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This Golf Shoe Is Packed with Tech and Style

Designing a product aimed at excelling in the performance, comfort and style spheres is an incredible challenge for most brands. But for some, like Johnston & Murphy, it comes naturally. “Johnston & Murphy has always been able to strike the delicate balance between style and performance,” says Bill Beach, Johnston & Murphy’s Director of Product Development. This rings especially true when it comes to the brand’s XC4 golf apparel and footwear. “Today’s golfer wants performance and versatility,” says Beach. “Combining these attributes with great style and premium materials really is the definition of what J&M does best.”

To find out a bit more about how Johnston & Murphy marries performance, versatility, style and comfort in its XC4 H1-Luxe Hybrid golf shoe, we caught up with Beach to break down its most important features.

Key Specs
Water Resistance: Waterproof leather upper
Sizes Available: 8-12 (including half sizes), 13
Technology: XC4® Comfort System, Waterproof bootie construction, neoprene stretch collar, dual-width removable insole, J&M Smart Degree Technology™, hybrid-lug rubber sole

Innovative Construction and Technology

Insider Note: “The performance of our golf shoe is tremendous – very stable and the mini-lug rubber outsole performs very well gripping grass surfaces. After conducting consistent laboratory and live wear-testing over a period of 12 months, we finally found the ‘perfect’ rubber that could meet our overall specification. It took us some time to achieve this final production compound that allowed us to have both a soft flexible rubber for traction and cushion on the course.

“The neoprene collar and waterproof bootie construction is borrowed from one of our most popular styles – the Prentiss. We used the Prentiss’ platform to build our golf shoes and the bootie construction and neoprene collar to keep feet warm and dry in the wettest conditions.” — Bill Beach, Director of Product Development for Johnston & Murphy

In terms of performance, Johnston & Murphy’s XC4 H1-Luxe Hybrid has a lot of what you’d generally expect to see in high-performance outdoor footwear — like the bootie construction, waterproof upper and neoprene collar. But that’s where the similarities end. Johnston & Murphy designed this shoe from the ground up to excel at its objective — to provide all-day comfort on and off the golf course.

Style Meets Performance

Insider Note: “It’s about combining premium materials – super-soft waterproof leather and neoprene stretch collar – and performance technology – a multi-density footbed with memory-foam cushioning and arch support, J&M Smart Degree Technology and hybrid-lug rubber sole – to create a shoe that golfers can easily wear on and off the course.” — Bill Beach, Director of Product Development for Johnston & Murphy

You’d be forgiven for taking a quick look at the XC4 H1-Luxe Hybrid and thinking that it’s designed only for days about town. But a full teardown and a few insightful questions to Beach, and it’s quite clear that the shoe is so much more than that. It truly is the best of both worlds. It gives you all of the performance you crave when on the golf course, paired with a healthy dose of style and topped off with heaps of comfort to keep your feet happy all day.

Premuim Materials

Insider Note: “The high performance and waterproof leathers are produced at a leading tannery that has provided J&M with superior leathers for many years. Tested for 15,000 flexes, these full-grain leathers are completely waterproof for optimal performance and tumbled to achieve a super soft hand.” — Bill Beach, Director of Product Development for Johnston & Murphy

A shoe can be amazing in concept, but it’s only as good as the materials its made from. Luckily, Johnston & Murphy has over a century and a half of experience in sourcing the highest quality materials to craft its footwear. And as Beach explains, durability is a key factor when sourcing materials. You can rest assured that your investment in the XC4 H1-Luxe Hybrid will last you for many years and many outings on the links.

Next-Level Temperature Control

Insider Note: “J&M Smart Degree Technology delivers breathable temperature control, regulating the temperature of your feet – never too hot, never too cold – providing ideal conditions all the time. It consists of a lining package system that utilizes a moisture-wicking mesh treated with a proprietary formula that will increase the temperature regulation effects for the duration of the wear. This effect stabilizes the temperature variations during activities – helping to reduce when too hot and increase when too cold – creating a more comfortable experience overall.” — Bill Beach, Director of Product Development for Johnston & Murphy

How many times have you worn a pair of leather shoes, only to quickly feel like your feet are either too hot or too cold? Johnston & Murphy’s Smart Degree Technology aims to put an end to that feeling. Its versatility is ideal for golf, as your chilly, early morning tee time can quickly turn into a sweltering afternoon trying to avoid the sandtrap on 11.

The Gear That Photographer John Kingston Can’t Live Without

John Kingston wears many hats — he’s a photographer, overland explorer and environmentalist, as well as the founder of Roaming Lost, an overland expedition outfit and creative agency focused on creative client work and community building. What initially began as a simple creative outlet for Kingston during a trip to Iceland soon morphed into a community of likeminded adventurers gathered around a shared love of exploration, camping, hiking, public land cleanups and more. We recently caught up with Kingston to ask him about his top overland gear essentials, which you can read in his own words below.

Selby Knife (Folsom Necker):

“This Selby knife is awesome because it’s compact and doesn’t really interfere with clothing or feel uncomfortable. But the quality is superior, and it’s nice to have a knife that stays sharp and is extremely durable. Gotta have a knife for everyday use.”

Sony A7R IV

“The camera system is essential — not just for work but any trip. I’ve always loved documenting my surroundings, regardless of any reason why. I used Nikon for years but switching to Sony has been great — I can appreciate the small form factor and weight; it helps with lugging around gear.”

2020 Ram 1500 Rebel:

The vehicle. It’s my main source of travel so it’s important to have something reliable and practical. This is my third vehicle build — it’s pretty extensive, but it’s my favorite. The RAM EcoDiesel delivers some amazing gas mileage, and it’s still quite capable for being a full size truck.”

DOMETIC CFX3 55IM:

“This fridge allows me to stay off the grid for an extended period of time while remaining prepared for anything that might go wrong —  like getting caught in the middle of nowhere for some reason. It also allows me to bring a wide range of food to be able to enjoy in the outdoors! A fridge this size allows me to be on the road 2+ weeks without going into a grocery store.”

OneEleven x Roaming Lost Field Watch Set

This exclusive collaboration between John Kingston of Roaming Lost and OneEleven includes a sustainably-made, solar-powered field watch, as well as a paracord survival bracelet and sustainably-made keyfob — all inspired by the designers’ shared love of the great outdoors, self-reliance and exploration. This is the EDC set you need for your next off-road adventure; inspired by your last one.
Learn More: HERE

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Why Do Product Designers Love AETHER So Much?

Designers love to quip that good design is invisible, or that well-designed products speak for themselves. But when a brand’s mere existence draws attention from designers around the world, and when those same designers are eager to speak for the brand and its products before they can do so for themselves, that’s usually a sign that something special is going on. That’s certainly the case with AETHER, at least. The clothing and accessories brand is one of the best examples of a designer’s brand since Dieter Rams was at Braun (so it should come as no surprise that you can find a Dieter Rams tome for sale at the brand’s New York storefront).

To get an insider’s perspective on AETHER as a brand, we caught up with designers Stefan Ytterborn of POC and CAKE, and Jonathan Ward of ICON to chat about their experiences with the brand and its founders, as well as what AETHER products they own, and how they use them in their everyday lives.

