeing and exercise. 95,000 had signed up for annual memberships. I wrote about my early experiences with the Citi Bike program at the end of June in a piece called SHARE THE RIDE. As I have since become an official Citi Bike rider, as seen on my keychain above, I thought it would be useful to update the piece with a few new thoughts.

Let me say first of all I think the program is great. What I do and don’t like about the bikes is just my personal experience, but it is fantastic to see so many New Yorkers out there on those blue bikes, adopting the program, and choosing pedal power over other forms of transportation. By and large, I can always get a bike, and equally important, get rid of it at the end of the journey. Only once have I been shut out by no bikes, but it was rush hour on a beautiful day, on a very populated Park Ave South. Only once have I been unable to return a bike because of no open stations at a particular destination or spots nearby. This required waiting for about 10 minutes for someone to take a bike out so I could slot mine in. Others were uncomfortably hovering to do the same. Both experiences made me realize that using the bikes to get someplace on time might not be the most reliable form of transportation. Hence, I don’t ride them that often, maybe a couple times a week.

As I wrote previously the bikes themselves are real clunkers. They are obviously built for durability, and with the kind of beating they take on NYC streets (the cobblestones are particularly brutal), they are proving fairly indestructible, but they are not that fun to ride. Perhaps part of that durability is how upright the frame has to be, but I find myself slipping forward off the seat and wishing that the pedals were more in front of me so I could get more power with the pedal stroke. The bikes only have 3 speeds and are not meant to go fast, but when you find yourself in traffic, needing to pick up speed fast to avert distaster, I find the geometry of the bikes a challenge. Hence I don’t ride the bikes for long trips.

What do I ride the bikes for most regularly is crosstown trips, or to and from destinations where there is no public transportation. For example, it’s the perfect way to get from my office on 29th and Park to the Chelsea art galleries, or from Tribeca to the east side subway. According to the DOT, this is one of the most popular ways the CitiBikes are being used, in tandem with other form of transportation.

So while I don’t love the bikes, I do love the program and the shared bond you feel with your fellow New Yorker on a Citi Bike at a red light. I have found a way to integrate and support the bike sharing program, which I think is important for environmental and health reasons, and it’s kind of cool to have that blue key ready to unlock a bike at any place and any time. While I do still find the bikes quite ugly, they have sort of become an indelible feature of the NYC landscape. As a life long New Yorker, riding the Citi Bikes feels like what real New Yorkers do.

 

Vested Interest

 

9 PERFECT PUFFER VESTS

A few weeks ago, we brought you our 9 FAVORITE PUFFER JACKETS. We are back with our 9 favorite puffer vests. The down, or alternately insulated, vest is the perfect way to get an extra layer of warmth. With so many colors, cuts, fills, weights and quilting to choose from, we thought we’d share 9 of our favorites. So whether you’re looking for a super sporty style or something more refined, we’ve got the vest for you.

ROW 1: ELIZABETH ROBERTS ELIOT VEST $450. With it’s tapered silhouette, cap sleeve and belted waist, this is a most fashionable down vest, but it has host of technical features as well. It is made with a Schoeller® water and stain repellent stretch fabric, has multiple hidden and side seam pockets, including their signature Smartsheild™ protective pocket for your phone. THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL VEST $149. As an alternative to down, the Thermoball line uses Primaloft insulation constructed to imitate down with low weight high loft clusters. This synthetic insulation achieves the warmth equivalent of 600-fill down and retains heat even when wet. MARMOT JENA VEST $150. Available in 7 colors, this 800 fill goose down vest delivers a whole lot of warmth to the core.

ROW 2: BOGNER FIRE & ICE DOWN VEST CALI-D $449. This feather-light bright neon down vest features a contrast color lining and removable hood, which can be adorned with fur trim Pelz, sold separately. Available in 5 colors. NIKE AEROLOFT RUNNING VEST $180. Insulation meets ventilation with this tech infused lightweight down vest. Zones of perforated ventilation are alternated with zones of lofted insulation to keep heat in and let moisture out. UNIQLO ULTRALIGHT DOWN HOODED VEST $49.90. For the price, this very warm vest with its down-filled hood can not be beat. It’s incredibly light and thin; a high collar protects from cold wind; and it stows easily in its attached pouch.

ROW 3: CANADA GOOSE FREESTYLE VEST $275. Available for both men and women in a plethora of colors, this down vest is durable and well-insulated. Cut longer in the back for greater coverage, and with a wealth of practical storage pockets, this is one warm and functional extra layer. PATAGONIA NANO PUFF VEST $149. The Nano Puff Vest uses PrimaLoft ONE insulation for superb compressibility, featherlight weight and most importantly warmth. The 100% recycled ripstop shell is windproof and water repellent. MONCLER GHANY GILET $539. Warm, chic and sporty, this red shiny vest is a Moncler classic.

 

Sweat With Style

 

THE GIFT OF SPORT CONTINUES WITH GREAT IDEAS FOR

THE GYM LOVERS AND FITNESS CRAZY!

 

LEFT COLUMN: THE SOULCYCLE BIKE $2200. Bring the Soul home with the signature yellow spinning bike from SoulCycle, the hot boutique spin studio, now with locations from coast to coast. BROOKS PURE FLOW 2 $70. From the Brooks Pure Project natural running line, the Pure Flow 2 is distinctive for the plush cushioning it offers in a such a lightweight construction. Ideal for all around training in addition to running, the shoe is designed to promote an efficient, aligned stride by encouraging a more forward foot strike and a natural feel. An asymmetrical lace system is contoured to the anatomy of the foot. POWERPLATE MY3 $2599. Vibration training is one of the hottest fitness trends, as well as an integral part of athletic training for improving range of motion, muscle tone, flexibility and core strength. Power Plate is the premiere brand, and the MY3 is the most compact and economical model available for home use. BKR WATER BOTTLE $28. These modern glass water bottles, available with a wide array of brightly colored silicone sleeves to protect from breakage, are as much a design statement as an eco-friendly way to take your hydration to go.

CENTER COLUMN: NIKE AEROLOFT METALLIC RUNNING VEST $240. Insulation meets ventilation with this tech infused lightweight down vest. Zones of perforated ventilation are alternated with zones of lofted insulation to keep heat in, while letting moisture out. TRIGGER POINT THE GRID 2.0 $64.99. The evolution of the foam roller is The Grid 2.0, designed on a grid system of varying widths and densities to better work out muscle tension and trigger points on all areas of the body. ATHLETA COPPERFIELD SWEATSHIRT $79. This warm and cozy slouchy neck sweatshirt is perfect for going to and from the gym or just relaxing at home. Collar functions as hood as well. NIKE+ FUELBAND SE ROSE GOLD $169. Track your fitness in style with the limited rose gold edition of the Nike + Fuelband SE. Polished metallic accents add extra flair and durability too. SPEEDO HYDROSPEX CLASSIC GOGGLE $15.99. A perfect stocking stuffer, this is Speedo’s top selling recreational goggle, with its soft outer eye fit, flexible one-piece frame for comfort, UV protection and anti fog lens.

RIGHT COLUMN: Y-3 FS BACKPACK $154. First introduced for Y-3’s 10th anniversary, the distinctive X-strap design of the Future Sport Backpack remains a popular and enduring style. This bag combines sporty, technically-inspired styling with a functional design great for the gym and other daily destinations. ADIDAS SUPERNOVA LONG SLEEVE TEE $45.00. Supersoft and stretchy, body skimming and breathable, this has to be one of the most comfortable running and training shirts around. PRANA ROXANNE PRINTED LEGGING $65. Add a bit a excitement to your yoga and gymwear with these fun patterned leggings. Water Resistant, moisture stays on the fabric’s surface to keep you dry and comfortable through all your fitness activities. GO LITE ELIXER LEATHER SLIP-ON $89. For easy slip-on and off at the yoga, pilates or spinning studio, these cute and comfortable shoes provide great stability and traction en route. Memory foam creates a custom fit while lightweight breathable mesh keeps the feet cool in warmer temperatures.

 

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

 

 

THE STYLE OF SPORT HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE CONTINUES WITH FUN IDEAS FOR ALL THE SKIERS, SNOWBOARDERS, SNOWSHOERS AND SNOW LOVERS IN YOUR LIFE!

 

Clockwise top left: KASK SKI HELMET. The Elite Man shown above is one of 4 gorgeous Kask ski helmets that feature an integrated anti-fog and anti-scratch visor goggle that hinges up for convenience with style. $499.95

THE NORTH FACE WOMENS VILLAGE NUPSTE VEST. From the official Villagewear Collection to be worn by the US Freeskiing Team this February at the Winter Olympics, is this star studded warm, lightweight, and highly compressible 700-fill goose down vest. Support Team USA and check out all the other great red, white, blue, stars and stripes in this limited edition collection. $160

BURTON SNOWBOARDS LIP-STICK RESTRICTED. “Push It Real Good” on this Salt-n-Pepa adorned snowboard designed to have you dancin’ on the slopes. Frostbite Edges grip the iciest of ice, and a scoop nose and tail keeps it free flowin’ in the soft stuff. $479.95

SWEATY BETTY ALBERS SEEMLESS LEGGINGS. You’ll be eager to strip down by the fire and reveal these work-of-art base layer leggings with their Bauhaus-inspired design. Seamlessly engineered in soft sweat-wicking fabric, they are double cable-knitted for better opacity and feature a waistband that can be folded over or worn high for added warmth. $95 Read More

 

All Fun and Games

 

THE CHIC AND SPORTY GIFT GUIDE CONTINUES!

FROM GOLF TO TENNIS, PING-PONG TO DARTS, ROLLER SKATES TO SKATEBOARDS,
IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES!

 

Clockwise from top left: GARMIN APPROACH S4. The ultimate accessory for your golf lover is this touchscreen GPS golf watch from Garmin. It is preloaded with more than 30,000 international courses; measures precise distance to the front, back and middle of greens; gives detailed stat tracking, and even receives email, texts and alerts. $349.99

JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE: A SPORTING LIFE. 20th century photographer great, Jacques Henri Lartigue, was inspired by sport and created some of the most captivating and recognized images in the genre. This elegant photography album displays his passion for sports like auto racing, skiing, tennis, gymnastics and hang gliding, as well as the dynamism of the human body in motion. $75

RESTORATION HARDWARE VINTAGE LEATHER PUNCHING BAG. Crafted in classic Restoration Hardware style is this rugged vintage punching bag, made from burnished leather, that is tanned, distressed and stitched by hand. $495

ARBOR SKATEBOARDS TIMELESS. The Arbor Timeless is aptly named. It is a classic pintail longboard carver designed for smooth pavement cruising. 46″ in length, it features a wide concave platform and hefty wheelbase for maximum push and speed stability. $99.95

CB2 FLECHETTE DARTBOARD & DARTS SET. This fun retro dartboard and darts set, created exclusively for CB2 by design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, was designed as much to be a graphic work of art as an object of play. It is just one piece in the Novogratz Holiday Collection at CB2 and showcases their distinctive flair for combining bold modern style with flea market chic. $79.95   Read More

 

The Perfect Gift: For The Great Outdoors

 

For our second sporty gift guide, we are turning our attention to the outdoorsman and outdoorswoman. For that trail runner, hiker, kayaker, woodsman or adventurer, or those who just like to look the part, here are a few of our favorite gift ideas to suit their sport of choice. It’s the perfect gift for THE OUTDOORSY.

Clockwise from top left: VESTAL GUIDE WATCH. Cased in surgical-grade stainless steel case and an ultra scratch-resistant K1 crystal is a multi-functional altimeter, barometer and compass so stylish, your adventurer might want to wear it regardless of their outdoor pursuits. The altimeter features an instant altitude read out along with an elevation-gain graph; the barometer alerts with an incoming storm warning indicator; and the digital compass holds it bearing for quick reference and ultra reliable accuracy. Now $300

SOREL JOPLIN BOOTS. The Joplin Boot takes that classic Sorel styling and mixes it with some 70’s rock n’ roll style. Lightweight with a relaxed suede upper and breathable lining, these boots stay comfortable all day long. Crepe outsole provides traction and flexibility. $125

PATAGONIA RETRO X VEST. A Patagonia classic for men and women, the cozy Retro X Vest is made of plush breathable and windproof Synchilla polyester fleece that is 86% recycled and lined with soft brushed moisture-wicking mesh. Quilted nylon panels on the shoulders and collar for reinforcement; spandex bindings at cuffs and hem for warmth; and a wide back panel for an ergonomic fit, make this the perfect extra layer for any outdoor activity. $179

BIG AGNES SHOVELHEAD HOODED JACKET. This 700 fill DownTek™ mid-weight  down jacket is water repellent and constructed to be warm. The nylon rip-stop shell is wind and water resistant, while Insotect Flow™ vertical baffles with Flow Gates™ provide optimal insulation. Worn on its own or under a shell, this is a great all-sport down jacket with fun neon details for extra style. $249.95

PETZL TIKKA RXP HEADLAMP. Featuring a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts light output from 7 – 215 lumens, the Petzl Tikka RXP is the ideal lighting solution for runs, hikes and climbs, or anyplace else you might need some illumination. Whether looking at an object at close range or in the distance, the Reactive sensor adjusts the beam width and light output to accommodate any situation. $89.95

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The Ultimate Gift: For The Cyclist

 

Welcome to the Holiday shopping season and the first installment of our STYLE OF SPORT Gift Guides! We are going sport by sport for the next month bringing you the most coveted gifts for the runners, skiers, yogis, triathletes, gym rats, snowboarders, outdoorsman and other athletes in your life. First up, the ultimate gift FOR THE CYCLIST…

CLICK ABOVE TO SHOP 

Clockwise top left: PINARELLO DOGMA 65.1 THINK 2. This thoroughbred of a bicycle is built for pure speed. At this year’s Tour de France it claimed seven stage victories and the top two spots on the podium. Performance, power, precision and stiffness come together in this iconic bicycle, distinctive for its unique asymmetrical frame and fork design. The 2014 model boasts the strongest carbon fiber ever produced, making it its lightest frame to date and coveted bike of champions. Shown here in yellow, it is also available in a range of customizable color combinations. ($5,300 frame and fork only)

GIRO AEON BIKE HELMET. Extremely light, durable and well ventilated, the Giro Aeon features 24 strategically sculpted vents in a construction that fuses the helmet’s outer shell with an impact-absorbing EPS liner. The Roc Loc 5® fitting system allows full adjustment the helmet’s tension and vertical position for a comfortable and customized fit. Available in a chic palette of matte colors. $250

SIDI WIRE CYCLING SHOES. Another podium placing piece of equipment, the Wire is noted for it’s exceptional stiffness, comfort and clean aesthetic. The Tecno 3 buckle system offers micro adjustability and fit consistency with precision and ease. For those who prefer the snuggest of fits, the shoe’s tongue and instep strap are padded generously for ultra comfort. The vented carbon fiber sole is extremely light, but strong for optimal power transfer to the pedal. $499

GARMIN EDGE TOURING BICYCLE COMPUTER. The Edge Touring computer functions like the GPS navigator in your car, but comes loaded with maps and features specifically designed for cycling. Whether you have a destination in mind or a distance you want to ride, the Edge Touring will show you the way. Choose between road and mountain bike modes to calculate the most appropriate route, be it paved or unpaved roads, paths or trails. No particular route in mind? Search for rides on Garmin Connect™ or Garmin Adventures to follow on your next ride. $249   Read More

 

It’s A Wrap… Kinesiology Tape

 

 

A few years ago, at the Beijing Olympics, I noticed Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh’s shoulder covered in very badass-looking colorful tape. It was applied with an intricate criss-crossing pattern and I was intrigued to find out more. As an recreational athlete who tends to overdo it with a fair amount of frequency, I am always interested in what professional athletes do to treat their injuries. Since its their job to get back on the field or court as quickly as possible, they usually have access to the most progressive therapies. It turns out the latest thing is Kenisio Tape and in the London Olympic Games it was everywhere.

Kinesiology Tape is applied to reduce pain and inflammation, and support muscles in movement. Developed in the mid-1970s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a well-known Japanese practitioner in chiropractics and acupuncture, the tape was designed in response to the limitations he encountered working with traditional sports tape. Kenisio tape has a texture and elasticity very close to human skin. It is non-restrictive and allows for full range of motion, in contrast to traditional sports tape.

A few weeks ago, I found a doctor in NYC, Dr. Vladimir Friedman, DC, CCSP,CKTP, a chiropractor who uses the Kinesiology Tape as a post-treatment therapy. Nursing a hamstring strain going into a half-marathon, it seemed like the perfect time to see if Kenisio Tape worked. I felt I had come full circle when there on his wall was a picture of Kerri Walsh! While the jury is out as to whether Kinesiology Tape really works, I shaved 5 minutes off my time and broke that elsuive 2hr mark. You be the judge.

For more information on Kinesiology Tape, watch the segment from CBS This Morning above.

 

Burton + L.A.M.B + BIONIC

 

GWEN STEFANI & PHARELL WILLIAMS MIX IT UP WITH BURTON SNOWBOARDS

LEFT: BURTON x L.A.M.B. BOMBER JACKET WITH TUX SNOWBOARD PANTS; RIGHT BURTON x BIONIC BOMBER DOWN SNOWBOARD JACKET WITH 3L SNOWBOARD PANT

 

A few weeks ago we reported on Burton Snowboard’s collaboration and capsule collection with Filson, BURTON x FILSON, but the mash-ups have not stopped there. Now available online and in stores are two more collaborative collections from Burton, that bring the influence of two of the music industry’s biggest stars to snowboard style… one with Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. and the other with Pharrell’s BIONIC.

BURTON x L.A.M.B. 

The highly-anticipated women’s outerwear collection created with Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. label is finally available in select stores and online, and mixes Gwen’s bold street style with Burton’s tech-savvy functionality. The L.A.M.B. for Burton collection features ten pieces that include down jackets, anoraks, parkas and pants that can’t be missed, each with different prints from large dalmatian dots to an oversized houndstooth.

The goal was to have some fun and try something a little different,” said Gwen Stefani. “The clothing itself is really technical and performance-oriented so it was a new challenge. We worked really hard on the pants – I wanted to design a pair that had a really great fit and is super flattering but also cool with an edge.” Her favorite pieces from the collection, she says, are the Parka Jacket and Tux Pant.

BURTON x BIONIC

Also just in time for the holidays, is Burton’s capsule collection of eco-conscious winter outerwear and accessories created with music and style icon Pharrell Williams, brand ambassador for BIONIC Yarn. BIONIC is an eco-textile brand that makes luxe high-performance fabrics from recycled plastic bottles. BIONIC Yarn incorporates 40-45% recycled content which actually makes it up to 400% stronger than traditional thread and a very durable fabric for snowboard outerwear.

Pharell took his inspiration for this collection from South American textiles, and traditional Peruvian prints are the foundation of the line. With a look that feels both modern and vintage, the Burton x BIONIC line is made up of 7 pieces that include jackets, pants, and accessories designed to transition from wintery weekend pursuits to the daily grind. The brightly striped Bomber Down Jacket features a distinctive silhouette inspired by 1970’s ski jackets, reflecting yet another mash-up of ski and snowboard style!

Both the L.A.M.B collection for women and BIONIC collection for men are available in super limited supply. Grab these pieces while they last at select snowboard shops, Burton flagship stores and on Burton.com.

 

 

In A Flash: Reflective Illuminated

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NIKE CHEYENNE VAPOR 2 FLASH RUNNING BACKPACK; NIKE FLASH ALLOVER RUNNING JACKET; PUMA FAAS 100 R RUNNING SHOES; LULULEMON REFLECTIVE BRISK RUN GLOVE; PUMA PURE NIGHTCAT RUNNING JACKET; SAUCONY RIDE 6 RUNNING SHOES

 

As the days get shorter, we runners, cyclists and other outdoor sport lovers increasingly find ourselves out there in lightless early mornings and evenings. Fortunately, there is a whole range of shoes, gear and apparel designed with new reflective technology guaranteed we will be seen in the dark. The Nike Flash Pack includes a range of shoes, jackets, tights and accessories created specifically for running. The Nike Allover Flash Running Jacket features a glass-beaded exterior that produces 360 degrees of 400-candlepower reflectivity for enhanced visibility. As seen in the picture above, and in all the other items featured here, it glows like flash bulb when light hits it.

Currently available from Puma as well is a new collection of running shoes and apparel that use reflectivity as both a safety and a design element. While the Faas 100 R Stealth Running Shoes and Pure Nightcat Jacket may appear muted in color by day, they illuminate with patterns and graphics sure to be seen under passing headlight beams by night. In addition, the Asics Lite-Show, Saucony ViZiPro and Nathan TorchLight collections all include performance driven shoes, apparel and gear created to keep you in the light even when it’s dark.

In addition to reflectivity, the pieces in all these collection are made for cold weather running. They are warm and breathable, wind and weather resistant, designed to keep you out there enjoying those outdoor sports even when the weather might try to keep you indoors.

 

Our Kind of Granola Bar

 
KIND HEALTHY GRAIN BARS

 

While it’s hard not to love a good granola bar, with its seemingly healthy combination of whole grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and honey, they are often so high in fat and sugar that the calorie count is the same as a candy bar. That’s why we are so happy our friends at Kind, makers of one of our favorite snack bars and granolas, have just come out with a new line of granola bars called Kind Healthy Grains Bars.

As with their other products, these granola bars are made with simple all natural ingredients: whole grains like oats, millet, quinoa, and amaranth, combined with other tasty ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut, berries, peanut butter and chocolate. They are sweetened with brown rice syrup, maple syrup and/or honey, all low glycemic to keep blood sugar levels in check.

Each of these chewy and crunchy bars has about 150 calories, 24 grams of carbs, 8 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of fat. They are gluten-free and available in 5 flavors: Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Blueberry, Maple Pumpkin Seeds, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Oats & Honey… all of which are equally delicious! So if you are snackers like us or looking for a extra bit of fuel on the go, add these to your arsenal of healthy treats.

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Ski You At The Barre

 
AMIE ENGERBRETSON IN MURREN SCHILTORN, SWITZERLAND

 

With many resorts officially open for business, ski season is upon us, but it’s still early and there is plenty of time to get those ski legs in shape. We heard about a cool ski conditioning class being taught out in Lake Tahoe, California by a local ripper and ski model, Amie Engerbretson. For you skiers who can also be found at the bar (class that is), Amie’s class is a barre style workout created specifically for ski conditioning. It is designed to build responsive stabilizer muscles and an iron core, as well as those strong legs and glutes essential for great skiing. As Amie says, “a strong, prepared body instills confidence and everything from there is a trickle down effect. Conditioning improves your on hill performance, helps prevent injury and guarantees a fun day out on the hill”

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Todd Snyder City Gym

 

 

A few weeks ago, we reported on a crop of new bespoke sporting goods and apparel stores that had recently opened in downtown Manhattan, distinctive for their integration of design and sport. Another shop of note just joined the group, Todd Snyder City Gym, a pop-up which features the Todd Snyder + Champion collection, in addition to a curated collection of vintage inspired sporting goods, books, magazines and other American made miscellania.

