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19 Style Releases and New Watches We’re Obsessed About This Week

Happy Friday. What better way to kick off the weekend than catching up on the best new product releases? Watch companies and style brands have been working tirelessly to produce exciting new products — there’s cold-weather gear, several dive watches and much more. Enjoy!

Rado Captain Cook Bronze Burgundy Watch

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Rado’s cool, vintage-styled dive watch not only comes in a bronze case, but is matched to a burgundy-hued dial, bezel and NATO-style strap.

Price: $2,600

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Akila Task Force Sunglasses

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Slimmer than your normal pair of aviators, the Task Force shades feature an acetate bridge, nose-pads and temples for added comfort. Be sure to check out the other lens colors, too — there are some winners.

Price: $120

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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit A.I.R. Chaz Bundick

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The creative force behind Toro y Moi released his first collection with Nike, complete with shorts, shirts, shoes and a hat emblazoned with the Bundick’s immediately recognizable graphic art.

Price: $170

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Kanata for 18 East ‘Springs’ Cowichan Sweater

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If you’re just seeing this now, it’s too late. Like most of 18 East’s new threads, this sold out almost immediately. The cool color-blocked sweater is knit by hand in Canada — shop other similar styles here.

Price: Sold Out

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer x Bamford Watch

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TAG Heuer’s official customizer, Bamford, gave the Aquaracer dive watch a makeover with interesting details and a matte-textured titanium case.

Price: $3,900

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Monitaly Daily Tote Bag

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Yuki Matsuda’s cult-favorite clothing brand is offering a range of cool tote bags made from leftover fabric from past seasons’ designs. This one features a lightweight insulated nylon rip-stop fabric traditionally used for making parachutes.

Price: $65

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Yema Navygraf Maxi Dial Watch

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Dials with oversized hour markers like this are sometimes referred to as “maxi,” and the look is particularly striking here in orange. Yema also released the more traditionally styled Pearldiver this week.

Price: $749

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Buck Mason Melton Admiral Peacoat

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Made from thick Melton wool, this classic peacoat is actually thicker than traditional standard-issue Navy coats. It features a slim fit, it’s lined with Japanese satin and it comes in sizes XS to XXL.

Price: $345

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Timex x Nigel Cabourn Naval Officers Watch

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Timex partnered with British menswear brand Nigel Cabourn on a very cool military-inspired watch.

Price: $195

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Stetson x Taylor Stitch Lane Splitter

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San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch teamed up with Stetson to release a rugged, go-anywhere hat made from water-repellant wool. Available in sizes S through XL, it’s crushable, so it’s easy to pack for any weekend trip.

Price: $148 $118

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Circula AquaSport Watch

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German brand Circula offers a pretty compelling value proposition for this affordable, Swiss automatic movement-equipped dive watch available in severa; different colors.

Price: ~$510

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Everlane Flannel Chore Jacket

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Chore coats are the perfect layer — throw them over a tee or sweatshirt on a cool day, or under a jacket when it’s downright freezing. They’ve got pockets for all your essentials, and this one from Everlane is made from thick 10.5-ounce organic cotton flannel (so it’ll last).

Price: $88

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Parmigiani Toric Heritage Watch

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High-end watchmaker Parmigiani is celebrating its founder’s 70th birthday with a version of its Toric watch in steel with an incredible blue guilloché dial. The in-house automatic movement inside is equally impressive.

Price: $17,700

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Todd Snyder x Peanuts City Collection Los Angeles Hoodie

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Todd Snyder has teamed up with Peanuts in the past, but this collection offers a new perspective from the duo. Sweatshirts show Snoopy dressed for various cities around the globe — we are partial to the Los Angeles hoodie (which also happens to be made in L.A.).

Price: $188

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Hublot Classic Fusion Concrete Jungle New York Watch

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In tribute to the city of New York and its flagship boutique here, Hublot drew upon its signature use of untraditional materials and rendered its Classic Fusion chronograph watch in concrete.

Price: $18,800

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Filson Vintage Wash Alaskan Guide Shirt

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This season, Filson raided its archives to find colors for the perennial-favorite Alaskan Guide Shirt. Made from 8-ounce flannel, this shirt has been heavily washed to recreate the look and feel of a shirt from the ’90s.

Price: $145

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Casio G-Shock GA2110ET-2A Earth Tone Watch

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G-Shock released a couple new “Earth Tone” versions of its much hyped GA2110 series, sometimes called the “Casioak” due to its bezel’s resemblance to the famous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Price: $110

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Bravur x Wingårdh Limited Edition Watch

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Swedish microbrand Bravur teamed up with the father-and-son duo Gert and Rasmus Wingårdh to put their architecture and design vision into a pair of limited edition watches.

Price: $1,290

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Cole Haan x Hasan Minhaj GrandPro Rally Court Sneaker

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This leather tennis style, designed with comedian Hasan Minhaj, has a rubberized EVA outsole, Ortholite footbed and leather heel lining.

Price: $170

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The 17 Best Scarves to Buy in 2020

Scarves have had a number of callings, and names, throughout history. As sudariums, ancient Romans used them to wipe sweat from their faces. As cravats, 17th-century Frenchmen wore them like a sort of necktie. Other types of scarves have also been worn as religious garments, as shields from dust and wind, and to signify rank by military personnel. Today, most people use scarves to stay warm in the winter. Yes, style is important, but a scarf’s main purpose is to keep the neck warm — to protect where a beanie and winter coat cannot. These scarves come in all kinds of fabrics, from silk to lambswool, yarn and cashmere, at least one of which is sure to match your style.

