The SOS Gift Guide Goes Outdoors

 

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Our Gift Of Sport guide keeps giving this holiday season with great ideas for that nature loving, trail seeking, mountain climbing, snow shredding, cabin chilling, canoe paddling and all around outdoor junkie.

ROW 1: PENFIELD ROCKWOOD DOWN JACKET $300. This cozy 70’s style down jacket is constructed with classic ripstop nylon, suede shoulder yokes and a soft shearling collar for extra warmth. SPECIALIZED FATBOY MOUNTAIN BIKE $2100. Roll through any terrain and conditions including snow this winter, with this extra fat tire mountain bike. It’s built for fun on the trails!

ROW 2: BURTON THROWBACK SNOWBOARD $119.95. Kicking it back to 1981 with the Burton Backhill, the original snowboard manufactured by Burton Snowboards is now available again. SHINOLA RUNWELL SPORT WATCH $625. Detroit-built and hand assembled, The Runwell Sport features a sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova printed dial details, Argonite 715 high-accuracy quartz movement, and a solid stainless steel case with screw down crown and a date indicator. MAVEN CUSTON BINOCULARS $500-$1000. Build your own custom binoculars by choosing shape, finish, lens ring colors, magnification and more. TOMMY HILFIGER FURRY TRAPPER HAT $79. This furry trapper style hat will keep you warm, toasty and looking cute with its cable knit and warm fleece lining.

ROW 3: JULBO LIMITED EDITION VERMONT MYTHIC SUNGLASSES $260. Now in a chic white limited edition, these classic glacier glasses feature the traditional round lens mountaineering frame, leather nose piece and leather side shields that provide serious high-altitude eye protection and look great at any elevation.

ROW 4: POLER ONE AND TWO MAN TENTS $180 & 250. This floral patterned tent easily assembles into a spacious outdoor domain with 3000mm waterproof coating to ensure a dry night. An eye shaped window allows for star gazing. SHAW AND TENNEY CANOE CHAIR $399. Designed to provide an extra seat in a canoe, this elegant little chair can be used anywhere and is of heirloom quality furniture construction made to stand the test of time. Read More

 

Black Friday Is Black

 

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Today is Black Friday. No really it is, because in honor of our national shopping holiday, we are featuring the most fab sport gear and apparel that is black. Unfortunately it is not on sale, but with such badass stealth style, you may not be able to resist these selections, even at full price.

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: RIZOMA METROPOLITAN BIKE $4700. From internationally renowned motorcycle company Rizoma comes this head turning carbon fiber and billet aluminum bicycle. Revolutionary in its design and aesthetic, it is as light as it is gorgeous, and can be ridden single speed or fixed gear. ARC’TERYX ATOM LT HOODY $229. Ideal as a stand-alone piece in fair weather, or as a layering piece in cold conditions, this jacket is designed as an active use insulation layer, providing vital core warmth with liberal mobility and breathability. ADIDAS MIKA LUMI SNOWBOARD BOOTS $200. These black snowboard boots have a sophisticated street style but are built to take on any slope. They are made from full grain leather with a women’s-specific fit, and feature a molded tongue, dual zone speed lacing system and soft EVA outsole.

SUGOI RSE SUBZERO GLOVE $70. For all you diehard winter cyclists, this windproof thermal glove offers the protection you need for extreme weather rides. They feature a Thinsulate liner, pre-curved ergonomic fit, and full finger design for easy braking and shifting. FABER NORTH HIKER SNOWSHOES $92.95. These light and sturdy snowshoes are designed for a variety of terrain and conditions, and with their easy access, secure fit binding system, they are made for fun in the snow. NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS FLASH $115. One of the most popular running shoes in Nike history, this Pegasus is the quickest and most responsive yet, and feature reflective visibility and weather protection for the dark winter months. VOLKL V-WERKS KATANA $1099. One of the most technologically advanced skis, Volkl’s V-Werks has now added a big mountain ski to the collection. Constructed with a wood core and carbon exterior, the performance of this lightweight ski is enhanced by its thin profile and full rocker for big beautiful all mountain turns that float though powder and carve up the groomers.

