Camo-Claus

 

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From sea to snow, Camo is in season for the Holidays!

Blend in and standout with this collection of sporty favorites.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: FAITH CONNEXION CAMO INTARSIA SWEATER $800 now $288! A bold camouflage pattern is knit with delicate mohair blend yarns in this oversized street-chic sweater.

OAKLEY WINDJACKET 2.0 SUNGLASSES $150. The Oakley Windjacket combines sunglasses and goggles in a cool hybrid that features the best of both in performance and style. Shown here with a Camo frame, the Prizm Snow lens enhances contrast in a wide range of light. Removable triple-layer face foam and strap provides added wind protection and keeps sunglasses secure on the slopes.

ALTERNATIVE ECO-FLEECE JOGGER PANT $58. To and from the gym, running around, or just relaxing at home, you’ll be living in these super soft and cozy camo sweats all season long. Check out the entire Alternative Camo Collection too! Read More

 

A Yogi’s Journey

 

AMANDA MURDOCK, DECEMBER 2017

I belong to Pure Yoga in NYC, a popular members-only yoga studio on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. There is one on the Upper West Side as well. As I have discussed before on STYLE of SPORT, I really don’t like yoga, but force myself to go as a counterpart to all the running and spinning I do. Like any fitness class you take, it’s about finding an instructor you like, and one of the first yoga teachers I found at Pure, whose class enjoyed, was Amanda Murdock. For me, that’s saying a lot.

I first took Amanda’s class back in 2013 during my annual 31 Days of Fitness feature. I remember thinking then that she was very skinny. With a ballerina’s physique and muscle definition, my assumption was she was or had been a dancer. I didn’t presume the other explanation. It was only a couple of years ago, when I noticed her body started to change and become much healthier looking, that I wondered if she might have had an eating disorder. The Pure community is fairly tight knit, and when I asked another instructor, a friend of both of ours, she told me that had been the case.

Amanda has gone from about 90lbs. to 120lbs. since I have been a member of Pure. As a fitness instructor Amanda’s transformation has been very public. I started thinking about what it must be like to have a classroom of eyes staring at you every day — going through such a challenging and emotional journey while on display. I wanted to know her story and tell her story. Although Amanda and I were friendly, our only contact was in class, and I was very hesitant to ask her about something so personal. Read More

 

Move Over Almond, There’s a New Milk in Town!

 

 

ILLUSTRATION BY FERDINAND VAN ALPHEN

 
It used to be if you were looking for an alternative to cow’s milk, your only option was soy milk. It was the first non-dairy milk to go mainstream, popping up in grocery stores and soy lattes everywhere. Soy milk fell out of favor, however, for the digestive and allergen issues it caused some people, and rice milk became the popular alternative. Almond milk soon took its place, and has held court as the nut milk of choice for a few years.

Walk into a health food store or your local hipster coffee house these days, and you’ll find a plethora of plant-based milk alternatives, from cashew to coconut, oat to hemp, and more – each claiming to be the best alternative to the alternatives, and leaving us to wonder which one we should drinking.

Plant-based nut and grain milks vary in their macronutrient composition (protein, carbohydrate and fat), and also in the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they contain. Each have their pros and cons, and for many it comes down to personal preferences – taste, consistency, and dietary needs. For me, it’s which one makes my coffee the creamiest, and is the color closest to cow’s milk. The good news is on that front there are a number of options available in a barista or coffee creamer blend. Read More

 

The SOS Gift Guides: Fit, Fab, Fun!

 

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FOR THAT SPECIAL SWEATY SOMEONE,

IT’S OUR FAVORITE FITNESS GIFTS OF THE SEASON!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: PELOTON BIKE $1995. The Peloton Bike has revolutionized the stationary bicycle, delivering an at-home workout as strenuous as what you’d get in a SoulCycle class. This state of the art indoor bicycle features a gorgeous tablet monitor with classes available to be live streamed or downloaded anytime. For those who like the convenience of working out at home, it’s like having a cycling class come to you!

TORY SPORT RUNNERS TOTE $148. Designed to carry all your workout essentials, and organized with multifunctional mesh pockets, this lightweight metallic nylon tote has such playful style it need not be for the gym only!

KT TAPE PRO STRIPS $19.99. For injury treatment and prevention, Kinesiology Tape is designed to reduce pain and inflammation, while supporting muscles in movement. KT Tape Pro Strips offer the convenience and easy application of pre-cut strips, in all sorts of fun colors. Unlike traditional sports tape, KT Tape is non-restrictive and allows for full range of motion,  and will stay in place through the most demanding workouts. This editor been using it to rehab her own hamstring strain! Read More

 

The SOS Gift Guides: Run, Bike, Swim!

 

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RUN, BIKE, SWIM… FOR THE ATHLETE WHO DOES IT ALL, BUT NOT NECESSARILY ALL THREE, HERE ARE A FEW GREAT GIFT IDEAS THAT EVEN YOUR HARDCORE TRIATHLETE WILL LOVE! 