The Todd Snyder + Champion collection is designer Todd Snyder’s collaboration with the 94-year-old sportswear brand Champion, and reflects a nostalgia for the high school gymnasium of yore. It features vintage inspired sweatshirts, sweatpants, varsity jackets, t-shirts and other sport influenced apparel. The design of the store creates the perfect backdrop for the collection and this era, complete with aged metal lockers, vintage black and white sport photographs, as well as a display of old school sporting goods for sale, such as assorted leather balls from Leather Head, wooden bats by Hoosier and classic canvas hi-tops from PF Flyers. Read More

 

All Puffed Up

 

          

THE SEASON’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST DOWN JACKETS

Whether cruising city streets, hanging out in the country, or racing down the slopes, stay warm and toasty wherever you may be with a bright and colorful down puffer sure to keep those winter blues away.  From the very affordable to the ultra luxe, there are so many colors and styles from which to choose, it’s hard to pick just one. Unless indicated, all are available for both men and women, and yes, all come in your basic black as well.

ROW 1: PATAGONIA WOMENS DOWNTOWN LOFT JACKET $279. This city style hip-length jacket is insulated with 600-fill grey goose down and has a water repellent DWR shell. The hood stows into a high shawl collar for extra warmth and style. STIO HOMETOWN DOWN JACKET $275. From Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the weather can be brutal, comes this 800-fill down jacket that features DownTek™, a water repellent goose down that stays warm and dry from the slopes to the streets. MOUNTAIN HARDWARE GHOST WHISPERER HOODED DOWN JACKET $320. Weighing in at a nothing 8oz, this might be the lightest down jacket out there, but comes packed with 850-fill Q.Shield™ down that resists moisture to stay warm in all conditions.

ROW 2: ARC’TERYX THORIUM AR HOODY $285. This 750-fill European grey goose down jacket is great as substantial mid layer or on its own in cold, dry conditions. It features strategic placement of both synthetic and down insulation in the areas most prone to moisture and retains its warmth when wet. UNIQLO ULTRA LIGHT DOWN PARKA $69.90. Although this is a far less technical jacket than the others featured, it is still hard to believe the price is less than $70. Available in 12 colors, it is ultralight and thin, and packs down into a small stow pocket for easy travel. MONCLER BADY JACKET $975. On the other side of the price spectrum is this ultra luxe down hoody. It is sleek, shiny and very warm, with that unmistakable Moncler style for which you pay the big bucks.

ROW 3: THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S SUPER DIEZ JACKET $349. Made with 900-fill down, this super lightweight jacket skimps on the bulk but not on the warmth. Slim fitting and shiny, it is durable and rugged with a whole lot of sporty style. MONTBELL FROST SMOKE PARKA $189. This lightweight parka packs high loft 800-fill goose down inside a DWR water resistant and wind shedding Ballistic nylon shell. DUVETICA PADDED COAT $745. Winter is no match for this ultra stylish long down coat stuffed with lofty down in a bright and shiny shell.

 

Hi-Tech Goggle Spex

 

Take a glance into the future with the newest trend in snow goggles. Google glasses may soon be taking over the streets, but goggle vision has taken over the slopes. For all you backcountry skiers and snowboarders who venture into uncharted territory, and for those who stay in bounds but enjoy a cool gadget, hi-tech snow goggles with GPS tracking are the ultimate accessory. Without having to pull off a glove or open a pocket, altitude, temperature, speed, distance, location, time and a host of other digital data are revealed before your eyes with in-lens displays that transform your goggles into ocular dashboards. Check out the three top models leading the way in goggle vision.

ZEAL OPTICS Z3 GPS LIVE

Shown above, the Zeal Z3 Live GPS-enabled goggles display performance-based information like speed, distance, altitude, location, time, temperature and jump stats at a glance with non-obtrusive heads-up graphics. Bluetooth enabled with Smartphone connectivity, these goggles also display caller ID and text messages. In addition to its high tech features, these goggles are designed with an airflow ventilation system that brings cool outside air in and moves warm air out to help prevent fogging. Triple-density foam molds to the face for a secure fit and wicks away moisture. A spherical anti-glare polarized lens provides wide peripheral vision, and is available with photochromatic technology that automatically changes the lens from dark to light in varying weather conditions. Price $599
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Merino Wool: Hi-Tech By Nature

 

ROW 1: IBEX SHAK FREESTAR ZIP-UP MID-LAYER; ICEBREAKER SPRITE RACERBACK TANK & HOT PANTS; SMARTWOOL NTS MID 250 PATTERN BOTTOM; ROW 2: ICEBREAKER OASIS LEGGINGS; PATAGONIA MERINO 3 MIDWEIGHT ZIP NECK; ICEBREAKER UNISEX POCKET HAT; ROW 3: SMARTWOOL PHD NTS LIGHT 195 WIND ZIP T; NIKE DRI-FIT WOOL V-NECK; ICEBREAKER UNISEX CORONET GLOVES

Merino wool is fast becoming the performance fabric of choice for many athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. It is a uniquely versatile fabric that keeps the athlete warm when its cold and cool when it’s hot — ideal for running, hiking, skiing, cycling, and any other outdoor sport.

Merino is regarded as being one of the finest and softest wools, consisting of a higher number of thread fibers than others. These fibers trap tiny pockets of air which act to insulate in cold weather, and at the same time wick moisture away to the surface, keeping the body cool when it’s heating up. Because the individual fibers stay dry this keeps the fabric odor-free, aided by the anti-bacterial lanolin naturally occurring in the wool. Few other single fabrics work so well in such a broad range of temperatures.

Whereas synthetic fabrics, essentially a blend of polyester and nylon, have been the popular choice for activewear in recent years, brands like Smartwool and Icebreaker have been toting the advantages of Merino wool for a while now, and using it exclusively in their sport apparel. Other major sport brands like Nike, Patagonia, Arc’Teryx and Lululemon, seeing the benefits, have recently added Merino based apparel to their product line. As a result, stylish Merino baselayers, performance tops and bottoms, hats, gloves and other accessories are now available in a wide variety styles and colors, designed to appeal to all kinds of athletes and sports enthusiasts.

 

The ElliptiGO

 
THE ELLIPTIGO

 

The ElliptiGO is an outdoor elliptical bicycle, designed to mimic the motion of running while on two wheels. I had been seeing these bikes here and there, and was curious to check one out, although I was unsure whether this was a gimicky hybrid cycling apparatus or a serious piece of fitness equipment. Once my good friend and former pro Volleyball player, Gabrielle Reece, told me she had an ElliptiGO, I figured it was legit and had to give it a try.

I just had the opportunity to take one out for a test ride in New York City’s Central Park and am on board. I had a great workout riding the 6.2 mile lap of flats, uphills and downhills and had a blast at the same time. Propelled by long elliptical strides, the ElliptiGO provides a fun and low-impact way to exercise outside, which beats a cardio machine at the gym any day. For the same reason that I am such a fan of Stand Up Paddleboarding, the upright stance forces you to use your core muscles and the height of the vantage point provides an enjoyable vista as well.

In a test commissioned by the company, researchers found that riding an ElliptiGO burns 33% more calories than riding a regular bike, while delivering a cardiovascular workout comparable to running. Besides the quads, the glutes and hamstrings are actively engaged, and as Gabby pointed out, the hips are getting a good stretch at the same time.

The company has been targeting the ElliptiGO to runners, both injured and healthy, as way to train and experience benefits of running outdoors without any of the negative results from the impact of the sport. The ElliptiGO has become a cross-training tool for many runners, and promotional videos feature testimonials from such pros as ultra marathoner, Dean Karnases, and former world champion distance runner, Mary Decker Slaney, toting the ElliptiGO as a way to increase increase milage through cross-training, get back into running after injury, and enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of running without the pounding of the sport. My experience is this is fun and effective aerobic training for any fitness enthusiast looking to add something new to their workout routine.

The ElliptiGO is available in three different models ranging from the most basic 3 speed model, priced at $1799, to the 11-speed sleek carbon fiber model, priced at $3499. They’re not cheap, so you know they’re pretty serious. For more information and to take one for a test ride, go to ELLIPTIGO.COM.

 

 

Burton x Filson

 
FILSON X BURTON SENTRY SNOWBOARD JACKET & SQUIRE SNOWBOARD JACKET

 

Two of our favorite and most prominent outdoor brands, Burton and Filson, have just launched a small Burton x Filson capsule collection that brings their two worlds, and seemingly opposite ends of the outdoor spectrum, together. Filson, founded in 1897, is a company rich in tradition, with a long history as manufacturers of quality upscale hunting and fishing apparel. Associated with an older and more staid customer, Filson is not the first company that would come to mind to collaborate with Burton Snowboards and those crazy snowboard shreddin’ kids. Burton Snowboards has grown up, however, and its riders matured. With the company’s 40th birthday not too far off, the respect for its elders is apparent in this and other recent collaborations with long established heritage brands, such as Redwing Shoes and Manitobah Mukluks. In turn, these heritage brands understand the tradition of high quality functional sportswear Burton has been creating since 1977, and the value of partnering with a brand that has such extreme customer loyalty.

The collection features 4 pieces — 3 jackets and 1 pair of pants — for men only (sorry ladies!) and marries the signature fabrics for which Filson is famous with Burton’s experience in creating highly functional snowboard outerwear. The Sentry Jacket, shown above, uses Filson’s Tin Cloth, a weather repellent oilcloth originally created in the early 1900’s and designed for the Pacific Northwest’s exploding timber industry. The Squire Jacket utilizes a combo of Filson’s rugged Mackinaw Wool and durable wax-soaked cotton Shelter Cloth. With these fabrics, Burton has added its own signature detailing designed for the snowboarder, such as drop-tail styling, vents and powder skirts, and hidden sound and goggle pockets… marrying tech with timeless style.

While at first it seems that Burton and Filson couldn’t be more different, this collaboration actually shows how similar these two companies really are, both as sportswear and as lifestyle brands. Both have a reputation for creating sport apparel that works, designed with the kind of style that is wearable anyplace and anytime, and appeals to all sorts of customers, whether they participate in the sport for which they were designed or not.

 

The Watch To Watch

 
MI COACH SPORT RUN WATCH

 

Just back from the New York City Marathon Expo, where there was all sorts of super cool new running shoes, apparel and gear. I have to say the hot item of the show was the running watch just debuted by Adidas. Like many state of the art running watches on the market, such as the Suunto Ambit2, Nike+ Sportwatch, and Garmin Forerunner 610, the MI COACH SPORT RUN watch has GPS for pace, distance and route logging; customizable training data screens; heart rate monitor; and timer, interval and lap functionality. There are a number of unique features, however, that set it apart.

To start, the MI COACH SPORT RUN is the first touch screen sport watch — i.e. no tiny buttons to access data — and the screen is color. Simply swipe from function to function. The heart rate monitor measures bpm off the wrist, so no additonal heart rate strap is required. The watch also features a built in MP3 player with 4GB of data storage and Bluetooth audio for use with cordless headphones. It syncs with the MiCoach platform for workout planning and tracking, and real time coaching is delivered via audio cues or vibration alerts from the watch.

Now I have not tested the watch myself, although I am eager to take it out for a run, but from what I saw in the demo and its ultra sleek style, this looks like the watch to watch!

 

Orange Is The New Black

 

With Halloween here, and the NYC Marathon being run this Sunday, we wanted to celebrate these events by featuring the coolest sporty goods drenched in their shared signature color. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, it’s fun… it’s ORANGE!

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ROW 1: ATOMIC WAYMAKER TOUR 110 $699. The Waymaker Tour 110 is the new premium touring boot from Atomic. Its lightweight and offers top-of-line downhill performance, along with a cuff design that provides comfort and flexibility on hikes. Y-3 RIB-KNIT ROLLNECK $280. Apres-ski or in any chilly location, this sleek ribbed neon orange and black turtleneck looks hot and feels toasty. SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR SMARTWATCH $299. Receive calls, emails and texts all from your wrist with the latest in wearable technology. Currently compatible only with Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

ROW 2: JEREMY TARIAN SHARK TANK SUNGLASSES $445. Wayfarer style, with gradient black and orange frames, what perfect shades for Halloween!  GHURKA FOOTBALL NO.219 $195. Not your ordinary pigskin, this handcrafted supple leather orange football is a beautiful objet from the artisans at Ghurka.

ROW 3: MARMOT DENA JACKET $190. Warn on its own or under a shell, this light and durable jacket will keep you insulated from winter’s elements. It’s tough ripstop nylon is made from recycled materials too. DIRTY LAUNDRY RODWELL RUBBER BOOT $39.99. Keep it bright on dreary days with these cheery orange cushioned rain boots. ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 NYC. Official sponsor of the ING NYC Marathon, this is a limited edition design of Asic’s long popular Gel-Kayano series, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and featuring the NYC Marathon logo and colors.

ROW 4: ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TECHNOLOGIES 30-DAY FLASHLIGHT $49.95Constructed of aircraft grade anodized aluminum, this superbright flashlight will last an incredible 30 days continuously lit on low setting. BEATS PILL $199. Palm sized, portable and wireless, the Beats Pill packs a lot of sound into a small package.

ROW 5: JADE HARMONY YOGA MAT $74.95. The Harmony is an extra stable high performance yoga mat made with open cell, natural rubber. Slip resistant and eco friendly, it is 3/16″ thick and ideal for all styles of yoga. NIKE BLAZER MID MESH $85 49.97. A remake of a hoops original, the Nike Blazer Mid Mesh Women’s Shoe delivers maximum ventilation with its hip style. HERMES ETRIVIERE DOUBLE TOUR BRACELET $470. Mango calfskin double wraps around the wrist and closes with a silver plated buckle in inimitable Hermes perfection.

 

The Toggle Coat

 

BURBERRY BRIT ~ WOOLRICH 

toggle coat by saint laurent and j.crew

SAINT LAURENT ~ J.CREW 

toggle coat by y-3 and merrell

Y-3 ~ MERRELL

The toggle or duffle coat is a sporty classic for both men and women. It is a perennial favorite of fashion houses and outdoor brands alike, and owes its popularity to the British Royal Navy who made the coat standard issue during World War I. The distinguishing features of the duffle coat were designed for functionality. The wooden toggles could be easily fastened and unfastened while wearing gloves in cold weather at sea and the oversized hood offered enough room to wear over a Naval cap.

The same design prevails today and this fall season, brands from Saint Laurent and Burberry to Woolrich and Merrell have brought us their interpretations of this timeless classic. Here are our six picks for the season’s best toggle coats.

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ROW 1: BURBERRY BRIT WOOL DUFFLE COAT $995. Available in a wide array of colors, this classic pure wool duffle coat is lined with Burberry’s iconic beige and red check. It features all the traditional details such as toggle closure, oversize flap pockets and lined hood. WOOLRICH WOMENS BRISTOL DUFFLE COAT $229. This duffle coat from the iconic heritage brand, Woolrich, is constructed with a double-faced wool blend and features a fleece-lined hood, front zipper and storm flap for extra protection against wind and cold.

ROW 2: SAINT LAURENT $2950. Hedi Slimane’s duffle coat for Saint Laurent is beautifully tailored from Italian wool and celebrates all the traditional elements of the toggle with his inimitably chic style. J.CREW CONVERTIBLE TOGGLE COAT $398. Gotta love high-low, and in the less pricier range is this classic toggle from J.Crew which features a convenient zip-off hood.

ROW 3: Y-3 LITE TAFT COAT $ 525. The Y-3 Lite Taft Coat blends traditional styling with contemporary materials. The taffeta body is padded with warm PrimaLoft insulation and accented with a toggle button placket and touches of faux leather. MERRELL HAVEN DUFFLE COAT $199. Available in 3 colors, the Haven from Merrell blends the traditional elements of the duffle coat with the reliable warmth of a winter parka. Insulated and water resistant, this wooly twill coat is very warm, with a style at ease in town or the country.

 

New Kids on the Block

 
AETHER NYC
13 CROSBY ST.

 

A handful of bespoke sporting goods stores have recently opened in downtown Manhattan, displaying a distinct urban influence with their integration of design and sport. New stores like Aether NYC (shown above), Shinola, Patagonia Bowery and Best Made Company, all feature beautifully rendered and sophisticated interiors, and carry a range of refined products to match. There is no compromise on functionality, however, and these shops also offer a variety of accessories curated for the chic sporting lifestyle. Below are the four newest additions to the downtown sport landscape.

Aether’s ethos is the intergration of performance sportswear with a refined minimal aesthetic. Their product line includes a range of technical outerwear for men and women, designed to transition easily from the mountains to the street, and function with style in both. The just opened Soho store features a unique design motif of 36 wooden crates, that combined with white laminate interiors and LED lighting, frame and showcase their products. In addition to apparel, the store carries a range of sporting gear with a similar design orientation, such as the Oru folding kayak, Heimplanet Inflatable Tent, Poc Helmets and goggles, as well as photography books and other artwork.

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PATAGONIA BOWERY
313 BOWERY

 

Patagonia has just opened a lofty full service surf shop in what was formally the world famous music venue, CBGBs. Retaining much of the original architectural detail, as seen in the exposed brick, overhead beams and hardwood floors, the store features the entire Patagonia surf line and surfboards by Fletcher Chouinard Designs. The store also carries a full range of all the other Patagonia favorites, including their 40th anniversary Legacy collection.

 

Bird's eye view of Shinola Tribeca

SHINOLA
177 FRANKLIN ST.

 

Recently opened in Tribeca is the Manhattan outpost of the Detroit based Shinola company, specializing in design objects like watches, leather goods, and their signature bicycles. Shinola is a relatively young company with a long history, having been resurrected from the iconic shoe polish brand. It proudly highlights its made-in-Detroit product line and also carries an array of American made products from other like minded brands. Highlights of the spacious interior are the spiral staircase, steel catwalk and vaulted skylight in the rear, along with a cozy fashion newsstand cafe by The Smile in front.

 

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BEST MADE COMPANY
36 WHITE ST.

 

Opened last spring Tribeca, is the retail headquarters and workshop space of Best Made Company, makers of vintage inspired outdoor sporting goods, camping supplies and tools. Even the most basic items in the store, like a their Chore Glove and Cloth Extension cords, become design objects in the context of this perfectly authentic collection of things, and their axes… yes axes, are items of lust. The store is deceptively small, with most of the merchandise housed in a small space in front. A sliding canvas curtain pulled open, however, reveals a large behind-the-scenes workspace where all the design takes place and various how-to workshop events are held as well.

 

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The Yoga Zone

 

Yoga apparel is no longer just for Sun Salutations only. What was once hippie style has become the new look of daytime casual. In a movement started by Lululemon, yoga clothes are now designed for performance but are stylish enough for any time of the day. This is the new American sportswear. With their simple style and body flattering fit, slim leggings, classic camisoles, stretchy tops and cozy warm-ups can be worn all day, long after class is finished, to lunch with friends, running errands, dressed up or down for all your daily activities. Here are a few of our favorite yoga inspired pieces, designed to take you through the day.

ABOVE ROW 1: LOLE CUTEST LEGGINGS $70 & DELICATE TANK TOP $60. Long and lean are these classic leggings with targeted compression for muscle support and a smooth silhouette. Camisole top features integrated bra for seemless support; BEYOND YOGA SIDE PANEL LONG LEGGING $88. A sleek performance legging with slimming features that include a back yoke, side leg panels and signature contour waistband; LULULEMON SCUBA HOODIE STRETCH $108. Our favorite for transit, this soft and stretchy, body-skimming hoodie features a deep lined hood, high scuba collar, snug cuffs with thumbholes for a warm and cozy fit. Read More

 

Sportage: The Chic Sport Bag

 
PARK LUXURY SPORTING ACCESSORIES

 

Park Luxury Sporting Accessories makes supremely chic sport bags for golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, and a host of other outdoor activities. These bags are luxe, crafted from materials sourced from leading mills and ateliers around the world. Italian coated canvas, sleek vachetta leather and Scottish plaid lining are signature features, but they are designed for practicality as well. Time tested fabrics, water-resistant finishes and durable linings ensure lasting performance.

 

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KAPUSKASING TENNIS TOTE; GARNET GOLF BAG; TIMMONS SKIBOOT BAG

 

Designer and founder of Park, Anne-Marie Olson, was raised in Ottawa Canada where she grew up swimming and fishing, playing tennis and golf, and skiing in the Laurentian Mountains nearby. Summers were spent with her grandparents in the bucolic setting of Kapuskasing, Ontario, where every day was filled with sports and outdoor activities. The authenticity of the Northern-Ontario lifestyle is apparent in all her bags, and reflect a nostalgia for a time when wooden tennis rackets, plaid canteens, Hudson Bay blankets and wicker picnic baskets were the standard accessories for all outings and sporting events.

In addition to bags, Park also makes other vintage inspired items like blankets, folding chairs, flasks and a fur trimmed sleeping bag, the perfect compliments to the chic sporting life.

 

LandPaddling

 
KAHUNA CREATIONS RASTA BEACH BOARD AND ADJUSTABLE KAHUNA STICK

 

Summer may be over, but except for you diehards and warm weather dwellers, there is no need for the SUP season to end. From Kahuna Creations comes the Kahuna Stick, which is essentially a land paddle for your skateboard. Designed to be used with a longboard, the Kahuna Stick features a long curved rubber end with which the rider pushes themselves along in a motion similar to Stand Up Paddleboarding. The same core muscles are used and similar to SUP, it’s a great workout. Check out this VIDEO for a little demo.

Now this does require a bit more coordination than with Stand Up Paddleboarding, and falling on pavement is not as forgiving as falling in the water. However, the stick is designed to be used with a longboard, which is much more stable than a regular skateboard. Kahuna has longboards up to 59″ (almost the size of a small surfboard!), that are over a foot wide and pretty steady underfoot.

So if you’re feeling adventurous and missing those SUP days of summer, this is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy that paddling sensation in the cooler months when the water might not be so inviting.

 

 

The VW Bus: The End Of An Era

 
MID 60’S ERA VOLKSWAGEN T2 CAMPER VAN

 

With new automotive safety restrictions in the country, Volkswagen Brazil has announced it will cease production of the Volkswagen T2 at the end of 2013. Known as the Kombi in Brazil, the van has been in production there since 1957. Brazil has been the sole country to produce this iconic Volkswagen since Germany phased it out in 1979, followed by Mexico in 1994. The T2 now has the distinction of being the longest produced vehicle in automotive history.