Polo Ralph Lauren Reversible Scarf

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Ralph’s had this scarf in the collection for years because it’s a great scarf. It’s made in Italy using a perfect mix of luscious wool and nylon for strength. Plus it’s double-sided so you’re really getting two scarves in one. There’s a grip of colorways to choose from every season, too, so you’re not limited to this handsome windowpane version.

Price: $65

Kapital Compressed Wool Scarf

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One of our top picks when the cold comes around, Kapital’s scarves are legendary and come in dizzying patterns, illustrations and colors every year. Made in Japan, it features buttery soft compressed wool that naturally rolls at the edges.

Price: $317

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L.L. Bean Irish Lambswool Scarf

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It’s tough to find a scarf made entirely of lamsbwool at a price like this. L.L. Bean’s outshines others in value thanks to its sweet lambswool, woven in Ireland by a century-old mill.

Price: $40

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Uniqlo Patterned Heattech Scarf


Made from an acrylic-wool blend, this affordable scarf uses Uniqlo’s famed Heattech technology to keep you warm without adding bulk. It comes in a handful of colorways, too, should you be tempted to nab a few, especially at this price.

Price: $15

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Barbour Tartan Lambswool Scarf


Barbour’s all-lambswool scarf serves up quality at a comfortable price point. The soft doodad comes in several different tartans so you can choose your clan (or just whichever goes with your outfit).

Price: $55

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Colorful Standard Merino Wool Scarf


We like Colorful Standard’s Merino Scarf for balancing great materials and construction with a solid pricepoint, packing in some serious value.

Price: $65

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Battenwear Either Way Warmer


One thing we saw way more of this year was neck warmers, otherwise known as neck gaiters, a tubular variation of the scarf. This one from Battenwear uses Polartec recycled shearling to keep you warm and can either be tucked into your collar or be used as a head warmer with a cute little brim.

Price: $65

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Taylor Stitch Baby Yak Scarf


One of the softest scarves out there, this scarf uses nothing but super soft and rare baby yak wool. It feels just like cashmere but without the price.

Price: $88

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Inverallan Aran Scarf


Like the famed Scottish sweaters, this cable-knit beauty is hand-knit using 100 percent virgin wool.

Price: $89

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Howlin’ Moskow Discow Scarf


Howlin’ turned up the funk on the traditional Fair Isle pattern while maintaining the made-in-Scotland pedigree.

Price: $95

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Alex Mill Boiled Wool Bandana Scarf


If you’re not about to drop potentially irresponsible dough on a Kapital scarf, Alex Mill’s Boiled Wool Bandana Scarf will get you half-way there. It features a super textured, but super soft boiled wool and a jacquard-knit paisley pattern.

Price: $95

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MHL. by Margaret Howell Pocket Scarf


Margaret Howell’s collection of quality goods is the definition of understated elegance. This piece features a warm, silky smooth all-wool knit that’s made in the UK and features a pocket because, well, why not?

Price: $99

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Mr P. Fringed Checked Wool Cashmere-Blend Scarf


If you took a classic Pendleton wool shirt, added a dash of cashmere, cut it up and turned into a scarf, you’d have this one from Mr P. It’s made in the UK and features a vintage-inspired check pattern that’ll pair well with any outfit (even the bad ones).

Price: $115

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The North Face Brown Label Insulated Scarf

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A quilted fleece scarf — need we say more?

Price: $150

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Kiriko Boro Scarf

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Made from vintage Japanese boro fabrics that date as far back as a century or more, these scarves are one-of-a-kind. Each one is unique and dyed using indigo, so they’ll get better with age.

Price: $250

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Loewe Striped Brushed Mohair-Blend Scarf


This vivid scarf comes from none other than Loewe designer, JW Anderson. It’s rich colors are complemented by the hairy texture of the mohair fabric and make for one of the most playful accessories around.

Price: $270

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Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Fleece Scarf


Just when you thought the far reaches of cozy have found its limit, this wild scarf shows up. Made in the UK by storied knitwear brand Johnstons of Elgin, this scarf features an luxe cashmere knit into a fluffy fleece fabric.

Price: $395

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Cool Watches That Also Serve As Conversation Starters

Trying to make conversation with people, especially those who may never have met or spoken to before, may not the easiest task in the world. There are a number of situations you may find yourself in where this is the case, such as at a social gathering or a work seminar.

One popular conversation starter, apart from discussing the weather, is if you or another person has a unique gadget or is wearing a cool looking watch. 

Timepieces have been a great topic of discussion for many years, and with the ever-increasing advancements in technology and electronics, there are some really unique and different types of watches available on the market today, many of which are proving to be very popular.

Watches based on your personality

Watches come in a huge range of styles and there will always be a watch that is ideal for everyone. Whether you are loud and flashy, or quiet and timid, the timepiece that you wear will usually be a reflection of your personality. 

Watches for women tend to be more delicate and small in size, usually decorated with jewels or interesting patterns or textures, which watches for men can often be huge chunky timepieces which have a range of knobs and features that provide a whole range of other features, besides telling you the time. 

In this article, we will take a look at some of the cool and unique watches that are available and which great talking points when you are out and about.

Rolex watches

Rolex timepieces are some of the all-time classics and are famous throughout their world for their unique style and exceptionally high quality. For many people, wearing a Rolex watch is a sign of their financial success and the watches are often ones that come with a very hefty price tag. 

One of the most unique models from Rolex is the Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster, which is one of the flashiest watches you’ll see, decorated with diamonds and a sapphire. It’s certainly not a watch that too many people are going to be able to afford, and will set you back over $250,000. If you are looking for a watch that can act as a conversation started, then this is certainly one to consider.

However, if you are looking for something with even more bling than the Pearlmaster, then what you need, as long as money is no object, is the Rolex GMT Master II Ice. Made with white gold, it probably contains more diamonds than you’d find in an African diamond mine. The cost of this model is an eye-watering $485,000, and it’s not something you’d want to be outside wearing unless you have your own private security team surrounding you every step you take.