Stefan Ytterborn, Founder, CAKE

Stefan Ytterborn is a Stockholm-based product designer and serial entrepreneur with several brands and companies to his name. He’s perhaps best known for his work as founder and CEO of the popular ski helmet brand POC (which stands for “Piece of Cake”). Stefan’s most recent project, CAKE, is focused on developing a new category of light, premium and easy to ride off-road electric motorcycles. In his spare time, Stefan collects and restores 70s-era G&S Fibreflex skateboards, plays the drums, surfs and rides his road bike.

Q: How did you first come across AETHER?

Stefan Ytterborn: The first time I came across AETHER was in New York City, pretty much right after they had opened their first store. I felt a truly strong kinship with the brand from day one. I had, you know, the feeling like, “these guys, they’re doing it their way. They understand quality; they’re pursuing quality and they’re not compromising; they’re bringing real purpose and competence to what they’re doing.”

I loved being in the store, and my dream was for a retailer like AETHER to carry our POC helmets. So somehow I got in contact and that’s how it started. After a while we had the POC stuff inside their store and that was a big win to me. That was actually before I even met the guys Jonah and Palmer [AETHER’s founders] — it was a true business relationship at the beginning, but then we got to know each other after that.

The Endeavor Jacket

Q: How many AETHER products do you own?

SY: I would guess somewhere between 35 and 50. I was a customer long before we started working together.

Q: Do you have a favorite?

SY: You know, of the 35 to 50 products I own, I’d guess about 15 are t-shirts to be honest. That basic stuff is amazing. But the product that I appreciate the most is the Cascade raincoat from them, which I can use in the streets and is perfect — I don’t look like I’m on my way to the ski resort. But then when I’m at the ski resort, if it’s a bit rainy or it’s mild weather, I’ll wear the same jacket skiing and look far more sophisticated than if I was wearing a ski raincoat from wherever. It has that terrific kind of relevancy no matter what situation or activity. I’ve had this particular style for many years so they don’t sell it anymore, but this season’s Endeavor Jacket has the same fusion of technicality and sophistication

THE ENDEAVOR JACKET by AETHER

Constructed from a stretch three-layer Schoeller® shell with sealed-seams, the Endeavor Jacket offers total protection from the elements without sacrificing comfort or breathability, maximizing the product’s functionality without straying from the brand’s signature minimal aesthetic. Additional details like double-entry back and hand pockets, weatherproof zippers and adjustable internal wind cuffs make this jacket a versatile, wear-it-for-all-occasions option.

Buy Now: $775

Jonathan Ward, Founder, ICON

Jonathan Ward is a self-trained industrial designer and entrepreneur, as well as the founder and CEO of ICON 4×4. In 1996, Jonathan and his wife Jamie started TLC — now the nations leading Land Cruiser Service center. As the brand’s reputation grew, Jonathan began consulting and eventually building custom prototypes for Toyota and TLC, ultimately prompting him to consider what his own version of the FJ40 would look and feel like. The result, in Jonathan’s own words, was the “actualization of a strong commitment to tradition, obsession with modern design, and unrelenting need to achieve performance excellence” — what today is known as the ICON.

Q: How did you first come across AETHER?

Jonathan Ward: My relationship with AETHER is pretty wild. It goes back before it was really AETHER — must be at least fifteen years ago now. It was basically around the time that Jonah and Palmer [AETHER’s founders] had designed the label and had a stack of samples on a temporary rack, and then an overwhelming amount of boxes at their production offices. The way the introduction started, I was bobbing in the surf out at Little Dume in Malibu, and the guy next to me as we’re waiting on the set starts a conversation: “Oh, what do you do?” so I tell him and he’s like, “Oh, I love ICON!” So we talked about that for a bit. Then he says, “You know, I have some friends that are doing something really cool in the apparel world that I think you’d appreciate.” I just hit it off with them immediately.

The Space Hoodie 2.0

Q: What was it about the brand that spoke to you?

JW: I had a quick appreciation for their interesting balance of maintaining a really strong focus on the utility-value of what they were doing, but then elevating the details in manners that nobody in that space had been doing — from the technology behind the textiles to the selection of the right zipper, not just a zipper, through to the welded seams and just their overall minimalist approach. It was that combination of utility meets arguably unnecessary quality and detail. Right? That’s what really floats my boat.

Q: What’s your favorite AETHER product?

JW: I think the very first article of clothing I got from them remains to this day my favorite, and I’ve taken it to probably over forty countries on trips — it’s a jacket they have called the Space Hoodie, which I can wad up into the tiniest ball and put in my bag. And then if it starts raining or gets windy or cold somewhere, I can whip it out and party on. It does the trick and it’s still minimalist but the performance is so elevated.

My second favorite product of theirs which, again, has been with me literally all over the planet, is their Welded Duffle. Whatever primary bag I bring on a trip, I always stuff the Welded Duffle into that bag at the top or the bottom — actually, if I’m with my wife we bring two of them. Then if we’re at Aux Puces in Paris or a bazaar in Morocco or wherever, that’s the bag that gets filled with all of the cool shit we collect. It’s super durable — I can abuse the hell out of it — but it’s super compact when it’s not stuffed so I can cram it in another bag and not lose any weight.

SPACE HOODIE 2.0 by AETHER

The prototype product that started it all, AETHER’s Space Hoodie is a direct expression of AETHER’s drive to unify form and function. The Space Hoodie 2.0, updated and re-issued for the brand’s 10th anniversary, features 60 grams of PrimaLoft® GOLD insulation and a silky ripstop shell. Designed to function as a standalone piece or high-performance mid-layer, the Space Hoodie is extremely lightweight packable, making it one of AETHER’s most versatile pieces.

Buy Now: $295

Welded Duffle by AETHER

Few products are as crucial to a traveler’s toolkit as a bombproof packable duffle. AETHER’s version is constructed using an innovative welding technique that makes it both tensile and waterproof. It also features AETHER’s signature aesthetic and comes in two sizes, a 30-liter and 70-liter.

Buy Now: $250

Per Se’s Assistant Head Sommelier Swears by This Tool

It’s rare that the tools used by professionals at the top of their industry are available to general consumers. But Hak Soo Kim, Assistant Head Sommelier at the legendary New York restaurant Per Se, makes use of a tool at home that you can buy and add to your bar cart today — unfortunately, it’s not his finely tuned palate and encyclopedic knowledge of wine (but it’s almost as good). It’s called Coravin, and it’s the most technologically advanced wine preservation system on the market. We caught up with Kim to find out more about how he uses Coravin, why it’s important and how it can improve your home wine-drinking experience.

Q: How did you first come across Coravin? What were your impressions when you used it for the first time?

Hak Soo Kim: I was the wine director at a restaurant called Jungsik, a two Michelin star restaurant; Korean-inspired fine dining in Tribeca, New York City. So that’s where I kind of learned my art. I joined the service team in 2012, six months after the restaurant had just opened. Then, in the fall of 2012, Jungsik was awarded one Michelin star, and then two stars in the following year. So, naturally, the wine list had to grow and offer more prestigious wine by the glass such as Opus One and Château d’Yquem. Coravin was the perfect tool that enabled us to elaborate the by-the-glass program. Since I joined the wine team in 2013, I used the Coravin system for six years until I left the establishment to join Per Se in 2019.

Q: How can Coravin improve someone’s at-home wine drinking experience?