CENTER: OAKLEY CANOPY SNOW $180. The expanded lens volume and low-profile frame design of the Canopy provides a wide-open view with maximized peripheral and downward vision. The razor-sharp optics filters out 100% of all UV, and the dual vented lens architecture combined with F3 anti-fog coating, keeps sight lines clear. RIP CURL SEARCH GPS SURF WATCH $400. For you serious surfers, now you can track your surf, register your top speed and distance, and rack up your wave count in each session. Sync your data to the Rip Curl SearchGPS App or website to re-live your surf with location maps, image sharing and graphic charts which showcase each session. ELIZABETH ROBERTS QUILTED VEST $295. A great layering piece, this thin fitted vest skims the body with a subtle quilting pattern, nipped-in waist and belt detailing at the back. It features a proprietary SMARTSHIELD™ pocket technology and is made with imported Schoeller performance fabric, which is water, oil, and stain repellent.  

 

The SOS Gift Guides: For The Cyclist

 

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The week by week, sport by sport,  STYLE OF SPORT Holiday Gift Guides continue this week with great ideas for that cyclist in your life. Whether they ride for transportation, fitness, fun, or just like cool stuff, we’ve got the gear every rider will be asking for this holiday season.

ROW 1: SIDI WIRE CYCLING SHOES $499. Top of the line, the new Wire is the choice of WorldTour athletes and pros everywhere. The Tecno 3 closure system provides even pressure across the entire foot for ultimate comfort and pedaling efficiency. Micro-ratcheting buckles allow easy one-click adjustment in either direction, for simple fine-tuning on the go. BUDNITZ NO.1 DISASSEMBLED PRINT $100. From one of our favorite bike companies, Budnitz, makers of some of the most uniquely beautiful bikes, comes this high-quality Giclée archival print of their No.1 Titanium bicycle disassembled.

ROW 2: RAPHA MERINO BRETON $170 From the sophisticated cyclist’s favorite brand Rapha, comes their Merino interpretation of the iconic Breton sweater. BROOKS VICTORIA SADDLE HANDBAG 160€. Originally conceived as a stylish saddle cover with incorporated saddle bag, the Victoria is also a whimsical handbag in the iconic saddle shape. CRANK BROTHERS STERLING SG PUMP $44.99. This sleek alloy mini pump is big on function as well as style. It features a high pressure air switch and gauge, and is compatible with both schrader and presta valves. MOVADO PARLEE CHRONOGRAPH $7500. Inspired by their ultra racing bikes, this 46mm automatic chronograph watch incorporates 250 layers of unidirectional carbon fiber, the super-lightweight bike frame material refined by Parlee Cycles. The edition is limited to 250 individually numbered pieces with a choice of 4 dial accent colors: blue, white, green or orange.

ROW 3: LAZER STREET DLX URBAN LUXURY HELMET $59. Heads will turn in this wood finished bike helmet! It features leather straps and metal strap dividers to complete the unique look, along with 16 vents will keep you cool while riding with such style. GIRO XEN GLOVES $40. Lightweight but durable this all-day mountain bike glove is engineered for fit, comfort and protection, and features touchscreen technology in the fingertips. Crash pads wrap around the palm onto the lateral edge of the hand for added cushioning in the event of a fall. SONY POV ACTION CAM $349. While we all know the GoPro, this palm size Sony POV camcorder is a cool competitor, and boasts a host of features inside its tough waterproof exterior. For cycling or any action sport, SteadyShot™ image stabilization conquers bumps and blur, and up to 5 cameras can be controlled with Live-View Remote via your phone. With 5 video modes including 1080/60p and 2x slow motion, it also captures amazing high quality 11.9MP still images in photo mode. Read More

 

The Apres-Snow Boot

 

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Temps are dropping and it’s time to get warmed up for the months to come with a new winter snowboot. Our favorites for the season are plush but rugged, warm but stylish, and ready to take on the elements. With that fab apres-ski style of sheepskin and rustic suedes, shearling trim and interiors, wrap around and criss-cross lace-ups, your feet will be looking good and feeling toasty all winter long.