The watches offer a sense of intrigue as a lot of people, who would never be able to afford or wear such a watch, will usually have a lot of questions for the person wearing it such as how much did it cost, and why they went for that particular model.

Casio Calculator watches

There is a lot of love for all things retro, whether that by the fashion you wear, the car you drive or the computer games console that you play. Some items may actually be originals that are 30 years old, while others may be modern versions of old classics. 

One classic watch that everyone who was around in the 1980’s will remember are the famous Casio calculator watches. These were seen as something of a technological breakthrough back in the day (long before the internet, WiFi and Bluetooth), and anyone who had one of these was certainly one of the cool guys with a unique spy watch that not many other people had.

They were certainly handy during mathematics class in school, and the kid who wore one would usually have all of their friends sitting close by to help work out any tricky sums.

Fitbit / Apple Watch

The era of digital smartwatches is certainly upon us, and the popularity of these types of timepieces have been growing steadily over the past few years. Ever since the advent of the smartphone, it was only a matter of time before the smartwatch was part of our lives, and more and more people around the world, especially those who are fitness enthusiasts, have moved over to this type of watch. 

Models such as the Fitbit Blaze Fitness Tracker can keep a track of your heartbeat, count the number of steps you’ve walked, and how many calories you have burnt during your last workout. This is actually a pretty chunky looking watch and one that will certainly catch the eye of any people you may be in proximity to.

The Apple Watch can also offer you a range of other functions and can connect with your email, music software, so you can listen to your favorite music as you are out and about, as well as a range of other useful apps, in addition to being able to sync to your iPhone. iPhones, and to a lesser extent Apple Watches are also a topic of discussion, either with those who love them or those who hate them.

Some final thoughts

When it comes to an accessory that will make you stand out amongst others, a watch is certainly one of the most powerful and effective ways of starting a conversation. With so many different styles and models, the world of the watch is one that is constantly evolving, even though at the end of the day, the basic function is to simply tell you the time.

You can have watches made of 24-carat diamonds costing thousands of dollars, or one made with plastic costing less than $100. They will both usually do the exact same job, but it’s their style and appearance that sets them apart. Not everyone can afford to wear a watch with a similar price tag to that of a house or apartment in many places around the world, but if someone has the money, they are more than entitled to spend it on a timepiece.

Take the Worrying Out of Ring Shopping with James Allen

If you’re like us, you’re spending a lot more time indoors these days. And if you’re thinking of popping the question to that special someone, there’s never been a better time to design the perfect dream engagement ring. Finding the perfect ring can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. JamesAllen.com can take most of the work (and all of the worrying) out of your ring shopping experience. Not only can you do everything online (and get your significant other’s input), but the brand also offers its Diamond Display Technology, so you can view 200,000+ certified conflict-free diamonds in magnified 360° HD, and even see what a ring might look like on-hand with the Ring Try On feature available via the mobile website. Speak to experts with a virtual realtime diamond consultation or create a custom design or engraving and still save up 50 percent when compared to traditional stores. And if you’re still not convinced, right now you can get 25 percent off site-wide (exclusions apply).

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New Balance x J.Crew 997 10th Anniversary Sneakers

New Balance and J.Crew are both storied American that have each produced more than a few closet’s worth of iconic style pieces over the past couple decades. While we were definitely fans of their previous…

Kanevas New Men’s Collection Briefcase and Duffel Bag

As an urban commuter going on a trip for business or pleasure, it can be a struggle to switch from a briefcase, or a carry-on to a backpack. You want versatility when it comes to your bag and you want one that caters to both situations.  Canadian retail company Kanevas understands this need and thus they specialized in bags that are one of a kind, “designed for you, by you.”

The company has been in the market providing the women population comfort and convenience with their travel needs. They make handmade custom bags that adapt to their carrying needs in any given situation. As such, they want to give the same satisfaction to the opposite gender with the briefcase and duffel bag from their new men’s collection.

Your Style, Your Satisfaction

Founded in Quebec City in 2017 by Mylène Cusson and Marie-Hélène David, Kanevas gives customers the freedom to express their inner fashion designer. They want users to create bags that match their style and personal needs. The customization process allows them to choose their desired fabric, accessories, colors, features, and more. The outcome then is a bag that becomes a form of self-expression.

The briefcase and duffel bag easily adapts to your personal style and taste while offering multiple storage solutions for a functional carry. You can transform the briefcase into a backpack in a few easy steps. The duffel bag can easily get you from work to the gym or to a weekend getaway.

One-Of-A-Kind Creation

There is no one bag that can truly satisfy anyone when it comes to practicality. Those in retail markets are either missing one feature you’re looking for, too expensive, or not to your liking. They may look appealing but they don’t do bags justice in general. They end up being fashion accessories and gathering dust after just a few uses.

Kanevas, on the other hand, lets you “make your own choices without compromise” so you don’t settle for anything less. You get to take part in the creation of your bag from the ground up. You get the liberty to decide on the how and why: how you want your bag to look and why you want it designed as such. Thus, no bag is ever alike with the other. Each is unique to each user.

Convertible, Organization-Master

The Briefcase from Kanevas new men’s collection is one great example of elegance and extreme organization. Multiple zippered compartments and internal pockets give you plenty of storage options for your work essentials.

Call it your portable office if you will.  Its practical storage solution keeps your items organized and safe. There is space for your laptop, tablet, cellphone, credit cards, power banks, documents, other tech gadgets, and more. The briefcase even comes with a built-in external quick-access port for your mobile charger.

