Eye Candy: The SOS Gift Book Guide!

 

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Our favorite coffee table books of the year make the perfect gift too — featuring everyone’s favorite sports from surfing to climbing, football to golf, skateboarding to skiing, and more. And for the sneakerhead, there’s the ultimate guide!

 

ROW 1:

1000 SNEAKERS: A GUIDE TO THE WORLDS GREATEST KICKS,

FROM SPORT TO STREET

by Mathieu Le Maux

The popularity of the sneaker has become a cultural phenomenon with a huge international audience clamoring for the latest drop. This encyclopedic book features 1000 full-color images of the sneakers that have most influenced the global sneaker culture — a visual history of the world’s most coveted and popular kicks. From early Keds and Converse All Stars, to Air Jordan and Air Force 1, to Royal Master Pro-Keds and Sk8 High Vans — throwbacks and new shoes alike — every major sneaker is covered, as well as the athletes and celebrities who made the shoes famous. 1000 Sneakers features detailed reference sections for collectors, histories of leading brands and designers, and anecdotes from the worlds of sports, fashion, and hip-hop. It’s the perfect gift for sports, design, and street fashion enthusiasts alike. $19.59 on Amazon
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The 2019 SOS Gift Guides Go Wild!

 

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The SOS GIFT GUIDES continue…

We kept it cool, now we heat it up with some unexpected sport gifts

for your favorite fun-loving athlete!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: ANDY WARHOL MARILYN SURFBOARD $8400. Produced in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation and famed surfboard designer Tim Bessell, these limited edition surfboards feature a selection of Warhol’s most iconic works. Though most editions are sold out, Marilyn Monroe and a selection of others are available at GC/EDITIONS, along with Andy Warhol skatedecks too!

SPALDING GLOW IN THE DARK BASKETBALL $19.99. Neon yellow by day, glow in the dark by night… it’s game on anytime for that die-hard hoopster!

DEMERBOX OUTDOOR SPEAKER $299. Virtually indestructible, the Demerbox is the ultimate outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Waterproof and crushproof, this dual speaker features loud, clear, professional-grade sound. It’s easily portable with extra storage space inside. Available in fun colors, with 40 hours of battery life and a built-in USB charger, take this party to go anywhere!  Read More

 

The 2019 SOS Gift Guides Stay Cool!

 

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We’re just getting started with the coolest gifts 

your special sporty someone is sure to love! 

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: RENOUN Z90 SKIS $1099. Renoun skis are unlike any other on the slopes. Utilizing a Hyper Damping Technology™, the flex of the ski adjusts to changing terrain and conditions – stiffer on the hardpack, softer on fresh snow. The Z-90 has the shape of a traditional carver, but it’wide enough underfoot to power through crud and float in powder. 

CASIO G-SHOCK FULL METAL 5000 $500. This all-metal 35th Anniversary Limited Edition is inspired by the first G-SHOCK model, the DW5000C, and features the iconic vintage G-SHOCK case design. It has been updated with a super illuminator LED backlight, solar battery to keep it charged, and wireless Bluetooth linking. 

SHIMANO IC5 INDOOR CYCLING SHOES $125. For your favorite spinner, these are the must have indoor cycling shoes! Shimano – industry leaders in components, shoes, and pedals – has just released this new indoor performance cycling shoe, designed specifically for women. They feature the micro-adjusting Boa system for precision fit and comfort, and studio compatible SPD cleat.  Read More

 

5 Simple Fixes!

 

 
My edited food journal above may look overwhelming, but the changes come down to a few basic concepts. Back in July we launched a contest offering 2 lucky readers the chance to win a diet makeover by Sarah Wragge, our contributing nutrition editor, with just 5 Simple Fixes. Yes, there are the obvious splurges like pizza, ice cream, and cookies, but lurking in many of our diets are extra hidden calories of which we are completely unaware. I found that out firsthand when I asked Sarah to take a look at my diet.

Thinking I ate pretty clean and expecting a pat on the back, instead I got, “OMG… you eat so much sugar!” Unbeknownst to me, what I thought was my healthy fruit and rice cake snacking was like sugar dosing and carbo loading all day. With some simple substitutions like adding more healthy fats such as avocado and nuts; swapping dairy for plant based alternatives like almond milk and coconut yogurt; and replacing my fruit dessert with dark chocolate (yes!), those abs I work so hard for started to pop — and with no feeling of deprivation because I was eating satiating and nutritious foods.

Our 5 Simple Fixes contest winners, Suzanne Donaldson and Mike Loftus, learned some of the same lessons and few more of their own — along with some easy fixes to attain their fitness and nutrition goals. Our contest should probably have been called “1 Simple Fix” because the leading culprit for all 3 of us was hidden sugar.