ROW 1: TORY BURCH BOUGHTON SHEARLING LINED SUEDE BOOTS $295; PRADA LINEA ROSSA FURRY FOLD-OVER ANKLE BOOT $790; EMU DALEY LO HANDCRAFTED TOGGLE SHEEPSKIN BOOT $179; ROW 2: SOREL TIVOLI II WATERPROOF SUEDE BOOT $120; HI-TEC ST.MORTIZ WATERPROOF INSULATED SNOWBOOT $120; TECNICA MOONBOOT BUTTER $149; ROW 3: THE NORTH FACE SISQUE NORDIC INSPIRED SNOWBOOT $150; UGG ORELLEN INSULATED SHEEPSKIN SNOWBOOT $189; ECCO SPORT TRACE ZIP WOOL BOOT $200

 

Tis’ The Ski Season: The Snow Gift Guide

 

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Winter has come early with a dip from that crazy Poler Vortex. For those who love winter sports, it’s never too early and if you’re wondering what to get that skier, snowboarder and snow lover in your life for the holidays, here are a few of our favorite things. These bright and colorful jackets, sweaters, boots, googles, skis and more are made for fun in the snow and are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your snowy someone come holiday time! This is part 1 of our Style of Sport Gift Guides with lots more sports to come!

LEFT COLUMN: PERFECT MOMENT SUPER DAY JACKET $490. This 700 fill water resistant down jacket has all the warmth you need and the style you want for those coldest days on the slopes. SWEATY BETTY AMAZING KNITTED HEADBAND $65. This fleece lined jacquard knit headband has an ergonomic design to keep ears snug and warm on the slopes and off. BOGNER ZIP SHIRT ALINE $339. It’s high altitude style with this zip pullover featuring a fun heli-skiing print. Made from Techno Jersey, it offers moisture wicking properties, as well as protection from the cold and UV rays. HESTRA HENRIK PRO MODEL MITT $180. This top of the line cowhide mitten has a quilted, retro style pattern on outside with super warm thermolite insulation on the inside.

MIDDLE COLUMN: POC FORNIX COMMUNICATION $240. The award-winning Fornix helmet is now offered with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones built into the neckroll. With the remote control, compatible with most smart phones, it’s easy to take calls, switch tunes and adjust volume right with the touch of your thumb. SCOTT “THE SKI” $699. It’s back! First introduced in the late 70’s and the hot freestyle ski into the 80’s, “The Ski” has been redesigned as an all terrain performer with 3D Sidecut and a Pro-Tip Rocker profile.

RIGHT COLUMN: MOONBOOT VINYL $120. Another 70’s ski style classic, The Moonboot is now available in a wild array of retro style and colors, and shown here is an eye-popping acid green vinyl. SPY OPTICS BRAVO $184.95. The Bravo is a midsize low profile goggle featuring Lock Steady™ technology, Spy’s signature super fast and fingerprint free lens change system. Anti-scratch and anti-fog, a free mirrored bonus lens is included. AIMO RICHLY CARDIGAN $690. This perfect apres-ski cardigan is hand-loomed from a luxurious blend of wool and angora, and features a fun retro style mountain graphic. FIMBULVETR SNOWSHOES $350. From Norway comes the ultimate reinvention of the snowshoe. Stronger, lighter, more durable and ergonomic, these snowshoes will have everyone wishing for a snow day!

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Military Style

 
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In celebration of its 55th anniversary, American outerwear brand, Alpha Industries, has launched a capsule collection featuring the iconic styles that have defined this military brand’s heritage. A look back at this company seems fitting on this Veterans Day.

Founded in 1959 by Samuel Gelber, who had a lease on factory space and skilled workers ready to go, Alpha Industries was subcontracted by the U.S Department of Defense to manufacture the MA-1 flight jacket. The MA-1 had a 100% wool knit collar, discarding the mouton fur collar of its predecessor, the B-15, as it interfered with the parachute harness worn by aviators. An Indian Orange lining was later added so that if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal rescue personnel. The N-3B parka soon followed, and was the first jacket for which Alpha was awarded a contract to manufacture by the U.S. Department of Defense. Commonly known as the snorkel coat, it is distinctive for its funnel shaped fur trimmed hood.

