If your sleeping clothes make it through the day you’re either really successful or really suffering. But these new dress sweatpants from Betabrand put a new spin on an old standby. They take the comfort of your old pajama pants and blend it with the fit and cut of trousers suitable for a day in the office. One Monday in these bad boys and you may never go back to pressed wool slacks again.
Waxed canvas is really weatherproof until the wax wears off. Same with leather gloves or your rain-soaked Brooks saddle. Portland-based Otter Wax makes a kit that will treat all your old-fashioned outdoor gear. This kit includes water-repellent fabric wax, canvas cleaner, saddle soap and leather treatments to handle it all.
Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes need to be seriously sturdy. The demands of high-speed stop and start lateral motion deem it absolutely necessary. Leave it to Nike to be the ones who figure out how to engineer the comfort and lightness of a Zoom runner with the beefy support of a performance tennie. They did it. It’s called the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour and Swiss ace Roger Federer helped design them.
If your training routine goes beyond mere OCD and involves stat charts and performance mapping, Magellan has a couple nice, new GPS-enabled training watches for you. Running, swimming, endurance and self-punishment of all sorts can be counted, tracked, measured, and reported all from the convenience of your wrist, mid-workout. Available Spring 2012.
The visible inner workings of these revolutionary timepieces from HYT Watches look like they’ve got internal combustion engines inside, complete with a radiator full of glowing green antifreeze. But really it’s a hydro-mechanical system that uses liquid for power. Maybe it’s just another gimmick to create brand buzz for the big Baselworld watch show, but hey, these watches look great and the engineering is nothing short of awesome.
It can be tough to find a jacket made of high-performance outwear material without looking like Joe Granola hiker bro or a Trustafarian snowboard clown. Vancouver’s Mission Workshop brand is on it, though. Their waterproof Eiger Field Jacket is constructed of Swiss-made Schoeller C-Change fabric (think upgraded Gore-Tex) and it’s cut for life on the cold streets not just the black diamonds.
Tag Heuer’s latest chronograph creation, The Mikrogirder 2000 can break the time down to 5/10,000th of a second. This a great conversation starter for people that like to talk about watches. The fact that it’s a Tag is usually enough for the rest of us. And we can talk about other stuff.
Maybe you love your watch but the band is bogus. Instead of letting it collect dust, order up a fully custom-made Gunny Strap. Their high-quality, hand-built leather straps will revitalize the look and feel of your favorite watch. Available in a variety of different leathers, you can get yours made to the exact dimensions your taste requires. That’s right, any way you want it.
Swiss watchmaker IWC is introducing a new military-style chronograph with San Diego roots. Named for the Miramar air base and the Tom Cruise flick filmed right up the road from werd.com headquarters, this watch is as tough as our local leathernecks. Its ceramic case, titanium case back, and a whopping 168-hour power reserve make it battle proof.
Autodromo creates Swiss-Made watches inspired by auto racing. That explains why instead of numbers like one through twelve, these analog timepieces look more like speedometers and tachometers. This way you’ll know exactly when it’s time to peel out.