During the 1960’s, the Volkswagen Transporter, as it was originally named, became the recognized vehicle of the hippie generation. With its free riding spirit and live-in lifestyle, the T2 was soon adopted by the surf community as the transportation (and home for some) of choice. Read More

 

Chic City Cycles

 
BUDNITZ BICYCLES “NO.5 TITANIUM” $4700 (base price)
A chic fast city cruiser with titanium frame and components, 29-inch wheels and 2-inch tires. 
Available in single, 11 and 14 speed.

 

Half the fun of cycling is owning a beautiful bicycle. As riding for transportation has become more popular, there are a plethora of covetable rides on the city streets. These bikes are works of art, as lovely to behold stationary in one’s abode as they are in motion. The chicest of bicycles take the purest of form, some with only a single speed. Their posture is upright, giving the body a position of sophistication. Many are imported from countries such as England, Holland, and Italy, noted for their elegant bicycles and long tradition of city cycling.

We have gathered a collection of what we think are the 12 chicest city cycles on the street. While we have selected either the mens or womens frame, all are available with their own unique style for each gender.

Bobbing BirdieBOBBIN BICYCLES “BIRDIE” $650
Available in an array of cheery colors with steel frame, mud guards, rear rack and
3 speed Sturmey Archer hub.

 


pashley guvnorPASHLEY “GUV’NOR” $1495
1930’s elegance and style featuring Reynolds 531 diamond frame, Brooks B17 Titanium saddle, North Road handlebars with leather grips, Sturmey Archer single speed rear wheel and 28 inch gold lined black alloy rims.

 

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Save It For A Rainy Day

 

PATAGONIA BLACKHOLE STUTTERHEIM HUNTER RAPHA CLEVERHOOD NIKE ZOOM WILDHORSE GORE COUNTDOWN

 

A little rain should not keep you from your outdoor fun, be it cycling around town, trail running, or a walk in the park. Water and weatherproof raincoats, boots, running shoes, gloves, bags and more abound to keep you warm, dry and looking sharp for all your sporty activities.

ROW 1: PATAGONIA BLACKHOLE PACK $149.  The utilitarian Black Hole Pack is waterproof and combines rugged mountain style with a little urban sheen; STUTTERHEIM STOCKHOLM VIT RAINCOAT $368. Inspired by the traditional raincoats worn by generations of Swedish fishermen, this hand sewn import is guaranteed 100% wind and waterproof. Its unisex slim fit gives it great style for the city as well. HUNTER ORIGINAL TALL GLOSS RAINBOOTS $149. These classic rainboots can’t be beat and come in a myriad of gloss and matte colors as well. They are rugged enough for tromping through wet and muddy fields, but stylish enough for a rainy day in town.

ROW 2: RAPHA RAIN JACKET $295. Available for both men and women, this waterproof, lightweight and breathable rain jacket is designed for optimum cycling performance and protection in wet weather, and packs down easily into a jersey pocket. CLEVERHOOD ELECTRIC HOUNDSTOOTH RAIN CAPE $239.  Designed for cycling in the rain, this posh looking cape features the classic houndstooth pattern but with a high-tech twist: hidden reflective thread! The cape also features a fitted hood which can be worn under bike helmets, elastic thumb loops which keep it in place when riding, and magnetic snap shut closures at the armholes.

ROW 3: NIKE ZOOM WILDHORSE GTX $130. Awarded “Best Debut” by Runner’s World for 2013, the Nike Zoom Wildhorse GTX is a lightweight low profile trail running shoe with waterproof Gore-Tex protection. The shoes feature a compression molded midsole for responsive cushioning, rubber waffle outsole for durability and multi-surface traction, and reflective details for enhanced visibility. GORE COUNTDOWN GLOVES $79.99Available for men and women, these lightweight waterproof Gore-Tex gloves are thermo lined, feature velcro width adjustment and foam padded palms.

 

Think Pink

 

DUVETICA JACK PURCELL ATHLETA SONY TORY BURCH RAPHA RAYBAN MOXI LOLLY Y3 ASICS POC COURREGES SOREL

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In support, many sport and fashion brands like ASICS, RALPH LAUREN, NEW BALANCE, OAKLEY, SPEEDO and TORY BURCH, just to name a few, have partnered with different charities to create products of which a portion of the sales go to breast cancer research. Even for those brands that simply have pink in their palette, it’s a great time to wear this commemorative color in support of family, friends, and those we don’t know at all, to show we are all on the same team. So whether walking or running, skiing or snowboarding, biking or skating, punch it up with some pink and let’s all do our part to support this critical cause.

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LEFT COLUMN: DUVETICA DOWN JACKET $695. This shiny fuchsia hooded down jacket is hot look for cold days to come; MOXI LOLLY ROLLER SKATES $299. These old school leather roller skates are padded for comfort and feature a universal metal plate with bolt-on toe-stop and clear MDI outdoor wheels; Y-3 PICK UP AND GO SHOPPER $105. Lightweight and packable, this cotton twill tote with mesh side pockets is perfect for carrying groceries, gym clothes and other daily necessities; POC FORNIX SKI HELMET $160 WITH CORNEA GOGGLES $150. The award winning Fornix is a lightweight, reinforced and well-ventilated helmet, with a size adjustment system that creates a customized fit. The Cornea goggles feature the innovative POC lenses which attach on the outside of the frame to enlarge the field of view.

CENTER COLUMN: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL PINK WASHED OX SNEAKERS $56. Classic Jack Purcells pop in bright pink with washed-cotton uppers for a fun vintage look; ATHLETA NEON STRIPED RACERBACK TANK $49. A soft, stretchy, stripy tank that features built-in support and a wicking, chafe-free seamless design; RAY-BAN ORIGINAL AVIATOR SUNGLASSES $195. Gold metal frame with polarized pink crystal lenses look great and provide 100% UV protection; ASICS GT-1000 2PR $100. ASICS has teamed up with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women to help provide assistance to those at increased risk for breast cancer. From Oct. 1-31 Asics will donate $2 per pair of shoes, and $1 for every bra and pair of socks sold, with a guaranteed donation of $100,000 and up to $125,000, of specially marked ASICS products. COURREGES FACE PRINT T-SHIRT $285. Chic and sporty is this slim-fit, boat neck cotton shirt.

RIGHT COLUMN: SONY CYBER-SHOT TX3 $259. Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof, this Sony Cyber-shot is a tough but colorful camera that features a 3.3″ OLED touchscreen, 18.2 megapixels, Magnifying Glass Plus and AVCHD™ 1080/60i video; TORY BURCH DIP-DYE LOGO JACQUARD SCARF $185. Created in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 20% of purchase of this cotton and silk blend scarf, in additon to a number of other items, will be donated to support the cause (up $30,000); RAPHA HI-VIS CYCLING GILET $160. Available for both men and women, this cycling vest is DWR water and wind repellent, and designed for high visibility in low winter light and at night;  SOREL GLACY EXPLORER $135. These waterproof suede and canvas boots are apres-ski inspired. A full fleece lining and waterproof breathable construction will keep feet dry and toasty for all your snowy activities.

 

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2014 From London, Milan, Paris

 

TEAM SPIRIT

PRADA ~ VIKTOR & ROLF

 

A few weeks ago we brought you Pret-A-Sporter, our round-up of the sportiest looks from the runways of New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014. With the Paris collections having just wrapped, we now present the best of the European Spring 2014 collections from London, Paris and Milan. Once again, designers were clearly inspired by the world of sport. From the track to the field and the gym to the beach, here are the sportiest looks from across the Atlantic… Read More

 

LT: The Life & Times of Lawrence Taylor

 
LAWRENCE TAYLOR, NEW YORK GIANTS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, JANUARY 1994

 

Now airing on Showtime is “LT: The Life & Times”, a documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of the career of NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor. Nicknamed “LT”, Lawrence Taylor is arguably the best linebacker to have ever played the game and considered one of the best defensive players of all time. His tumultuous life off the field, however, brought him equal notoriety for substance abuse, illegal drug possession, and numerous resulting NFL suspensions.

Directed by 27-time Sports Emmy winner Peter Radovich, Jr., and narrated by Jon Bon Jovi, the documentary takes an in depth look at Lawrence Taylor’s life with previously untold stories from Taylor himself, his family, friends, former teammates and coaches, including Bill Parcells, for whom he won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 1987; Bill Belichick, who was the Giants defensive coach; Phil Simms, the quarterback; and even Joe Theismann, whose career he ended with that famous hit that broke his leg. Despite LT’s flaws, all seem to have genuine affection for him, Parcells in particular, based on the tenacity with which he played the game.

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Fall Layers: 9 Perfect Pieces

 

With crisp fall temperatures in the air, it’s time to start layering for outdoor activities. For running, cycling, hiking or even just walking the dog, there are great technical pieces available to keep you warm and dry regardless of weather conditions. From moisture wicking base layers to toasty mid layers to wind and water resistant top layers, here are nine of our favorite most functional and stylish pieces. Unless indicated all are available for both men and women.

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ROW 1:PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. BARRIER LITE JACKET. Designed and constructed to pack easily into a jersey pocket, the P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket is ultralite, wind and water resistant, and is a perfect extra layer for unpredictable weather conditions; WOMENS ADIDAS SUPERNOVA SHORT SLEEVE TEE. This womens short sleeve v-neck womens running shirt features ventilated Climacool side panels and a body contoured fit designed for comfort and mobility; PATAGONIA MERINO 3 MIDWEIGHT ZIP NECK. Made of soft Merino wool, this lightweight, breathable and odor resistant baselayer will keep you warm and dry during all your active pursuits in cold conditions.

ROW 2: CRAFT ACTIVE EXTREME CONCEPT.  This baselayer is soft, lightweight and extremely elastic for optimal comfort. The combination of mesh and stretch panels provide extra ventilation in addition to a muscle supporting fit; SUGOI FIREWALL 220 ZIP JACKET. This midweight softshell jacket features a water and wind resistant outer layer, with a soft brushed inner side that expedites moisture wicking, while trapping body warmth next to skin. Stretch knit sleeves provide maximum stretch and comfort and 3M Scotchlite reflective accents add visibility; NIKE RUNNING FILAMENT TIGHTS. Compression fit for performance comfort, the Filament Tights offer Dri-FIT technology that wicks away sweat while keeping muscles warm and supported.

ROW 3: MARMOT POWER STRETCH 1/2 ZIP FLEECE. This versatile fleece piece functions as a base, mid or outer-layer. Made with Polartec Power Stretch fabric, the body-hugging 4-way stretch is very breathable worn on its own or with other layers. Zip sleeve arm pocket features stylish contrast colors; WOMENS ADIDAS SUPERNOVA THREE-QUARTER TIGHTS. These women’s three-quarter tights feature Climacool ventilation and Formotion fit for ultra comfort in motion; MARMOT VARIENT VEST. Weather-resistant warmth and mobility is the Variant Vest’s mantra. It features a nylon ripstop insulated shell in front and Polartec® Power Stretch in back.

 

Sports Illustrated: The Early Covers

 

AUGUST 16, 1954 (PREMIER ISSUE)/AUG.8, 1955

SI2

 MAY 28, 1973/AUG.23, 1971

SI3

DEC.9, 1968 / AUG.9,1965

I discovered the SI VAULT a few months ago, where the cover of every Sports Illustrated issue ever published is on display. Sports Illustrated was first published in 1959 and founded by Time magazine patriarch Henry Luce. Prior to that there was no general sports magazine with a national following. At the time, many believed sports were not worthy of serious journalism, much less a magazine of their own. Read More

 

A River Runs Through It

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: YVON CHOUINARD; FENCE ALONG THE FALL RIVER; INSIDE CHOUINARD’S FLY BOX; CHOUINARD AND YOUNG FRIEND FISHING; VIEW OF THE TETONS FROM GOAT MOUNTAIN RANCH, ASHTON, IDAHO

 

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Patagonia on a trip to Idaho for a couple of days to learn how to flyfish. I jumped at the opportunity, having wanted to try the sport ever since seeing Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It”, and guessing a major swag bag was in store. I was told the founder of the company, Yvon Chouinard, who was writing a book called “Simple Fly Fishing”, would be there and that we would be learning a new technique of flyfishing called Tenkara. What I didn’t know was that “YC”, as he is called, would be hanging out with us the entire time and be our teacher.

Yvon Chouinard is a legend in the outdoor industry and sport world, and a noted environmentalist. His accomplishments as a rock climber, surfer, kayaker, falconer and fly fisherman are impressive, and his contributions to those sports are recognized worldwide. Patagonia is considered one of, if not the, most successful outdoor brands. Their integration and promotion of environmentalism as essential component of good business practice is a founding tenet of the company and of particular focus at present. A recent Patagonia ad in the New York Times read “It’s Fashion Week, when the design world turns its attention to what’s new. We’d like to point out something better: what lasts. While we’re proud of the quality and performance of Patagonia clothes, every new thing we make – everything anyone makes – costs nature more than we now know how to repay.”  This ad launched their “Worn Wear” blog, featuring vintage Patagonia clothes, their owners and adventures, in addition to used-clothing sections in several of their stores. The campaign is part of their Common Threads Partnership to reduce consumption and encourage repair and recycling. Ironcially, the more Patagonia tells people not to buy new products, the more people buy.  Read More

 

Lumber Jack… And Jills

 

ALEX MILLS AF MAYA JACK WILLS AF MENS PATAGONIA WOOLRICH DENIM SUPPLY LANDS END PENFIELD

Fall has officially begun and with a little chill in the air it is the perfect time to bring out those cozy flannel shirts. From Scottish to buffalo plaids, soft, warm and in a great array of colors, there are so many stylish options from which to choose.  Check out our favorites for the season, available for both men and women!

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ROW 1: ALEX MILL MENS OMBRE BUFFALO PLAID SHIRT $165ABERCROMBIE & FITCH WOMENS MAYA FLANNEL SHIRT $68JACK WILLS WOMENS HIGHMOOR SHIRT $79.50; ROW 2: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH MENS AMERICAN MADE FLANNEL SHIRT $120PATAGONIA LONG SLEEVED FJORD FLANNEL SHIRT $89WOOLRICH WOMENS BUFFALO CHECK FLANNEL SHIRT $59; ROW 3: RALPH LAUREN DENIM & SUPPLY FLANNEL MENS COWBOY SHIRT $69.50LANDS END MENS PATCH & FLAP FLANNEL SHIRT $49PENFIELD WOMENS CHATHAM BUFFALO PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT $80

 

The Watch To Sport

 
SUUNTO AMBIT2 S

 

When we hear the words “womens model” we usually think smaller, pink and teal, and not nearly as cool looking as the mens, but the new Suunto Ambit2 S defies those preconceptions. Designed with the same large size face as the mens but proportioned for smaller wrists, this sleek white sportwatch is chic as its gets, while still offering the impressive range of functions which has made the Ambit one of the most popular sport watches on the market.

With an intergrated GPS and heart rate monitor, the Ambit2 S tracks the such basics as pace, distance, elapsed and split times, but also monitors host of other customizable data with a sport by sport setting. Switch functions from running to biking, for example, and the watch becomes your bike computer. Switch again to swimming and the watch becomes an interval timer and lap counter. For the outdoor adventurer, routes, navigation and a compass are just some of the functions available. Click HERE for a demo. All data monitored can then be transferred and stored on Movescount, Suunto’s online sport and fitness community.

Available this October, the Suunto Ambit Ambit2 S is the sportwatch we are loving for our outdoor activities this fall. Hey… even the guys might want to sport it as well!

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The Skater Eight: Hot Fall Slip-Ons

 

VANS CHECKERBOARD VINCE GIVENCHY COMMON PROJECTS VANS CLASSIC MICHAEL KORS

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: VANS AUTHENTICS CHECKERBOARD SLIP-ONS $47; CELINE SNAKESKIN SNEAKERS (sold in store only); VINCE BLAIR 3 CALF HAIR SLIP-ONS $295; GIVENCHY FLORAL LACE SLIP-ONS $650; VANS CLASSIC CANVAS SLIP-ONS $45; MICHAEL BY MICHEAL KORS CANVAS SLIP-ONS $99; COMMON PROJECTS SUEDE SNEAKERS $380; CELINE SILK SKATECHECK SNEAKER (sold in store only).

 

Summer’s slip-ons are livin’ on in a whole new collection for fall. Vans Authentics sneakers, made popular in the 1970′s by skateboarders in Southern California, have inspired designers as chic as Celine and Givenchy to create their own interpretation of this iconic sport shoe. Canvas has been replaced by pony hair, snakeskin and lace, making them the perfect sneaker to go with any outfit, dressed up or dressed down, with or without skateboard.

 

Down By the Schoolyard

 

PLAYDATE SAINT LAURENT MOSCHINO VFILES PF FLYERS CHURCHS PAIGE RAG & BONE JIMMY CHOO

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PLAYDATE BIKE CLUB “CHERRY DARLIN” $649.99; SAINT LAURENT LEATHER BIKER JACKET $4990; MOSCHINO PAID WOOL TWILL KILT $1050; VFILES NYC T-SHIRT $35; PF FLYERS CENTER HI RE-ISSUE $44; RAG & BONE FLIGHT RAGLAN SLEEVED QUILTED SWEATSHIRT $595; JIMMY CHOO YOUTH ACID WASH BIKER BOOT $950; PAIGE EDGEMONT STRETCH SKINNY JEANS $239; CENTER: CHURCH’S SALLY POLISHED PENNY LOAFERS $480 

School is back in session. The playgrounds and schoolyards are packed with kids running around, exhilarated to be out of the classroom. In the mad dash to get outside, gym clothes are thrown on over school clothes, and this fashion mix is in style for us grown-ups too. More sophisticated but with the same spirit, the look is playground punk, and blends sport with street style. Leather jackets and biker boots are mixed with schoolgirl classics like tartan kilts and penny loafers. Reissues of standards like the gym class t-shirt and old school canvas high tops are paired with tight candy striped jeans and quilted sweatshirts. Even the bike is a mix of chopper and traditional english style. It’s a look that’s playful and chic, a mix of naughty and nice, ready for action and perhaps a little bit of trouble.

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2014

 

 

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TENNIS ANYONE?

RAG & BONE ~ LISA PERRY 
VICTORIA BECKHAM ~ J.MENDEL 

 

It was a very sporty fashion week here in NYC and the runways were filled with lots of athletic inspired looks for Spring 2014. From the tennis court to the running track and the skate park to the pool deck, designers showed a body baring interpretation of haute sport style that was playful and hot.

So here we present the sportiest looks from NYC Fashion Week Spring 2014, click to see the best of Pret-A-Sporter!

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Shades of Fall

 
SMITH PIVLOCK OVERDRIVE

 

Recently debuted by Smith Optics is the Pivlock Overdrive, the full-frame version of their popular rimless Pivlock sunglasses. For those seeking a slimmer and more stylish high performance sport sunglass, the Overdrive is available in great duel toned color combos (we love the orange and slate gray!), mixing matte and gloss finishes.

Some of the key features of the Overdrive are the adjustable rubberized 2 position nose fit and 3 sets of lenses, easily changeable with an easy-open temple hinge system. The polycarbonate lenses offer sharp distortion free vision, are anti-fogging and block 100% of UV rays. The glasses are ergonomically designed to optimize integration with bike helmets and running hats, a trend we are seeing overall with sport sunglasses and goggles.

Running, biking, paddling… on the the road, trail or water… the Pivlock Overdrive is a formidable new player in the sport shade game.

 

Fall Classics: The 9 Essentials

 

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ROW 1: BARBOUR FERNDOWN JACKET $375; FILSON TWILL BACKPACK $348; THE ROW HUNSTON CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER $1150; ROW 2: PROENZA SCHOULER STRIPED SLUB COTTON JERSEY TOP $280; JACK WILLS AUSTERBERRY BLAZER $288; J BRAND AIDEN BOYFRIEND JEANS $255; ROW 3: FIORENTINI & BAKER CRUNA BRUSHED SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS $465; A.P.C. WOOL STOLE $195; PATAGONIA KULA CHUKKA BOOTS $120

Fall is the season when chic country style takes over the city streets. As the weather gets chilly, layering is the way to adjust to changing temperatures, and there a number of basic pieces essential to staying warm with style. The barn and hacking jacket, chukka and desert boots, chunky sweaters, scarves and more… many of our favorites come from outdoor brands like Barbour, Filson and Patagonia, rich in sporting tradition and recognized for their timeless style. Others are from designers like Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler and The Row, inspired by those classics. Check out our picks for the must haves of the season, the nine perfect pieces for fall 2013.

THE  BARN JACKET

BARBOUR FERNDOWN JACKET. Barbour’s classic wax jackets, made by hand since 1894, set the standard for both quality and style. The equestrian-inspired Ferndown jacket is water and wind repellent to keep you warm and dry in intemperate conditions. It features a two-way front zip with snap-closure storm flap, stand-up collar, roomy front pockets with snap-close flaps, and signature Barbour tartan lining. More great barn jackets are available at L.L.BEAN, FILSON, and J.CREW.

THE BACKPACK

FILSON TWILL BACKPACK. A rugged but stylish backpack is the perfect bag to tote the day’s essentials and store those extra layers. Filson is another reputed outdoor brand with a long tradition of quality and craftsmanship. This new tan and orange cotton twill oil finish backpack features a back-hugging design for exceptional comfort and genuine bridle leather padded straps. Its roomy interior has a padded computer pocket plus 3 additional pockets, and a large outer pocket with a 3 slot pocket inside. Other backpacks we love are from JACK SPADE, ARCHIVAL, and BURTON SNOWBOARDS.

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Go Team

 

 

Football season is upon us. NFL apparel and its oversized team jerseys are not something that usually earn style points, but all over the September issues are chic ads featuring models such as Karolina Kurkova and Hilary Rhoda supporting their favorite teams. In an effort to appeal more to its style conscious female fan base, the NFL hired famed fashion lensman Patrick Demarchelier to shoot this campaign promoting the NFL Shop and line of women’s apparel available at Target as well.

So for all you football fans out there rooting for the home team, now you can do it with some style. V-necks, burnouts, sparkles, hoodies and more, matched with the right accessories, this sporty look need not be reserved for game day only.

 

Hang 100,000

 
MARC NEWSON NICKEL SURFBOARD 2006

 

Now available through private sale at Paddle8 is this limited edition Marc Newson nickel surfboard. It is one of an edition of 22 produced in 2006, which Newson originally priced at $100,000. Most recently one sold at auction at Sothebys for $220,000.

The renowned industrial designer created the board in collaboration with veteran surfboard shaper and legend Dick Brewer, designed with the demands of big wave surfer Garrett McNamara in mind. His name might be familiar as he was in the news last January for having ridden a 100 ft. wave, the largest ever surfed, off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.