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 B-15 55TH ANNIVERSARY FLIGHT JACKET; WOMENS MA-1 FLIGHT JACKET

In its 55 years, Alpha Industries has evolved from exclusively supplying the U.S. Department of Defense with outerwear products, to becoming the most recognized military-inspired fashion lifestyle brand. While this capsule collection features mainly mens products, most of the iconic styles are also available for women including, the classic MA-1 Flight Jacket.

 

Cap Off The Chill

 

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With temperatures dropping, a toasty little beenie will warm things right up. It’s said we lose half our body heat through our head, so put a lid on it with one of these bright and colorful knit caps. In town, on the slopes, at the lodge, or by the fire, these cheerful hats will have you smiling through the cold.

ROW 1: HELLY HANSEN SKAGEN STRIPE WOOL BLEND BEANIE $30; THE NORTH FACE SKI TUKE $40; PAUL SMITH RIB-KNIT POM POM HAT $125; ROW 2: MONCLER BASKETWEAVE KNIT BEANIE $170; EUGENIA KIM MAGRITTE ALPACA BEENIE $215; BURTON DREAMCATCHER BEANIE $34.95; ROW 3: WOMMELSDORFF FEI CASHMERE BEANIE $320; DAKINE COLLEEN BEANIE $20; POLO KNIT BEANIE $48; ROW 4: PATAGONIA POWDER TOWN BEANIE $39ADIDAS XLT BALLIE HAT $26MARMOT DENICE FLEECE LINED HAT $30

 

Alexander Wang x H&M

 

 
Crashing the H&M site as we speak is the much anticipated Alexander Wang collection for H&M! This collection for both men and women of leggings, jackets, sweatshirts, parkas, crop tops, sport bras, socks and even swim goggles and boxing gloves is as sporty as high fashion gets. Words like “breathable” are being used in the same descriptive sentence as “jacquard knit”! So Sprint, don’t jog, to H&M now, because these fab pieces won’t be there long!

 

The 26.2 Miles of the NYC Marathon

 
CLAUDIA ON THE QUEENSBORO BRIDGE AT MILE 15

Photograph by one of New York City’s Finest Police Officers, who also art directed the shot!

Ever wonder what it’s like to run the NYC Marathon? With a bum hip but a strong heart, I decided to forget about time this year and just have some fun along the way. Snapping instagrams at every mile, here is a peek at the 5 boroughs, from start to finish, through one runners eyes! Click images below for enlarged view.

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ROW 1: Left: It was cold and blustery at the start with wind gusts up to 30 MPH! I could only imagine what it was going to feel like on the bridge. Center: You learn to love those Porta Potties and frankly they were the warmest spot at the start! Right: After 3 marathons, finally I’m on the upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The wind is crazy but it’s gorgeous up here!

ROW 2: Left: Festive and colorful garb hitting Mile 1. Only 25 more to go! Center: Mile 3, Brooklyn. The beginning of the long stretch of 4th Ave which takes you to mile 8. Right: A marathon selfie at mile 5!

ROW 3: Left: Piles of discarded Poland Spring and Gatorade cups at the Mile 6 watering station. Center: Just one of the funny, motivating and RANDOM signs at mile 7 made by the enthusiastic crowds who line the streets to cheer us on. Right: Finally a new street! Making a right on to Lafayette at Mile 8.

ROW 4: Left: Mile 13. Halfway there on the Pulaski Bridge that takes us from Brooklyn into Queens. Time for a new borough! Center: Heading up the Queensboro Bridge. Manhattan here I come! Right: Phone died after Mile 15, but here I am at Mile 23 with my family and friends. 3 miles to go! The highlights in between are the roar of the crowd as you run up First Ave and finally hitting mile 20 in the Bronx. The finish line is in your grasp now.

ROW 5: Left: My SoulCycle running mates and sub 4 hour marathoners, Melissa Iorio and Sheila Barrett, at the finish. Center: The walking wounded and the long trudge home. It’s nearly impossible to get back to the East Side of Manhattan. The streets are closed, there is not a taxi in sight, and Uber is charging “Surge” rates which I refuse to pay no matter how tired I am! Right: Home sweet home! Well, my friends The Greenbergs, who luckily live on the West Side, for a insanely delicious post marathon dinner! I have now walked another mile since I crossed the finish line. ~CL

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