HSK: If you buy a nice bottle from a store, you kind of have to get your mindset ready to finish the bottle right away — you worry because wine changes so rapidly that you don’t want to miss out on the experience. You do have part of the nervousness, if the quality of the wine, or the taste of the wine will decline — but Coravin prevents that from happening. It gives anybody who’s using the device an opportunity to taste the wine for a much, much more extended period of time.

Or let’s say you’ve bought a case of wine and then you’re just curious how the wine is tasting and instead of waiting to have three or four guests that you’re going to share the wine with, you can just go ahead and use a Coravin to take some wine out and just taste it with you and your loved one — just two glasses of a bottle to see how it is.

Q: What’s your biggest tip for using Coravin?

HSK: My recommendation for all Coravin users is to actually remove the metal foil at the top of the bottle. You can check the condition of the cork because, you know, you don’t want the needle to go into the same hole again and again.

Hak Soo Kim’s Must-Have Wines for Using Coravin

Cabernet-Sauvignon 2016 by Trefethen Learn More: Here

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru “Morgeot” 2017 by Domaine Ramonet Learn More: Here

Sauternes 2001 by Château Guiraud Learn More: Here

Coravin Model Six

The Coravin Model Six is the ultimate wine preservation system. It allows you to pour single glasses of wine without opening a bottle. To find out more about the system and add one to your bar cart follow the link below.
Buy Now: $400

Here’s How You Can Take Your Backyard BBQ to the Next Level

With summertime comes grilling season; and with grilling season comes a host of questionable Father’s Day gifts like stuffed burger presses or kitschy aprons. But your gift need not fall victim to these trappings. What if you could give your old man an incredible, cult-favorite chilled red, poured from the most advanced wine preservation system on the market? You can, with the Coravin Model Six.

Though it may seem obvious to some, a nice glass of chilled red pairs perfectly with grilling. It’s light and refreshing, but with enough body to complement burgers, grilled chicken, steaks and the like. Still, committing to a full bottle of wine for an activity that may only last 30 minutes can seem excessive — and that’s where Coravin’s Model Six comes in. The Model Six allows you to pour a single glass from a bottle of wine without opening it. Find out how it works below.

1. The Freedom of Wine By the Glass: Why open a whole bottle if you only want one glass? With Coravin’s wine preservation system you can pour a single glass without opening the bottle — allowing you to steal glasses out of even your most valued reserves. It works by inserting a specially designed needle through the bottle’s natural cork closure, pressurizing the bottle with inert, medical-grade argon gas and pouring the wine into your glass. When you’re done, simply remove the System from the bottle; the cork closure will naturally reseal as the argon gas creates a blanket over the wine, protecting it from oxidation.

2. Enjoy a Wine Flight from the Comfort of Your Home: Dads like to think they know everything, but odds are they don’t know as much about wine as they claim. Fortunately, the best way to learn about wine is to taste a handful of bottles next to each other. Then again, if you don’t happen to own a vineyard this is usually difficult, expensive, or both — unless you can pour each glass with Coravin, that is. Taste wines from a certain region or varietal, compare a vertical of different vintages or simply taste a handful of your favorite wines next to each other without having to open six bottles simultaneously.

3. A Nice Bottle of Wine is a Journey: Wine ages gracefully — there’s a reason for the expression “aging like a fine wine,” after all. To that end, tasting a wine as it changes through the years can be a great learning experience. Typically, this would require buying a case of wine and a wine cellar to store them at the proper temperature. But with the Model Six, you can have the same experience with a single bottle. Because you never actually open the bottle when you pour a glass, you can revisit the same bottle again and again, enjoying the flavor evolution over a span of months, or even years.

Build Your Kit

In addition to Coravin’s Model Six, adding a few extra products to your gift list can build the ultimate summertime grilling package. Start with the wine. You don’t have to sign up for a waiting list and spend crazy amounts of money on a nice bottle. Subject to Change’s “Lune Juice” is a follow up to last year’s “Moon Juice” — a unique cult-favorite chilled red that any wine drinker will love. Next, he’ll need something to catch the wine coming out of the Model Six. We recommend Hydro Flask’s 10 Oz Wine Tumbler. It features double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep your wine at the perfect temp. Top it off with the best charcoal on the market and a tier-one steak and he’ll never stop talking about Father’s Day 2020.

2019 Lune Juice by Subject to Change $23

10 Oz Wine Tumbler by Hydro Flask $30

Quebracho Charcoal by Kalamazoo $65

American Wagyu Gold Grade Cowboy Steak by Snake River Farms $115

The Best Gifts for Dads Who Like to Camp

Dads who like to camp, backpack and spend time outdoors are a particular breed. They often take pride in how many holes are in their rain jacket, or how many miles they’ve put on their duct-taped hiking boots. And they often need a little bit of convincing that it’s time to upgrade their gear. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Backcountry to make the convincing just a bit easier. The gifts below are the right mix of utilitarian and tech-forward that will be sure to please on the 21st — and be sure to check out the entire Father’s Day sale selection at Backcountry here.

Stanley Classic Legendary Food Jar – 1qt

Few outdoor items are as classic as a Stanley Thermos — and there’s a reason that they’ve stood the test of time. Whether it’s soup, coffee, oatmeal or something to take the edge off, your dad will find joy in this thermos doing what it was designed to do — keep hot things hot and cold things cold.

Marmot Lykken Short-Sleeve Shirt

Everyone’s dad could use a wardrobe update — particularly in the camping apparel department. Ditch that drab safari shirt and upgrade him to something with a bit more style.

The North Face Motion Short

The North Face’s Motion Shorts are just the right combination of style and performance. They’re great whether he’s on the trail, around the campfire or taking a stroll through town. Plus, with two percent elastene, they offer plenty of comfort for all-day excursions.

The North Face Griffin 75L Backpack

While the external-frame backpacking bag your dad has had since 1970 may bring him some about of trail cred, it’s best left at home. To gift him a nice upgrade, opt for The North Face’s Griffin 75L backpack. The bag features the Dyno Carry System, which offers pivoting shoulders and waist for increased mobility. It’ll feel like stepping out of an ill-fitting tuxedo and into some sweats.

Sea To Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Pad

Sea to Summits’s Comfort Light backpacking sleeping pads prove that going ultralight doesn’t mean having to go ultra-uncomfortable. A combination of diamond-shaped air chambers help to evenly distibute weight and the Thermalite insulation helps to stay warm on cold nights in the tent.

Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint

Few things are as satisfying as a cold beer after a day spent on the trail. But when you’re outdoors, cold beer can quickly turn to warm if neglected in a can. Stanley’s Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint can help prevent warm beer with its 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation.

Columbia Crestwood Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

A breathable, lightweight, waterproof and comfortable hiking boot should be the foundation of every outdoorsman’s kit, and the Columbia Crestwood Mid fits the bill. With a feature list like that, you’d expect a heavy price tag, but the Crestwood brings excellent value at just $60.

The Gifts That Even Your Dad Will Think Are Cool

Dads can be tricky to shop for — they never seem to need anything. Even when you take a practical approach and buy him something like socks, he just hits you back with the classic dad line: “What’s wrong with the socks I’ve already got!?” He’s got a point — you got him socks last year and they’re still in good shape. Nonetheless, deep down all dads love pragmatic, functional gifts that they can use for years to come, and KUHL makes some of the most comfortable, technical clothes out there. So if you’re scrambling to come up with a father’s day gift that doesn’t sock, the list we’ve put together below is a pretty good place to start.