 
ROW 1: SPECIALIZED CIRRUS EXPERT CARBON $1850. Shown here in the women’s model, the Sirrus Expert Carbon is designed for both performance training and the everyday commute. With a lightweight carbon fiber construction, its geometry delivers comfort and efficiency along with the speed and responsiveness to hit your fitness goals hard. The all-new suspension system provides a smooth ride and hydraulic disc brakes ensure reliable control through any terrain or conditions. 

NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 9 $120. The Nike Zoom Elite 9 is a lightweight everyday trainer with a racing flat feel that packs a lot of responsive cushioning into its 8.2 ounces. The shoe features a lightweight mesh construction with a form fitting upper, and delivers a snappy, smooth ride on both short tempo and longer distance runs.

ROW 2: POLAR M430 RUNNING WATCH $229.95. The new Polar M430 is the ultimate running watch integrating state-of-the-art metrics, advanced GPS, and strap-free heart rate technology. The M430 harnesses the latest in GPS and accelerometer technology to track speed, distance, pace and with interactive smart coaching and 24/7 activity tracking that monitors both movement and sleep. Choose from four different targets, 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, and get a training plan that fits your goals right there on your wrist.
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The SOS Gift Guides: The Great Outdoors

 

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SURF, SNOW, AND TRAIL… FOR THAT NATURE LOVING OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST, HERE ARE A FEW GIFT IDEAS THEY’LL LOVE AS MUCH AT HOME AS IN THE WILDERNESS!

 
LEFT COLUMN: THE NORTH FACE MEN’S CAMPSHIRE PULLOVER HOODIE $149. Get cozy indoors and stay warm outdoors in this plush sherpa fleece hoodie. Front kangaroo pocket features secure-zip top entry and hand warmer side pockets.

YETI ROADIE COOLER $200. Hard to believe that a cooler has become such an object of desire that it warranted a recent feature in The New York Times, but Yeti coolers did just that. Pricey, but noted for their ability to famously keep products cold for days, the Roadie is the baby of the bunch, holding up to 20 cans or bottles of your favorite beverages. A wide range of sizes and prices go up from there, but for those who love the great outdoors — and a tailgater too — this is the ultimate cooler.

LEATHERMAN SKELETOOL RX MULTI-TOOL $84.95. This lightweight, compact, pocket multi-tool packs all your essential functions into a slim and lightweight profile: a serrated knife, wire cutters, needlenose and regular pliers, large bit driver, and bottle opener. Integrated carabiner clips it on to any bag or belt loop for easy and convenient carry. Read More

 

The SOS Gift Guides: Ski & Snowboard

 

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OUR SOS GIFT GUIDES KICK OFF WITH THE MUST HAVE

GIFTS ON EVERY SKIER, SNOWBOARDER, AND SNOW LOVERS

WISH LIST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

 

LEFT COLUMN: BOGNER COOL SKI HELMET $659. While protecting that noggin, you gotta have a ski helmet that looks cool too. This aptly named helmet from Bogner does just that, making a bold statement on the slopes while increasing safety with its high visibility. Constructed from a weather-resistant, coated synthetic leather, in a bright watermelon color, this helmet is for the skier who’s not afraid of a little attention.

VUARNET ICE SUNGLASSES $330. New from Vuarnet is the Ice collection that blends the technical features of the iconic Glacier model with distinctly urban aesthetics. Featuring the ultimate high-altitude eye protection and clarity for which Vuarnet is known on the slopes, the Ice looks great off piste as well in a range of stylish color combinations.

BURTON STEP-ON BOOT & BINDINGS $549-649. Forget sitting on the snow and strapping in, new from Burton this season is the revolutionary Burton Step On™ boot and binding system. Combining a traditional snowboard binding for the first time, with click-in convenience and outstanding performance, simply step on and go shred the slopes, anywhere the mountain takes you.
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A Simpler Time

 

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While smart watches may be loaded with endless functions, the design and simplicity of a classic analog watch can’t be beat. These six field and military inspired timepieces won’t answer the phone, but they harken back to a day when all we needed to watch to do was to tell time us the time… and do it beautifully.

These six won’t break the bank either.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: TECHNE MERLIN 296 STAINLESS STEEL AND WEBBING WATCH $235. The Merlin 296 was inspired by military timepieces from World War II and based on a British Ministry of Defence design. Engineered with precise Japanese quartz movement and encased in stainless steel, it has luminous markers and oversized Arabic numerals for legibility. 

WERENBACH MODELL 5 $1500. Every Werenbach is made from real space-traveled rocket material. This dial was cut from the exterior cladding of the rocket engine, and in its original condition, so no two watches are the same. The Launch Sequencer scale shows the three stages en route to orbit, with time, altitude and rocket stages I, II and III displayed on the watch.

TIMEX + TODD SNYDER MILITARY WATCH $138. From the Timex collection by designer Todd Snyder, this classic time piece has been reinterpreted with a modern sophistication. Inspired by 1970s military watches, this fresh style features vintage dial artwork based on rare pieces from the Timex archive, updated with a contemporary case and strap detailing for a stylish look.
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