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

 
LEFT SOLE: NEW BALANCE MINIMUS HI-REZ; RIGHT SOLE: ADIDAS CLIMACOOL AERATE 2.0; TOP RIGHT: SAUCONY VIRRATA (SHOWN IN FLEX); BOTTOM RIGHT: NIKE FREE 5.0 (SHOWN IN FLEX)

 

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

 
 

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