As for portability and convenience, the briefcase from Kanevas easily switches from handheld to backpack carry in two simple clicks. The stowaway backpack straps are neatly concealed in the zippered back pocket.  It retains its elegant edge all throughout regardless of carrying method.

On-The-Go, Anytime And Anywhere

Meanwhile, the Kanevas duffel bag is as versatile as it can get. You can take it to work or to your next weekend trip. It provides enough space to store a quick change of clothes and has a built-in laptop compartment. You also get the option of adding a side pocket for dirty clothes or dirty shoes.

This bag features a two-way carry method just like the briefcase. It has a couple of short handles for hand carry and an adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free.

Sustainable, Durable, High-tech

Kanevas prides itself on using sustainable rPet fabrics for the bags’ inner lining. 30 percent of the composition comes from recycled water bottles. The bags can be made with genuine or vegan leather or with felt.

The company also incorporates technology with their fashion designs. As such, they make use of augmented reality to bring their product to life. This helps customers get a visible idea of their finished design. It shows them how it will look like on all sides and angles at the comfort of their homes.

Conclusion

In this modern world of advanced technology and a fast-paced lifestyle, one thing you can rely on to get you to your destination is a fully-functional, reliable, and durable bag. One with great and timeless appeal is a bonus.

All these qualities Kanevas delivers. The briefcase and the duffel bag from their new men’s collection cater to the active lifestyle of business and travel. As such, they are versatile, sturdy, boasts a great appeal, and comes with an exterior slip pocket for easy transport with your suitcase.  All these commendable features prove that you can never go wrong with owning a Kanevas bag.

The new men’s collection is now available for an early-bird purchase over at Kickstarter. The campaign will end on Nov. 28 afterward the bags will be accessible at Kanevas online studio.

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The Black Ember Shadow

A top-quality backpack is an essential accessory when it comes to travel. Whether you’re off to a weekend getaway, to work, to a hike, or to the gym, then durability and functionality are a must. California-based independent design studio Black Ember, knows the importance of having a versatile and tough pack that offers more than it looks. They are masters when it comes to designing minimalist yet fully-functional backpacks for the active lifestyle. Their new collection, the Black Ember Shadow, can withstand the harshest of wet conditions and stay robust under pressure.

The urban jungle can be a dangerous place to be in—you just never know what challenges await you. Whether these are from prying eyes or sticky fingers, you can only do so much in protecting yourself and your gear. But when it comes to unpredicted weather conditions, you can bet that the Black Ember Shadow will safeguard everything you’ve got in your backpack.

Waterproof and Robust Construction

Science and technology merged to create a pack that not only guarantees longevity but also great appeal. The Black Ember Shadow only uses fine textiles to ensure pristine, tough, and waterproof construction.

Heavy downpours and water splashes are a no-brainer for this pack thanks to its special construction. It is laser cut from Black Ember’s proprietary, high-performance Microhex HTX textile, a three-layer nylon cross-weave that boasts IP-X6 waterproof performance. Top this off with YKK Aquaguard zippers with their polyurethane laminate and you have water merely gliding off like beads before it can even seep through the fabric shell.

Not only does the Black Ember Shadow keep your gear dry it also keeps them snug and safe inside no matter your movements. It is also abrasion-resistant. The seams are machine-stitched and high-pressure bonded using the studio’s BOND-STITCH tech for extreme durability and added water protection.

Plus, 200 Denier ripstop lining enhances the shell strength, and anodized, laser-etched T6 aluminum tension hooks ensure carrying straps remain secured while on the go.  Hypalon zipper pulls that lock together with a snap also prevents accidental slips and unwanted access from idle hands.

 All-day on-the-go comfort

The Black Ember Shadow is not your run-off-the-mill backpack that’s all frills and no thrills. It is a delight to tout around not only for its construction and aesthetics but for its comfort. It features a back panel that independently flexes to fit with the shape of your back. Perforated EVA panels also offer room for breathability.

Meanwhile, removable magnetic sternum and compression straps ensure a balanced weight distribution and add back and shoulder support. The shoulder straps cleverly tuck away behind butterfly back panels and together with the side handle, they easily convert the pack into a briefcase. The addition of a language strap makes this backpack a good travel companion with your suitcase.

Smart and Spacious Organization

A good storage capacity with convenience in access is also a prerequisite when it comes to choosing a fully-functional backpack. The Black Ember Shadow exceeds expectations as it does not only come in a 26 or 22-liter storage. It also has dedicated quick-access pockets for on-the-go convenience. It seems like the company has thought of everything.

The main compartment zips open clamshell-style to reveal a foam-padded base and two suspended sleeves on one side to store a laptop and a tablet. The opposite side has a couple of meshed pockets, one for a water bottle and the other for other essentials.

There is even a tech kit held by a magnetic closure that flicks open with ease. Unbuckle the kit and you have full access to six pockets to keep things organized.

Meanwhile, the exterior zippered compartment has quick-access micro-organization on point. It has magnetic hardware for your keys and divided pockets to store pens, a mobile phone, and more.

Conclusion

The Black Ember Shadow boasts superior protection that makes it almost indestructible. It even has the timeless appeal to boot. Its minimalist yet modern design is stylish. Coupled with its smart organization, this backpack easily lets you go from work to play (or vice versa) in seconds.

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Protect and your Apple Watch with the Gray Cyber Watch Case and Band combo

For years now, the Apple Watch has been a commercial success that has left Android Wear behind. Battery life continues to be dismal in comparison to wearables from Huawei, Samsung, and other brands. Nevertheless, its widespread adoption makes it a perfect platform for third-party accessory manufacturers. While its first-party options retail for premium prices, there are some add-ons that cost more than the device itself. The Gray Cyber Watch is one of those which retails for up to $1,299.

