Thursday, October 2, 2014

COLOR TRENDS@Outdoor Retailer S/S 2015:Black/White+Greens


Part 9

BLACK, WHITE, Black+White

As boldly graphic as a Mark Rothko painting-the neutral colors of black and white-with bits of accent colors (and textures)---make a big statement -for S/S 2015 outerwear apparel and footwear.

Tonal wise-it's sharp-sleek, urban friendly (though that white is tough to keep---white)…and for sure, these two colors are always best sellers-irrespective of what ever shade some trend forecaster is peddling for the season.

Shades of grey orange black white- for Wolverine men's-with all of the comfort+durability-Manistique= quick dry breathable mesh+polyurethane upper, C3® Compression Molded EVA footbed, EVA sock liner+dual density rubber outsole

CAT FOOTWEAR just keeps delivering the coolest shoes as of late- taking its work wear heritage and amping UP style elements-like this wedge on a kicker tough silhouette…later post -the more graphic collab offerings with Camille Walala that literally stopped us in our fast fast fast NYC paced strides.
Cat's Colorado Boot--Fall 2014 $120

Weathered white by ARIAT's Fashion Collection-with craft design accents+crackled ruggedness  -influenced by 1850s California Gold Rush. Left-tiny brass studs accents on Copper Creek ($119.95) footbed-NICE! Right Dreamer has low block heel-more polished than ballet flat $129.95
Palladium -Clorox bleach worthy-bright white Flex Collection non-washed canvas uppers -men's-  reminds us of the spotlessly clean kicks worn in a picture of Derek Jeter walking a NYC street…impressive portrait in many ways including the un-marked by mankind or nature shoes…and the subject, of course.

Leave it to Adidas---widely mispronounced in the USA imo-is none the less-a  label who just gets it as far as its target market (millennials) --- clothing/shoe wear wants. (I.E check out the customization options of footwear including #ZXFLUX from Instagram images).
We thought this a very daring B/W color scheme- on the acclaimed Terrex Downblaze jacket $285 (men's +women's versions)…performance piece with FORMOTION™, Pertex®Microlight offers lightweight durability-windproof wear, Primaloft® Gold insulation-ultra-fine fibers+water repellent down…and love the baffle stitching-insure no cold spots-with heat retaining on neck, sleeves and waist too. 2 hand pockets.
Terrex Skyclimb Top (M version above-women's below) another eye catching technical piece-with move with ease FORMOTION™, Polartec® Alpha earth-lightweight, breathable, insulates when wet, Polartec® Power Dry moisture management keeps wearer dryer, Pertex® Equilibrium disperses moisture to outer most layer=impressive hybrid construction $195
Terrex Skyclimb Top-W -
SKINS Compression wear---five technical fabrics-Adaptive technology-warms+cools with techy properties embedded, bonded hems for no chafe lighter weight comfort (vs flat lock) and construction with strategically placed Memory MX panels for biomechanics function+injury prevention+precision fit based on 3D body scans =best fit we've had in this category when it comes to long tights we have…awesome!  Pictured from Cross Fit NYC event-A400 series-50+UV protection non mesh areas and 360º reflectivity pops ---Men's long tights+long sleeve top, Women's ¾ tights+Tank Top-with neoprene straps won't dig in.

AVEX® Highland Autoseal-one handed patented pour Travel Mugs ---just push to sip-release to seal-leakproof…delivers these matte bottles that are very chic for  this category of Gunga Dins. We were given a spot quiz on the middle and right-pictured selections---at the booth-we liked the middle B/W the best---apparently a guy preferred tonal option-vs the white, grey, black blue-pictured on the right. WHATEVER.

GREENs for Spring leaves the deep dark forests for more seasonal lighter shades of open air gardens…joining neon-acid versions of this color that screams SEE ME! A good thing for visibility.

NAU's women's VINEYARD jacket is DWR treated-repels wet weather+stains recycled polyester ripstop matte finish…
zips high closure- w/protective adjustable hood-seams flatter+folds down into back zip pocket.Guy version too

Bergans-Technical wool jacket-Vikke Lady (Guy) jacket made of naturally performing 100% merino wool , front pockets, elastic cuffs  with thumb holes for great fit. Flatlock seams in contrasting colors.
BERGANS of NORWAY's lime/green tea---brightens up a rainy summer day...
Super lightweight-windproof+water repellent, snug fixed hood, front pockets in mesh for optimal breathability-strategic placed to not interfere with pack or hip belt.

