Following on the heels of the City Riding lookbook, this racing/training collection from Rapha should just be called ‘take my money already.’ Still the choice kit for dentists and lawyers (along with Assos perhaps), there’s no denying how rad the collection is, even if it is out budgetary reach for most, myself included. Understated and the highest tech, Rapha nailed the market opening when everything else was over coloured and logo’d. This lookbook was shot in Norway and is mind-blowingly beautiful… just as you’d expect from a brand that never skimps on presentation.
When it comes to the highest-tech merged with ultra-clean streetwear/dress styles, it truly doesn’t get any better than ACRONYM. Showcasing their fall/winter 2013-14 collection in this video, the presentation is perfect giving insight in to more than just the cut and fit: intended use and function are on display, from pocketing through to features like the sidezip to cover a shoulder bag.
Even though the android Arc’teryx chose to model their fall 2013 collection is a bit terrifying, you know this run of high-tech zero-flair outwear etc is absolutely impeccable. Designed and manufactured in North Vancouver, Veilance is the truth in their corner of the market, and are always pushing technique and function forward:
‘For fall ’13, Veilance gets a new iteration of the next generation GORE-TEX® Pro. The previous version of GORE-TEX® Pro delivered top-tier waterproof, windproof and breathable protection — properties that can prove as relevant to an urban environment as they are to extreme outdoor use — but proved versatile enough to become part of a day-to-day wardrobe.’
A different kind of professional from Arc’teryx’s core user can benefit from this breakthrough, as the new GORE-TEX® Pro is engineered for maximum ruggedness and extended use — that’s guaranteed longevity on a garment and the very best weatherproof performance available. Arc’teryx’s history and learnings with GORE-TEX® provides a perfect partner for Veilance’s perfectionist approach. Nothing comes close to this study of everyday necessity and with this updated addition, increased comfort improves everyday experiences.’
Even though they’re based across the Atlantic in St Agnes, Cornwall on the southeast tip of England, this is a brand (lifestyle) that looks right at home on 84/85. Without scribing our own involvement and past in cold water surf on the west coast, safe to say we the undertaking decently well, and the necessary gear that comes with it. Finisterre puts the whole package together: hi-functioning gear with a transparent production path, gorgeous documentation of their adventures, and a dynamic website that shows off all aspects of a dynamic brand. Really stoked to have stumbled upon these guys (via the beast) and will definitely be checking back in regularly.
I am all for these new ‘heritage style’ bag companies, as I really appreciate the aesthetic and classic look they have, but I find they generally lack the technical aspects that a new pack can offer. Insert Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a company that produces ultra light-weight outdoors gear, including backpacks, shelters and accessories. I am specifically interested in their more day-to-day packs, the 1600 series, made up of the Metro, Summit and the Stuff Packs (seen above in this order). They all feature a roll top design, done in their ultra light weight Cuben fiber material that is 10 times stronger than steel by weight and fully waterproof. I really like the Metro Pack and with all the features and the fact that its waterproof I might consider trying one of these out.
We have ben tracking the moves of Poler from the start back when we first caught wind of the line in late summer of last year. Since then the line has absolutely blown the f*ck up, with their new school take on classic camp styles. Here is a look at the line’s future collaborations from their spring/summer 2013 collection. They have joined forces with Vancouver-based Lifetime, one of our favs Brixton, my new favorite sock company Stance and finally Goal Zero for a solar powered battery charger. Damn this line is one fire right now, looking forward to seeing what else they are cooking up on the camp stove.
Tilak is a Czech outerwear line producing some of the best looking technical jackets I’ve seen in a minute. Designed in conjunction with Acronym at their Munich studio, the pieces are then manufactured in the Czech town of Šumperk. A mix of Gore-Tex, Ventile and Windstopper, Tilak produces a focused range of mountain, hiking, and city-focused product, well-styled as a secondary benefit, high functioning as the primary goal. Such rad looking pieces, click through for more.
Founded in 1981 in Sheffiled UK, Rab Carrington’s eponymous technical outdoorswear and accessories line is designed to meet the needs of a new breed of lightweight alpinist using techniques pioneered by Rab himself. This equipment had to be designed ‘for the most extreme conditions in the world.’
I came across the Rab line digging through quality local independent outdoors retailers and really liked what i saw: great fits, inadvertently stlyish colorways, and a total commitment to high function. From what I saw in real life the gloves, waterproof pieces and shoftshells would all be perfect for my westcoast routines, and come in at a comparable pricepoint to upper-end North Face or Patagonia. Hit the jump to check more of my online selections from Rab and check their site for more.