What makes it even more ridiculous is the fact that it is for a case and band only. Although the Apple Watch can survive some accidental bumps and scrapes, it lacks the protection that some of its competitors ship with. Thus, there is a thriving demand for aftermarket accessories that could augment its survivability. Common items owners shop for are tempered glass screen protector and protective cases.

The Cyber Watch from Gray is an upscale case with an FKM rubber band that not only keeps your wearable safe but enhances its appearance. You can choose from titanium or aluminum variants and several colors to match your preference. It is engineered to perfection and fits the Apple Watch without any noticeable gaps. The metal housing reinforces its overall durability and elevates its aesthetics

Likewise, to absorb the shock from impacts an FKM rubber insert sits between the titanium frame and the Apple Watch. Taking into account the crown, the right section angles inward to make the button accessible. If you are getting the Cyber Watch from Gray, you might as well splurge on its other collection to protect your iPhone and AirPods.

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23 Style Releases and New Watches We’re Obsessed About This Week

The weekend is finally here, which means it’s time for our Friday dispatch of all things stylish. It was another week of heavy hitting style releases and new watches. We saw plenty of hybrid sartorialisms, convertible garment antics and straight-up dope watches. Enjoy!

Tanner Goods Canyon Crossbody Pack


Made from an innovative fabric dubbed Konbu, this lightweight, durable and water-repellent pack is coming after your daypack.

Price: $115

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Wallace & Barnes Full-Zip Sweater

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The love child of a sweater and a jacket — the swacket.

Price: $168

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Tombogo Convertible Double Knee Pants

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This double knee is pulling double duty.

Price: $250

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Mean and green.

Price: $189

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Online Ceramics x Fela Kuti

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“Expensive Shirt”

Price: $75

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Merci LMM-H01for Hodinkee

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One of our favorite French boutique watchmakers did a super sharp and well priced mechanical interpretation of its field watch for Hodinkee. It’s limited to 1,500 examples.

Price: $500

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Carhartt WIP Gore-Tex Lined Bucket Hat

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The vibe this season: a hat that’ll keep you as dry as the dead leaves printed on it.

Price: $78

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Public Records x The National Jazz Museum in Harlem ‘Feed the Community’ Tote

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Jazz musicians are having a tough time getting by right now. All the profits from the sale of these totes goes toward distributing fresh produce to musicians in Harlem. Plus, a purchase enters you into raffle for a specially curated collection of jazz records.

Price: $45

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Isabel Marant Daloh Convertible Jacket


The only kind of convertible you’d wanna drive in the dead of winter.

Price: $1,05

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Seiko Credor Eichi II

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Seiko’s haute horlogerie sub-brand Credor only seldom comes out with new watches. Now, the cult favorite Eichi II’s newest incarnation features a blue dial and platinum case.

Price: $54,000

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Greater Goods Hand-knit Balaclava

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We’re all getting into knitting this season and it shows.

Price: ~$165

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3sixteen Olive Block Fatigue Pant

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This is like the dirty martini of fatigue pants with all the olive juice injected into it.

Price: $245

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Christopher Ward C65 Sandstorm Chronometer for Worn & Wound

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A British watchmaker and an American watch enthusiast website collaborated on an awesome, limited-edition tool watch.

Price: $1,085

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BBC Ice Cream Bee Line x Timberland 6″ Rubber Toe Boots


Duck, duck, boot.

Price: $225

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Braun Watch & Clocks for Paul Smith

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One of the most iconic Bauhaus-inspired watch designs is from Braun, and it’s even cooler for being ultra affordable. New, limited-edition versions for retailer Paul Smith are some of the best yet. (Also check out the $80 wall clock and $45 alarm clock.)

Price: $225

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TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Birthday Gold Limited Edition

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TAG Heuer is honoring the creator of the famous Carrera on his 88th birthday with an interpretation of his “favorite watch” in gold.

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Aime Leon Dore x Clarks Originals Wallabees

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With a co-sign from Nas, these smackin’ stompers will have your fit nailed down (if you’re quick enough to get them before they sell out).

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Breitling Superocean ’57 Outerknown

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Breitling partnered with one of our favorite makers of surf-centric gear and apparel, Outerknown, on a retro-inspired dive watch with an eco-friendly strap.

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Oak & Oskar Olmsted Matte

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A new version of Chicago-based microbrand Oak & Oscar’s 38mm field watch, the Olmsted, has a matte-textured, ceramic-coated case.

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Ming 19.05

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Enthusiast favorite watchmaker Ming has introduced the final model in its 19 series featuring a titanium case and a high-end movement. Only 15 examples will be made.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Berluti Cold Brown

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Hublot’s ongoing partnership with leather expert Berluti has yielded a new version of the Big Bang Unico watch that incorporates patinated Venezia leather in its dial and bezel — and also its strap, of course.

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Bremont Hawking Collection

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Bremont has released a collection of watches that incorporate small discs of wood taken from the late scientist Stephen Hawking’s desk.

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Chopard Alpine Eagle Wempe

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Chopard’s luxury sport watch, the Alpine Eagle, might look its best yet in this special version with a silver dial and blue hands/indices for retailer Wempe’s 5th Avenue boutique.

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Stay Warm, Look Cool in This Exclusive Nobis Jacket

We know you don’t want to hear it, but as the days grow shorter and colder, that warm, waterproof jacket-sized hole in your wardrobe is only going to become more of a problem. Fortunately for you, the outerwear experts over at Nobis have teamed up with NBA star Serge Ibaka for an exclusive nine piece collaboration, featuring items like the Serge Ibaka X Nobis Parka, made from durable, water-repellent 3L Micro Denier fabric and premium Canadian white duck down insulation, or the Tactical Vest — an ideal piece for transitional weather and mild winter days, made from durable performance fabric and insulated with lightweight Primaloft padding, with functional details such as magnetic-closure exterior pockets, a waterproof hood, reflective detailing and a tuck-away face mask. And if that doesn’t suit your needs, there are a host of other products including a lightweight vest, bomber jacket, headwear and of course, scarves.

