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My Soccer Ball is Smarter Than Your Honor Student
Kick the Adidas miCoach Smart Ball and your phone will record its speed, spin, point of impact and trajectory. It’s amazingly fun, but is it worth $299? We tested it to find out.
Upgrade Your Skivvies
Made from lightweight, wicking, breathable fabrics like merino wool, polypropylene and a host of proprietary fabrics, sports underwear designed for active guys keeps you cool and dry without bunching up when you move.
It's a Type III for the Type B
The Karmann Ghia Type 34 is a rare car that oozes cool from its tall front windshield, simple greenhouse, gorgeous flat body and a wraparound crease that stretches all the way from the curved nose to the tail. This also places a burden on its driver, who needs to look like a distinguished gentleman to match his distinguished car. We’ve gathered the right kit for your outings in this crisp German coupe.
Today in gear: Tabasco’s subtle Sriracha launch, Mini’s Superleggera Vision, a smart soccer ball from adidas, a swinging love seat inspired by hot rod culture, Everlane’s first piece of outerwear and LG’s latest G3 flagship complete with laser autofocus.
Fitness to Go
Whatever your style, these are the best bags for being shoved into a locker while you and fitness meet up for a hot, sweaty tryst.
Today in gear we examine Sony’s revealed RX100 III, the adidas battle pack collection, Alton Brown’s upcoming bowties, a truly advanced bike lock, a newly free app for climbers and the ideal set of filters for GoPro videographers.
Simple, clean, and unconstrained
There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we’ve kept ambiguous in these selections, as you’ll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.
Today in Gear: We oogle fast cars, boosted shoes and Damien Hirst.
Today in Gear, we examine city cruisers, award-winning tents, classy iPad sleeves, metal infused athletic wear and more.
Gear for the jungle and the reef
Packing for a tropical getaway usually only involves deciding what color swim trunks to pack. But when your plans include jungle hiking, cave exploration and scuba diving, things get a little more complicated. The key is versatility — you need gear that works underground or underwater just as well as it does topside. For our week in Belize we made sure everything we took did more than just one thing well. This saved space in our luggage and let us be nimble yet well prepared. Here’s a sampling of what we took.
Today in gear we discuss a ballin’ straight razor, LG’s latest phablet, a easy cocktail mixer and old school adidas sneakers.
Live From Salt Lake City
We like to get our hands on new gear early, and short of theft and corporate espionage one of the best ways to do that is by checking out Outdoor Retailer, a biannual product show for retailers, manufacturers and other industry pros. We were on hand at the Winter Market 2014 show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where every brand with a stake in the great outdoors showed off their future cold-weather wares. Of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.
Today in Gear, we find enviro-friendly Adidas kicks, Super Bowl activewear from Nike, a pimp navigator, a super bright flashlight and much more.
Is there a more appropriate topic to base a retrospective around than timepieces? Okay, yes, maybe a modified Delorean, but that was a rhetorical question anyhow. Few men’s accessories — indeed, few items a man could own — say more about their owner than a watch, and it’s been that way for centuries. To help…
Own Your Wilderness Overnight
It doesn’t take much to pack for a day hike: throw on a coat, pull on your boots and tuck a beanie in your back pocket in case the weather turns chilly. But if you’re heading into the woods for more than a stroll, a little preparation goes a long way, whether it be technical fabrics to combat inclement weather, a portable stove to heat your three square, or dominos to entertain companions after the sun sets. We’ve got a selection of gear to get you started on your next multi-day hiking adventure.
Panasonic Lumix GM1 Measuring in at shorter than four inches long and just over two inches tall, this is one diminutive mirrorless rig. Panasonic jams in a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, a three-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capability and a pop-up flash. Pair Panasonic’s new compact lens kit with the already attractive retro body, and you’ve…
Everything Else is Slow R
You don’t have to be a genius to understand that there are trade-offs in life, a fact that applies to products as well. The spork notwithstanding, hybrid products typically appeal to a broader swath of the population in exchange for being less desirable to enthusiasts in either of the original disciplines. The Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX hiking shoe ($180) stands out for being both nimble and rugged; it’s not a compromise, but an elevation above and beyond what exists in the lightweight hiker category.