This silvery projectile is a work of art and a typically exquisite Newson creation. As an industrial designer, however, Newson’s objective was to create the perfect board for McNamara. Nickel was a optimal choice of material because of its strength and rigidity, critical in big wave surfing. In fact the board is really only good in extreme surf. This bodes well for the rest of us, who would happily own this board as the ultimate showpiece, an object of desire most anyone would covet whether they surf or not.

To watch a video on the process and creation of the board, click here. 

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GARRETT MCNAMARA RIDES 100 FT WAVE OFF PRAIA DO NORTE BEACH, NAZARE, PORTUGAL (Landov/Barcroft Media)

 

 

 

Bladerunner

 
ADIDAS SPRINGBLADE

 

Earlier this year, Adidas launched the Energy Boost, a lightweight running shoe with a sole constructed of tiny microcapsules fused together to provide great cushioning and responsiveness. The Boost foam is temperature-resistant, keeping the spring in your step regardless of weather conditions. I’ve been running in them all summer and loving them. Thus, I was intrigued to check out Adidas’s newest running shoe, the Springblade.

Upon first glance, there is no doubt the Adidas Springblade is a revolutionary design. Instead of a traditional midsole, the sole features 16 forward-angled blades positioned to propel the runner forward. Looking very much like miniature versions of those high-tech carbon fiber running prosthetics, each blade is individually tuned in geometry and position to accommodate the entire phase of the running stride. One’s discerning nature might question whether this is a bit of a gimmick, but after taking them for a spin, I have to say the shoes provided a cushioned and responsive ride, delivering on their promise of maximum spring and energy return.

The shoe is optimally suited for more of a heel striker than a forefoot runner, making them a nice choice for the recreational runner whose gait tends to be more the former and those looking for a more cushioned ride.

I am more of a purist, personally preferring a more traditional looking shoe for running and will be sticking with my Boosts for now. For those looking to make more of a fashion statement on the road however, the Springblade offers excellent performance along with its attention grabbing high-tech design.

 

Varsity Style: The Letterman Jacket

 

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It looks like we have all made the varsity squad this season, as wide range of designers and brands from Saint Laurent to J.Crew and Isabel Marant to A.P.C, have brought back the classic letterman jacket and reinterpreted it with their own unique style. Some may call them bomber jackets, but the distinctive snap front, leather sleeves, contrast wool torso, ribbed neck and cuffs, give them that classic varsity style. Check out a few of our favorites, a fun and playful look for fall!

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SAINT LAURENT WOMENS SNAP FRONT LEATHER TRIMMED JACKET $2190. Available for men as well at Mr.Porter; JUNYA WATANABE TWEED COMBO ASYMMETRIC ZIP JACKET $1490A.P.C. MENS KENICKIE TEDDY JACKET $790ISABEL MARANT CYPRESS JACKET $1100GOLDEN BEAR SPORTWEAR FOR J.CREW $390; TRUE RELIGION MENS RICHIE LETTERMAN JACKET $598

 

 

Fit For Any Occasion

 
SHINE FITNESS BAND 

 

We love when a new sport or fitness product hits the market, as remarkable for its style as its functionality. As we reported back in March in Tracking Devices, there are some very beautifully designed fitness and activity trackers currently available, like the Nike Fuel Band, Fitbit, and Jawbone. The recent addition to the genre however, SHINE from Misfit, has got to be the most gorgeous motion detector we have seen thus far. Slick black brushed aluminum, interchangeable on a clasp, sport band, leather band, or necklace, this is an elegant objet wearable for any occasion… and yes, it tells time too.

Designed to monitor your every move, whether in motion or at rest, fitness trackers are great motivators. They encourage you to set physical goals for yourself each day, attainable through a wide range of activities, which can then be downloaded onto your computer or mobile device. With Shine the syncing is done as artfully as the monitoring, both in process and graphics. The iPhone app provides a circular outline, on which the Shine is placed and radiating circles indicate the syncing is in process. The information is automatically downloaded onto the phone and from there stats, goals, trends and insights are presented with refined graphics.

If you have been looking for some fitness motivation, Shine is designed to inspire and is reasonably priced as well at $119.95.

 

The Hampton Classic

 
OPENING DAY AT THE HAMPTON CLASSIC

 

One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Hamptons summer season, The Hampton Classic Horse Show, is being held this week. First organized in the early 1900’s, The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for riders and spectators alike.  The show is open to all levels of riders, from seasoned champions to young amateurs, but the pinnacle of the show is the Grand Prix jumping, one of the highest levels of competition in the equestrian world.

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: STRIPED STABLE TENTS; CHILDRENS LOW EQUITATION; DEVOUCOUX FETLOCK GUARD; RJ CLASSICS SHOW COAT; THE CLASSIC HUNTER DERBY

 

There is probably no sport more chic than riding. Brands like Hermes, Parlanti, Cynthia Munro, RJ Classics, Pikeur, and Devoucoux, are just a few of the equestrian brands that define luxury and elegance. The Classic features a grassy boutique garden with over 70 shops, offering the ultimate in riding apparel and gear, as well as other fun shopping. Read More

 

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

 

 

ROW 1: JACK WILLS FRALEY WOMENS 100% COTTON HOODIE $79.50ALTERNATIVE ROCKY MENS ECO-FLEECE UNISEX FIT HOODIE $50;  A&F SHERPA LINED MENS OWLS HEAD HOODIE $140; ROW 2: JACK WILLS MAYNESTONE WOMENS SLIMFIT SWEATPANT $59.50FREECITY LARGE TRUCOLOR SWEATPANTS M/W $148A&F VINTAGE SKINNY WOMENS SWEATPANTS $48

Warm up those chilly summer nights and autumn days with these worn-in vintage inspired sweats. Whether hanging at the beach, going to the gym, or relaxing at home, this is as cozy as it gets. For both men and women, old school style sweatshirts and sweatpants, in soft fleece and cottons, relaxed and slim fit, sherpa-lined and lightweight blends, will keep you feeling toasty for whatever activity you may be enjoying.

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ROW 1: AMERICAN EAGLE HERITAGE HOODED WOMENS POP OVER SWEATSHIRT $39.95AMERICAN GIANT 100% COTTON HEAVYWEIGHT FULL ZIP HOODED SWEATSHIRT M/W $89.00HOODIEBUDDIE HIGH LOW BURNOUT WASH SLOUCHY HOODIE WITH DRAWSTRING HEADPHONES (!)$68; ROW 2: J.CREW SKINNY HEATHERED FRENCH TERRY LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATPANT $69.50KARL LAGERFELD COTTON JERSEY TRACK PANTS $150MONROW VINTAGE CROPPED SWEATPANTS $96

 

 

Fall Plaids: Checked for Style

 

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Plaid is a perennial favorite in both sport and fashion. Timeless sport brands like L.L.Bean, Woolrich and Filson have made those black, red and white checks the signature of their collections for years and this season fashion designers have taken their inspiration from the woods and campgrounds as well.

Plaid is one of the big trends for fall 2013 with designers like Phoebe Philo for Celine, Micheal Kors, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Moschino all creating chic sporty pieces for their collections. So be it city or country, at work or at play, cozy fall plaids are as stylish as ever.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CELINE FALL 2013 GIANT JACQUARD CHECK COATMARC BY MARC JACOBS AIMEE TROMPE L’OEIL MERINO WOOL SWEATER $280; GIVENCHY MENS PLAID BACKPACK $1135; JACK WILLS CRANLEY DOWN GILET WITH SHERLING SHERPA COLLAR $178; HOT SOX ORIGINALS CLASSIC PLAID CREW SOCKS $6NUTCASE BLACK PLAID BIKE HELMET $60ALICE + OLIVIA LOLITA PLAID PLATFORM PUMPS $360WOOLRICH BRISTOL DUFFLE WOOL COAT $299BURBERRY CHECK PRINT SNEAKER $265; CENTER: GOLDEN GOOSE PLAID SLICE HI-TOP SNEAKERS $555; ETOILE ISABEL MARANT PLAID COTTON AND WOOL BLEND MINI SKIRT $280

 

Sunday Night Sports Flix: 5 Great Documentaries

 

 

With many of you taking vacation during these last official weeks of summer, and perhaps looking for some sporty entertainment for rainy days or relaxing evenings at home, we thought it was time to bring you another installment of Sunday Night Sports Flix. The genre of this round is great sport documentaries and below are some of our favorites. Click image for preview.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Brown of “Endless Summer” fame, turns his camera from the world of surf onto the exhilarating insanity of motocross racing, documented with his signature humor and expertise. The grueling mayhem of the sport in its early days is the focus as the film follows the tortuous Mexican 1000, an off-road race down the Baja peninsula. Never before seen camera work puts you in the motorcycle seat.

 

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DEEP WATER 2006

This riveting documentary tells the story of Donald Crowhurst and the 1969 London Times-sponsored race around the world. Nine sailors competed to become the first person to sail non-stop solo around the world, of which Crowhurst was the least experienced and ill prepared. Crowhurst was a engineer, who designed and developed navigation and safety equipment, but was in dire need of the prize money to salvage his failing business. This is not a heroic tale, but the fascinating story of a driven eccentric, whose bravado led him to desperate measures and a mysterious ending.

 

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This is the story of legendary surfer, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who abandoned a successful medical practice and withdrew from the lifestyle of mainstream America. Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in the extremely close quarters 24-foot camper. The family spent their days living by Doc’s idealistic rules on health, fitness, sexuality, and of course surfing, while worrying little about income and education — an upbringing which had some positive and but more negative effects on these kids. The film includes incisive interviews with family members, still photographs, and revealing archival footage.

 

RISING SON: CHRISTIAN HOSOI

RISING SON: THE LEGEND OF CHRISTIAN HOSOI 2006

Narrated by Dennis Hopper, Rising Son documents the life of the legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi and follows his career from a young skating prodigy to his rise to the top of the skateboard world. His notorious rockstar lifestyle led to his descent into crystal meth addiction, eventual arrest, and just over four years in prison. The film features interviews with seemingly every major skater of the last twenty years, including Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, and Jay Adams. He does come full circle, however, as a born again “Christian” and finds redemption relaunching his skating career with a signature move known as the “Christ Air”. Read More

 

Go Fly A Kite

 

 

Last week I spent two days at the NY Kite Center in Amityville, Long Island, taking my first stab at Kiteboarding, the hot new-ish board sport out on the water. I had been wanting to give it try it for a while, seeing the sport evolving and gaining in popularity. As it turns out, one of the premiere kiteboarding locations in the tri-state area and the largest schools in the Northeast, is located just an hour train ride away from Penn Station in New York City.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, it’s not parasailing, where you are pulled behind a boat while hanging from a parachute; nor is it paragliding, where you are attached to a large hanglider which you fly. I mention those because when I told people what I was doing, those were the sports they referenced. Kiteboarding is sailing a very large kite while riding what is basically a wakeboard, and using the power of the wind to pull you across the water. It’s an adrenaline sport for those who like to catch air, chill for those who just want to ride, and addictive for anyone who has gotten the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it, however, does takes some time. There is first learning to fly and control a small trainer kite on land, then moving on to the regular sized kite. The next step is flying the kite while standing in the water. After two days of 3 hour sessions, I got as far as “bodydragging”, where you let the kite pull you across the water in figure 8 formations. Except for the awful name, I have to say that was pretty fun in itself. Next step is the board, which I am ready and eager to put on.
 
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Animal Instincts

 

 

Get ready to release your inner beast with the animal kingdom covering everything from helmets to handbags and wedges to shades. Pythons, leopards, lions and more have taken over the streets, trails, runways and gyms, giving your sporty style a wild streak caged in layer of sophistication. 

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ROW 1: EQUIPMENT LEOPARD PRINT SILK BOMBER JACKET $295; HOLLANDIA SINGLE SPEED CITY LEOPARD BIKE $289; ROW 2: ADIDAS ORIGINALS PROFI UP WEDGE HI-TOPS $95; TYR WOMEN’S ZION DIAMONDFIT SWIMSUIT $69.99; REED KRAKOFF PYTHON LEATHER PENCIL SKIRT $3490; ROW 3: GIVENCHY ANTIGONA DUFFEL $3125ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY STUDIO PRINTED RUNNING TIGHTS $80SAWAKO FURUNO LEOPARD BIKE HELMET $150; ROW 4: VANS SNAKE AUTHENTIC $55; TIFOSI OPTICS DEA SUNGLASSES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES $59.95

 

Santa Monica Track Club

 
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The World Track & Field Championships are currently being held in Moscow and Usain Bolt is continuing to reign supreme as the fastest man on earth. Meanwhile, Nike has produced a selection of retro-styled Santa Monica Track Club tees and tanks for both men and women. These shirts are reminders of one of the greatest sprinters and long jumpers in Track & Field history, Carl Lewis, and the club for which he ran.

The Santa Monica Track Club was founded in 1972 as a post-collegiate track club whose primary purpose was to develop athletes for the Olympics, World Championships and international Track & Field competition. By the 1980s, the team was a major player in Track & Field, with its members setting numerous World and National records. The brightly colored Santa Monica Track Club sunburst logo became the recognizable icon of these elite athletes.

Carl Lewis joined the team in 1979 and was the dominant sprinter and long jumper in the sport from 1981 to the early 1990s. He won 10 Olympic medals, including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including 8 gold. His world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984 and his 65 consecutive victories in the long jump, achieved over a span of 10 years, is one of the most impressive undefeated streaks in any sport.

The club continues today to develop world class Track & Field Athletes, still helmed by its founder Joe Douglas.

 

 

Hood-Phones

 
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This sweatshirt may look like your basic gray hoodie, but at the ends of the drawstrings are built-in headphones. The HoodieBuddie contains a standard headphone jack in the front pocket that is compatible with any mp3 player, iPhone or other mobile device. Plug it in and the audio travels through cables embedded within the sweatshirt to the headphones. Wires stay tucked away and tangle free, and you always have a set of headphones handy. Now while the sound may not be the most amazing, it’s not bad, and the convenience can’t be beat.

The HoodieBuddie comes in a wide variety of hip styles and colors, like High Low Burnout Wash and Mock Twist French Terry, for both guys and girls. Best of all it’s machine washable… headphones and all.

 

Heritage Collections

 

 

ROW 1: L.L.BEAN “SIGNATURE” WAXED CANVAS MAINE HUNTING BOOT (16″ in store November); TODD SNYDER + CHAMPION POCKET SWEATSHIRTJANSPORT SKI AND HIKE BACKPACK; ROW 2: BURTON HARDWICK DUFFLEBEST MADE SHOP, TRIBECA, NY; ROW 3: EASTLAND WOMENS YARMOUTH USA CAMP MOCAD FOR NEW G.H.BASS WEEJUNSBURTON ROVER RESTRICTED SNOWBOARD BOOT COLLABORATION WITH DIEMME FOOTWEAR 

 

For the upcoming change of season, we are seeing a return to the brands of our youth and a nostalgia for the sportswear with which we grew up. Companies like L.L.Bean, founded in 1912; Woolrich, family run since 1830; and Eastland Shoes, in business since 1955, all represent American made quality and craftsmanship which have become increasingly popular in today’s marketplace. Jansport and Burton Snowboards, among others, have created “heritage” collections, returning to the original designs and even logos of their early days.

These companies have a loyal following among the generation that was raised wearing their apparel. They have found a new generation of customers, however, by partnering with contemporary designers and updating their looks, while remaining true to the essence of the brand. Designer Todd Snyder has collaborated with Champion, established in 1919, to launch a men’s sportswear line for Fall 2013 entitled “City Gym”. The collection is inspired by archival Champion pieces and vintage photos from the New York Athletic Club. G.H.Bass is soon debuting a new campaign which pays tribute to the Weejun Penny Loafer. L.L.Bean’s “Signature” collection, consists of the tried and true classics but cut slimmer for a younger urban customer. And Sperry Topsider has been revitalized by the fun and colorful reinvention of its classic boat shoe, first released in 1935.

Finally we have new companies like Topo Designs and Best Made Company, re-creating retro sporting gear and apparel, inspired by camping, fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports in their early lo-tech days. What’s old is new again, or even better, doesn’t age. These classics, old and new, are iconic pieces of American sportswear, as stylish today as when they were when first worn.

 

Snack Crackin’

 

 

We love a snack at Style Of Sport, especially a crunchy salty one, and know our readers do too. For the last few weeks we have been combing the shelves of Whole Foods and other health food stores, on the quest for healthy cracker to quell our cravings for the savory. We have found some tasty treats that pack a satisfying and nutritious crunch. Below are a few of our favorites that we think you will enjoy as well.

MARYS GONE CRACKERS. Organic, vegan, kosher, soy and gluten-free, relatively low carb and high protein… these whole grain and seed crackers are as delicious as they are nutritious!

BLUE DIAMOND ARTISAN NUT THINS. From the folks who bring you the almonds, and available at most grocery stores, are these delicious wheat and gluten-free brown rice, almond, flax and sesame seed baked crackers.

DOCTOR KRACKER SNACKERS. Artisan bakery inspired, these hearty little crackers are rich and flavorful. Available in varieties like Pumpkin Seed Chedder and Klassic 3 Seed, they are made from organic whole seeds and whole grains, are low carb, and also contain about a serving of protein. Doctor Kracker makes delicious Crispbreads and Crisps as well.

SKINNY CRISPS. Very low carb, high fiber and gluten-free, Skinny Crisps are nutritious and satisfying little cracker chips. They are available in such tasty flavors as Toasty Onion, Say Cheese, The Whole Shebang, and even Chocolate Chip Brownie Crisp for a sweet treat.

BACK TO NATURE CRACKERS. Available in varieties like Classic Rounds, Harvest Whole Wheat and Crispy Chedder, and tasting like a Ritz, Triscuit or Cheez-It, these crackers the healthy alternative to your unhealthy favorites.

CRUNCHMASTER MULTI-SEED CRACKERS. You gotta love the name! Certified gluten-free, these thin crunchy crackers are oven baked, made with a blend of whole grains and seeds, and available in three delicious flavors.

 

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Camo-Crazy

 

We are crazy for Camo as we hit the second half of the summer and see what’s in store for fall. Bright and graphic, in acid green, fluorescent orange, and black & white, this season’s camouflage is not about blending in, but standing out from the crowd. On your skateboard or in your stilettos, get ready to draw some attention with our sportiest picks for the season’s coolest Camo!

ROW 1: NEFF DAILY SNAPBACK CAP $21.95GLOBE GRAPHIC BANTAM ST CRUISER SKATEBOARD $90; ROW 2: CHRISTOPHER KANE CAMO PRINT OVERSIZED HOODIE $495TECHNOMARINE CRUISE STEEL CAMOUFLAGE WATCH $795CYNTHIA ROWLEY BONDED LEGGING now $99; ROW 3: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL CAMO OX $75JACK SPADE CAMO CORDURA COAL BAG $295; ROW 4: VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY HUNTSMAN $34.99MATIX DOMEPIECE CAMO HEADPHONE $66.99MANOLO BLAHNIK CAMO 105MM SPECCHIO HEEL PUMP $675

 

Fly Free

 

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First came the Nike Free, a super flexible, minimal running shoe, designed to support the foot’s natural movement during the stride. Introduced about 10 years ago, the shoe has become one of the biggest sellers in swoosh history among athletes and fashionistas alike.

Then came the Nike Flyknit about a year ago, available in both a race and training model, revered for its knit structure and resulting precision fit. While Track & Field superstar Allyson Felix may train in this shoe, it is the beautiful tapestry of the interwoven threads, that have established it as another winner among the fashion set.

Debuting next week, August 1 to be precise, is the eagerly anticipated combination of these two styles, merging into one as the Nike Free Flyknit. The shoe features the sole of the Free 5.0, combined with an extra elasticized Flyknit upper. While I haven’t seen the shoe yet, if the pictures do it justice, I have a feeling this one will become another favorite among runners and sneakerheads alike. Falling into both categories myself, I can’t wait to get my hands, or should I say feet, on a pair!

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

 
NEW YORK SUPERFOODS CHIA MOXIE PEANUT BUTTER

 

No we are not talking about ChiaPets, that sprouting clay animal of our youth, but the wonder seed chia, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, the benefits of which are lowered cholesterol, anti-aging, and cancer prevention. The seeds are some the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, with just two tablespoons containing 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, more calcium than milk, more Omega-3s than salmon and more iron than spinach.

Besides these wide-ranging health benefits, this superfood is one of the top fuel sources for endurance athletes. The best-selling book, Born To Run, highlighted chia seeds as the indigenous dietary staple of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of ultra-runners in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, noted for their 50+ mile runs. Because of their extreme absorbancy, chia seeds provide sustained energy and help prevent dehydration. They expand up to ten times their original size when soaked in water, forming a gel-like substance that slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar and allows carbohydrates consumed to fuel the body for longer periods of time. This helps stabilize blood sugar levels and regulate body fluids to retain electrolytes, critical in preventing dehydration during long runs.

Now we are not the Tarahumara Indians, who are going to eat a handful of not particularly tasty chia seeds before a run. There is however, a new line of chia rich products on the market, created specifically for athletes. I recently sampled the “Chia Chargers” and “Chia Moxie Peanut Butter” by the family owned and run, New York Superfoods. These products are completely natural, gluten-free, certified non-GMO and delicious! Co-founder Catherine Walsh, a runner and triathlete, created these products with her husband, to fill a gap in the marketplace of nutritious chia products designed for athletic performance. Launched in 2010, they created the first ever raw chia health energy bite, the Chia Charger®  and now have a line chia peanut butters as well. Regardless of your fitness level or activity, these products are a tasty way to incorporate this superfood into your diet, with the added benefit of enhanced athletic performance. Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

 

Team Spirit

 

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Its “Go Team” with the names of such fashion all-stars as Slimane, Owens, Wang and Jacobs adorning the hottest sport jerseys of the season. Designers have gone back to high school, recreating and updating the classic varsity jackets, basketball jerseys, track pants and baseball tees worn in gym class and around campus, for a cool casual look on and off the playing field. 

ROW 1: LPD NEW YORK TEAM SLIMANE T-SHIRT $85. Play in your favorite designer with these Slimane, Wang, Margiela, Miuccia, Jacobs, Philo and more T-shirts available at Net-A-Porter and VFilesTOP SHOP JERSEY VARSITY A BOMBER JACKET $70. It’s the classic letter jacket in grey jersey with contrast cream sleeves; LOVE LEATHER SLAM DUNK TANK $750. This lambskin leather mesh cut-out tank top features white contrasting New York lettering and is available with Paris too!