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    The Complete Buying Guide to Levi’s Jeans: All Men’s Fits, Explained

    Welcome to Brand Breakdown, a series of comprehensive yet easy-to-digest guides to your favorite companies, with insights and information you won’t find on the average About page.

    In the beginning, there was one: the 501. In 1873, Levi Strauss and Co. received a patent for blue jeans reinforced with rivets and began producing stronger pants for working men. Over the past century, the brand’s jeans became a favorite of miners, laborers, rock stars and city-dwellers — a quintessential American garment that transcended all social classes. And since the advent of the 501, Levi’s has created dozens of fits for its ever-growing clientele.

    All Levi’s jeans follow a similar naming sequence, beginning with the 501. But, the reason for the 501 designation is a bit of mystery. “Around 1890 is when we started calling our copper-riveted waist overalls the 501,” says Jonathan Cheung, the Senior Vice President of Design Innovation at Levi’s. The mystery surrounding the number is largely due to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that destroyed many of the company’s files. “The 501 was a product identification number, but we don’t know the reason why it was a three digit number beginning with five,” said Cheung. So now, as an homage to the company’s legacy, all Levi’s fits are denoted by a number: 501, 505 and 511, among others. Each number denotes a cut designed for a specific style and body type.

    Throughout the 20th century, Levi’s also made jeans outside of the 500 series. The 200s in the 1920s and 600s in the 1960s were both designed to be more affordable. But for ease of use, this guide will only describe the fits that are made by Levi’s today (Levi Vintage Clothing and Levi’s Made and Crafted are not included in this guide).

    Terms to Know

    Denim: The fabric used to make jeans, this strong cotton twill is dyed with indigo which gives it a distinctive blue shade. In recent years, this all-cotton fabric is woven with a small percentage of stretch material for comfort.

    5-pocket: The foundational design of all blue jeans designed by Levi’s. The 5-pocket design is simple: two front internal pockets, one right-hand coin pocket — originally a “watch pocket” — and two back patch pockets.

    Bar Tacks: A series of close machine-made stitches used to reinforce stress points throughout the jeans. Most noticeably, this feature is found on the top corners of the back pockets.

    Rivets: Another foundational feature of all Levi’s, copper rivets are placed at a handful of stress points on the jeans.

    Red Tab: This small tab is sewn on the outside of the right back pocket. It is one of a few ways Levi’s are instantly recognizable.

    Arcuates: These two rows of yellow stitches form arcs on the back pockets of every pair of Levi’s.

    Back Leather Patch: No pair of Levi’s is complete without the back right waistband patch showing two horses pulling apart a pair of jeans — a nod to Levi’s strength and durability. For practical purposes, this patch also shows the fit number and size.

    Understanding Fit

    Anti-fit: This is essential to Levi’s ethos. Jeans have a slightly looser fit, especially in the top block (see below). “The back of a pair of Levi’s doesn’t really hug a guy’s backside perfectly,” Cheung said.”That is deliberate.” The iconic image of Bruce Springsteen’s posterior on the cover of Born in the USA exemplifies this look.

    Top Block: The part of the pant that includes the waist and hips. The cut here defines the fit through the thighs: skinny, slim or straight.

    Waist: To find a waist size, measure across the top of a pair of jeans (laid flat) and double that number (i.e. a waist measured at 16 inches is tagged as a size 32). The waist measurement is also the first number of the tagged sized (i.e. 32 x 34).

    Inseam: This is the second size listed on the tag. It refers to the measurement from the crotch to the leg opening.

    Rise: The rise indicates where the jeans will sit on your waist. When measured, it is the distance between the crotch and the top of the fly. The greater the rise, the higher the jeans will sit on your waist. Typically, slimmer jeans have a lower rise.

    Shrink-to-Fit: While only available in a small number of Levi’s 501s, shrink-to-fit jeans are made from denim that has not been pre-shrunk in the factory. Jeans cut from this denim will shrink when soaked and will form to your body. Levi’s claims these jeans will shrink up to 10 percent after the first soak.

    The Levi’s Fits to Know

    Since the release of 501s, Levi’s expanded its offering to include numerous fits for different occasions and lifestyles. Currently, the brand offers well over a dozen silhouettes for men — here’s how to tell them apart.

    Straight Fits

    501 Original Fit Jeans


    The fit of the original blue jean has changed over the years, but you can still count on a straight cut that sits at the waist with a button fly. You won’t get more classic than this.

    Price: $60

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    501 Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans


    This is a raw denim version of the classic 501. These have the same straight fit as the standard 501s but are designed to shrink to your body. There are a few different ways to achieve the best fit, but the Levi’s-approved method is simple: buy a pair with your true waist size, but with an inseam that is two sizes larger than what you typically wear. Put the jeans on and sit in a warm bath. Then wear them until dry.

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    505 Regular Fit Jeans


    The 505 is the first zip-fly jean by Levi’s, created in 1967. With a similar cut to the 501, they sit at the waist, offer a bit more room in the thigh and have a straight fit down to the leg opening. Like the 501, this is a Levi’s classic.

    Price: $60

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    514 Straight Fit Jeans


    This classic straight fit is designed for those with an athletic build. The 514 is cut for comfort, sitting below the waist with a regular fit through the thigh and a straight leg.

    Price: $70

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    559 Relaxed Straight Jeans


    A cousin of the relaxed-fit 550 (see below), the 559 sits below the waist, has a roomy thigh and maintains a straight fit in the leg.