Renegade Short

If you love ending a weekend bike ride with your old man perched on top of a barstool with a cold pint in hand, but you don’t love sitting next to him in said bar while he’s rocking his spandex bike shorts and nothing else, then the Renegade Shorts might benefit you and dad both. He gets a pair of shorts made from tough, quick-dry softshell, with a micro-chamois waistband and stealth cell phone pocket; you get a chance to spend time with your father in public without the crushing shame of being associated with his poor fashion taste.

Revolvr Rogue

If your dad thinks fashion and function are mutually exclusive, then the Revolvr Rogue pant will not only give you the satisfaction of proving him wrong; it might actually be the first time in his life he’ll be happy to be one-upped by his own offspring. The Revolvr Rogue is the tapered version of KUHL’s classic performance pant, designed with 3D articulation that moves with you and a drop-in cell phone pocket for easy access. These are pants he can wear to work and to do yard work in. What more could he want?

Airspeed LS

If your dad has been rocking the same weird safari shirt he got at a thrift store before you were born, it might be time to upgrade him to something better — and the Airspeed LS fits the bill perfectly. It’s made from a stay-cool fabric blend that regulates temperature and provides UPF 30+ sun protection; plus it has a zippered security pocket for valuables. Your dad may never be cool cool, but at least he can look and feel the part with this.

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The Best Gifts for the Dad Who Golfs

Finding the right gift for your dad can be challenging — finding the right gift for a dad who golfs can be downright impossible. That’s why we’ve put together a list of high-quality apparel, accessories, footwear and training tools that are sure to improve his game. In fact, they may improve his game to the point that he’s running circles around you on the back nine.

Johnston & Murphy XC4® H1-Luxe Hybrid

Having a high-performance golf shoe is important, but so is having a stylish shoe that can transition to grabbing a pint after a day on the links. That’s why Johnston & Murphy designed the XC4® H1-Luxe Hybrid to excel at both. It’s crafted from soft, waterproof leathers (with fully waterproof bootie construction inspired by hiking boot designs). And in terms of comfort, the XC4® features a multi-density footbed with memory-foam cushioning and arch support, a lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA midsole and a stretch neoprene collar. Plus, Johnston & Murphy’s Smart Degree Technology™ is built right in — so your feet are always the right temperature.

Malbon Diamondback 1/4 Zip Pullover

Perfect for early morning tee times, a night out or simply walking the dog, Malbon’s quarter zip offers plenty of style without sacrificing function.

Pro Advanced ProInfinity Putting Mat

For days when he can’t make it to the course, this putting mat from Pro Advanced will help him tune up his short game from home or the office.

G/Fore Daytona Golf Bag

G/Fore’s golf bag is about as stylish as they come. It’s made from a synthetic micro-suede leather that’s fully waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught out in an afternoon shower and having your nice leather bag ruined forever. Plus, for an additional $25, you can have it custom-embroidered with a last name or monogram.

Manors Icon Tees

Nothing beats a great tee shirt, and these Icon tees from Manors are just that. They’re made from 100 percent combed cotton and feature iconic golfers embroidered on the chest.

TPT Driver Shafts

TPT’s driver shafts promise increased distance and less dispersion for golfers of all swing speeds. So whether your dad is just shy of pro or taking a mulligan a few more times than he should, TPT is sure to up his game.

Whoop Strap 3.0

There’s a reason you see a WHOOP Strap 3.0 on the wrist of virtually every pro tour player. That’s because improving your short game starts with improving your sleep game. WHOOP monitors your daily strain and how well you recover, so you can start to improve your recovery habits.

Golfer’s Journal Premium Subscription

For those long, lonesome days away from the links, Golfer’s Journal will be sure to offer some inspiration (and aspiration) that he can live vicariously through, at least until his next tee time.

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How WHOOP’s Strap 3.0 Can Help You Build Better Fitness Habits

Brand: WHOOP
Product: WHOOP Strap 3.0
Price: $30/month
From: WHOOP.com

Fitness trackers have become ubiquitous over the last few years. It seems like everyone has one, whether they’re training for an endurance fitness event or just trying get in a little bit better shape. This tech is everywhere — on your cellphone, in your cycling computer, even in your shoes — constantly feeding you data in real-time. But, as fine as all those numbers are, the larger question is: what do you do with all that data? And what information is the most important?

That’s where WHOOP comes into play. WHOOP is a different kind of fitness tracker, aimed at not only providing you with actionable data, but at helping you build better habits and stay healthier across the board. To find out more about how it works, what the data can do and what it actually feels like to use WHOOP for a week, we provided our product tester with a WHOOP Strap 3.0 for first-hand insights.

From the Brand

“Science tells us that you don’t get stronger in the gym (that’s what breaks you down), you actually get stronger during rest. Sleep can be the forgotten third of your life. It’s the period to repair, regenerate and prime your mind and body for peak performance.”

The WHOOP Strap 3.0 uses an optical heart rate sensor to gather data.

What We Like

Right out of the box, our tester found the Strap 3.0 to be comfortable and easy to set up. Simply connect the strap to your phone, follow the on-screen prompts and you’re off to the races, so to speak. In order to make sure it’s collecting accurate data, WHOOP requires four sleep cycles in order to calibrate, but once it builds your profile the Strap will begin to give you strain and recovery scores based on your body and heart rate data — all neatly displayed in the WHOOP app.

Once the Strap was calibrated, our tester headed out for a standard cycling workout. The workout felt more difficult than usual — a strain score of 14.7 which, according to WHOOP’s data is a solid workout, but not so intense as to cause a burnout. After going back to review the sleep and recovery data (a new habit to get into) our tester realized that the app indicated a 23 percent recovery, meaning a rest day was recommended for the following day.

The sleep and recovery data is the most convincing aspect of WHOOP. It takes data like respiratory rate, heart rate, heart rate variability (or the time in between heartbeats) and time in bed along with a host of other data points to score you on how well you’ve recovered. In fact, this data can often go against your gut feeling. Our tester felt on several occasions throughout the week that the amount of sleep he’d been getting was lacking — but the data WHOOP had gathered reflected a high recovery score, indicating that while the overall amount of time spent sleeping was slightly low, the sleep itself was restful and effective towards recovery. This helped our tester calibrate workouts and gauge how hard to go that day — something that had always felt like a bit of black magic or sorcery to figure out before. The result? Better, more productive workouts — and lots of personal bests.

WHOOP scores your recovery on a scale of zero to 100 percent.

Who It’s For

Serious athletes in training will likely see an obvious benefit to what WHOOP has to offer, but what’s less obvious is that even the most casual athlete can benefit from WHOOP’s data. Wondering whether you should go out on a one-mile run or push yourself for three? Simply take a look at the app to see how recovered you are and let the data decide. And even if you aren’t an athlete at all, it’s easy to see the value in WHOOP’s sleep data. We can all use better, more restful sleep, and between WHOOP’s objective data and its journal function (you can answer questions like how much caffeine or alcohol you had, whether or not you slept in your own bed, etc.) you can work towards upping your recovery score, keeping it in the green zone to make sure you’re ready for the day ahead.