ROW 2: SPLENDID VARSITY COLORBLOCK TEE $68; Classic football jersey styling are combined with Splendid’s signature soft knit jersey for this cute gym-class update. Pair with shorts shown below; RICK OWENS “LILIES” CROPPED JERSEY TRACK PANTS $440. These anthracite jersey track pants are comfortable and cool, designed with an elasticated waist, a relaxed fit and blended with touches of angora and wool; SUPERDRY ANGELS T-SHIRT $40. These Superdry retro baseball tees come in a wide variety of colors and styles that include fitted and boyfriend, short and long sleeved.

ROW 3: SPLENDID VOILE SHORT $88. This luxe two tone short features that classic track style with contrasting trim and a drawstring waist; INSIDE OUT T-SHIRT $108. Recognized as leaders in digital print for their “trompe l’oeil” textiles, Inside Out has created a selection of team jersey inspired tees for the fall 2013 season. Pre-order now at Colette Paris; ADIDAS ORIGINALS TEAM BAG $75. This old-school Adidas Originals Team Bag is an updated reproduction of a heritage piece and features a detachable 3-Stripes shoulder strap, top-loading main compartment and zip end pockets.

 

 

“The Crash Reel”

 
KEVIN PEARCE: PHOTOGRAPH BY ADAM MORAN

 

Now airing on HBO is “The Crash Reel”, a documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his horrific crash during a half pipe training run, and amazing recovery from the Traumatic Brain Injury that resulted. The film takes place over two years and focuses equally on the Pearce family (his father is Simon Pearce, well known glassware manufacturer). Watching footage of the actual crash, one is amazed it was not fatal and his journey back from near death is quite miraculous. The emotional toll Kevin’s accident takes on his family, their strength and bond is highlighted in particular when Kevin expresses his desire to snowboard again.

The film is directed by Lucy Walker, twice Oscar nominated for “Waste Land” and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”. In its review, The New York Times credits Ms.Walker with not making “The Crash Reel” a triumph-over-adversity film. While Kevin does snowboard again, it far from his skill leval before the crash. She raises the question of sponsors and television encouraging recklessness, and exploiting these action sport athletes who know no limits.  The film also features the stories of a number of well known action sports athletes not as lucky as Kevin.  Read More

 

A Little Dot Will Do Ya

 

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Big Dots, little dots, multi-color, black and white, are popping up on everything from bike helmets to tennis skirts to skateboards and more. Cheerful little polkadots are decorating all our favorite sporting goods and adding an extra dose of fun to our games. Guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone, check out a few of our spotted favorites! 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NUTCASE HELMETS “DOTS” $60; VANS CHAMBRAY DOTS $55NIKE GOLF MULTI DOT POLO $65ADIDAS OPTI DOT SWIMSUIT $58SUPRA WRAP SNEAKERS $49.99; JOFIT TENNIS SKORT OASIS DOT $60; PENNY SKATEBOARDS “PENNY HOLIDAY” $110ASICS CITY DOT REVERSIBLE COMPRESSION SHORTS $30; CENTER: TERRAIN BOCCE BALL SET $298

 

 

The Folding Helmet

 

While there has been a boom in bicycle commuting, city cycling and bike sharing programs, and there are quite a few chic helmets on the market designed for the discerning urban rider, no one has addressed the question of what to do with one’s bulky headgear in between rides until now. The Carrera Foldable Helmet is a revolution, offering great protection that accordion folds to half its size for far easier storage. Available in a wide array of both fun and refined, shiny and matte colors, the helmet features a collapsable flexible frame, interwoven with an elastic fitting system that provides a superior fit and comfort too. Finally there is a new helmet on the road to fit into one’s Celine ,Vuitton or Saint Laurent (oversized). Now that’s the way to go!

 

Patagonia at 40: The Legacy Collection

 
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In celebration of their upcoming 40th anniversary, the designers at Patagonia decided to go back to where it all started. They culled from the archives and dug up their most iconic pieces, 9 of which have been reinterpreted and reproduced for the Legacy Collection debuting in September.

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, family, friends, and many of the original crew were asked to select their favorite pieces from over the years. All were pretty much in agreement about which ones to bring back. “It’s really just a moment that you are actually doing your activity”, says designer John Rapp, “most of it is prepping”. He describes this as a “lifestyle” collection, inspired by those technical pieces but created to “get you there and back”.

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FUN & GAMES: PICNIC STYLE

 

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The picnic is one of the great summertime activities complete with its own chic and sporty style. Gingham, checks and plaids are the look, designed with a nod to the 50’s, the era when the picnic became synonymous with classic Amercian style. The best part about picnic style is it need not be limited to the great outdoors. It’s sexy, cool and comfortable wherever the summer heat may find you.

The perfect picnic needs the perfect accessories, from the blanket to the basket to the outdoor games. Portable tasty treats are main ingredient and easy transport is key. Roll it, tote it, bike it and go. You’re ready for some guaranteed good old-fashioned fun!

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: TWO BY VINCE CAMUTO PLAID BLOUSE $69; BEST MADE LUMBERLANDER CAMP BLANKET $184SUPERGA CHECKS $85L.L.BEAN LEATHER HANDLE TOTE $49.95SUEDE TRAVEL BACKGAMMON $192.95BROOKSTONE PICCADILLY PICNIC BASKET FOR 2 $77.95HARDWOOD PADDLE BALL SET $169.95PRADA JACQUARD SMALL BOWLER BAG $1650PRET-A-SURF GINGHAM RETRO STYLE BIKINI $275PASHLEY BRITANNIA BICYCLE $1395

 

The Perfect Sporty White…

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: TYR SPECIAL OPS TRIATHLON GOGGLES $29.95FILA WOMENS SUMMER COLLEZIONE RIBBON DRESS $75MARMOT TRAIL WIND JACKET $75ORLEBAR BROWN IPANEMA TRINITY BIKINI $385J BRAND WHITE MID RISE SKINNY JEANS $172GUCCI METAL BROW AVIATORS $450; BROOKS BROTHERS BLACK FLEECE OXFORD BUTTON DOWN SHIRT $195HERMES KELLY DOUBLE TOUR BRACELET $455T BY ALEXANDER WANG CLASSIC JERSEY RACER BACK $77BOAST TOURNAMENT BLAZER $360; CENTER: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL $60J.CREW 3″ WHITE CHINO SHORT $45PACIFIC CYCLES IF MODE FOLDING BICYCLE $2700SPLENDID VERY LIGHT JERSEY V-NECK $48SMYTHSON JACKIE TOTE $995

 

Summertime equals white and we are all on the quest for that perfect t-shirt, pair of jeans, shorts, tote, sneakers, jacket and more! These pieces need to have that cool and easy style, and be both simple and chic. Above are our picks for the 15 “Perfect White” essentials… everything you need for the perfect summer!

THE PERFECT WHITE SNEAKER
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This iconic sneaker was first introduced in the 1930’s and has a timeless style that looks great on both men and women. No wardrobe should be without a pair!

THE PERFECT WHITE BUTTON DOWN
BROOKS BROTHERS BLACK FLEECE OXFORD BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

From the fashion forward but still classic, Thom Browne designed Black Fleece collection from Brooks Brothers, comes this perfect white oxford button down. It has all the quintessential styling details of the mens shirt, but perfectly cut for a woman and garment washed for that great worn in feel.

THE PERFECT WHITE V-NECK 
SPLENDID VERY LIGHT JERSEY V-NECK 

Splendid was founded with the mission to make the perfect t-shirt, focusing on high quality fabrics, classic silhouettes and exceptional comfort. This jersey v-neck is right on brand, made from luxuriously soft Supima cotton, with a body skimming flattering fit. Read More

 

Aviation Nation

 

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The ever popular aviator sunglasses have taken flight this season with a spectrum of bright summer colors. Favorites like Ray-Bans and Oliver Peoples, as well as designers like Tom Ford, Gucci and Michael Kors, have left the standard gold, green and silver behind, in exchange for lenses and frames of pinks, blues, oranges and purples. These are the new generation of aviators, reinterpretations of the originals, with a modern sporty style.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: GUCCI 1933/S $295CARRERA CHAMPION FLUO $69 on saleJUICY COUTURE JU HERITAGE $98SAINT LAURENT PARIS 2311 $169 on saleTOM FORD MARKO $410MICHAEL BY MICHAEL KORS RACHEL $99RAY-BAN ORIGINAL AVIATORS $160OLIVER PEOPLES STRUMMER $365PRADA PR 580S $310SALT. OPTICS VARGAS $400

 

 

US Womens Open Golf Championships

 
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SEBONACK GOLF COURSE, SOUTHAMPTON, NY. We witnessed history today with South Korean, Inbee Park, winning her third straight major of the season, the 2013 US Womens Open Golf Championships, a feat not accomplished since the great Babe Zaharias in 1950. Park had previously won the US Open in 2008 at age 19, making history then as well, as the youngest player to ever win that championship. Park now has the opportunity, going into the British Open, to be the first golfer ever, man or woman, to win the first four majors of the year.

The tournament was also historic in that it was the first Womens Championship ever played on Long Island. Sebonak Golf Club in Southampton, which opened in 2006, hosted the US Open on a beautiful waterfront course, featuring panoramic views of the Peconic Bay and Cold Spring Pond. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, the course is impeccably maintained, but with a rustic vibe very different than the more historic neighboring courses, Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links of America.

With the championship taking place close to home, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days watching history in the making and soaking up the scenery. Above and below are a few Instagram snaps from my time on the course.

 

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INBEE PARK (TOP RIGHT), THE SPECTATORS, PLAYERS, AND THE COURSE
 
Inbee Park image original: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

 

 

Tennis Whites… And Blacks and Grays

 

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The fortnight at Wimbledon is now underway and for the next two weeks we will watch the classic style of tennis whites in play. It is a timeless look and quite sophisticated when mixed with accents of black and gray. This is the trend in tenniswear this season. Very much in keeping with the spring/summer fashion trends, the designs are bold and graphic, featuring a palette of white, black and the shades in between. Above are nine of the season’s most winning combinations — dresses, skirts and tops so chic, they will keep you looking stylish even when the match is over.

ROW 1: NIKE PRINCESS WIDE STRAP TENNIS TANK TOP now $43.97. Dri-FIT top with ventiliating mesh panels keeps you cool in metallic shades of black and anthracite. Wide straps provide a supportive fit with body contoured seams for mobility and comfort. Pair with NIKE WOMENS LONDON 2013 PREMIER MARIA SKORT $65 from the Wimbledon 2013 collection to be worn by Maria Scharapova. LACOSTE SPRING PIQUE TENNIS DRESS $150. This cute black and white striped tennis dress features a fitted polo style top with built-in bra and fun flouncy bottom. FILA SUMMER COLLEZIONE PLEATED DRESS $76.99. From the sophisticated charcoal and white summer collection of dresses, tops and skirts, this Fila tennis dress, features a scoop neck with contrast trim and pleated skirt. Read More

 

Share the Ride: The Citi Bikes

 

 

The Citi Bike bike sharing program is up and running in New York City, and those blue Citibank logo-ed bikes have taken over the city streets (and sidewalks). Bicycle commuting is becoming increasingly popular in major US cities, and it’s great to see that NYC has jumped in on the healthy and eco-friendly transportation kick. While I myself am an avid subway rider, I wanted to give the bikes and the sharing system a try. There has been much written about the program, pros and cons, and I thought I would interesting test it out and share my experience.

Firstly, let me talk about the bikes. At Style Of Sport, while technical performance is the starting point for anything we feature, the style is what we love the most. I did a story a couple of weeks ago titled The Urban(e) Cyclist, all about the chic and distinctive style that has evolved with the popularity of city commuter cycling. My first exposure to a bike sharing program was in Paris. Their simple gray bikes that blend harmoniously with the Parisien scenery is a preferred look for me, but this is New York, where the taxis are bright yellow and now our bikes are bright blue. While I am appreciative Citibank’s sponsorship of this program, I wish the branding was toned down a bit, so we didn’t feel like we were riding around doing free advertising, especially given all the beautiful bikes there are to buy.

So with a few errands to run downtown today, I thought this would be a great opportunity to take the Citi Bikes for a ride. I logged on www.citibikenyc.com to see what I needed to do to get started and found out day passes were available for $9.95 at any kiosk stand. I downloaded the Citi Bike app so I would have a map of all the bike stations handy on my phone. I live on the upper east side of Manhattan and there no stations above 59th st, so I had to subway it down to begin my journey. With a stop at Rizzoli on 57th, I headed over to the Citi Bike station at 56th and 6th. Read More

 

The Chronograph Watch

 

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The Chronograph embodies the definition of a sport watch, being both a timekeeper and a stopwatch. Available in all sorts of fun styles and colors, perfect for sun, sand and water… the chrono is the watch to wear come summertime. Check out of 9 of our favorites, for both men and women, all sporty, playful and chic! 

ROW 1: CASIO G-SHOCK $130; TISSOT T-RACE $650; SEIKO SPRING DRIVE $6400; ROW 2: VESTAL ZR2 RUBBER WATCH $240; PORCHE DESIGN LTD.EDITON 1972 CHRONO $6500; NIXON WATCHES RUBBER 42-20 CHRONO $375; ROW 3: TECHNOMARINE CRUISE ORIGINAL LIPSTICK $525TOYWATCH METALLIC OLIVE CHRONO $275 138; SWATCH IRONY CHRONO $185

 

Stars And Stripes

 

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Red, White and Blue; Stars and Stripes… there is nothing more sporty and fun than dressing up for the Fourth of July! The official start of summer is around the corner but you still have time to get your patriotic looks together. So whether barbecuing or beaching it, camping or in town, here are a few accessories to get you feeling festive and looking good!

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ROW 1: BULLHEAD FLAG POCKET SHORTS $39.50NEIGHBORHOOD SLIM-FIT MENS COTTON OXFORD SHIRT $390; VESTAL WATCHES “CANTEEN ZULU” $150; ROW 2: FIELD CANDY “OLD GLORY” TENT (LTD.EDITION) $615; SCOTCH & SODA CREW NECK COTTON STAR CARDIGAN $80; ROW 3: CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR STARS $55; ISABEL MARANT BEADED CUFF STAR BRACELET $121 (ON SALE!); ROW 4: QUIKSILVER MENS OG SCALLOP PRINT $59.50; OLD NAVY FLAG PRINT BIKINI $39.50; ROXY LIDO STAR ROPE SHOES $42; ROW 5: JANSPORT SUPER FX $50; BARBISIO REGENT FLAT CAP $125; GIVENCHY TRIPLE STAR LEATHER CUFF $710

 

The Urban(e) Cyclist

 

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ROW 1: RAPHA & RAEBURN LIMITED EDITION MENS WIND JACKET; RETROVELO PAULA 7/8 SPEED; BROOKS PICKWICK DAYPACK; ROW 2: JACK SPADE FOUNDATION CANVAS ATLAS CASE; GIRO REVERB HELMET; LEZYNE PUMP; ROW 3: DAHON BOARDWALK D8 FOLDING BIKE; RAPHA WOMENS CLASSIC JERSEY; CHROME KURSK URBAN BIKE SNEAKERS

As commuter cycling has grown increasingly popular in major metropolitan cities, it has borne a distinct urban cycling style. As this is not cycling for recreation, but for transportation, the look is one that needs to transition easily from sport into workplace attire… albeit casual.

Europeans have been using bicycles as a form of transportation for a long time now and the cycling tradition is rich in history. The design of the bicycles and apparel we see on US city streets is inspired by cities like London, Amsterdam and Paris, but with its own uniquely American style. It is rugged but refined, elegant but tough.

Urban commuter bikes and their riders are built to take the beating of city streets but this breed handles it with style. Ones bike is a fashion statement and there are so many beautiful ones on the market, in addition to accessories likes helmets, shoes, saddles and and even bells. Above and below are a few of our favorites to keep you looking stylish while riding around town. So get out there, be safe, have fun and get to work on time! Read More

 

The Color of The Month: Summer Gold

 

 

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WARM AND SHIMMERY, SPORTY AND SEXY… SUMMER GOLD IS WHAT WE’RE FEELING FOR JUNE AND IT’S OUR COLOR OF THE MONTH! ROW 1: ROW 1: MARTONE CYCLING CO. WOMEN’S “GRAND” (ALSO AVAILABLE IN MENS MODEL) $899; CYNTHIA ROWLEY FOIL CREW NECK T $120; ROW 2: NIXON “48-20 CHRONO” WATCH $500; SPEEDO “SPEED SOCKET” POLARIZED GOGGLE $64.99; SUPERGA GOLD SNEAKERS $90; ROW 3: DOLPHIN METALLICS COMPETITION SWIMSUIT $39.95; BELL “VOLT” RACE HELMET$79.99; TUNEWEAR EGGSHELL PEARL IPHONE 5 CASE $24.95; ROW 4: MYKITA “FRANZ” SUNGLASSES $437.95; BARNEYS NEW YORK COOP METALLIC THONG $229 (ON SALE)
 

The “Optimists”

 

 

It was very windy last Sunday afternoon on The Great South Bay in Bellport, Long Island, and out in full force were the fleet of  “Opti” sailboats, or “Optimists” as they are formally called. Optis are the most sailed single class boat. They are used to teach kids to sail and thus are also the biggest youth racing class of sailboat. While younger sailors begin in Optimists, competitive sailors usually continue to race them up to 14 or 15 years of age. Due to their inherent stability, robust construction and relatively small sails, these little boats can handle winds of up to 30 knots and so seemingly can these impressive young sailors!

 

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Formed in 1999, the Bellport Bay Sailing Foundation teaches the sport of sailing to children and adults; promotes an awareness of the long and rich tradition of sailing on Bellport Bay; and supports the preservation of the environment and nautical heritage of the community.

 

 

June Calendar: 30 Days of Surf

 

 

June has arrived and the STYLE OF SPORT CALENDAR theme for this month is SURF! Get ready for 30 Days of longboards, shortboards and stand-up paddleboards; rashguards and boardshorts; swimsuits, towels, shades and other great beach toys and accessories. Summer is here and it’s time to paddle out, drop in and catch some waves!

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JUNE 30: TORY BURCH PALOMA SURF SHIRT. What surfers call a rashguard, Tory Burch calls surf shirt, but either way the Paloma Surf Shirt is a very stylish but functional surf top. It features a geometric mix of polka dots on the front with bright orange back and sleek zip front. On the board or on the beach, it’s a great look for both the surfer and the spectator alike!

JUNE 29: A GOLDEN AGE. New from Rizzoli is “A Golden Age: Surfing’s Revolutionary 1960s & ’70s” featuring the beautiful photographs of John Witzig. With access to the top surfers of that era, Witzig captured some of the most defining and poignant moments of ’60s and ’70s and his photographs document that time when surfing was still counterculture. Witzig was not just photographing the scene, but was part of it, and his images reflect both that access and that intimacy.

JUNE 28: YOLO INFLATABLE SUP. Inflatable SUPs are quickly becoming the go-to option for those who want their own stand up paddleboard but have no room to keep one. They are light and easy to transport. The inflatable SUP from Yolo, one of the most recognized names in stand ups, comes with its own backpack, pump, pressure gauge, removable center fin, tri fins, bungee system and carry handle… everything you need to enjoy a fun day on top of the water!

JUNE 27: GLAMOURPUSS BOND GIRL TUNIC. Sporty and sexy come together in this Bond girl inspired top/dress that can take you from late afternoon paddleboarding straight to cocktails by the pool. Wear as a cute little tunic dress or pull the side strings to ruche into a sporty top. The tunic is breathable, fast-drying, and highly UV protective (SPF 50+). Great for travel too!

JUNE 26: JONATHAN ADLER AEGEAN WAVES TOWEL. Woven in Brazil from super absorbent heavyweight terry cotton, this plush oversized wave patterned beach towel is the luxe way to dry off and soak in the sun after surfing or an ocean dip. Available with purple waves or blue, and now on sale too!

JUNE 25: VANS SK-8 HI WEDGE. From the original surf and skate shoe brand Vans, comes this trendy wedge version of their iconic SK-8 sneaker.

JUNE 24: MIANSAI ROPE & LEATHER BRACELETS. Although this is men’s jewelry, these brightly colored rope and leather bracelets, with assorted silver and brass hooks, casings, and other designs, are equally appealing to women. The bracelets are handmade, crafted from carefully sourced materials, with eclectic designs inspired by the world travels of the creator Micheal Saiger and his team of artisans. Worn on their own or with other wrist accessories, these bracelets have that perfect surf inspired style. Read More

 

Into The Woods: Camp Style

 

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Around this time of year, as kids are getting out of school and gearing up for their summer vacations, I grow nostalgic for camp. My sister and I went to Camp Se-Sa-Ma-Ca in Raymond, NH, near to Lake Winnipesauwkee, where we bunked in cabins in the woods, the ceilings of which were carved with the name and year of every camper who had ever stayed there before us. We filled our camp trunks from a checklist of “What-to-Bring”, each item seemingly with the word “warm” or “sturdy” in front, ready for any outdoor adventure the summer would bring.

Now while all the modern hi-tech gear is much more functional, you can’t beat the old school camper style. It warms the heart to see it’s all still around, from the original brands and new ones too, and that some things never go out of style. Although we can’t spend our summers away at camp anymore, we can still have all the gear and cozy classics that remind us of all the fun we had.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BURTON TINDER BACKPACK $60; TIMEX WEEKENDER $34.99; STEVEN ALAN “ADDIE” PLAID SHIRT $168; RAY-BAN “SHOOTER” $215; L.L.BEAN “SPORTSMAN” FLANNEL LOINED SLEEPING BAG $109; SWISS ARMY KNIFE “HUNTSMAN” HARDWOOD $43.95; OLD TOWN CANOE CLASSIC WOOD; ORANGE RHINO LARGE STICKER TRUNK $197.95; COLEMAN KEROSENE LANTERN, ROUNDED GLOBE $119.99; BEST MADE COMPANY ENAMEL STEEL PLATES, SET OF 6 $90; CENTER: MONROW VINTAGE INSPIRED ZIP HOODIE $144; EASTLAND “SENECA” BOOT $95; TEXSPORT DESERT CANTEEN $7

 
 

Summer Surf Flick Classics!

 

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Summer has arrived and it’s time for another round-up of great sport flick classics. The beaches are beckoning and the Best of Surf is the theme of this collection. If you can’t make it to the shore, surf’s up at home. So queue up the DVDs and get ready to paddle out, drop in and ride those waves! As always, click the image for a preview trailer.

Let’s lead it off with “Five Summer Stories”, heralded as one of the finest surf movies ever made. This classic features all the great surfers from the 70’s like Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, Corky Carroll and Margo Oberg. Filmed against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution.

 

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From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta of “DogTown and Z-Boys” fame, comes “Riding Giants”, a multi-generational look at the intrepid surfers who have dedicated themselves to challenging the biggest waves on the planet. The movie features such pioneers and legends as Greg Noll, among the first who dared to enter Hawaii’s big surf in the late 1950s; Jeff Clark, who discovered the massive waves of Mavericks near San Francisco; and Laird Hamilton, considered by many to be the best big wave rider of all time.