    Price: $60

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    569 Loose Straight Fit Jeans


    Roomy without being baggy, these are cut to sit below the waist and feature a loose, straight-fit leg. Along with the generous cut, these are woven with stretch material and have extra room in the seat.

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    Slim, Skinny and Taper Fits

    502 Regular Taper Fit Jeans


    The 502 offers a little bit more room in the thigh, sits slightly below the waist and includs a taper down to the leg opening. These feature a zip fly.

    Price: $70

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    510 Skinny Fit Jeans


    These are noticeable slimmer. Made from denim with stretch, these jeans have a lower rise and smaller leg opening. This gives you some mobility while not sacrificing the skinny jean look.

    Price: $70

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    511 Slim Fit Jeans


    The 511 is Levi’s standard slim fit jean. These are made with denim that includes a bit of stretch, they sit below the waist and they have narrow leg opening.

    Price: $70

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    512 Slim Taper Fit Jeans


    These are a spinoff of the 511, but with a narrow fit through the thigh and a tapered leg. They also have a bit of stretch for comfort.

    Price: $70

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    513 Slim Straight Stretch Jeans


    The 513 has a well-rounded fit — not slim but not straight. They sit below the waist, they’re slim through the thigh and they have a straight leg.

    Price: $70

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    Engineered Jeans 570 Baggy Taper Jeans


    The 570 is a roomy blue jean with a pronounced taper (the resulting silhouette is sometimes called a carrot cut). This silhouette also comes in a pattern that has one back pocket and front slash pockets.

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    Boot Cut Fits

    527 Slim Boot Cut Jeans


    An update on the recently axed 517, these bootcut jeans are slim through the thigh and have a less-pronounced leg opening.

    Price: $70

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    Western Fit


    The most recent update to the Levi’s lineup of boot-friendly jeans, the number-less Western Fit sits at the waist with a straight leg and a slight flare. It’s also considerably flexible thanks to a heavy dose of polyamide, polyester and a bit of elastane. Unlike many of its other jeans, these feature extra belt loops, a reverse yoke and ‘safety’ felled inseams.

    Price: $60

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    Athletic and Relaxed Fits

    541 Athletic Fit Jeans


    Made for those with an athletic build, these stretch jeans are an underground hit for Levi’s. These offer a relaxed fit with a slight taper.

    Price: $70

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    550 Relaxed Fit Jeans


    First relaxed in 1985, the 550 was Levi’s initial take on a more relaxed fit. It is based on the 501, but features more room in the top block and thigh.

    Price: $60

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    560 Comfort Fit Jeans


    Designed for comfort, the 560 sits at the waist, has plenty of room in the thigh and includes a slight taper to the leg opening.

    Price: $60

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    Take Hiking to the Next Level With the On Cloudrock Edge Raw

    Hiking boots need not be dull, heavy, and typical- if you know what I mean. They can appear rugged and sporty too just like the On Cloudrock Edge Raw.

    These pair do not look like hiking boots at all, but much more like basketball shoes. That’s probably because of its design, with its soft high collar reminiscent of those worn by basketball players. The high collar serves its purpose as it provides cushion and grip during hikes or long walks.

    Aside from the soft collar, the On Cloudrock Edge Raw also has a padded liner and a reinforced tongue for further comfort and cushion. The trio makes outdoor activities comfortable and enjoyable. As such, this ultra-limited pair is designed for the outdoors. It is also windproof and water-proof. It also has a 7mm heel-toe drop.

    The addition of the Missiongrip soles and their varied traction patterns guarantee grip on mixed terrain and conditions. You can be certain of pedal safety with these shoes on, as long as you also mind the path you tread on.

    Moreover, the On Cloudrock Edge Raw is the most sustainable product from the brand as of date. It is made from 80 percent polyester sourced from recycled materials. The shoes are made from 30 percent recycled polypropylene Speedboard, 5 percent recycled rubber sock-liner, and 50 percent recycled wind and waterproof polyurethane membrane. These make the pair lightweight to “make long adventures lighter.” The shoe is just at a weight of 1.03lbs. The materials are also guaranteed dye and bleach-free.

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    Upgrade Your EDC with a High-Quality Face Mask

    Your EDC is something that’s so personal. In some cases, it can define your priorities — even the type of person you are. in today’s society there is a new piece of EDC that is paramount, but can often go overlooked: the face mask. Why opt for a cheap, disposable face mask when you could upgrade your EDC with something that speaks to who you are, and what your priorities are? Lo & Sons is crafting some of the finest-quality face masks out there, like the All Day Comfort Face Mask, which promises no ear pain, no ear dangle and no foggy glasses. Or the 4 Layer Bandana Mask, which as its name implies, offers four layers of material, plus a velcro closure for easy on and off. And both masks are machine washable, so you can be sure they are always fresh. Best of all, you can update your EDC with a quality Lo & Sons face mask for 15 percent off when you order three or more — no code necessary.

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    These Hiking Boots Broke My Sneaker Addiction

    I must confess. I’m not really a boot guy. I know a lot about boots and shoe construction and have rapped lengthily about which boots are worth your time and money. My favorite TV show category is cobbler voyeurism. But day in and day out, my go-to shoes are sneakers. They’re comfortable, they’re stylish and they’re less expensive. Though, if I have a few dozen sneakers, the price disparity evens out, if not totally throws my logic out the window.

    Season Three changed that. Founded by Jared Ray Johnson and Adam Klein, the brand’s first shoe (and first-ever product) was debuted on the Paris runway in Reese Cooper’s FW20 show. The nouveau outdoors/heritage aesthetic of the young designer was an ideal pairing for Johnson and Klein whose own brand takes challenges and respects traditional menswear.