Alpinestars x Death Spray Customs Tech 10 Boot Graphics A graphic package for the Alpinestars Tech 10 boots put together by UK artist Death Spray Customs. The Black Lightning decal pack is the very same that adorns the helmets of DSC-supported amateur athletes. Only 40 kits will be made available, so get your hustle on…
Adidas Originals Run DMC Series This collaboration is so perfectly awsome that there’s nearly no need to make a “walk this way” joke (though we’d never purport to usurp the original). Adidas’ classic Superstar 80s have gotten a moderate makeover for this run, with a special sockliner, logo on the tongue and an elasticized tongue…
You’ve got to hand it to Adidas: while the leading edge of innovation for most running companies is minimalist footwear with the occasional proprietary shank to keep things moving forward, in the Adidas Springblade ($180) the company has made a running shoe that artfully combines the looks and swiftness of a Ferrari with… I don’t know, a viperfish? Steven Seagal in Glimmer Man? Charlemagne’s Joyeuse? We got to try the cool-looking things out.
Run Like You Mean It
Summer heat waves are on the edge of winding down, and that’s good news: you can run without your shoes melting to the road. If you’ve been stuck all summer plodding along on a treadmill in the gym or running in the predawn hours to avoid scorchers, now is a great time to reassess your aging kicks and consider an update. We could go on about minimal vs. conventional, the merits of cushioning and drop angles and tread patterns, or we could just find the best shoes of the year to help you with one thing: working on your fast. Our search for the best running shoes of the year yielded more than a few contenders, and unless you plan on leaving them in your closet to collect dust, there’s not a single shoe here that won’t help you get to the front of the pack.
K Array Anakonda KAN200 Speaker The Anakonda is a much friendlier take on the giant reptilian constrictor made infamous by the eponymous (well, not with a “k” part) box office smash of ’97. These are 6.5-foot long, cord-like speakers that can be daisy-chained together in strings up to 210 feet long. Each Anakonda is a…
Cool Hunting + Budnitz Scorcher Bike The Scorcher is a Cool Hunting-kissed version of Budnitz’s original hand-built, single-speed city bike with a Gates belt drive, aggressive riding stance, killer tires and more. The steel frame features signature CH green Chris King hardware and a trendy matte finish. Oh, and they’re giving it away. Sign up…
adidas Consortium Boston Super OG Originally introduced in 1984, the Boston Super OG style was meant to pay homage to the eponymous marathon. It’s been re-released this year, and certainly imbued with more meaning. The gray, navy and red colorway provides keen visual contrast and, in a muted way, invokes the flag — a fitting…
DSPTCH Camera Straps DSPTCH sling camera straps are made of red or grey military-spec 1- or 1.5-inch webbing; the wrist straps are braided 550 Type III paracord in a variety of colors (our favorite is the camo pattern); swap-able cord connectors are great for quick removal. Add in some new epoxy-coated 316 stainless steel hardware…
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 and H6 B&O’s two sets of headphones — in both earbud and over-ear versions — are made with the style-addicted audiophile in mind. $249+ adidas adiZero Adios BOOST On the shelves in early October, the new Adidas Adios Boost has already hit the streets during some of this year’s biggest…
Adidas Clima Revent Shoes When your feet overheat it’s tough to keep truckin’. Adidas seeks to combat that exact problem with these Climacool technology-laden kicks. If you’re running hot, the perforated uppers and ventilated soles moderate temperature while the sockliner wicks away funky foot-sweat. $100 Seiki 50-inch 4K TV Most of us yearn to have…
Adicross Tour Golf Shoe Engineered to provide support while on the green and to ergonomically assist the body as it twists (while you smack that perfect drive), the lightweight adicross tour is a boldly styled, waterproof hole-in-one. The tour comes in bright colorways — our favorite is blueberry and metallic silver — and a spikeless…
Adidas Crazyquick Feedback loops come full circle as adidas introduces Crazyquick. Designed using athlete input, Crazyquick includes specific lines for basketball, football, running and training. The goal? Greater flexibility, traction and foot lock-down. $100 94Fifty A basketball with motion sensor has finally arrived (hello, future) on Kickstarter. Who needs that sweaty, angry, middle-aged coach, anyway?…