Verdict

If the world of fitness tracking has always seemed a bit intimidating to you, or if you’ve been looking to tap into some incredibly insightful recovery data to inform your workout, or even if you’re just looking to see how restful your sleep has been, WHOOP is a great addition to your daily routine. It’s comfortable enough to wear all day and night, is fully waterproof and even comes with an attachable battery pack so that you can wear it while it charges. It’s just about the simplest and most approachable step towards a better fitness routine that you can take.

The Perfect Mountain Bike Kit Upgrades for This Summer

Your mountain bike kit is highly personal — something honed over countless hours and miles on the trail. You know how everything fits; you know how it performs and you’re comfortable with it — but when was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you replaced your helmet? Don’t you think it’s about time to replace your tired old riding jersey and shorts? If you answered yes to that last question, or you’re still busy trying to answer one of the first two questions, then you’re in luck, because we’ve worked with Backcountry to curate the ideal mountain bike kit for virtually every type of rider. Whether your riding style leans more XC or more enduro, this kit has you covered.

Backcountry White Rim Jersey and Empire Short

With Backcountry’s office located in Utah, they know a thing or two about warm-weather mountain biking. So when the brand went to design its first line of mountain bike clothing, it made sure that it could stand up to the heat. The White Rim jersey, named for Moab’s famed White Rim Trail, is built to withstand scorching heat with its 100 percent polyester construction and relaxed cut. It’s breathable and quick-drying, too, so you can go from trail to town easily for a post-ride pint.

The Empire bike short is equally well thought-out, featuring four-way stretch construction that allows you to move easily on the bike whether you’re hammering up a steep climb or pumping through berms on a quick descent. Plus, it’s an ideal pair with the White Rim jersey, with laser-cut ventilation holes that allow air to flow easily through the shorts and keep you cool; and with a DWR treatment to wick away mud and water and abrasion-resistant materials, these shorts are guaranteed to last you for many miles.

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To Round Out the Kit

Ventana Cycling Shoe by Giro $180
Mid Mountain 2L Hip Pack by Backcountry $52
Tectal Helmet by POC $152
Long SR Bike Glove by Hestra $45

The First Analog FROGMAN From G-SHOCK Is A Big Leap Forward

It’s easy to believe that the analog age is nearing its end, if it hasn’t already. Smart technology has become so ubiquitous, in fact, that wearing an old-school wristwatch can sometimes make the wearer seem, well, old. But some of the oldest designs are actually the smartest — so if the fact that G-SHOCK’s new GWF-A1000 is the first FROGMAN watch with an analog display seems like a nod to the past, know that it’s actually a leap into the future. Find out more about what makes the FROGMAN GWF-A1000 so unique below.

1. A FROGMAN First: The GWF-A1000 is the first FROGMAN watch to feature an analog display, but it’s still an easy read. The oversized hour and minute hands and bold dimensional index allow for improved legibility, while three dual-coil motors enable the hour, minute and world time hands to move rapidly enough for the wearer to toggle seamlessly between modes.

2. Low Weight, Big Strength: The new GWF-A1000 is ISO 200-meter water-resistant with scratch-resistant sapphire glass that’s been treated with a non-reflective coating for improved readability. The watch features a new carbon monocoque case made of carbon-fiber-reinforced resin which integrates the case and case back, bringing all the lightweight properties of resin to an end-product that offers the strength and resiliency of metal.

3. Low-Key Smart: Yes, it’s an analog watch — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t also have the same capabilities as other so-called “smart” watches. The GWF-A1000 pairs easily with your smartphone for various functions like time and settings adjustments, as well as managing dive logs. These logs allow the user to mark dive locations, time, date, number of dives and even attach photos. With Tide Point, the user can select from a preset list of some of the world’s most famous dive points or set their own.

Want the Best TV Viewing Experience? Upgrade to an OLED TV

There’s a pretty good chance that over the past couple of months or so, you’ve been spending a lot more time hanging out at home than you were previously used to.

So for many of us, our screen time is way up — which means we may as well make the most of it from a quality standpoint. And quality doesn’t just refer to the latest peak TV limited series from your favorite streaming service; it’s also about the viewing experience itself.

If you’re ready to look at a new TV screen, an OLED TV powered by self-lit pixels is an amazing choice. Whether you’re looking for something on the smaller end or making moves to turn your living room into a home theater, LG makes plenty of innovative options.

What is OLED?

OLED stands for “organic light-emitting diode.” A single diode, like the individual pixels found on LG’s OLED TVs (like the LG GX 77 inch Class with Gallery Design 4K Smart OLED TV) are self-lit and emit both light and color — so they don’t require a backlight.

LG’s OLED TVs are powered by 8.3 million of these pixels which deliver perfect black and show true color. The result is a picture that delivers impressive picture quality and details that are far more vibrant than what you get from a traditional TV screen — with a sleeker design.

Perfect Black Is Better

The blacker your TV can go, the better the overall image quality. Because darkness and shadow are essential aspects that factor into framing many shots, black has an enormous impact on overall picture quality. When placed next to a perfectly black pixel, colors come off as much more vibrant.

OLED TVs‘ self-lit pixels, offer “perfect black” — which allow for colors to show their true hue. Since the pixels are producing their own light, they’re able to turn off completely when they need to be black, emitting virtually no light and making the picture blacker than when an LED TV has to rely on a backlight to “turn off” pixels. This perfect black, or lack of light, enables pixels to combine with others to bring out their richness. So when you’re watching a darker scene, the perfect black and infinite contrast work together to bring out shadow detail, making for a crisp and visually stunning presentation with vibrant and true color.

The Best of the OLED TVs

One of the best OLED TVs is the LG GX 77 inch Class with Gallery Design 4K Smart OLED TV. It makes the most of all its millions of OLED pixels, and at 77 inches, it helps make your viewing experience more immersive than what you’ve previously gotten with smaller screens.

Not satisfied with a superior picture and better experience? The TV’s art-inspired gallery design also makes it an aesthetically pleasing addition to any room, likely to please both you and your interior designer.

8 Gifts to Prep Your Recent Graduate for Their First Job

There’s one major downside to graduation that no one talks about, and that’s the fact that “back-to-school” shopping sprees are now a thing of the past. And while your first “back-to-work” shopping spree might be fun for a little while, the buck stops at the cash register when dad turns to you with a grin and says it’s time you started picking up the tab now that you have a big boy job. Yes — “adulting” comes with its own aesthetic, and the ripped jeans you thought were fire your senior year might evoke a very different meaning of the word “fire” to the senior executives at your new company. Fortunately, the Gear Patrol Store has everything a new graduate could need before his or her first day on the job, and with some products up to 20 percent off, you might not have to spend your first paycheck before you’ve earned it.

Topo Designs x Gear Patrol Tote Backpack

If you’re one of those people who thinks that wearing a backpack to the office screams “immature,” then a tote bag says “I’m mature” in a confident, well-modulated voice. This backpack-tote hybrid, however, speaks nine different languages and can say anything you want it to. It can be worn as a backpack, across the shoulder, or carried as a tote, making it perfect for commuting as well as a quick trip to the grocery store.