 

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Another 70’s classic, this fast paced, action packed film features such surf icons as Gerry Lopez, Larry Bertlemann, Eddie Aikau, Rabbit Bartholomew, Jeff Hakman, Mark Richard and Shaun Tomson, as well as DogTown skateboarders Tony Alva and Jay Adams. The movie is beautifully photographed at the famed breaks in Hawaii, California, and Australia.

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Day-Glo

 

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NEON, ELECTRIC, FLUORESCENT AND FUN! DRESSED UP OR DRESSED DOWN, FOR WORK OR FOR PLAY, DAY-GLO COLORS ARE EVERYWHERE YOU ARE THIS SUMMER. 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: GOLA QUOTA $44.99; MILLY “CAMILLE” NEON STRIPED STRETCH KNIT DRESS $350; BRIAN ATWOOD NEON SNAKE EMBOSSED PUMP $425GIRO AEON BIKE HELMET $250AEROSPOKE CUSTOM “FIXIE” WHEELSALEJANDRO INGELMO MID-TOP TRON SNEAKERS $495; SIMONE ROCHA NEON EMBRODERED ORGANZA SKIRT $1005; TORY BURCH NEON SNAKE-EMBOSSED LOGO STUDDED DOUBLE WRAP BRACELET $95; RIP CURL CAMBRIDGE COLOR WATCH $79.95VON ZIPPER “BIONACLE” SUNSHIELDS $95; CLARE VIVIER CANVAS NEON STRIPED TOTE $276; PRADA NEON KNOT STRAP SANDALS $490

 

 

Summer Sneaker News: Plush & Superflex

 
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The word in running and training shoes this summer is FLEX, with soles that are cut, sliced and grooved to allow the foot to move the way nature intended. Inspired by the minimalist and barefoot running movement, these shoes take those principles but add the cushioning that has proven to be more of a necessity since the trend started.

Besides the comfort and ride, what we love are all the bright and poppy colors in which to go for a run or to the gym this summer. After all, fun shoes are half the reason to train! Above and below are a few of our season’s best picks. No need to change shoes when the workout is done.

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NEW BALANCE MINIMUS HI-REZ. New Balance has been one of the industry leaders in the minimal running movement, and the newest addition to the Minimus collection is the Hi-Rez. It is the most minimal of their running and training shoes with an 00mm drop from heel to toe. Somewhat amphibian like, 42 independent cushioned pods move naturally with the foot to deliver unparalleled flexibility and underfoot sensation.

ADIDAS CLIMACOOL AERATE 2.0. Very flexible and extra cool for summer is the Climacool Aerate with its anatomically shaped perforated footbed and articulated midsole for increased airflow and movement. The OrthoLite sockliner provides long-lasting cushioning, excellent moisture management and breathable comfort. Socks are optional.

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The Schwinn Stingray

 
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Al Fritz, creator of the Schwinn Sting-Ray passed away last week at the age of 88. The Schwinn Sting-Ray, with its chopper-style handlebars and banana seat, has sold millions since its introduction in the 1960s. His “creation” however was actually inspired by a trend he spotted in Southern California of kids customizing and souping-up their bikes to look like motorcycles. Realizing the mass-market potential, Fritz built a prototype which he called the “Sting-Ray”, because the shape of the handlebars reminded him of a swimming stingray.

Despite initial corportate resistance, the first Sting-Ray was produced in 1963 and went on to great commercial success before it was discontinued in the early 1980s. Various models were produced during that time, including the iconic “Orange Krate”.

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Get The Blues: It’s The Color Of The Month

 

 

AS SPRING TURNS TO SUMMER, WE FIND OURSELVES SURROUNDED BY BLUE SKIES AND AZURE WATERS. WHETHER PADDLING, BIKING, TRAIL RUNNING, OR CRUISING THE CITY STREETS, IT’S TIME TO GET THE BLUES!

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DAGGER ALCHEMY 14S KAYAK WITH SKEG $1199. Designed for small to medium-size paddlers, this is a high-performance day touring watercraft, but easy to paddle like more recreational kayaks; MINOX DCC 5.1 CLASSIC DIGITAL CAMERA $189. Timeless elegant style and precision mechanics come together in this reinterpreted little modern blue masterpiece; ADIDAS ORIGINALS SANTIAGO WATCH $65. Neon blue, with a gold accents, and the signature Trefoil, this sport watch is classic Adidas style; RALPH LAUREN RLX AVIATOR SUNGLASSES $170. These oversized metal frames aviators with reflective crystal lenses and 100% UV protection give a mod look to a classic style. PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 $2,215. This “It” bag comes in an endless array of colors and sizes, but in blue with a natural trim and wood detailing, it’s the sportiest “It” bag of them all. FOX RACING PRECISION BIKE HELMET $34.95. Get a bit of rad skater style biking around in this metallic blue lid. MERRELL MIX MASTER MOVE GLIDE CROSS TRAINING SHOES $95. Minimalist-inspired design with a thin, lightweight layer of cushioning make these a great shoe for all-day training, playing and adventuring. ARCHIVAL CLOTHING X BARNEYS NEW YORK CO-OP RUCKSACK $295. 18oz sturdy cotton duck rucksack features a snap close roll top, adjustable leather straps and solid brass roller buckle closure. MONCLER PIQUE POLO SHIRT $137.50. Classic cotton polo shirt with distinctive Moncler details and styling.

 

 

Trainers Corner: On The Circuit

 

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ROW 1: SUMMIT CLASS AT EXCEED PHYSICAL CULTURE; WORKOUT STATION AT REFINE METHOD; CROSSFIT ROPE TRAINING; ROW 2: TRX AT EXCEED; KETTLEBELLS; THE FHITTING ROOM; ROW 2: REFINE METHOD; JUMP ROPE AT YMCA; CONCEPT ROWER INTERVAL AT EXCEED 

 

What’s old is new again and nowhere is this more apparent than in fitness right now. Extremely popular are classes like CrossFit, Bootcamps, and other circuit training programs that incorporate the basic tried and true exercises and equipment. Kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, Concept Rowers, and most fundamentally, one’s own bodyweight, are just some of the equipment used in these classes — all of which have stood the test of time and been proven extremely effective.

In circuit training, one moves from exercise to exercise, staying in constant motion and keeping the heart rate up, resting one body part while working another. The result is real athletic strength and conditioning that gets the body ready for any activity and looking fit, too!  The beauty of these movements is they can be taken on the road and done on the go. STYLE OF SPORT asked Ed Cashin, Co-Founder of Exceed Physical Culture in NYC, to design a quick circuit-on-the-go which can be done anywhere and anytime.

Ed Cashin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of functional fitness with a 25-year career that includes expertise in TRX, Russian Kettlebell and sport-specific training.  At Exceed, Cashin and his team of trainers offer a full range of classes that integrate Cashin’s SUMMIT method (Strength and Ultra Metabolic Movement Interval Training), a fitness regimen which allows clients to train more efficiently and effectively with a combination of high intensity cardio and functional strength moves. While classes might utilize various pieces of equipment, most exercises can be done with one’s bodyweight only for an equally intense workout. Read More

 

Have It Your Way: The Custom Craze

 

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ROW 1: ADIDAS CUSTOM ADILETTE; TREK MADONE 7.9; ROW 2: OAKLEY CUSTOM RACING JACKET; THE NORTHFACE CUSTOM DENALI JACKET; NIKE FREE iD; ROW 3: BIG SHOT CUSTOM “FIXIE”PUMA SPEED CAT CUSTOM; TYR CUSTOM REMIX GOGGLES

 

Back in October we did a feature called KUSTOMYZED KICKS, about all the major sneaker brands like Adidas, Converse, Vans and Nike offering the option to customize many of their hot and classic styles. Seems like everyone has gotten in on the act since then, and the custom craze is not limited only to sneakers anymore.  Just in time for summer you can have your Trek Bicycle, Oakley Sunglasses, TYR gogglesHavianas and Big Shot Bikes Custom “Fixie”, any way you want them. And when fall comes around, your custom North Face Denali Fleece will be ready for you too! So get busy and start designing your dream kicks, shades, rides and slides.

 

Flower Power

 

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APRIL SHOWERS HAVE BROUGHT MAY FLOWERS ON EVERYTHING FROM BIKES TO SURFBOARDS TO SNEAKERS TO SHADES. IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR BLOOM ON WITH A LITTLE BURST OF FLORAL FUN!

 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ANDY WARHOL FLOWER SURFBOARD SERIES 2 $6600ALBERTO MORETTI EMBROIDERED FLORAL DRIVER $760; VERSACE FLORAL PRINT STRETCH PENCIL DRESS $1975HUNTER ORIGINAL RHS GREEN MIX $127ELECTRA DAISY BIKE $649TYR WOODSTOCK SILICONE SWIM CAP $10.95J.CREW PUNK FLORAL TRIANGLE STRING TOP/BIKINI BOTTOM $54/$44DAKINE BEST WISHES RASHGUARD $40; CONVERSE MARIMEKKO CT OX UNIKKO $75; CENTER: RAY-BAN ORIGINAL WAYFARER SURF UP $165PRADA MISTOLLINO FLORAL TOTE $1295

 

 

Mountain of Storms

 

 
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In the summer of 1968, three men – climber and surfer Yvon Chouinard, climber and skier Doug Tompkins, and champion skier Dick Dorworth – set off from California in an old van to surf, ski and climb their way down to the southern end of Argentina. Their ultimate goal was to climb the legendary mountain in Patagonia, Cerro Fitz Roy, summited only once previously. Told Endless Summer style, the DVD “Mountain of Storms” (screengrabs above and below), is the documentary of the road trip that changed their lives and inspired Chouinard to found the company Patagonia.

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Fun & Colorful Spring Backpacks!

 

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As Gym Bags, Beach Bags, Laptops and Extras Bags, the Backpack is the way to go, especially when there are so many bright, colorful and fun ones to choose from this season! 

ROW 1: DAKINE GROM BACKPACK $34.95HERSCHEL SETTLEMENT YOUTH $49.99BURTON METALHEAD PACK$49.99; ROW 2: TOPO DESIGNS ROLLTOP $198; PATAGONIA REFUGIO PACK $85; ROXY MUSING BACKPACK $40; ROW 3: MARC BY MARC JACOBS DOMO ARIGATO PACKRAT $198BEST MADE COMPANY ALPINE RUCKSACK $398; THE NORTH FACE JESTER $65

 

 

The Calendar of Triathlon

 

 

MAY has arrived and with it brought a new STYLE OF SPORT CALENDAR. The theme this month is TRIATHLON. While May is actually National Bike Month, we were ahead of the curve and featured bicycles on our March Calendar of Bicycles. With summer coming, we wanted to feature lots of outdoor sports, so get ready for 31 days of all the hottest Swim/Bike/Run gear, apparel, and accessories for you seasoned competitors and those new to the sport.

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MAY 31: FELT BICYCLES DA1Here we are at the last day of the month and with so many incredible triathlon bikes to feature, we wanted to put one more in the spotlight. Comparable to Specialized’s top of the line S-Works Shiv and priced at a meager $10,329, the sleek and sexy DA1 from Felt Bicycles clocks in at the world’s fastest time trial bike and weapon of choice for the best triathletes on the international circuit. The focus at Felt is on optimizing rider position to maximize aerodynamic efficiency, comfort being a key factor in the equation. The frame is constructed from UHC Ultimate+Nano carbon fiber and optimized for Shimano Di2 11 Speed electronic shifting. The result is a race machine that is proven to be fast and responsive when the competition requires the best.

MAY 30: 2XU COMPRESSION CALF GUARDS. 2XU makes an extensive array of compression apparel and accessories very popular with triathletes and endurance athletes. These tight-fitting lycra garments are designed to support the muscles to reduce fatigue and injury. They increase oxygen flow to the muscles for improved training, faster recovery and stronger performance. The calf muscles are particularly prone to strain with the 3 sports of triathlon, and the 2XU Compression Calf Guards are a nice option in the warm summer months. They provide 50 SPF sun protection, plus they can be worn under a wetsuit making transition times faster.

MAY 29: KINETIC BY KURT ROCK AND ROLL TRAINER. Most triathletes and cyclists use an indoor trainer during those months when the weather prevents outdoor cycling. Some athletes use them regardless as great way to train on the bike in a controlled environment. The Kinetic by Kurt Rock and Roll Trainer takes the indoor cycling workout to a new level as the only trainer produced that mimics the natural side to side movement of the bike when cycling outdoors. Kinetic is recognized as one of the leading makers of indoor trainers and guarantees the construction and technology of their products with a lifetime guarantee.

MAY 28: ZOGGS PREDATOR FLEX REACTOR PHOTOCHROMATIC GOGGLES. There are lots of great open water swim goggles on the market, but these photochromatic goggles from Zoggs have to be one of the coolest options out there, with lenses that automatically adjust for changing light conditions. The flexible frame provides a secure, comfortable and leak-free fit, while the Curved Lens Technology allows a distortion-free, full 180 degree field of vision.

MAY 27: CLIF SHOT BLOKS. Newest to the line of Clif Shot products are the very tasty Clif Shot Bloks, each one providing 33 calories worth of organic carbohydrate and electrolyte fuel, critical during long training rides and runs. The Bloks come in an assortment of flavors so delicious you might be tempted to eat them even when you’re not in training!

MAY 26: PEARL IZUMI TRI FLY IV CARBON SHOES. A triathlon specific cycling shoe is an important accessory for any triathlete looking to speed up their performance. We featured the high-end S-Works Trivent back on May 6, geared toward the elite level triathlete. The Pearl Izumi Tri Fly IV Carbon is an excellent shoe for all levels, and reasonably priced as well. It is extremely lightweight with a ventilated mesh upper and fully lined for sockless comfort. It features the large heel loop critical for triathletes for easy pull-on in the T1 swim to bike transition. The stiff carbon Power Plate optimizes the transfer of power into the pedal stroke and the concave shaping provides great overall support.

MAY 25: FUELBELT. For long distance training runs, continuous hydration is essential on the road and the FuelBelt is the best way to keep water and your preferred electrolyte beverages handy. The FuelBelt is available with 2-4 bottles, an integrated gear pouch, and is now in a variety of fun summer colors!

MAY 24: ISM ADAMO SADDLES. Adamos are considered the most comfortable performance bike saddles. The patented ISM design has eliminated the nose of the traditional saddle, which tends to force too much weight onto sensitive soft tissue, and directs the pressure onto the more supportive sit bones. The are a number of different models, designed for different kinds of competition and levels of riders. The Attack is the newest road racing saddle, just voted “Best In Class” by Triathlete Magazine, but The Breakaway and Podium are also very popular. The Saddle Selector on the ISM website, helps narrow down which saddle is best for you.

MAY 23: ADIDAS TRAINING SANDALS. You’ll be stylin’ round the pool deck this summer, before and after laps, in the hot collection of training slides from Adidas for both men and women. These no-slip flip-flops and sandals will pamper your feet with the super cushy Fitfoam® of the Chilwyanda and massage nubs of the Adissage. All come in a fantastic array of fun summer colors!

MAY 22: ZIPP 404 FIRECREST CARBON CLINCHERS. Despite a number of excellent competitors, Zipp has dominated the aero wheel market for many years and the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers are a new milestone in race wheel design. Their revolutionary rim shape is not only incredibly aerodynamic and light, but has resulted in handling more stable than any other Zipp wheel. In addition, a wider brake track allows more air in the tires for a silky smooth ride. The unmatched combination of superior aerodynamics, ride quality, strength and handling make these wheels the ones to beat.

MAY 21: CASTELLI ROSSO CORSA CLASSIC GLOVES. Chic Italian style and technical performance come together in this classic glove. Reticulated gel-padded palms, breathable mesh back and an anatomically designed shaped provide great comfort and protection. The smooth interior finish, slip-on wrists and central pull tab make them easy to put on and take off. The microsuede wipe panel on the thumb is another appreciated feature, especially out there on the road.

MAY 20: TIFOSI OPTICS FOTOTEC/HIGH SPEED RED. While interchangeable lenses are a great option, even better are photochromatic lenses that adjust automatically to changing light conditions, much more convenient during the course of a long run or ride. Tifosi Fototec lenses with variable tint technology transition from light to dark very fast and provide 100% protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays. The “High Speed Red” option is ideal for triathletes as it sharpens contrast, highlighting details the road ahead. The TEMPT is a small-medium frame, ideal for women, but still offers good coverage. Made of Grilamid TR-90, characterized by an extremely high bending strength, these sunglasses have adjustable hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces for a customizable, comfortable and no-slip fit. Read More

 

Saturdays Magazine: Issue 002

 

 
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The much anticipated second issue of Saturdays Magazine has arrived, published by the extremely stylish and uber hip New York/Tokyo based surf shop, Saturdays Surf. Attesting to the extreme cool of the brand, the magazine has attracted the talents of such photographers as Bruce Weber, Hedi Slimane, Harri Peccinoti and Eric Cahan, and features articles on such action sport and cultural luminaries as Danny Kwock, Christo, Larry Clarke and Terje Haakonsen. The magazine is beautifully designed with a classic and timeless style, much like the sport of surfing from which it is inspired.

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The Cyclist’s Spin Class

 

 

Recently opened in a bright and lofty brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is T2 Multisport, a cycling training center for competitive athletes and recreational “Spinners” alike. T2 is founded by Robert Pennino, Founder and CEO of the Terrier-Tri Triathlon, Cycling & Marathon Club. Pennino’s goal was to create a triathlon training facility in NYC, where none existed, open to all athletes, teams and coaches. T2 stands for “Transition 2”, the transition stage from bike to run in a triathlon.

The cheerful space does not feel like your typical NYC gym, but a cool hangout for cyclists and triathletes. The walls are covered with riders own bicycles and 20 beautiful new Specialized Allez bicycles. Wanting to appeal not just to competitive athletes, but to those who might not have their own bikes, Pennino engaged Specialized as a partner. They loved the concept of a “Spin Class on a Real Bike”.

The indoor cycling at T2 is done in group classes on CompuTrainers, computerized bicycle resistance trainers which simulate real courses and real riding. CompuTrainers and other bicycle resistance trainers are a regular part of training for cyclists and triathletes. Pennino wanted to offer this kind of cycling workout to “spinners” as well. As Lucy Danziger, Editor-In-Chief of Self Magazine, a competitive triathlete, Ironman finisher and investor in the facility says, “CompuTrainers are highly beneficial for overall fitness. It’s a tool all the pros use. Even those who can ride outside all year long choose to train indoors because it’s such an efficient workout”. Read More

 

Running with Style

 

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THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FOR YOUR  SPRING / SUMMER RUNNING SEASON! 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ADIDAS BOYFRIEND STRIPED TANK $28. Rock the seasons stripes while running. Moisture-wicking Climalite® fabric keeps the body cool. Available in 7 other colorful combos. SMITH APPROACH MAX $159. Shown here in white with green mirrored lenses. Enlarged lens profiles accommodate those seeking deeper, broader coverage. Three sets of interchangeable lenses included. CW-X 3/4 STABILYX TIGHTS. By harnessing your muscles with targeted support, CW-X tights help prevent injury. Variable compression facilitates circulation so that you can be active longer and recover faster. SUGOI FIREWALL 180 ZIP $110.  This wind resistant and breathable pullover is soft to the touch with a light brushing of fleece on the inside to create comfortable thermal regulation. NEW BALANCE 890V3 $110. Rated by Runners World as one of the best running shoes for Spring 2013, the updated 890 V3 is a great everyday trainer with solid cushioning for long runs, yet still responsive and fast during an interval sessions. NIKE PRO CORE V-NECK $29.99This sleek and colorful short sleeve v-neck hugs the body without constricting movement. Light Dri-FIT fabric wicks moisture away to keep you feeling as cool as you look. GARMIN FORERUNNER 310 XT FITNESS MONITOR $249. Get the all the training information you need for peak performance during workouts. GPS satellites accurately calculate speed, distance and pace information and it’s waterproof too. MIDDLE FROM TOP: ASICS ABBY JOGBRA $37.99. Stylish with great support, you’ll love the feel of the soft, sueded fabric with strategically placed mesh to keep the body cool. UNDER ARMOUR GOTTA HAVE IT SHORTY $24.99. Better be in shape to wear these 4″ short shorts. Snug compression fit hugs your muscles to keep them supported and gives your performance a boost.

 

 

The Color Of The Month: Yellow

 

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WITH FLOWERS STARTING TO BLOOM AND SPRING’S SUNSHINE WARMING THINGS UP, THE COLOR OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL IS YELLOW. 

 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY RUN CLIMACOOL STRETCH TOP $853.1 PHILLIP LIM MEDIUM PASHLI SATCHEL $825BENSIMON “TENNIS” SNEAKERS $55; SURFTECH FLOWMASTER STAND UP PADDLE RACEBOARD $1400TORY BURCH SNAKE EDDIE BALLET FLAT $250HERSCHEL HERITAGE CANVAS $89.99TIMEX IRONMAN SLEEK 250 LAP TAPSCREEN $99.95OAKLEY RACING JACKET CUSTOM $250BOBBIN “BIRDIE” $650

 

 

How To Get This!

 
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This week in THE TRAINER’S CORNER, we are thrilled to have renowned celebrity and supermodel trainer DAVID KIRSCH! A fitness and wellness leader for more than 20 years, Kirsch has trained some of the most famous women in the world including Liv Tyler, Naomi Campbell, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum, Linda Evangelista, Karolina Kurkova, Kerry Washington and most recently, Kate Upton – getting her in cover ready shape for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. His clients refer to him as a body sculptor, and his specialty – a beautiful backside! Kirsch says “No two clients’ bodies are alike. The same can be said about their butts. Some want more booty, others less; some want it higher and rounder; some smaller and tighter”.

With that in mind we present David Kirsch’s “Beautiful Butt Camp” designed to address all these issues and more! The key to the following exercise circuit, Kirsch says, is to “Put Your Brain in Your Butt”. Whether it’s a lunge or squat, anchor in your heel and not the ball of your foot. The objective is to burn the glutes, not the quads. If you’re feeling it in your quads, STOP and readjust!  The following set of exercises should be done as a circuit – one right after the other without rest. Perform 15 repetitions for each exercise. Good luck, have fun, and kick ass!

