The 2021 Give & Get SOS Holiday Gift Guide!

 

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For that runner, skier, cyclist, surfer, fitness, fun, outdoor and sport loving special someone… we’ve got you covered with the best-in-class gifts they’re sure to love this holiday season!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: POC LOFT PARKA $400. The Poc Loft Parka is the ultimate skiers’ mountainside jacket providing warmth, mobility, and protection from the elements, on and off the slopes. It has an adjustable helmet-compatible hood, perforated gussets for ventilation, large mesh inner pockets, and fleece lined zip outer pockets.

CRESCENT MOON LUNA RUNNING SNOWSHOES $119.95. Built for snowy runs and winter explorations, Crescent Moon Luna running snowshoes are a fun alternative to traditional snowshoes. Built with a rocker platform that bends and rolls, they’re perfect for anyone who loves to play in the snow! Extra cushion and insulation provide comfort and warmth; simple hook-and-loop bindings make for easy on and off; and durable rubber lugs and optional ice cleats offer added traction in hardpack and icy conditions.

GIRO ARIA SPHERICAL HELMET $475. An all-in-one helmet, the Aria Spherical® has a built in goggle shield that offers performance, protection, and convenience. The VIVID lens is seamlessly integrated into the helmet, and easily slides up and down – a great option for those who wear glasses. Mips® Spherical technology aids in the reduction of rotational energy during impacts, and thermostat control let’s you manage the temperature within. Read More

 

Sleepwalkers

 

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Turn your sleeping bag into a snowsuit, your blanket into a poncho, your puffer into slippers with this season’s insulating convertibles! From the campsite to the sofa, you’ll be warm and cozy no matter the temps outside!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP RIGHT: ORIGINAL SELK’BAG $189. Originated in Chile, the Selk’bag is a wearable sleeping bag crafted with 100% recycled fabrics, designed to encourage adventure by creating freedom of movement, in total warmth and comfort. No matter the location, just wake up and go!

THE NORTH FACE NUPTSE MULE BOOTIE $74.95. Whether snuggled on the porch watching fresh flakes fall or moseying into town for coffee, the Nuptse Mule makes sure feet never feel the cold. The ultralight pillowy down traps in cozy-by-the-fire feels, while the grippy rubber sole keeps footing solid and foldable heel expedites slide and go!

MARMOT YOLLA BOLLY 30° SLEEPING BAG now $232.50. Wrap yourself up in this sleeping bag turned quilt. This roomy bag has 650-fill power down insulation, with Down Defender for performance in damp conditions, and a wrap around zipper to open into a quilt. The soft fabric at the inside hood provides an extra touch of comfort, while the silicone-printed back reduces slipping when on top of a pad. Tuck small items into the internal stash pocket for easy access. Read More

 

Mix & Clash!

 

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Let’s get loud! Rad graphics, bold prints, screamin’ colors… it’s all a mash-up as 90’s sport style comes roaring back – just in time for holiday shopping!

 
ROWING BLAZERS X FILA SKI JACKET $268. Rowing Blazers and Fila meet again in their latest collaboration, a continuation of ski-inspired designs launched last year. This technical ski jacket from the Fila archive features an iconic ’90s colorway, with signature Rowing Blazers zig-zag trims and lining.

GT POWER PERFORMER E-BIKE $2600. The GT Power Performer brings the style, excitement, and speed of BMX to an e-bike, for a fast, fun, and powerful ride! Pop a wheelie or go for a cruise, with hub driven pedal assist, 9 levels of speed, a bump absorbing frame, and big go-anywhere wheels, you’ve got a bike that can’t be stopped! 

VOLKL RACETIGER SL SKIS $1235 (with bindings). The Racetiger SL is the ski of choice for the aspiring slalom racer — perfect for carving up those groomers too! With a wide sidecut of 127mm at the nose, 103mm at the tail, and 68mm underfoot, this versatile ski offers stability, grip, and quick turning fun all over the mountain. Read More

 

Hermès Gets Fit

 

 
Just popped up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is HermèsFit, a luxurious style of sport experience where fashion meets fitness, open November 4th-7th. A small warehouse at 60 North 6th Street has been transformed into an Hermès gym — orange of course — complete with boxing ring, punching bags, horse motif kettlebells, and a bench press, all decked out in signature Hermès scarfs. HermèsFit lets fashion enthusiasts experience their favorite accessories with a playful fitness twist.

In addition, a full line up of fitness classes is being offered free of charge, integrating Hermès accessories into the workouts. There is Carré Yoga with Hermès scarfs, stretching sessions with Hermès belts, and kickboxing with Hermès bracelets, just to name a few! Those interested can reserve on HermèsFit.

Williamsburg is just one of the stops for HermèsFit, which started in Paris in October and will be traveling around the world to other destinations such as Tokyo, Taiwan, and Shanghai. It’s all in fabulous fun in this luxurious take on fitness, which at its heart celebrates the joy of exercise… thanks to those Hermès accessories!