    Its flagship boot, The Ansel, is made in Northern Italy in a region known for its traditional shoemaking. The two were lucky enough to find a factory that was willing to step outside of its shoebox and take on a young brand with new ideas.

    At first, the boots don’t look much different than most other hiking boots — which is the point. The design is classic, if more minimal. Though, not without sounding off a few bells and whistles.

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    Maybe the most notable difference is the lining. “We had to push our factory to try new things and they’d say ‘that’s not how we do things,’ but we’d said ‘let’s just try,'” Klein said. The lining is made from 100 percent wool from New Zealand. A wool-lined hiking boot sounds like a shoe you’d only pull out for deep winter excursions, but Season Three uses it because it actually makes it a better year-round shoe. That’s because wool is a great temperature-regulator in the cold and in the heat. It has the ability to insulate, but can also wick away moisture and allow sweat to evaporate more easily which makes the shoes breathable.

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    Breathability was also a key factor in deciding upon the lining. Tech-forward hiking shoes like those from Salomon and even heritage brands like Danner often use Gore-tex to line their boots in order to make them waterproof and less breathable. That’s where the merino wool comes in. “One of the issues I had with my Gore-tex boots was that they would get too hot as soon as I came indoors,” Klein says. You might not be the kind of person to leave your shoes on as soon as you get home, but I found myself keeping the Ansels on even if my furthest journey was to the kitchen.

    The shoes are waterproof up to a certain point. Though I didn’t test out their 45-minute rainproof claim even though we recently had several straight days of downpour, I inadvertently did exactly what Season Three had intended. “We wanted to make a shoe for the 95 percent of days,” Klein says. “For the days when it’s torrential, most people will just put on their serious boots.” He was right. When sheets of rain were dumping outside, I opted for proper rubber rain boots instead.

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    Concerning break-in, the Ansel has none. In every respect, they’re incredibly comfortable straight out of the box. The leather is sturdy without being stiff, so breaking in the toe and ankle was a non-issue. The Vibram Morflex Christy sole is super spongey, lightweight and flexible. Plus, the included ortholite insoles (which are removable, should you need to insert your own) are bouncy and supportive in all the right places. “With every decision we had to make, it came down to ‘is this going to make it more comfortable?'” Johnson says.

    Quality, resolable Goodyear-welted boots have a several barriers to entry. Aside from price, comfort and a break-in period are major turn-offs. I’ve parted ways with some shoes because the pain just wasn’t worth it. Season Three has broken down that barrier and made one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes in my closet, sneakers included.

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    They’re easier to put on than my Converse high top sneakers. Why? One of the little innovations that makes the Ansel great is a surreptitious one. Hidden at the back of the ankle is a cutout that splits the ankle in two, making it easy to don and doff the boots. That cutout won’t turn these hiking boots into slip-ons, though. You’ll still have to lace them up. But in combination with the easily adjustable D-ring lacing and speed hooks, the cutout takes the Ansel’s ease-of-use to another level, eliminating another boot barrier to entry.

    “We wanted to make a shoe for everybody,” Klein says. For the majority of the year, for the largest swathe of people, Season Three’s boot has achieved its goal. For all the same reasons I’ve chosen sneakers over boots time and again, I chose to lace up the Ansel over other boots. If you weren’t a boot person, Season Three’s Ansel Boot will make you one.

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    These Affordable Face Masks Are Worth Every Penny

    The unofficial and undisputed go-to brand for better basics has officially launched its face masks. Uniqlo’s got every gap filled when it comes to stylish goods, but almost nine months into the global pandemic, had yet to bring a face mask to its digital shelves in America. While everyone else scrambled and put out their own face masks to market, Uniqlo took some more time to develop its own and it’s finally here.

    The AIRism Face Mask has a sophisticated triple layer design that offers protection in the midst of the summer swelter. The first layer — closest to your face — uses its lauded AIRism fabric, which is moisture-wicking and breathable. The anti-odor fabric also has a super soft texture. The mask includes a built-in filter as its middle layer, and the outer layer is a breathable AIRism mesh fabric that blocks 90 percent of UV rays.

    The masks are offered in three different sizes and several colors, and cost $15 for a pack of three. Sizes are colors are selling quickly, so if you want a set of affordable masks, don’t wait.

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    Win the Ultimate Kit for a Fall Getaway

    No matter where you’re headed for the holidays — whether you’re staying close to home or venturing across the globe — you’ll need the right gear to make the most of your trip. Enter for your chance to win a stylish pair of leather boots from Milwaukee Boot Co. and a premium weekender bag from Lo & Sons.

    Click the link below to submit your entry.

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    The Prizes

    Milwaukee Boot Co. Brady Boot


    Milwaukee Boot Co.’s Brady Boot is perfect for the variable weather that fall can throw at you. It features Goodyear welt construction, a premium leather upper and a shock-absorbing EVA outsole.

    Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe


    Lo & Sons’ Catalina Deluxe bag is packed with smart features — whether you plan to use it as a travel bag or a gym/sport bag. It offers a timeless, minimalist design, a pass-through sleeve for attaching to your suitcase and a bottom pocket for keeping your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones.

    Terms: No purchase necessary. Enter from November 13, 2020-November 29, 2020 for your chance to win. Sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are lawful U.S. residents, and are 18 years of age or older, as of the start date of the sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Gear Patrol. See official rules for details and Sponsor’s privacy policy.

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    Nike’s Upcoming Air Jordan XI Jubilee and Adapt Sneakers Pay Homage to 25 Years of Jumpman

    25 years ago, in 1995, Michael Jordan debuted the Air Jordan XI after returning to the court from his first retirement. Two-and-a-half decades later, Nike is celebrating that return to form with a pair of…