Betabrand Sitting-Pocket Sweatpants

Read their name and you instantly know that Betabrand’s genius Sitting-Pocket Sweatpants solve a serious problem inherent in most sweatpants: their pockets, which dump out most or all of their contents the second you sit down. Betabrand’s sweats instead boast reverse-entry front pockets that are easier to access, more secure against pickpockets, and also won’t spill your wallet, keys, and spare change on the floor whilst sitting. A welt pocket in the back also holds your wallet, if you’re one of those. And like any good sweatpants they’re made of a cozy cotton terra and feature an elastic waistband to keep them up.

Find it at Betabrand – $80 [via]

GET IT: $80


Batch Utility Shirt

Combining all the functionality and masculinity of a work shirt with the fit, fabric, and looks of a dressier piece, Batch’s Utility Shirt is a cut above your average shirt of the same moniker. Appropriately, all seams are reinforced and it’s fitted with two dimensional chest pockets for a rugged aesthetic that’s in part disarmed by the premium super soft mercerized cotton. It’s also got a smart button down collar and a slim but comfortable fit that tapers down from the chest to avoid constricting or limiting movement — so it’s as perfect a wear for the workplace as it is for grabbing a drink or three afterwards. Available in a variety of rich colors that’ll work from now through to the warmer months.

Find it at Batch – $82+

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GET IT: $82+


Threadsmiths Hydrophobic Shirts

Sometimes an idea is sparked by the errant flap of a curtain, watching a squirrel eat a nut, or observing how a lotus leaf sheds water. In the case of Threadsmiths inspiration struck from the latter. Their obsession with creating the perfect t-shirt began in 2014 and has since expanded to pioneer a new era of essential everyday apparel including tees, polos, and dress shirts. Each was designed from the ground up using an advanced hydrophobic nanotechnology application, making their fabrics water-resistant and stain-repellent: dirt and water simply run off the surface like water off a waxy lotus leaf. This means clothing that lasts longer, resists odor, and though not 100% waterproof or stain-proof, stays much dryer and cleaner than regular cotton. And also means these are the shirts to wear whether you’re getting sloppy at the bar or quickly and messily scarfing down ramen at the office, one way or another entailing less work (read: washing) for you.

Hit up Threadsmiths for details – $50 (tees), $60 (polos), and $90 (shirts)

GET IT: $50+

Sports & Outdoors


Conceived by Mininch — the guys who came up with the Tool Pen, Tool Pen Mini, and Wrenchit — Duoket this time isn’t a tool but is equally ingenious. Duoket is both a jacket and bag, switching between the two at a whim with nothing but a zip/unzip and making it easier to tackle chilly morning commutes without having to deal with carrying your jacket by hand in the evening. The jacket’s multitude of interior zippered pockets become the bag’s inner compartments so that everything stays right where it should be without having to reorganize ever time it transforms. As a bag it’s got both grab handles and a removable shoulder strap and as a jacket it’s got a concealed hood to shield you against rain and both adjustable cuffs and hem to tailor the fit. Available in five colors and several sizes.

Find it at Kickstarter – $120

GET IT: $120


Outlier Co/Weight Pullover Hoodie

It’s devoid of apparent branding, but don’t let that fool you: Outlier’s Co/Weight Pullover Hoodie may be as close to perfect as a hoodie can get. Its knit terry construction combines a matte cotton outer with a soft merino wool inner for a substantial hoodie that looks like it’s made entirely of cotton but that’s better at thermoregulation and at fighting odors than the former alone. It’ll keep you warm, cozy (aided by a kangaroo front pocket and cotton ribbed cuffs), but airy through a wide range of climates, and ages nicely after breaking in.

Find it at Outlier – $225

GET IT: $225


Columbia Rogue One Jackets

If they’re warm enough for deep space then they should do the trick on planet earth. Columbia’s Rogue One Jackets take inspiration from characters in the upcoming Star Wars flick, including Jyn Erso’s jacket and vest set, Captain Cassian Andor’s parka, and a breathable rain jacket that’s based off the Imperial Death Trooper costume. They’re all fully functional and perfectly suited to inclement weather, with a removable quilted vest that can be worn alone on Jyn’s jacket, Omni-Heat Reflective and faux fur on the parka and Columbia’s OutDry material on the rain jacket coupled with two-way underarm venting to keep air moving. Some models are sold out online but stock may be available in nearby stores, so get to it if you want one.