Ezra Arthur No. 1 Belt

The needlepoint belt with your frat letters on it won’t win the same respect from your coworkers as it did from your college buds — but this one from Ezra Arthur is handmade in Phoenix, AZ from English bridle leather with solid brass hardware. It’s durable, handsome and good for keeping both pants and appearances up in the office.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 Wireless Headphones

The workplace doesn’t always sound like your campus library used to, and being able to tune-in and tune-out when you want is an important skill. It’s also much, much easier to do if you have a pair of quality headphones. This wireless pair from Sennheiser has three-mode Active Noise Cancellation as well as Transparent Hearing, so you can switch between ignoring your coworkers and eavesdropping on them at the click of a button.

Twelve South Stay Go USB-C Hub + HiRise Pro iMac Stand Exclusive Bundle

Graduating from home definitely sucks, but working from home doesn’t have to — especially if you start with a proper home-office setup. This exclusive Gear Patrol bundle from Twelve South has everything you need for an organized, clutter-free desk; the StayGo offers a bevy of ports and the HiRise Pro acts as an ergonomic, adjustable stand for your monitor while doubling up as a gear garage for cable management or accessory storage.

Brew Watch Co. Mastergraph Watch

If there’s one thing nearly every college student learns before graduation, it’s the value of a good cup of coffee. This Mastergraph watch from Brew Watch Co. has specific markers on the bezel that note when the optimal espresso shot has been extracted, as well as a VK68 hybrid Meca-Quartz Chronograph for timing everything else.

Inventery Bolt Action Pen

Now that the kid who sat next to you in class isn’t around to steal your pens anymore, it’s time to consider buying a proper pen that you’ll want to keep around for longer than a day or two. This pen from Inventery is precision machined from raw brass stock using a single tungsten blade, features a seamless and satisfying trigger and release action and can be easily refilled for years to come.

WESN Allman Knife

This compact, lightweight knife from WESN is a manual-open with a flipper tab and an American-made S35vn blade, complete with grade five titanium scales on the handle. It fits as comfortably in your hand as it does in your pocket, and despite how sharp it is, the Allman Knife can still round out any EDC with style.

Billykirk No.237 Padded Briefcase

If you’re looking for a briefcase that you don’t have to baby, this heavy-duty option from Billykirk is as good as it gets. The No. 237 was designed with heavy use in mind and is made from extremely durable waxed cotton canvas and latigo leather, making it nearly indestructible despite its sleek look.

WHOOP Will Help You Improve Your Fitness and Health Habits

On some level, we all have an inherent curiosity for our fitness data — tangible numbers we can associate with how we feel during a given activity, whether we’re running a marathon or just running late. The problem, however, is that most of us don’t really know what data we want, let alone what to do with it once we’ve got it. We might know that we went for a longer run than normal, but how much stress did that put on the body? How much extra sleep should we aim for to optimize recovery? We might know we didn’t sleep well, but how should that impact how we approach the next day’s training? Having the right data — and knowing how to use it — allows us to quantify how our actions impact our health and wellness so we can perform at a higher level. That’s the focus of WHOOP, a fitness wearable that provides personalized daily insights into how recovered your body is, how much stress you put on your body throughout the day, and how well you slept. Find out more about each category below.

1. Train Smarter: While other wearables mainly track steps and calories, WHOOP takes it up a notch by using a metric they call strain, which looks at physical exertion based on your body’s recovery and heart rate. This helps provide a deeper level of insight to let you know if you’re pushing yourself too hard or not hard enough. There’s even a built-in Strain Coach that provides personalized target strain goals based on your recovery and how much strain you’ve built up that day.

2. Sleep Better: We’ve all been told to aim for 8 hours of sleep, but some nights we need more and some nights we need less; and it’s not always clear which nights are which. WHOOP provides context around how much sleep you need by measuring the quality of sleep you got. By looking at how strenuous your day was and how well you’ve been sleeping, WHOOP’s Sleep Coach recommends an approximate bedtime to aim for in order to recover and perform the next day.

3. Recover Faster: Elite athletes will tell you that your recovery is just as important — if not more so — than your workout, especially if you’re trying to optimize your performance rather than randomize it. But sometimes you don’t really know how your body is feeling, so WHOOP gives you a daily recovery score by comparing your heart rate variability, resting heart rate and sleep to your baseline, letting you know whether you should hit the gym or the snooze button before work.

How Hydro Flask’s New Trail Series Helps These Adventurers Go Further

Venture to any trailhead, campsite, college campus or brewery, and you’re bound to see an impeccably designed, often colorful stainless steel bottle with a joyful looking character inscribed on the side — a Hydro Flask double wall vacuum-insulated bottle. The brand has become synonymous with the insulated bottle category, and hasn’t ceased its cycle of innovation since it was founded in 2009. Its latest release, however, eschews the brightly colored spectrum of pigments in favor of a sleek range of metal finishes. But the advancements in the new Trail Series™ go much deeper than the surface — the new bottles are packed with serious tech aimed at shedding as many ounces as possible.

The new 24 oz Trail Series™ weighs just 9.9 ounces. 9.9 ounces. That’s featherweight compared to the 13.2 ounces of the standard Wide Mouth bottle. Hydro Flask was able to achieve this by thinning the 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel walls of the bottle to help reduce weight while maintaining durability — and the TempShield® double-wall vacuum insulation the brand is known for. Even the Honeycomb™ insulated cap and perforated strap cut down on weight.

To find out how these bottles perform in real life, and get an insider’s perspective on Hydro Flask as a brand, we caught up with Nicole Brown of Women Who Hike and professional photographer Richard Bacon.

Nicole Brown, Founder, Women Who Hike

Nicole Brown founded Women Who Hike in 2015. It all started when she moved to a metropolitan area in southern California. When she first arrived, she didn’t think there were going to be too many women like her in the area. She grew up in Oregon, and solo-hiked a lot; but the more she got outside hiking in California, the more she realized that there were a lot of women in her area interested in hiking — and interested in building a community. Since then, Women Who Hike has grown tremendously and hosts events across the country — in addition to the online communities it operates on Facebook.

Q: Do you remember your first Hydro Flask bottle?

Nicole Brown: I actually have one of the original models — back when they only had black with the old school logo, which is pretty cool. I mean, I can’t even tell you what year it was, but obviously it was a long time ago. I bought it when I was visiting in Oregon. And you know, I still have it. It’s got to be, like, 15 years old at least.

Q: How have the new Lightweight Trail Series™ bottles changed your perspective of the Hydro Flask bottle? Or how have they improved your experience with the bottles? Can you take them more places?

NB: I was actually one of the first people to see the Trail Series™ and it was such a big deal for me because I do so much backpacking. And, you know, every single ounce counts. So I was so excited to see this bottle. And for me, for backcountry stuff, and going out for two, three, four or five days, getting water is such a task. It’s one that I enjoy, but it’s also time-consuming. And no matter where you’re getting your water from, even if you’re getting it from a clear-running stream, and it’s cold because it’s coming from the mountains, you put that water in [a regular] bottle or a bladder and very quickly, your water’s warm. There’s nothing better than having cold, refreshing water in the backcountry. And the Trail Series™ bottle honestly has changed the game as far as being able to have cool refreshing water when you’re on a three-, four- or five-day backpacking trip. I’m so thankful that this product exists now.

Richard Bacon, Professional Photographer

Richard Bacon is a landscape and lifestyle photographer whose images of the Pacific Northwest have captured the attention of outdoor brands and enthusiasts around the country. Bacon grew up filming skateboarding in California, but it wasn’t until he moved to Bend, OR in 2013 that he began shooting still photographs. He started carrying a camera with him on weekend hikes with his wife, and quickly discovered not only a strong desire to capture the wilderness around him, but an obvious talent for doing so. In the six years since, Bacon’s photographs have been featured by various brands and publications across the U.S.

