Sunday, June 15, 2014

GIFTS FOR GUY GRADS (and DADS) Part 2

NYC

Adidas Golf, Athletic Recon, Alpha Industries, Easton Outfitters, REI, Horney Toad, Fishpond USA


Golf is a timeless sport---and one that's often an essential networking experience as much as a recreational choice

Appearances count-and  in apparel -the sport's requires pulled together looks-with a nod to classic silhouettes-but cut for younger guys….and out of performance fabrics=MUSTS.

Is there any line of activity that Adidas doesn't get right. No…including its Taylor Made golf collection of footwear and apparel.

sneaker styles influence golf shoes-comfy and with lateral support needed. Mesh or super soft leather upper super breathable-stability+flex, incredible grip too $89.99-$150
lightweight…too with performance of cleats-comfort of spikeless…durable TPU -proprietary gripmore design, heel counter, adiprene rubber, sockliner comfort, flexible EVA construction
Terrific-functional fashion made with ClimaChill fabrics…anti-roll rib or self collars with stands, open hem sleeves, slimmer silhouettes than more traditional lines, PLUS most styles have contrasting accents…make these polos- course and off course wearable.
Polo shirts are ClimaChill moisture wicking, anti-odor, SPF+ protective…and in modern colors/prints- easily double as casual wear. Laser perforations under arms aid in ventilation $65-$90



























































fleece, performance tops, hats
















Runners and CrossFit athletes…especially serious ones, are very particularly about their footwear…and all the rest  too.


When we saw these separates by Athletic Recon-a fairly new collection of performance/lifestyle wear-it was so impressive…we were not surprised to learn that an industry veteran conjured it up. Bummer for us, its an all men's line...
back-Athletic Recon camo print more trendy than army, imo Black Ops Camo $54…back zip pocket w/ reflective pop, mesh venting on back waistband (black)

moisture wicking, 4 way stretch featherweight runners short with built in liner, adjustable waist. 2 lengths of many styles available too


Ripper-lightweight -streetwear + trail worthy…hints of tracksuit classics-fresh contrast color- orange zipper, DWR finish

super soft lining

Muzzle=Nice jacket-insulated-w/ exposed copper zipper, DWR wash, quilted lining-in black (pictured) and Army green
Outdoor men---camping out the real way---with feather weight tents, easy to set up and tough enough to withstand wind gusts and 3 seasons worth of weather….always wanted.

from Easton Outfitters products---lift this up with a pinky…S12CUBEN (1p pictured-now it delivers a 2 person)... 2 P 3lbs 20z $2000 Footprint sold separately. Made of Cubic Tech eVent-expedition worthy-80mph wind tested, carbon ion pole system…no wonder military uses this company!

from REI---Quarter Dome 1 Tent $219---comes in Half Dome 2p styles too, Footprint sold separately. 15 denier ripstop nylon and fly, floor uses 30-denier ripstop nylon (wow), clever angles for space, hubbed pole assembly for ez setup via REI exclusive tension truss architecture-sable vertical sidewalls headroom to sit upright--and length---we'd say for 6'3 and under. Comes with stuff sack, stakes, guylines, tighteners, pole repair tube, pole bag, stake bag
Not every guy is an outdoors rugged type…but style elements from that lifestyle translate into handsome clothing that look great anywhere.

One of our fav collections…Alpha Industries…takes its clean, functional iconic WWII Bomber Jackets' heritage---and updates it with tech fabrics.
MA-1 Flight Jacket-from military to civilian-water resistant, storm flap zipper $125-knit cuffs, collar, waistband


A bump up from a typical l/s button downs---Horney Toad's men's collection are made from proprietary or organic cotton fabrics, travel easy- and clean easy too. Pictured from the Fall 2014 line  2 layer function-fashion plaids…2 front flap pockets, back yoke, double snap cuffs...
tough to get denim right…we'd call these tapered boot cut-are just right thickness -in dark rinse…on the left, khaki Sundowner-side pocket with hidden snap closure and internal drawstring atop zip fly/snap closure -smart details.
Flyfishing is growing in popularity …an outdoors' activity that deceptively requires skills ---yet even rank amateurs will just love the whole vibe being on the water…casting a rod.
Westwater Messenger Bag  $139.95-large zippered flap pocket w/ YKK #10 water resistant zips with rubber pulls-backed pockets too w/ same specs, interior laptop sleeve, interior organizer pocket, padded adjustable shoulder strap-good choice for urban commuters

Equipment choices abound---but as a gift…a safe bet are selections by one the the premier companies…Fishpond USA-gear and everyday bags, packs, slings and luggage.

As expected-haulers destined for the river or the sidewalks= are weather/ water right-with TPU welded construction, padded web straps, interior/exterior pockets, all sorts of attachment sections for gear/hooks/rods…roomy compartments.

Handsome too.