In honor of one of basketball’s best ever, Nike has created the Kobe XI ‘Last Emperor’ collection, an assemblage of finely detailed product that celebrates his unmatchable legacy. It includes a low-key, black & white version of his Kobe XI Elite shoe plus, a uniquely branded ball, socks, & shirt.
Engineered for the rigors of all kinds of muscle-confusing crossfit, lifting, and atypical workout regimes, Nike’s Metcon 2 offers purpose-built support and comfort. It features a stable flat sole design, a zero friction heel, & forefoot flex grooves for lunging & twisting plus an upper with Flywire cables for support.
With its 41mm ceramic case and subdued styling, there isn’t much about the Mark XVIII Top Gun automatic to remind you of the 1980s Tom Cruise movie that inspired it. Not necessarily a bad thing. It features clean aviation instrument styling on the minute & second hand dial with an inset date window, a red inner chapter ring, and an embossed calfskin leather band.
It’s got all the sports training tools, smart notifications, & Connect IQ compatibility we’d all expect to find in a well-equipped GPS smart watch but the updated tactix Bravo offers serious tactical features & functions, too. Like, GLONASS supported GPS, an EXO antenna, Jumpmaster skydive software, & a display that’s night vision goggle compatible.
Fitbit just unveiled the Blaze, its new generation smart fitness watch. With its color touchscreen Blaze looks a lot like Apple Watch. It’s got its own OS & tracks everything from running to cycling to basketball. It offers five-day battery life, connected GPS & a PurePulse heart monitor. It provides call, text & calendar notifications & is compatible with more than 200 devices. A variety of custom styling options, accessories & various bands are available with more on the way.
This hoodie has a secret. In addition to its clean good looks, it’s got an inflatable pillow built into the hood. The integrated pillow means more comfortable sleep during air travel or naps anywhere. A hidden blow-up valve in the hood inflates the supportive pillow in just 3 seconds and when you’re ready to wake up & carry on, just deflate. Another funded Kickstarter.
IWC’s aviation-inspired Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and Heritage 48 draw directly on the Swiss brand’s classic 1940s-era 52-calibre T.S.C. And though these two new watches feature retro-revival styling, their construction & components are thoroughly modern.
Casio’s new Android Wear smart watch is built for outdoor action. It’s water resistant up to 164 feet with a pressure sensor, compass and accelerometer & has a bunch of built-in apps. RunKeeper for running & cycling, ViewRanger GPS gives you location data, route info, & altitude graphs and MyRadar provides instant weather updates. Available April 2016.
What good are gloves if they don’t work with your touchscreen? Exactly. Mujjo’s Leather Touchscreen gloves do it. They’re made of Ethiopian Lambskin & feature a snap closure at the wrist, allowing you to take calls in style, in any temperature.
This doesn’t happen too often: Ray-Ban just released a new frame. The Clubround is fresh but looks familiar, based on the classic Clubmaster silhouette, with a slightly more rounded outline. Available now in black and tortoise.