Photo: Richard Bacon

Q: What do you generally put inside your Hydro Flask bottle?

Richard Bacon: Usually if I’m doing a backpacking trip I’ll just have water in it; but my wife and I love to cross-country ski in the winter — there’s a bunch of little ski shelters in the area. A lot of the ski trails have these little warming huts that are a couple of miles out, and you can go out there and there’s a little fire going, so we’ll bring a hot drink sometimes, like a hot toddy or something like that. But usually if I’m on a longer backpacking trip I’ll just bring water.

Q: Have you had an opportunity to use any of the lightweight bottles from Hydro Flask’s new Trail Series™?

RB: Yes, I have actually — I went on a few hikes and snowshoes with the lightweight bottle and it was awesome. I know it’s been kind of an ask for a really long time — you know a lot of people’s only complaint about Hydro Flask is obviously, you know, they’re a little bit heavy which makes sense given the technology. I love that my camera bag has smaller holders for water bottles on the sides, and both the 32-ounce and the 24-ounce — the lightweight [bottles] are a bit slimmer than the original [bottles] — fit really well into my camera bag which is super nice. I mean, my camera bag will usually have three or four lenses in it so it’s a super heavy bag — honestly that stuff adds up, so I’ve been looking forward to a lighter bottle for a long time and I’m super excited to use it on backpacking trips this summer.

Photo: Richard Bacon

Lightweight Trail Series™ 24 oz and 32 oz by Hydro Flask

The Hydro Flask 24 oz Lightweight Wide Mouth Trail Series™ comes in obsidian- (pictured), slate- and clay-colored metallic finishes. Due to its innovative stainless steel design and Honeycomb™ insulated lightweight flex cap, Hydro Flask’s new 24 oz Trail Series™ bottle is 25 percent lighter than the brand’s other bottles of the same capacity.

Buy Now: $45+

8 Gear Upgrades Your Dad Needs, But Is Too Stubborn to Ask For

Heirloom-quality outdoor gear is as good as it gets, but even the hardiest piece of equipment can come due for an update from time to time. For the discriminating outdoorsman in your life, the right upgrade will not only be appreciated but enjoyed and taken care of for years to come. Whether you’re looking for something for the data-driven athlete, gear-hoarding camper or gram-counting backpacker, we’ve got the gifts to help dad update his outdoor kit, even if he’s too stubborn to admit he needs it.

Garmin Fenix 6

Sure, the watch on his wrist just keeps on ticking. But for navigating in the wilderness and living a rich life of action, he needs more. Garmin’s fenix 6–tested to military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance–is our choice. Dad can rely on it to stay in tip-top health, tracking calories burned, steps taken, water glugged, hours slept and even his stress level. A Pulse Ox sensor shines light beams at his wrist to gauge how well he absorbs oxygen with changes in altitude. But he’ll appreciate the fenix 6 even more deeply during workouts. Built for the multisport enthusiast, Dad will have more cycling, run, and hiking data at his fingertips than he ever thought possible. Don’t be surprised when he casually crushes your KOM on the next family bike ride.

Nemo Firefly Tent

Dad’s pup tent from his days in the scouts or that aborted Appalachian Trail attempt in the 1970s is probably still going strong. But for backpacking and multi-night camping trips, shaving some weight will mean a more comfortable time on the trail. Nemo’s new Firefly backpacking tent is a sure bet. It’s affordable, roomy and easy to set up — even with a well-earned cold one in-hand. Large doors and two vestibules offer plenty of space to stretch out, while the pre-bent aluminum poles allow extra headspace.

Leatherman Custom Multi-Tools

For the tool collector, having a knife, hatchet and a multitool for any occasion is a must. For everyone else, a multitool will suffice. Whether your old man has a different pocket knife for every day of the week or just one trusty go-to, he’s sure to appreciate an upgrade and something a little more personal. Leatherman’s custom shop allows you to add engraved images, script and patterns to a host of its multi-tools. We’re partial to the Surge, as you can customize both the handles and blade. When he reaches for his favorite tool, rest assured he’ll remember who gifted it.

Patagonia Macro Puff Quilt

For some dads, the notion of a new camping blanket will seem frivolous. Isn’t the plaid one that’s been stuffed in his trunk since 1983 good enough? Patagonia’s new Macro Puff Quilt might initially be a hard sell for that traditional wool-blanket-loving-trail-curmudgeon in your life, but one chilly trailside cookout or post-fly-fishing tailgate and he will be hooked. It stays warm even when wet, packs down to nearly nothing and has a phenomenal warmth-to-weight ratio. You’ll probably want one for yourself, too.

Vasque Clarion 88 Reissue

Finding the right hiking boots can be a long, winding journey. You’ve got to find the right last, and just as importantly, the right style. Vasque’s Clarion 88 hiking boot takes the guesswork out of styling (and comfort). Vasque recreated the original Clarion from 1988, but updated it with a modern Vibram rubber sole and Gore-Tex liner. The result is a boot that was made for rugged excursions from the Presidential Range to the Sierras. It’s perfect for the serious and amateur hiker alike.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack

That tired, old external frame pack that dad has been hiking with since before you were born doesn’t owe anyone anything by now. Spring for a model that shaves pounds and ounces to keep him on the trail for more years to come. Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Southwest line is built for serious excursions in gnarly terrain (though it works just fine on more mellow hikes too). The ultralight Dyneema fabric stands up to dense underbrush, abrasive sandstone and everything in between. At 1.9 pounds empty, it’s the lightest pack of its size on the market.

DPS Alchemist Wailer 100RP

Gone are the days of straight, 220cm skis. Your dad may have learned on a pair of skis older than you, but for today’s turning style, he needs an upgrade. The proprietary carbon layups, progressive sidecut and innovative flex that DPS has developed accommodate skiers on any terrain. Forgiving in a slide or slash in soft snow, but responsive when locked into a carve on hardpack, these skis are truly a one-ski quiver. Throw in a Phantom Glide treatment when you order your pair, and he’ll never have to wax his skis again.

Black Diamond Solution Wool Hoody

Dad’s bulky old wool sweater is an awesome heritage piece, but today’s merino is a far cry from that 1960s-era scratchy wool. Black Diamond’s new Solution Wool is an excellent update that can pull 4-season duty with ease. It utilizes core-spinning technology, which combines the benefits of nylon and merino by spinning merino fibers around a nylon core. The result is a soft hoody that wicks sweat better than a synthetic, is warmer than wool on its own and is at home on the trail or at the pub after. You’ll definitely earn some bonus style points with this one.

This New Mountain Bike Helmet From Giro Is Its Most Advanced Yet

For many of us, outdoor activities come with the occasional hard knock to the noggin — especially if you’re the type of person whose idea of a fun afternoon is, say, going to the top of a mountain and bombing down as fast as humanly possible. If your hobby inevitably entails a fall or two, then it’s important to be proactive about limiting the impact of each one. Fortunately, Giro’s new Manifest Spherical helmet was built with this philosophy in mind — and not only does it offer some of the best head protection of any product on the market; it looks damn good doing so. Find out what makes the Manifest Spherical so unique below.

