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Staff Picks: Alyx Effron, Account Executive


October 23, 2017 Buying Guides By
Editor’s Note: As a collective, the Gear Patrol staff is a wealth of knowledge about products — everyone is an expert in his or her own right. Of course, every story we publish is a testament to that. In our personal lives, we pursue our product passion too. This series is our way of showcasing and sharing our insights on products we individually endorse and love and own. Our hope is that you enjoy it all – and perhaps discover something new as you meet our staff over the next few weeks.

I am a professional collector of things. Recently, I moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, and when the moving crew arrived and saw the boxes upon boxes stacked neatly in the driveway they genuinely thought they were relocating a family of five. Most of these boxes were comprised of the hundreds of sneakers I have collected over the years, now meticulously stacked in drop-front containers in my apartment (which could be mistaken for a Foot Locker). I particularly enjoy acquiring a product that is limited in nature and/or unavailable to the public — which is the case for a lot of the sneakers in my collection.

Beyond sneakers, I also have a keen passion for tech, fashion and watches. Every product I own holds sentimental value and has a specific story tied to it. Perhaps this is why I tend to horde, making it damn near impossible to move. Guess I’ll be staying in Hoboken for the foreseeable future.

TCL 49-Inch Class 4K Roku Smart TV

I fell in love with Roku’s user-friendly OS and sleek remote within just a few minutes of using it. It packs a 4K display and smart TV capabilities into an extremely affordable package — certainly one of the best bang-for-your-buck deals on the market.

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker

This bad boy brings the boom even when operating solo and can be synced with other Sonos speakers for a surround-sound home experience. It connects directly to your smartphone via wi-fi and its app interface is super easy to navigate and link to your preferred streaming service.

Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 42MM GPS

I never really considered purchasing a smartwatch, as I’ve always favored a classic analog. Recently, I crossed over, and although I’m pleasantly surprised by its capabilities, I’ve found that the Apple Watch is ironically most functional when used passively. You’ll struggle to use it as an iPhone replacement, so you should be just fine with the GPS-only version — no need to go the cellular route just yet.

OG Gems Pablo Red Jasper 8MM

Gemstone bracelets have become increasingly popular amongst men, and subsequently, many companies that specialize in these spiritual beads are having a hard time differentiating themselves from the competition. OG Gems is a Jersey-based family business that specializes in stylish yet affordable handmade gemstone bracelets that contain unique healing properties.

Burberry Check Bifold Wallet (Charcoal)

Over the years I’ve had a hard time finding an everyday wallet that possesses the perfect blend of style, quality and function. My girlfriend recently bought me this bifold, and needless to say, I won’t be replacing it for a long time.

John Elliott Villain Hoodie

One of the most versatile pieces in my closet, the John Elliott Villain Hoodie can be dressed up or down. Slim fitted with riri side zippers that conceal a hidden kangaroo pocket, this piece is sleek and stylish, while giving you all the benefits of a warm, cozy hoodie for the cold months. (Make sure to size up as John Elliott tends to run small.)

Undefeated x Nike Air Max 97 ‘UNDFTD’

Celebrating the Air Max 97’s 20th anniversary, Undefeated and Nike come together once again to deliver a timeless colorway on one of the most iconic silhouettes in Nike’s rich history of Air Max runners. As a longtime sneaker enthusiast, I’ve grown to appreciate retro runners, especially the Air Max line — so these were an absolute must for the collection.

KITH x Nike Air Pippen 1 “Chimera”

KITH owner and founder Ronnie Fieg was finally granted the opportunity to put his magic touch on a pair of Nike’s. Best known for his collaborations with brands like Asics, New Balance, Puma and Adidas, everything this guy touches turns to gold. Well, to no one’s surprise, Fieg and Nike introduce another instant classic with the Air Pippen 1, this time paying homage to Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, as well as the classic Air Max 1 “Animal Pack“.

Men’s Drop-Front Shoe Box

As a sneaker collector, the biggest issue with owning hundreds of shoes isn’t necessarily how expensive the hobby is, but rather, figuring out how to store and display them. These units allow you to literally build a wall of shoes — both an excellent storage solution and a great visual display for your collecting pleasures.

The Grail

Rolex 18K Rose Gold Yacht-Master

One of the most gorgeous timepieces I have ever laid my eyes on, the rose gold accents atop its black dial are what set it apart for me. This masterpiece of a watch is perfect in every way, truly defining the word “grail.”

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