L.L. Bean Active Apparel-attached hood +cuffs keep elements out in lightweight pack down into pocket friendly size-windproof nylon jacket with reflective details
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody-took this pic at Schoeller booth using their stretch woven shell fabric for a wind shirt that's breathable +packs down inside the chest pocket -internal carabiner clip loop for easy racking on harness.

Convetiblility-makes a long ride comfier for sure- Versa jacket -running and cycling versions- use tiny magnets not annoying zippers or velcro to get sleeves on/off. Hood one handed adjustments-and reflective accents...

SUGOI showed a terrific athletic-run collection-alongside their cycling focused attire. Japanese slang for cool- anointed to the founding duo known for their pursuit of cutting edge fabrics (we agree!).
Sugoi fabrics include-Micropro® fabric -wind and water resistant and super lightweight-packable. ... FinoPro® fabric-breathable moisture wicking and smart seam+zone construction placed so as not to interfere with movements-provide ventilation…and icefil® with the cooling effect of xylitol -yup the stuff in chewing gum- a natural sugar alcohol converts sweat into coolant that proven-lowers skin temps so we were told 4º…with UV protection too..

mesh insert ventilation

OBOZ is getting to become an in-demand footwear-cult like devotion. Pictured the women's Emerald Peak-support with structural cage of welded TPU, neoprene collar for sock-free comfort +keep debris OUT. W/ synthetic leather overlays protect toe+heel $110 (Leaf green)

THE  claim to fame SALEWA 3F -here--- in the LP Flow Mid GTX (Basilica/Foliage)-trademarked-Flex- Fit- and Support---it is obvious just by looking at this boot-gender specific lasts (W-medium,narrow, M- wide, medium), Multi-fit footbeds, 3D lacing that divides foot into 3 areas-targeted lacing systems' accordingly (running shoes need this more)-with lacing up to the toe for more precise fit-in particular, and flexible +supportive motion that flexes with heel-toe motion. With the NEW GORE TEX TECHNOLOGY SURROUND™provides moisture wicking climate control all around the foot-with special laminate linings incorporated into the uppers-channels beneath the foot and a lateral radiators to facilitate air circulation, all adding up to breathable shoe wearing experiences in waterproof boots. Impressive. More on this launch in a later post. Outsole is Vibram's Hike Approach sole
ALP Flow Mid GTX-women's-in Venom-Bright Aqua

WOLVERINE's  outsole of the above pictured Manistique 

Tremont Collection-Tamara lace-up $110-this is in Teal-kinda blue-green like. Inspired by NB's racing flat-with a perforated upper, Dri-Lex® lining, textile footbed cover -on a removable PU footbed 

COBB HILL uses a lot of parent company New Balance's unique comfort technology that delivers fashion comfort  that we can vouch for--- in the REVhex wedge boots that are exceptionally all day worthy with NBs REVlite midsole, EVA outsole and wicking Dri-Lite lining=our go to kick for NYC.
gorgeous retro-Euro feel in this Alexa T-strap-Abbott Collection-punched out upper, adjustable hook and loop-1 1/2inch block heel,  EVA footbed-in a Teal-green blue hybrid.

back decorative details+stitching

made for walking TR outsole...

Adidas-new Climacool Boat Sleek with 360º of Climacool® ventilation, mesh upper, EVA tongue and Lycra collar -breathable+comfy. Eco bonus points-5-10% recycled non visible content & environmentally developed pattern. Vivid Mint, Chalk White, Vista Blue

FUUUUNNNN! D6 SURFSKIMMER for kids…or adults of a certain size that's less than 150lbs-entry level -patented gripper handle-remove and play with just the board. 

Westwater Series of heavy duty 420d TPU fabric bags, made of new and improved FISHPOND fabric-smart details from small pouches to sizable haulers…in Cutthroat Green with orange/blue accents…boasts YKK#10 water resistant zippers 

Rolltop backpacks and duffels, guide lumbar packs, slings, messenger bags…and huge duffels…features like webbing loops for attachments, removable -adjustable adjustable straps, padded Jacquard carry handles, exterior -interior zip pockets…functional details made to carry gear-stuff. From $29.95-Westwater Pouch-$229.95 for Boat Bag

Part 1 Manly Snacks