SQUATS

1) Start with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and perfectly upright posture.
2) Bend at the knees, keeping your weight over your heels until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
*Modification: Leaning against a wall will provide extra balance. Your feet should be 18-24 inches from the wall, and shoulder-width distance apart. Squat as deeply as your knees and back allow.
*Modification: If you’re looking for more of a challenge, grab a pair of hand weights. Read More

 

Wedged In

 

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There seems to be no denying that the wedge has become the big sneaker of the year. What was started by Isabel Marant as a fashion statement has now caught on with the big sport brands like Nike, Puma and Reebok, as well as other trendy designers such as Marc Jacobs and Junya Watanabe. Above are a few of our top picks for this spring/summer season.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: NIKE DUNK SKY HI $119MARC BY MARC JACOBS CUTOUT WEDGE SNEAKER $328ALICIA KEYS FOR REEBOK FREESTYLE HI WEDGE $89; ADIDAS Y-3 SUKITA II $480; ADIDAS ORIGINALS JEREMY SCOTT WEDGE HI $250ISABEL MARANT “THE BRIAN” $640PUMA SPORT MY-66 $120JUNYA WATANABE COMMES DES GARCONS PERFORATED WEDGE $1270

 

 

The April Calendar: 30 Days of Swag

 

 

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April is here and with it a new STYLE OF SPORT Calendar! Instead of featuring just a single topic as we have been doing (i.e. bikes, sneakers or sunglasses), we are putting it all together with a mix of our favorite sporty things. Everyday there is a hot new must have, must do, must try piece of gear, apparel, workout, sport and more being featured for you to check out.

APR.30: RIME. Located in Brooklyn and now on the upper east side of Manhattan, is the very mod sneaker store RIME. A sneakerhead’s dream, the shop carries only the most coveted and limited editions of Nike, Adidas, Puma, Supra, Vans and more, in addition to other accessories and apparel. Love the wedge sneaker? They stock virtually every one!

APR.29: ADIDAS NEO LOGO WINDBREAKERFrom Selena Gomez and the Adidas Neo line is this bright, lightweight and shiny nylon windbreaker. The jacket has cropped sleeves, kangaroo pockets and a roomy hood. It’s a perfect jacket for the still chilly days of spring training or anywhere you need a sporty extra layer!

APR.28: EXPRESS COTTON STRIPED TUXEDO SHORTS. These short tuxedo shorts are chic enough for the city and a great sporty look for all your weekend activities. More colors available in store.

APR.27: GLAMOURPUSS GAUGIN STRIPE TOP. Rash Guard? Chic sporty striped top? We say both! This stretchy luxe boat neck shirt, rated at SPF 50+, is perfect on the surfboard or anyplace else you want to wear it!

APR.26: TORY BURCH PIERSON MINI BEACH TOTE. Made of natural and bright dipped canvas, with leather straps and lots of extra pockets, this roomy little tote is the perfect bag whether you’re seaside or staying in town.

APR.25: THE FHITTING ROOM. Recently opened in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is The Fhitting Room, a beautifully designed boutique fitness studio that packs a lot of workout into a small space. The classes utilize rowers, free weights, kettlebells, suspension trainers, plyo boxes, medicine balls and more in what they call a FHIX (Functional High Intensity Mix) of exercise moves. Each class is unique but always delivers their signature five essential building blocks for optimal results: (1) functional movements (2) strength training (3) high intensity intervals (4) total body focus (5) highly varied exercises. Following the trend of a la carte fitness, this is a great workout to add to your fitness platter!

APR.24: BAGGU SURF SLING. Carry your surfboard with style and ease with this brightly trimmed heavyweight canvas surfboard sling. Designed with their Brooklyn neighbors, the ultra hip Pilgrim Surf + Supply, the sling is perfect for toting other oversized beach toys and accessories as well!

APR.23: FINIS ZOOMERS. Zoomers Gold Swim Fins are the latest and most advanced version of their popular training fins, offering improved comfort and performance. Swim Fins are used for swim training to boost cardiovascular conditioning and accelerate speed during workouts. By adding resistance to your kick, leg muscles get stronger, ultimately resulting in faster and longer swims without the fins. A must have training tool for both competitive and recreational swimmers alike. Read More

 

Sun Shields

 

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From the most fashionable designers to the sportiest brands, these super shielding ray blockers will protect your eyes from the sun and keep you looking super stylish too!

 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: MARC BY MARC JACOBS $110SMITH $139PRADA $245JIMMY CHOO $295CARRERA $140GUCCI $245 now $149VERSACE $295POLO RALPH LAUREN $290

 

 

Stealth Style

 

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BLACK, SLEEK AND SEXY… SPORTING GEAR AND ACCESSORIES DESIGNED FOR SPEED WITH STYLE:
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: LISA MARIA FERNANDEZ “FARRAH MAILLOT” $360CANNONDALE SLICE RS $10,000SUUNTO CORE ALU WATCH $400QUICKBLADE FLYWEIGHT ALL CARBON SUP PADDLE $299FOX STRIKER MTB HELMET $119OAKLEY DART BLACK CHROME $170CHANEL CARBON FIBER SURFBOARD

 

 

“Sunrise Lefts”

 

A little surf with your morning Java? Check out a few “Sea Movies” from the folks at Korduroy TV.

 

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TOP: “CY’S SUNRISE LEFTS”, ABOVE “UNDER THE SUN”

 

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The Trainers Corner

 

 

Although there is still a chill in the air, it’s April and Spring has officially sprung. Summer and all its body baring clothing are just weeks away. If you’ve been slacking this winter, its time to get the rear in gear! Week to week from THE TRAINERS CORNER we will be bringing you tips, workouts, gear and apparel to get you motivated, looking good and feeling great.

This week in THE TRAINERS CORNER, we have SoulCycle Master Instructor and STYLE OF SPORT Contributing Fitness Editor, Stacey Griffith, who has created a special SOS workout, the “10×10”. It’s a 10 minute, down and dirty, quickie workout designed to get the job done fast. There are 10 basic exercises everyone knows how to do, performed for 1 minute each. Other than a jump rope, no equipment is required, so this routine can be done anywhere anytime. Plus we’ve got some hot tunes to go with it!

So if you haven’t been working out, this is a great place to start, and if you have, it’s a great extra 10 minute boost of power to add to your routine.

THE ROUTINE

1. JUMP ROPE  
2. PUSH-UPS. Straight legs or knees on the floor
3. SQUATS. Keep the knees at 90 degrees!
4. CRUNCHES. Legs up, knees bent, feet on the floor…. your choice 
5. JUMPING JACKS
6. TRICEP DIPS. Can be done off a bench, chair or sofa. With arms behind you and heels on the floor, lower your butt towards the floor and use your triceps to push back up again.
7. LUNGES. Alternate legs and keep the knees at 90 degrees.
8. PLANK: Arms at 90 degrees, forearms on the floor, legs straight, flat back.
9. TOE TOUCHES. Stand with feet apart and arms straight out to the side. Bend and touch left hand to right foot. Alternate.
10. BICYCLES (of course!) Lying flat on back, knees up. Extend right leg out. Bring right elbow to left knee. Alternate. 

THE TUNES

As a former DJ, Stacey Griffith’s classes are known to be full on jam sessions. So to inspire you all at home, here are 10 super hot tracks off DJ SG’s playlist! Click to play.

1. NO RAIN / Blind Melon
2. DAYLIGHT / Maroon 5
3. 50 INCH NAILS / DJ Crazy J Rodriguez
4. CAN’T LEAVE YOU / Maceo Plex
5. FREAK / Klaas & Bodybangers
6. CLIQUE / Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean 
7. HOW MANY TIMES / Naomi 
8. JUMP / Rihanna
9. 212 / Azealia Banks
10. WIDE AWAKE / Katy Perry

HAVE FUN!

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From Surf to Street: Shop The Season’s Best Stripes!

 

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ROW 1:J.CREW Stripe Rashguard $75; DOLCE & GABBANA Miss Dolce Small Striped Canvas & Raffia Shoulder Bag $1,775; KEDS FOR OPENING CEREMONY Anchor Jersey Shoes $100; ROW 2: CRISIAN & MCCAFFREY “Kourtney” Pump $735; ADIDAS ORIGINALS Striped Windbreaker $70ROXY Sunrise Boardshorts $54; ROW 3: GAP Colorblock Striped Socks $7.95; MISSONI MARE Multi-Stripe Wide Brim Hat $205; RALPH LAUREN Kaylee Striped Jersey Dress $298; ROW 4:COMME DES GARÇONS Long Sleeve Striped Tee $110; SOLUDOS Barca Navy/White Espadrilles $36; ISABEL MARANT Cadwell striped canvas belt $80; Row 5: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND Cropped Slim Cigarette Gloss Stripe $198; HEIDI KLEIN Rhode Island striped halterneck bikini $220; BAGGU Canvas Sailor Stripe BackPack $34

 

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TYLER WARREN’S “SOAP BAR TRIO”MINI-SIMMONS INSPIRED SURFBOARDS

 

In the early 1950s, a surfer named Bob Simmons began shaping multi-finned “planing hulls” that were an evolutionary link to surfing’s Polynesian roots, but utilized the principles of modern hydrodynamic theory. Employed by Douglas Aircraft in 1952, as were Ray and Charles Eames, Simmons’ distinctive planing hulls embodied the same aesthetics of aerodynamic form that were a central element in mid-century modern design. Read More

 

Got Wood?

 

 

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Clockwise from top left: SURFTECH BEAR SURFBOARD reg.$1400 on sale at Dogfunk.com $937; BOGNER BAMBOO SKI HELMET $898SHWOOD BELMONT SUNGLASSES $145VOILE BUSTER SKI reg.$625 on sale at Backcountry.com $499SCHWINN 2012 VESTIGE URBAN BIKE $1289; ARBOR CROSS STEP LONGBOARD on sale Evo.com $116.90WEWOOD TIMEPIECES JUPITER $139OLD TOWN MOLITOR 17 CLASSIC WOOD CANOE $8,699.99NALU LUA FAUX KOA WOOD IPHONE CASE $42SLYDE BODYSURFING HANDBOARD $157

In this crazy hi-tech world in which we live, looks like we’ve gone back a bit in time with the appearance of wood as the material of choice for surfboards, ski helmets, watches, bikes, iPhone cases, and more sport and lifestyle accessories. Be it nostalgia for the products of our youth, or new products designed with that hip retro style, wood clearly has a timeless appeal that never goes out of style. Everything that’s old is new again. 

 

 

 

Tracking Devices

 

 
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There is a proliferation of sleek new digital wristwear on the market that charts your every move. These stylish tracking devices are designed to motivate by monitoring your progress, sharing your sports data with friends, and adding some entertainment to your workout. Here are 6 fun and functional wristbands and sport watches that offer a variety of performance enhancing features and look cool too.

NIKE+SPORTWATCH $169

This very stylish watch offers a host of functions including GPS tracking, average and current pace, distance, splits, elapsed time and more.  It connects directly to your computer with a built in USB and syncs with Nike software that shows you a heat map of your run, with speed, elevation, and mile times highlighted. It’s not the most comfortable on long runs, but a beautifully designed timepiece that makes you want to get out there and go.

FITBIT FLEX $99.95

Not just for running, the Fitbit Flex is one of the hot new activity trackers out there right now. Not only does it monitor all your daily activity like steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned, but hours and quality of sleep as well. Plus, FitBit automatically syncs with your smartphone. It’s slim and stylish, available in a variety of colors, and a fun wrist accessory.

NIKE FUEL BAND $149

Another fitness tracker wristband and another Nike product (there is also the Nike+SportBand) is the Nike FuelBand. Like the Fitbit Flex, the FuelBand tracks all your daily activity and converts it into NikeFuel, the metric system and social network by which fitness goals and achievements are measured.  The Nike FuelBand is available in a sophisticated palette of translucent white, charcoal and matte black, with an LED display that illuminates your progress (and the time) throughout the day.

GARMIN FORERUNNER 610 $350

Garmin is one of the most recognized names in handheld GPS devices and the Forerunner 610 is their top of the line GPS sport watch. The touchscreen lets you tap and swipe through all the prerequisite sportwatch speed and distance functions, and also includes a Virtual Partner and a Virtual Racer, as a built-in pacer and competitor. The Forerunner 610 is waterproof and shock resistant, and syncs wirelessly with your computer as well.

SOLEUS GPS 3.0 $199

The Soleus GPS 3.0 is a more basic but easy to use stylish GPS watch that tracks your speed, distance, lap and mile times. With the addition of a heart rate monitor, it is a great all around training tool at a very reasonable price.

JAWBONE UP $129

Another entry into the hot wristband activity tracker catagory is the Jawbone Up, a flexible rubber bracelet that monitors your every movement, calorie and wink of sleep. Most unique is the Idle Alert feature, which reminds you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.

 

 

Liven Up The Lap Lane

 
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NIKE SWIM REVERSIBLE $76DOLPHIN METALLICS V-2 $47SPEEDO FLASH FORWARD $76SPEEDO PRIMAL SPLASH $76ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEYTYR INFERNO CROSSFIT $75

 

While lap swimming is one of the best total body workouts, it takes some motivation to overcome the monotony of swimming back and forth in a pool. Nothing like an off-the-shoulder flaming snakeskin metallic to liven things up! Above are 6 suits guaranteed to make lap swimming a whole lot more fun and get some notice out of the water too!

 

 

Spring Training Is Now In Session

 

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Row 1: ROXY OUTDOOR FITNESS; PEAK PERFORMANCE; ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST; Row 2: NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 1; AEROSPACE; Row 3: AEROSPEED JUMP ROPE; SUPA DUPA GREEN JUICE FROM JUICE GENERATION; BARI 

 

We are almost midway through March and the first day of Spring is just about a week away! Summer will be here before you know it, but there is still plenty of time to get the body fit and looking good for all the summer fun to come. And so we begin SPRING TRAINING… a regular round up of workouts, gear, apparel, nutrition and other tools to get you ready for all that summer has in store.

THE LOOK: Why dress like a gym rat when you can go surfer style! Roxy has just launched Roxy Outdoor Fitness, a new line of  shorts, tanks, jackets, leggings and more, that combines boardsport style with the technical performance required for all your outdoor fitness pursuits.

THE SHOE: New from Adidas is the Energy Boost running shoe. It has great cushioning, is lightweight and durable. Unlike regular EVA foam, which loses its bounce in cold temperatures, the Boost foam is temperature-resistant and keeps the spring in your step under all extreme weather conditions. Meanwhile Nike has just released the Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+, which combines the unrivaled style of the Flyknit with the cushioning of the LunarGlide.

THE WORKOUT: Having had so much fun trying all the different workouts in my 31 Days Of Fitness in January, I have been back on the fitness beat, checking out some of the places I missed in the first round. I took a class at Bari a couple of weeks ago and was thrilled to see Aerobics are alive and well. What everybody now calls “Dance Cardio”, which is very popular at gyms and studios everywhere, is very reminiscent of the aerobics classes I remember from the days of Molly Fox and Jeff Martin, studios which dominated the NYC fitness scene in the 90’s. Bari has its own unique take on the trend, with a custom system of bands suspended from the ceiling, on which arms moves are performed during the cardio workout. There are a variety other kinds of classes to choose from as well. The environment is very cheerful and its a fun place to get your sweat on. Read More

 

It’s the Fall 2013 Pret-A-Sporter Highlights!

 

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It is that post-season time when we review the collections recently debuted and round up the sportiest looks seen on the runway. Fall 2013 promises to be very “Pret-A-Sporter”. Tom Ford felt very Flyknit, we saw some “Visionquest” at Prada,  and Celine had a bit of “Flashdance”.

I now present the season’s highlights from NY, London, Milan and Paris and their sporty inspirations.

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SUP Is Up in Sayulita, Mexico

 

 
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Top Row: “MEXICAN SURF MAFIA” SURF SHOP; VILLA AMOR FLOOR; SURF CYCLE BICYCLE AT “SURF ‘N ROLL”; Row 2: LOCAL CHECKING OUT THE SURF; EVENING PADDLE SURF SESSION; “HAPPINESS” THIS WAY; Row 3: LOVE DOOR; ROXY PRO VANINA WALSH; BEADED WAVE BRACELETS; Row 4: MORE SIGNS OF HAPPINESS; CARROT CAKE AT PANINO’S; SURFBOARD RENTALS

 

Welcome to Sayulita, Mexico, and the Punta Sayulita Classic, an annual long board and Stand Up Paddle Surf Contest. Nestled in a cove on the Riviera Nayarit, about 40 minutes north of Puerta Vallarta, Sayulita has got to be the most perfect little surf town. Instead of the usual tourist t-shirt shops, the town is filled with unique surf and clothing shops, each with an irresistible selection of swim suits, board shorts, surfboards, jewelry, bags and other great accessories.

With its gentle waves and 3′ – 6′ foot year-round break, Punta Sayulita is considered one of the best places to learn Stand-Up Paddle Surfing (SUP). Board rentals and instruction are available everywhere. And after all the surfing is done, deliciousness awaits from the baked goods at Panino’s to the burritos at Burrito Revolution to the Italian food at Mangia Fuoco. As you can see by all the signs around town, its all vibrations in Sayulita!

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Going Green! It’s the color of the Month

 

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Lime, emerald, olive and pistachio… the Color Of The Month for March is GREEN. Yes, we are still in winter’s grip, but spring is just around the corner, and there will be lots of green sprouting up around us soon. So with that in mind, here is some fun, fab and sporty gear and accessories to help get a jump on things.

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Row 1: NIKE SWIM Tank $84; ADIDAS ClimaCool Boat Shoes $60; STELLA MCCARTNEY Intarsia-Knit Spot Dress $1,075; Row 2: DIPTYQUE Green Figuier Scented Candle $90; SCOTT Sub 10 Bike $1319; GARMIN Forerunner 10 GPS Fitness Monitor $130; Row 3: MANOLO BLAHNIK Bi-Color Suede Driver $495; ACNE Mape Cropped Leather Jacket $1,350; COMME DES GARCONS Small Zip-Around Leather Wallet $205; Row 4: JACK SPADE Camp Rucksack $165; NORTHFACE Large Base Camp Duffel $145; HAVIANAS Slim Flip-Flops $24

 

31 Days Of Bicycles

 

THE CALENDAR THEME FOR MARCH IS BICYCLES! Get ready for 31 days of Racing, Fixies, Cruisers, City bikes and more… it’s time to start using some pedal power!

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MAR.31: SCHWINN STINGRAY. Happy Easter everyone! On this final day of March, the last day of the 31 Days of Bicycles we wrap it up with a piece of bicycle history… the Schwinn Stingray! Introduced in 1963 and in production until 1981, the Stingray’s dramatically different design was inspired by kids in southern California who were customizing their own bikes to look like motorcycles. In 1968, Schwinn introduced the racing style Orange Krate, Apple Krateand Lemon Peeler, which with their 5-gear hot rod shifter, fork and seat suspension, racing stripe saddle and smaller front wheel became the most popular Stingrays of them all. For more of the Stingray history click HERE

MAR.30: JAMIS SONIKWith its wheel hugging aerodynamic frame and stealth black style, you’ll find out how fast you really are with the velodrome-inspired Sonik from Jamis.

MAR.29: SCOTT CONTESSA SCALE 930. This baby blue Scott womens specific mountain bike is ideal for the novice and budget conscious mountain biker. With its bigger 29″ wheels, currently the popular size in mountain biking (as compared to 26″ wheels) for providing a smoother ride, this mountain bike will cruise over any bumps the trails or streets have to offer. 

MAR.28: RETROVELO CLASSIC SERIES. From the 3 speed “Klara” and “Klaus”to the 8 speed “Paula” and “Paul”, these mens and womens sturdy yet stylish street bikes are perfect for a relaxing ride around town or through the countryside. The bikes are available in a palette of 11 such sophisticated colors as “Pigeon Blue”, “Stone Gray” and “Clay Brown”. With their wide handlebars, fat earth tone tires and Brooks saddles, the Retrovelo Classics are guaranteed to be chic and comfortable wherever you may be headed.

MAR.27: BMC IMPEC LAMBORGHINI EDITON.In honor of their 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has partnered Swiss bicycle manufacturing company BMC, to create a limited edition road bike, the Impec Lamborghini Edition. Both Lamborghini and BMC are recognized for their cutting-edge technology, beautiful designand world-class performances on the road and track. Together they have created the ultimate bicycle, limited to only 50 being produced and retailing for €25,000.

MAR.26: ELECTRA TICINO 8D. This refined hybrid bike with its upright ride, elegant frame, 8-gear Shimano shifters, and hip mustache handlebars is the perfect set of wheels for jaunting about town in comfort and style.

MAR.25: FUJI TRACK. Fuji has been making track bikes for decades, and with the popularity of fixed gear bikes have become one of the street rides of choice. The sleek carbon fiber Track 1.1 and the all steel Track Classic deliver fast rides in the velodome or on the street for those with the skills to handle it.

MAR.24: SHINOLA BIXBY. From the very hip Detroit based company Shinola, makers of limited edition watches, bicycles, and leather journals, comes The Bixby, a refined urban cruiser bike. Offered in both a classic men’s and women’s design, the American-made steel frame and fork are designed for comfort, utility and smooth city riding. 

MAR. 23: MARTONE CYCLING CO. The Martone Cycling Co. is a brand new fashion and design inspired bicycle company founded by Lorenzo Martone. Nicknamed MCC, the company has created a city bike for the very style conscious urbanite seeking beauty and performance for their ride around town. One distinctive monochromatic frame is available in both a mens and womens model, and comes in 5 chic colors of red, white, silver, black and gold. All are accessorized with a fashionable red chain (perhaps a bit of a wink to a certain red soled shoe designer) and very functional basket is integrated into the handlebars. The bikes are powered by an automatically adjusting duomatic gear system, allowing the cyclist to focus on looking their best wherever they may be riding. 

MAR.22: CINELLI BOOTLEG MYSTIC RAT BIANCA. From one of the legendary Italian cycling brands comes this chic all white Fixie, one of the Cinelli Bootleg series of urban bikes. It available with a handbrake for the less extreme urban cyclist. This is a bike that is sure to turn heads! Read More

 

“Oscar Sunday” Night At The Sport Flicks

 

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Its Oscar Sunday and time for another installment of “Sunday Night At The Sports Flicks”. While the obvious choice would have been to go with only Oscar winning sport movies, there would have been quite a few boxing films in the mix, so for variety’s sake I decided to open it up to Oscar nominated films as well. For a fun trivia question, what are the three sports films to win Best Picture? Answer is at the bottom of the post. As always, click the image for movie preview.

Directed by Martin Scorcese, Raging Bull is the based on the rise and fall, life story of 1940’s middleweight champion, Jake LaMotta, a self-destructive boxer played by Robert DeNiro in his Academy Award winning role. The film launched the Hollywood careers of Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, who also received Oscar nominations. DeNiro famously gained 60 pounds for the role to accurately portray LaMotta in his later years.