1. Sphere Factor: The Manifest uses Giro’s Spherical ball-and-socket design, powered by MIPS technology, to redirect impact forces away from the wearer’s brain. With progressive layering, the two layers of dual-density EPS foam rotate around each other in the event of a crash, protecting against both high- and low-speed impacts as well as eliminating contact with hard plastic or slip-planes. There’s a good reason you see so many elite riders with Giros strapped to their gourds — the brand’s Spherical Technology is the cutting edge of head protection.

2. No Sweat: Having a little bulk in your brain-bucket is no big deal on the ski slopes, but there’s nothing worse than dusting off your winter dome-piece for a summer spin and discovering that it’s more effective as a brain-boiler. Keeping a cool head is paramount on the pedals, and the Manifest Spherical boasts the best ventilation of any helmet out there on the dirt. The Roc Loc Trail Air system creates a 3mm gap between the brow of the helmet and the wearer’s forehead, maximizing airflow for a cool, comfortable ride.

3. Look Sharp: No, we’re not referring to the fact that the Manifest Spherical looks like the kind of helmet a down-to-earth Batman would wear (although it totally does). We’re talking about the eyewear features built into the helmet’s design — like a bonded rear rubber gripper to lock your goggle strap in place, a moto-style, screw-in POV visor with 15 degrees of adjustability to shade you from the sun, or extended temples with interior notches and under-bridge grippers to hold eyewear in place if sunglasses are more your speed. These may seem like small details, but they speak to a certain attention-to-detail that will not only have you looking sharp, but looking sharply.

G-SHOCK’s Ultra-Durable GBDH1000 Will Make Sure You’re Prepared for Anything

“Always be prepared” — it’s a mantra hammered into the minds of outdoor enthusiasts everywhere; but fitness fanatics and aspiring athletes haven’t always taken the same approach. For the typical gym-goer, having to improvise an at-home workout generally does little more than highlight the lack of data available to anyone who doesn’t live inside a fitness center — the step-counter on your iPhone just doesn’t cut it anymore. Enter: the new G-SHOCK GBDH1000 — a nearly indestructible fitness watch that brings that same Eagle Scout attitude of an outdoors-first adventure watch to a package that even the most discerning athlete will appreciate.

Key Specs

Water Resistance: 200m
Sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Magnetic (compass), Pressure (altitude/atmospheric pressure), Thermo (temperature), 3-Axis Accelerometer (step count/distance)
Charging Modes: USB and Solar-Assisted
Connected Features: G-SHOCK MOVE App
Battrey Life: 14 hours in Training Mode, 12 months in Time Mode

Optical Heart Rate Sensor

At the core of any self-respecting fitness watch is an optical heart rate sensor, which works by measuring the blood flow beneath the skin of your wrist to determine your heart rate. This is the data that tells you to go harder or take it easier, and at the end of the day, that’s the key to unlocking a more effective fitness routine. For G-SHOCK, it was a must-have when designing a watch for the fitness crowd, and The GBDH1000 feeds you the data you’re looking for in real-time, giving you the option to train in specific heart rate zones or even calculate VO2max.

Plus, with the help of a clever algorithm developed in partnership with Firstbeat, fitness enthusiasts can see how effective their training was in the G-SHOCK MOVE App.

Big Data, Trim Package

The GBDH1000 packs a total of five sensors in its case — an amount of tech which, under normal circumstances, would result in a massive, almost comically clunky timepiece. This was one of the primary challenges faced by the design team at G-SHOCK; in order to create a fitness watch that would appeal to armchair athletes and future Olympians alike, the watch would have to remain slim. Whether you’re pounding out push-ups in the living room or heading out for a “social distancing” run around the neighborhood, the last thing you want strapped to your wrist is a big bulky watch.

Fortunately, the GBDH1000 remains right in line with the rest of the G-SHOCK lineup thanks to a little ingenuity from G-SHOCK’s design team. According to one team member, they were able to accomplish this through “the development and integration of a new watch LSI, which reduces the power consumption of the system and improves the efficiency of the solar cell. Also, this was achieved by multiplying the high-density mounting and exterior technology that G-SHOCK is known for.”

If that’s too much product-nerd lingo for you (this is Gear Patrol, after all), the main takeaway is this: For the first time ever, G-SHOCK integrated an optical heart rate sensor, Magnetic sensor (compass), Pressure sensor (altitude/atmospheric pressure), Thermo sensor (temperature) and a 3-Axis Accelerometer (step count/distance) without having to increase the size of the case by so much as a millimeter.

Battery Life

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the GBDH1000 is the battery life. Even when all of the fitness-tracking sensors are turned on, including GPS and optical heart rate, you’ll still manage 14 hours of battery life. That’s a staggering number, especially when you think about how long your phone battery lasts when you’re running its GPS.

And yet, that number still pales in comparison to how long the battery will last in Time Mode. This may sound obvious (Training Mode uses a lot more energy), but how G-SHOCK accomplished this is the interesting bit. Thanks to a solar cell, G-SHOCK was able to ensure that the GBDH1000’s battery life would last for 12 months.

G-SHOCK MOVE App

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Here’s the icing on the cake: with the G-SHOCK MOVE app, all of your data is at your fingertips in a centralized, easy-to-navigate display. The home screen is entirely customizable, so you can make sure that whatever data you’re most interested in shows up at the top of the display.

On the activity pages (which populate within the app once you’ve tracked an activity), you’ll get snapshots of your routes, distances, times and average paces. Click into any one activity and you’ll be met with a heavy dose of additional data. Everything you could want to know is right there — including time spent in given heart rate zones provided by the optical heart rate sensor. And if you were ever curious the maximum amount of oxygen your body can utilize during exercise, that data is there too in the form of your VO2max.

All of this data culminates in the MOVE app’s ability to provide customized training plans for you automatically. Once you input a starting point, the app has an algorithm that will provide you with workouts to keep your progress moving forward. Plus, because the app has tons of data points on you, it can tell whether or not you’re being overworked or “redlining” and tell you to take some rest — which leads to optimal results.

You may be wondering: “What happens to my data if I misplace my watch and my phone? Is all of my data lost forever?” Luckily, G-SHOCK thought about that in the design of the app. All of your training data is stored on G-SHOCK’s cloud servers so that you can access it from the web as well.

This New Watch Is a Celebration of 50 Years of Earth Day

50 years ago, millions of environmentally conscious people came together and gave a voice to the emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet — resulting in Earth Day. This year, One Eleven is celebrating the endurance and evolution of the eco-conscious movement with its Limited Edition Earth Day Solar Powered SWII watch.

1. Earth Day Anniversary Design: The designers over at One Eleven uncovered vintage pins from the original Earth Day with the quote “Save your Earth, you can’t get off”. You can find this quote as a patch on the strap along with a vintage Earth Day emblem patch.

2. Solar Powered Movement: Like all One Eleven watches, the Limited-Edition commemorative Earth Day watch ticks away with a solar-powered movement. This keeps destructive batteries out of landfills.

3. Doing Right by the Earth: One Eleven is dedicated to protecting the planet and uses eco-friendly and sustainable materials whenever possible. This includes petroleum-free bio-material cases, rPet watch straps crafted from recycled water bottles, and eco-friendly packaging. Plus, as 1% for the Planet partners, they give one percent of their profits to environmental causes.