Learn more at Columbia – $400

GET IT: $400+


Burton x South Park Hats

South Park’s been on air for an astounding twenty seasons. The Burton x South Park collection celebrates that milestone with an assortment of accessories pulled straight from the show including Kenny’s hood, Kyle’s green trapper, and both Cartman and Stan’s beanies. They’re all perfectly wearable — as you’d expect of any Burton product — for braving the cold winter months, with a Sherpa fleece lining on the trapper and Thermex bonded fleece with faux fur trim on Kenny’s hood. Pair one of the hats with Burton’s South Park socks or leather mittens for the complete look.

Check out the full collection at Burton – $30+

GET IT: $30+


Filson Packer Coat

Without form, function is irrelevant. Who wants a coat that just has a great personality? Filson’s Packer coat has function backed up by 120 years of experience and enough form to make even the fugliest mug look rugged and handsome. The Packer’s rain repellant, 24-ounce 100% virgin Mackinaw Wool is cut for optimum freedom of movement and ultimate warmth. Like Filson’s Double Mackinaw Cruiser, the Packer features a double layer of wool over the yoke for robust foul weather abatement, with the added utility and style of a genuine shearling collar. The collar negates the need to wear a scarf, and in truly inclement weather it can be worn up for further protection. The button-front Packer features plenty of real estate for EDC with 4 flap pockets, a slotted pocket, 2 handwarmer pockets, a rear map pocket, and 1 interior utility pocket. Available in red-black lumberjack plaid or charcoal. Note: will not work with skinny jeans.

Learn more at Filson – $495

GET IT: $495


Wings+Horns Cabin Fleece

If coziness is of upmost importance to you during the cold winter months you’ll be hard pressed to find better than the Wings+Horns Cabin Fleece. With a boxing-inspired cut, this robe is made of a custom triple-layered fabric that’s lined on the inside with a soft, warm quilt. It’s lighter than it looks, though, and boasts sweatshirt-like features including front patch pockets, rib cuffs, and a large sheltering hood.

Find it at Wings+Horns – roughly $171

GET IT: ~$171


Challky T-Shirt

Unlike graphic tees the Challky T-Shirt gives you a blank canvas in the form of a rectangular drawable surface (more specifically a multi-layered serigraphy print) that’s akin to a chalk board. Draw whatever you’d like on it with some chalk, then wear it. A full wash cycle, while very effective, isn’t necessary to clean off the chalk since it’s really just like a chalkboard — just a sponge and some water will do — and then you’re all set with a clean slate, ready to write or draw some more.

Learn more at Challky – $35

GET IT: $35


Coldsmoke MA-1 Flight Jacket

Coldsmoke’s take on the classic military bomber resulted in the cleaner, urban-tailored MA-1 Flight Jacket. It loses the elastic waistband and boasts a slimmer fit, as well as Japanese weather resistant flight cloth fabric on the outside for solid protection against the elements. Inside you’ll find Polartec Alpha insulation for warmth that’s coupled to a flip-up knit shawl collar to keep your neck a bit warmer in cooler weather. It’s also got plenty of pockets, including two for your hands, one on the arm, and an added one inside for your phone that’s complete with a headphone cable exit port. Available in Asphalt (dark grey), Mil-Spec Olive (shown), and Navy.

Find it at Coldsmoke – $340

GET IT: $340


Stantt DataFit Polo

Small, medium, and large do the job for a few, but attaining a perfect fit takes tailoring. Or something like Stantt’s DataFit sizing, originally launched with their button downs. It’s now made its way to the polo as well as the t-shirt, providing 75 distinct sizes for each that better accommodate the dimensions of your actual body and not some loose-fitting, “close enough” standard. Finding yours is as easy as submitting three measurements which they’ll then match to a size with their algorithm. Moreover, each of these shirts is made of super soft and durable 100% pima cotton, both pre-shrunk and with a reinforced collar on the polo. And if yours doesn’t fit you perfectly off the bat they’ll switch it until it does at zero additional cost to you.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $49+


Hands On: Arc’teryx Beta AR

Every time we got caught in the rain, we swore we’d buy a waterproof shell — which we eventually did, minus much diligent research. And wearing that cheap polyester shell zipped up made us feel like a turkey wrapped with tin foil in an oven. GORE-TEX, eVent, and other patented breathable technologies, they say, make for a far more comfortable jacket than what was essentially a plastic garbage bag with sleeves. We got our hands on the quintessential GORE-TEX jacket, Arc’teryx’ Beta AR, to review, and while we’re not mountaineers or storm chasers we’re still outside a fair bit all the same — probably like you — and need a sleek and reliable jacket to get us through bike commutes, rainy dog walks, windy hiking days, and snowy ski days. So read on to get our full take.