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BREAKING AWAY (1979)

Academy award winner for Best Screenplay and nominee for Best Picture, Breaking Away is a charming movie about four friends coming to terms with life after high school. Doomed to live in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, where the local kids are nicknamed “cutters”, a derogatory reference to their quarry working, blue-collar families, there exists a social struggle with the students of the nearby university. One of the friends is a talented cyclist, who in order to win the affections of one the college girls and emulate his cycling heroes, poses as an Italian exchange student. It is by chance an encounter with an Italian racing team that leads him and his friends to a cycling showdown with the local college boys where the true champions are victorious.

 

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CHARIOTS OF FIRE 1981

Chariots of Fire is indeed one of the three sport movies to win Best Picture. The film is the true story of two British track athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics: one is a devout Scottish missionary who runs for God; the other is Jewish and is running to escape the anti-semitism and class struggles he faces in Cambridge society. The movie’s opening sequence, set to Vangelis’s iconic theme song, is probably one of the most recognized in movie history.

 

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MONEYBALL (2011)

The most Oscar nominated sports film with six, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, Moneyball is based on the true story of Oakland A’a manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, forced to reinvent his team on a lean budget. Inspired by a young Yale grad played by Jonah Hill, Beane defies conventional baseball scouting wisdom by using a controversial method of computer generated analysis called Sabermetrics. He puts together a winning team made up of flawed and overlooked players, all of whom have an ability to get on base and score runs, outsmarting and beating the richer clubs.

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Little Sporty Spring Dresses

 

HUSSEIN CHALAYAN ~ ROLAND MOURET ~ NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
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PREEN ~ LANVIN ~ MICHEAL KORSSD2

DOLCE & GABBANA ~ DIANE VON FURSTENBERG ~ JASON WU

 

Graphic, bold, color blocked and striped, the look in dresses is very sporty this spring. Hope everybody has been keeping in shape, because its form fitting too! Need some workout ideas? Click HERE.

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Case Study

 

 
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Row 1: INCASE Dots iPhone 5 Snap Case $34.95STM Harbour $35ADOPTED Leather Wrap Case $49.95CASE MATE Colorways $25-40; Row 2: ADOPTED Iridescent Lens Case $34.95MICHAEL by Michael Kors $34.95NIXON Carded iPhone5 Case $30KNUCKLECASE $120; Row 3: UNCOMMON Classic Stripe Capsule $39.95PANTONE Case Scenario $39.95SLICKWRAPS Glow-In-The-Dark $24.95; INCIPIO Stowaway iPhone 5 Integrated Credit Card Case with Kickstand $34.99

The iPhone is one of the most beautifully designed pieces of gear in the history of electronics and I find it a shame that in order to protect this precious item, one is often forced to cover it with a case so far below its aesthetic level. Thus I went on a quest to find the most beautiful and protective iPhone cases available, with that chic and sporty style, and above is what I found. Most are iPhone 4,4s and 5 compatible.

 

The Sport and Fashion Mash-Up

 

 

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Clockwise from top left: COMMES DES GARCONS “PLAY” CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLORJEREMY SCOTT  FOR ADIDAS SUPERSTARSCOLE HAAN LUNARGRAND CHUKKA WITH NIKE AIRSUPERGA FOR THE ROW CASHMERE TENNIS SNEAKER; MILLY FOR SPERRY BOAT SHOEWOOLRICH FOR PRO-KEDS;

Burton Snowboards just announced the debut of a new outerwear collaboration with L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani for Winter 2014. The creation of capsule collections by fashion designers and labels such Jeremy Scott for Adidas, Milly for Sperry, and Commes Des Garcons “Play” for Converse are a growing trend. In both mens and womens lines, these partnerships infuse some new cool into both parties, while highlighting the respected legacy of the sport brands. The result of these all-star collaborations is a new generation of sportswear that blends tradition with modern style.

Check out the video below for another new collaboration in stores in March: H&M for Brick Lane Bikes, the UK’s first fixed-gear bike store and center of East London’s cycling scene. This men’s collection combines the function of cycling wear with great city style for both on and off the bike. Women next please!

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Tasty Little Bubbles Of Energy

 

There are hundreds of energy drinks on the market, many the equivalent of putting gasoline in your tank… literally. The energy high comes with a crashing low, that is both physically and mentally depleting. There are a number though, like E-Boost, David Kirsch’s Energy Bubbles and ZipFizz, with all natural ingredients that offer their pick-me-up power not with heart racing stimulants and chemicals, but vitamins, minerals and herbs recognized for a variety of additional health benefits. The ones I like are all individually packaged for on-the-go convenience and easily mixed with water. They are all refreshingly tasty as well!

DAVID KIRSCH ENERGY BUBBLES. From fitness and nutritional guru David Kirsch comes this effervescent orange flavored drink that provides a natural energy boost. David’s formula contains Taurine, Panax Ginseng, B6, B12 and other vitamins and nutrients to naturally energize both body and mind. It also has the special addition of chromium to help reduce body fat and build muscle.  ENERGY BUBBLES are a perfect pick me up before or during your workout, or any other time of day.

EBOOST. Available in Super Berry, Orange, Pink Lemonade and Acai Pomegranate, in the convenience of a shot or powder, EBOOST is packed with energy vitamins like C, D and B12, and super-nutrients like Green Tea, Quercetin, 5-HTP and Resveratrol, recognized for their anti-oxidant, immune and mood boosting benefits. EBOOST is sweetened with Stevia and contains no sugar, artificial flavors or colors.

ZIPFIZZ. I recently discovered this product at the Outdoor Retailer show, initially attracted by the cool packaging. ZIPFIZZ is an all-natural, great tasting drink-mix powder that delivers a revitalizing burst of energy to the body’s fuel system. Promoted as a hydrating energy drink, ZIPFIZZ is super charged with Vitamin C, B12 and potassium, among other ingredients especially beneficial for those traveling to high altitude (as I can attest having tested it out on a recent trip to Snowmass, CO). It comes in a variety of delicious flavors as well!

ACLI-MATE. Another great one for preventing high-altitude symptoms, I discovered ACLI-MATE in the very lofty ski resort of Crested Butte, CO. Available in a variety of tasty flavors, ACLI-MATE Mountain Sport drink contains the hydrating and energizing vitamins B and C, CoQ10, AND potassium, in addition to select botanicals like Rhodiola root, Schizandra berry and Ginko leaf extracts that provide a hydrating boost of energy both on and off the mountain.

EMERGEN-C. Really the original, this immune boosting blend of Vitamin C, nutrients, electrolytes and anti-oxidents, naturally replenish energy levels and enhance metabolic functions. Now available in a multitude of flavors like Tangerine, Mangosteen, Pink Lemonade and Triple Berry Blue, there is the tried and true Original Formula, in addition to Specialty blends like Multi-Vitamin and the sport specific Electro Mix.

 

“Cinelli: The Art And Design Of The Bicycle”

 

 
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Last November, Rizzoli published a beautiful book called “Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle”, an illustrated retrospective of more than sixty-five years of one of the most pioneering and influential names in bicycle design. Since Cino Cinelli began making frames in Italy in the 1940s, Cinelli has set the standards for bicycle and component design, and continues to be one of the most prominent names in the fixed gear or “Fixie” culture of custom bikes and components.

Those with no interest in cycling, it’s culture, or history, might enjoy the conversation with Cinelli president Antonio Colombo and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, which opens the book. As it turns out Smith began competitive cycling as a boy, and it was his early love of the beauty of the bicycle that was the beginning of his appreciation for design. Surprisingly Columbo, as an industrial designer, as always been inspired by fashion and design, and consisitently sought to transform the bicycle into rideable art.

The current popularity of the very hip fixed gear bike, the very chic European city bike, and very fast racing bike is as much inspired by the desire to own a bicycle as to own a beautiful thing. “Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle” takes a look at how form and function meet to create beauty in this everyday object. Read More

 

The Color Of The Month is Red!

 

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In honor of Valentines Day, the color of the month is of course RED. It makes everything smokin’ hot and adds a little spice to all your sporty gear and fashion accessories!

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Row 1: MOUNTAIN HARDWARE Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket $300; SPECIALIZED S-Works Tarmac SL4 DI2 Road Bike $12,000KAMIK Solitude Snow Boots $96.99 (sale); Row 2: NIKON Coolpix 16 Megapixel Compact Camera with 1080 HD Video $199YSL Tribtoo Embossed Leather Platform Pumps $795; SKULLCANDY Enterprise Backpack $59.99; Row 3: SWISS ARMY KNIFE SwissChamp $74.99J.CREW Triangle String Halter $44 and Low-Rise Boy Short $46CONVERSE Jack Purcell $47.99; Row 4: DOLCE & GABBANA DG6078 Sunglasses $180MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes $210; OAKLEY FR Driving Glove $135; Row 5: PATAGONIA Wavefarer Board Shorts $49; REPETTO BB Distressed Leather Ballet Flats $285; SWATCH Touch Chili $140

 

 

The Calendar: 28 Days Of Sunglasses

 

 

The calendar theme for this month is SUNGLASSES! It’s a short month and it’s going to be tough to narrow it down to 28 pairs of sunglasses, but here goes!

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FEB.28: RAY-BAN WAYFARER. Here we are at the last day of February’s 28 Days Of Sunglasses. There are still so many more shades to feature, but it seemed right to give this final selection to another iconic Ray-Ban style, the only brand to get two days this month. The Wayfarer was first introduced in 1956 and is credited with being the best selling sunglass of all time. Originally a black frame with gray lenses, there are now hundreds of styles and colors available. 

FEB.27: OLIVER PEOPLES. Since their first retail store opened in 1986 on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, Oliver Peoples has been the “it” eyewear brand. Originally selling authentic, unworn vintage frames, they were the first to bring back the retro style sunglasses that old Hollywood had made famous. Aviators, horn-rimmed, clip-ons are just a few of the iconic styles that have been evergreens in their collection, and I myself have been a loyal customer since the early 90’s! 

FEB.26: WARBY PARKER. Warby Parker has recently been in the news for having been retained by Google to design the look of their new internet glasses, and also for a recent investment by J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler in the company. Warby Parker is clearly a very successful and hip e-commerce site selling their own line of trendy but affordable eyewear, with showrooms in major US cities as well. Personally I’m loving the Griffin, Appleton, and Everett!

FEB 25: MICHAEL KORS. Lime green, magenta, orange, lavender, blue… how to pick just one color of these fab spring toned, clear framed aviators!

FEB.24: VUARNET. Created by Olympic champion, Jean Vuarnet, who won the Downhill Skiing gold medal in 1960 at Squaw Valley, CA, and renowned French optician Roger Pouilloux, who had provided the eyewear to the French Ski Federation, Vuarnet is another iconic ski and lifestyle sunglass brand. The Skilynx lens, offers maximum protection in the mountains, where the suns UV rays are intensified by the snow and altitude. The yellow/green mineral lenses with anti-glare and silver bi-shaded coatings maximize optical clarity. They make everything look warm and sunny too! 

FEB.23: OLIVER GOLDSMITHFounded in 1926 by P. Oliver Goldsmith, OG sunglasses have have been the trend defining eyewear since the 1960’s and 1970’s, when sunglasses went from eye protection to a fashion statement. The eyewear of choice by such 20th Century style icons as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn,  Peter Sellers and The Rolling Stones, in addition to the design houses of Dior and Givenchy, Oliver Goldsmith continues to create the most stylish of sunglasses. The gorgeous “Manhattan” created 1960, the cool “Karl”from 1967, the mod “Y-Not”from 1966 are just a few of the original designs still available today. Check out their vintage archive for fun too and see the original Space Visor, Butterfly and Tennis Raquet sunglasses!

FEB.22: CARRERA. Another iconic brand, Carrera has been making sunglasses and googles since 1956, but they became hot in the early 80’s with the CARRERA PORSCHE DESIGN collection. The look is still going strong and has some swagger, so get ready for stares if you want to rock these shades!
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The NFL On Instagram

 

 

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Although I am not really a big football fan, other than cheering for the home team, I have been a follower of the NFL Instagram feed all season. These little square photographs that look like poloroids, faded with filters and framed with rough borders, have been given a special vintage quality that harken back to those early Sports Illustrated days. But it is also the image itself that is different. It is not the big play that is captured but something more intimate and almost innocent, as if the NFL were a high school football game.

So with the Super Bowl just a few days away and only 2 NFL teams left on the playing field, I thought I would share some of my visual highlights from the season.

 

Best In Snow

 

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LIVE FROM THE SLOPES OF SNOWMASS, COLORADO, check out a few of the coolest things spotted on the slopes and shops round town. There are still a least a couple of months of skiing and snowboarding left in the season, plenty of time to still shop the snow!

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Clockwise from top left: BURTON ANT-SOCIAL SPLITBOARD $699.95. Hike it up, ride it down. You’ll never guess you’re on a splitboard as you float through the powder; MONTBELL U.L. DOWN JACKET $169. This insulating jacket seriously weighs less than most T-shirts. It’s a perfect insulting layer and wind resistant enough to be worn on its own; POC SYNAPSIS 2.0 Aurelien Ducroz Helmet $250. POC makes the most beautifully designed helmets, equally matched for their safety features. Utilizing POC’s Anti Penetration Barrier, the Synapsis helmet is ultra light and ultra safe with a turnring adjustment system for perfect fit. Can be worn with or without visor; ARC’TERYX STINGRAY PANT $399. These highly technical Gore-Tex insulated pants will keep you warm and dry on those deep powder days; HESTRA ALL LEATHER PRIMALOFT GLOVES $150. The brand of choice of the pros, this soft and supple warm leather glove with Primaloft insulation are perfect on the coldest winter days; ZEAL iON CAMERA GOGGLE $399. 1080p HD digital camera is integrated into the lens with an in-goggle viewfinder and 170-degree view that automatically adjusts exposure for changing light; Center: ANON FASHIONABLY LATE SUNGLASSES $109.95. From Burton Snowboards comes Anon, their technical line of goggles and stylish shades; MARMOT NEWTON HAT $44.95. When the helmet is off, this striped beenie protects your head from the other elements; MAMMUT JUNGFRAU $125. This lightweight insulated layer can be worn as base or second layer for cold days, and looks super cute on its own.

 

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

 

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The sporty girl gets dirty and when it’s time to clean up she likes her soap to leave her smelling naturally fresh. Flowers like jasmine and freesia, fruits like lemon and lime, herbs like verbena and sage are some of her favorites from nature’s scents. She appreciates nice packaging too.

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1.THREE SOAPS SPORT SOAP SET $19. Set of three triple-milled bars crafted from organic oatmeal, olive oil, shea butter and essential oils. This environmentally sensitive soap is packaged with an irresistible nostalgic sporting theme.  2. MARIO BADESCU AHA BOTANICAL BODY SOAP  $8. Enriched with fresh fruit extracts like papaya and grapefruit to exfoliate, cleanse, and leave skin feeling soft and smooth. 3.CLAUS PORTO BANHO CITRON VERBENA BATH SOAP $18. Floral verbena and a hint of citrus are blended together in this 100% natural shea butter oversized bath bar. 4.L’OCCITANE VERBENA SOAP ON A ROPE $10. This old-fashioned rope soap is delightfully scented with verbena. It hangs in the shower to dry, conveniently mess-free. 5.SABON DELICATE JASMIN SHOWER OIL $18. SLS and paraben free, this combination shower gel laced with essential oils smells great and leaves skin feeling luxuriously silky and soft.  6.FRESH FREESIA OVAL SOAP $15. This triple-milled, vegetable-based soap is enriched with moisturizing shea butter and infused with a delicious floral scent. 7.BLISS ORIGINAL BLUE BODY BAR $15. Bursting with a crisp, fresh scent this long-lasting French-milled moisturizing bar with massaging nubs delivers a lot of bath for your buck. 8.(MALIN + GOETZ)  LIME BAR SOAP $10. This foaming cleansing bar is synthesized with refreshing lime, to gently purify and balance all skin types.

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THE BESPOKE SPORTING GOODS STORE

 

 
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ROW 1: RAPHA GINGHAM  LONG SLEEVE SHIRT; SATURDAYS SURF CROSBY ST, NYC; ROW 2: VANS AT DQM; NIKE STORE 21 MERCER; PREMIERE ISSUE OF SATURDAYS MAGAZINE; ROW 3: EARLY TOUR DE FRANCE; LIMITED EDITION KAI MALIE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD AT ANTHROPOLOGIE; DQM NYC; ROW 4: PRO TEAM JACKETS AT RAPHA; HELMET FROM ADELINE ADELINE;  ADELINE ADELINE IN TRIBECA

The word “bespoke” conjures up an image of refined sophistication that one does not usually associate with skateboarding, surfing and cycling, but there is a whole new generation of hip and posh sporting goods stores that fit this description. In lower Manhattan, the surf shop SATURDAYS, skate shop DQM, Nike store 21 MERCER, and bicycle store ADELINE ADELINE have all opened in the last few years designed with a cool and minimal aesthetic. In addition, there are online stores like RAPHA, which design and carry retro cycling apparel and sportswear reminiscent of the early days of the Tour de France. Even clothing stores like Antropologie are following suit carrying a limited edition Kai Malie stand-up paddleboard and Van Heesch Copper Bicycle that patinas with age. Below are a few of my favorite “Bespoke” sporting goods stores. I am NYC based but love to hear about others in the US and abroad!

ADELINE ADELINE.Located in Tribeca, NYC, this very bespoke bicycle boutique sells only the most beautifully designed city bikes and accessories in the tradition of those seen on streets of Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and the English countryside. The store has a refined Scandinavian aesthetic that showcases these two wheeled works of art, in addition to a selection of helmets, bags and other accessories perfectly curated to compliment the bicycles they sell.

NIKE 21 MERCER. Tucked away in the middle of Soho, its hard to imagine this understated boutique is actually Nike store. 21 Mercer carries a specialized and hard-to find selection of Nike footwear and apparel, curated to appeal more to the design and fashion oriented customer than the athlete. 21 Mercer is home to the exclusive Nike Bespoke program, where customers can design their sneakers from scratch with almost unlimited design elements during a NIKEiD customization session. The boutique also carries limited edition pieces from the brand’s NSW line, a collection of refined and sophisticated off-field apparel.

SATURDAYS SURF NYC. In 2009, Saturdays opened its flagship store in SoHo as New York’s premier downtown surf shop. Carrying not just surf gear and apparel, but books, fine art and other accessories, Saturdays represents the lifestyle of the urban surfer. The clean open design, espresso bar, and garden patio in back have established it as much as a hang out destination as a store. Saturdays now designs and produces its own menswear line designed to appeal to the surfer and hipster alike. There are also addional stores in the West Village and Tokyo.

RAPHA PERFORMANCE ROADWEAR. Rapha Performance Roadwear is a premium sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories. It is an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories, publications and events, all celebrating the glory, culture and history of road riding.

DQM. When DQM first opened in 2003, on a nondescript street in Manhattan’s Bowery district, it had just twenty styles of sneakers, a few skateboards and five styles of house brand t-shirts. Founded by professional skateboarder Chris Keeffe, born and raised in New York City, DQM quickly found the support of the neighborhood and the downtown scene. Remaining true to its roots in skateboarding, DQM has grown to become one of New York’s premiere location for sneakers, menswear and skate goods, as well as a fully-fledged brand in its own right, with clothing and accessories sold in select locations around the world. In 2011, DQM opened its second store, The General, in partnership with Vans, in a landmark building in SoHo district, bringing one the most impressive collections of Vans to the East Coast.

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Life’s a Beach and Then You Bodysurf

 
 
Spreads from “THE PLIGHT OF THE TORPEDO PEOPLE” by Keith Malloy (top) & “LIFE’S A BEACH” by Martin Parr
 
 

I received my Artbook / D.A.P. spring catalogue this week and in it were two books on a spread: Keith Malloy’s The Plight of the Torpedo People and Martin Parr’s Life’s a Beach. I’m not sure if the intent was to show the two extremes of a day at the beach but I loved the juxtaposition.

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The Plight of the Torpedo People by Keith Malloy is a collection of photographs, frame grabs and personal essays documenting the making of his first film, “Come Hell or Highwater”, about the sport of bodysurfing. While Malloy is most widely known as a surfer, his exploration into the world of bodysurfing began some 10 years ago in a quest to reconnect with the ocean. “Come Hell or High Water” looks at the history, culture and beauty of the sport of bodysurfing, alongside the purity of experience that is riding a wave.

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8 For The Road: Cycling Shoes to Go

 

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Spinning, triathlons and road riding are all extremely popular at the moment, and chances are you are participating in at least one of these activities. If so, you are in need of a good cycling shoe. Now as we are talking about shoes here, you want them to be kinda fab. In sports however, performance is key. What is most critical in a cycling shoe is that they be lightweight for efficiency, have a stiff sole for power, good ventilation, and adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit. Above I present 8 that have it all and are pretty hot looking too. So yes, you can have your cake and eat it too, as long as you keep riding!

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Row 1: MAVIC ZXELLIUM Road Shoes $149.99 (on sale)SHIMANO SH-R191 Road Shoes $229; Row 2: NORTHWAVE FIGHTER SBS Road Shoes $79 (on sale); DIADORA AEROSPEED 2 $99.99 (on sale); Row 3: GIRO FACET TRI $200SIDI GENIUS 5 Pro Carbon Road Shoes $239.99; Row 4: PEARL IZUMI PRO LEADER Road Shoes $269.99; LOUIS GARNEAU FUTURA XR Road Shoes $179.99

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Gabby Reece talks to SoulCycle’s Stacey Griffith

 

Left: Courtesy of Gabby Reece;  Right: Debby Hymowitz

I STARTED GOING to SoulCycle about four years ago, beaten up and kind of broken by my first NYC Marathon. Unable to run, having finished with a stress fracture in my femur, I was looking for a replacement to give me those running endorphins and keep my marathon physique. I’d heard the buzz about SoulCycle, but really the only thing I cared about in a spinning class was good music played loud–which was surprisingly hard to find in NYC. Give me that and I could pedal forever.

Conveniently, SoulCycle had just opened on the Upper East Side in Manhattan near my house and so off I went to my first class. What I found was much more than I expected. It had the hip vibe of a cool club, but one where everybody was welcome. The whole look of the place– the candles burning in the spinning rooms, inspirational graphics on the wall, the cheerful albeit insanely crowded waiting area–drew me in. The teacher, who didn’t even know me, called out my name in class, and I instantly felt like a regular. Yes, there was great music, but there was other motivation too. There was a roomful of people having fun, and I was hooked.

It wasn’t until about a year ago that everything really started to change. Stacey Griffth, one of the founding SoulCycle instructors, began teaching a regular 7:30 am class, a perfect time for my schedule. Beaten up by my second NYC Marathon, and again desperate to keep that runners high and body, I started going about three times a week. I knew of Stacey’s cult-like following, and her classes were legendary. Getting in was tough. Class sign-up for the week opened Monday at noon, and her classes were usually sold out by 12:01. Read More