 

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

 

 

‘Tis the season… for Pumpkin and Spice! Right now this cozy fall flavor can be found in all your favorite foods — healthy ones too — adding a festive touch to everyday eats and drinks. These seasonal flavors are available for a limited time only, so get ’em before they’re gone!

 
ROW 1: PROTEIN BARS: KINDBAR Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice, PERFECT BAR Pumpkin Pie, RX BAR Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter; HALOTOP Pumpkin Pie (just 360 calories per carton!); HU Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate (certified organic & paleo with no dairy or refined sugars)

ROW 2: TRADER JOE’S PUMPKIN BUTTER; BEER: SAMUEL ADAMS Jack-O Pumpkin Ale, BLUE MOON Harvest Pumpkin Ale, SHIPYARD Pumpkinhead; STARBUCKS Pumpkin Spice

ROW 3: GREEK YOGURT (lower sugar): SIGGI’S Pumpkin & Spice, CHOBANI Pumpkin Spice; THE REPUBLIC OF TEA Pumpkin Spice; COFFEE CREAMERS: ALKAMIND ACID-KICKING COFFEE ALKALIZER Pumpkin Spice, LAIRD SUPERFOOD CREAMER Pumpkin Spice

 

Chill Seekers

 

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Made for mountaineering, glacier glasses are designed to provide extra protection from the sun’s rays at altitude, intensified by extreme conditions. Their side shields keep the snow’s reflection out, and add a cool style element that have made them the sunglass of the season – even at sea level!

 
LEFT COLUMN: OAKLEY DEFINITION CLIFDEN $216. Oakley puts its spin on glacier glasses with the Definition Clifden, a limited edition of their bestselling sunglasses. The Clifden merges Oakley Prizm Lens Technology in a mountaineering frame, engineered with side shields and a bridge blocker for protection, along with an integrated leash for convenience.

IZIPIZI GLACIER $80. Izipizi has created a line of cool and affordable sunglasses, which include glacier glasses too! In both a round and aviator design, and with a range of colors, they’ve got all the traditional features of a mountaineering frame with a chic everyday look.

JULBO VERMONT CLASSIC $149.95. Julbo has been making glacier glasses since 1888, time tested on such peaks such as Everest and K2. To celebrate their 125th anniversary, they have reissued the legendary Vermont Classic, their traditional mountaineering model with round lenses and leather side shields, in an array of fun and functional lens colors. Read More

 

#TrainersforHire

 

CLOCKWISE TOP: DEGREE DEODORANT INCLUSIVE POP-UP CYCLING CLASS; STEVE SERIO, 2-TIME PARALYMPIAN GOLD MEDALIST TEAM USA BASKETBALL; GARRISON REDD, TEAM USA PARALYMPIC POWERLIFTER

Event Photos Courtesy of Degree Deodorant

In late September, Degree Deodorant launched the #TrainersforHire Campaign, an initiative for of National Disability Employment Awareness Month challenging the fitness industry to hire trainers with disabilities. The kick-off was an inclusive pop-up cycling class in New York City’s Flatiron Plaza, led by eight-time Paralympic Track & Field medalist, Blake Leeper. The class included people with and without disabilities, on both spin bikes and hand cycles, to showcase how simple it is to create an inclusive fitness class.

As a participant, I can attest to the inspiration of a spin class taught by an instructor with a disability – a Paralympian no less – and the fact that it was a great class regardless. Blake told me that he actually has an advantage to offer that others don’t. “I use my personal experiences of adversity and challenges, that mental toughness from being born without legs, and apply that to the class. I’ve had to push through, so push through with me.”

Blake was born with a congenital birth defect, and has worn prosthetics since he was 9 months old. He made his international Track & Field debut in 2009, and his first Paralympic Games were London 2012. Blake set his sites beyond the Paralympics last summer, with the goal of competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but was barred from competition on the grounds that his blade-like prostheses might give him an unfair advantage. Read More

 

The SOS Covid Report: Power Up The Vax

 

 
Back in May we did a follow up piece with Dr. Richard Firshein on our guide to the three Covid vaccines (read here). At that time, the FDA and CDC had just recommended resuming the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a pause due to rare cases of blood clotting that occurred – in one case resulting in death. Despite vaccinations being on the decline at that time, there was a feeling of optimism as cities were reopening. It felt like things were getting back to normal just in time for summer.

Then came the Delta variant and the surge in cases among the unvaccinated. With breakthrough cases, booster shoots, and new kinds of treatments the latest topics of discussion, we wanted to check back in with Dr. Firshein for an assessment on the state of Covid and the pandemic’s evolution. Dr. Firshein is one of the leading authorities and practitioners of integrative medicine and our go-to expert for the latest medical news and information.

STYLE OF SPORT: When we last spoke, it seemed like we might be getting out of the woods with this pandemic. I’m hearing that again now. But I remember you saying about how insidious this virus is, and how it loves people who are unvaccinated because that’s where it mutates. While Covid has become the pandemic of the unvaccinated, they keep it a threat to us all. Read More

 
 

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