We all want to look good and feel good. We want those workouts to show on our bodies. For those of you who entered the contest but didn’t win, we wanted to share a sample 3 days of our diets, with the changes Sarah made. Many of you might have similar habits, and we hope seeing our mistakes and the easy fixes can help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals too.  Read More

 

Sole Survivors

 

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Show your feet some love after a tough workout and slide into a pair of these plush slip-ons. They’re perfect to and from the gym, as a recovery shoe, or even as a trainer (see which ones!) With ultra-comfort and all-day style, you may never want to take them off.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SALOMON RX SLIDE 4.0 now $48.75LIghtweight and stretchy, these mesh slip-ons feature a snug and supportive fit in a heelless design.

NIKE EPIC PHANTOM REACT FLYKNIT ICON CLASH $150. Yes, these laceless slip-ons are running shoes. With a sock-like fit, the Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit Icon Clash features soft yet responsive cushioning that’s perfect for any active-ity!

OOFOS 00mg LOW SHOE $139.95. Inside the cushy OOmg sole is revolutionary OOfoam™ that absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foam. Reduce stress on feet and joints in a these recovery sneakers designed for all-day comfort and style.

HOKA ONE ONE ORA RECOVERY SHOE $80. Whether you’re recovering from a long run, spin class, or HIIT workout, these breathable, super-cushioned slip-ons will make your day. They’re great for travel too as they fold down and stash into carry-on.

SKECHERS SOLAR FUSE $72. With Air Cooled Memory Foam, a soft flat-knit upper, and ultra-flex midsole… walk, train, recover all day in sleek and sporty comfort.

NEW BALANCE SPORT SLIP 900 $99.99. Slip into this sport slide that features the same plush Fresh Foam cushioning as your favorite New Balance running shoes. A removable EVA footbed adds another layer of cushioned comfort.

 

The Greenhouse Effect

 

VFILES X FILA

VFILES and FILA have teamed up on a tennis-inspired collection for men and women – fusing the distinctive sport and fashion elements of both brands. The collaboration is the latest from Greenhouse, a new incubator from Foot Locker, with a consumer focus is on cool — not mass sales. Through the Greenhouse app, consumers get exclusive access to limited edition sneakers and apparel created by artists and designers such as Dao Yi Chow of Public School, vintage recycler Nicole Mclaughlin, Parisian-based brand Paperboy, and the latest — VFILES.

VFILES is an experience-based social networking platform that connects and empowers the creative global youth community. Asked how VFILES stays on the leading edge of this capricious culture, Julie Ann Quay, Founder & CEO, replies, “Be welcoming and kind, with your eyes open, and ears ready to listen. At VFILES we believe in three global languages: Fashion, Music and Sport. All three worlds connect in our collaboration with the FILA team, our two brands coming together to push creative boundaries, on and off the court.”
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Puffer Noir

 

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For those who want the warmth of a mountain parka, 

with a vibe for town, these toasty black puffers go from the slopes

to the street with a look that’s cool in any locale.

 

ROW 1: THE NORTH FACE MEN’S 7SE HIMALAYAN PARKA GORE-TEX $649. Based on the design the Men’s Himalayan Parka, with expedition level warmth for the most frigid locations, the 800-fill down 7SE Himalayan Parka is one of the warmest jackets out there — with lightweight, breathable Gore-Tex Infinium™ protection. It features removable 7 Summits Velcro patches on right chest and left sleeve, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

MONCLER BANDAMA $1240. This shiny black Moncler Bandama is a down-quilted short jacket with a warm high funnel collar. What zips up must zip down, and it does into a wide lapel. Those same die-cast zippers are on sleeves for an extra style detail.

MARMOT WEST RIB PARKA $600. For both men and women, the award-winning, 800-fill goose down West Rib Parka provides superior warmth and wind protection for summit-level adventures. Insulated with the innovative 3D WarmCube™ construction of overlapping square baffles (check it out), heat is trapped in the surrounding channels so you stay warm no matter the conditions. Jacket packs into included stuff sack for easy transport and space-saving storage. Read More

 

Are These Beers Your New Sport Drink?

 

10 POPULAR NON-ALCOHOLIC BEERS

 
Runners take your mark, get set, go, HAVE A BEER! Turns out your favorite brew might be the best sports drink around — but before you start getting hammered after your workouts, we are talking non-alcoholic beer here…

Beer, as post workout beverage, has been marketed as of late to fitness enthusiasts — with craft brews like Sufferfest, whose tagline is “Will Sweat for Beer”, and Samuel Adams’ Boston 26.2 Brew, targeting athletes and weekend warriors. They are still alcoholic beverages, however, and not exactly healthy. Non-alcoholic beers are changing that, and gaining in popularity as a sports performance and recovery drink — thanks in large part to one of the active ingredients, malt.

Traditionally non-alcoholic beers have paled in flavor, compared to their alcoholic counterparts. Stripping the alcohol removes that beer flavor, and adding malt is what brings it back — along with all sorts of additional health benefits. Malt extract is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Some of you will remember Ovaltine — the healthy malted milk beverage that was a staple of our childhoods — which is still widely consumed in Europe by both adults and children. Read More

 
 

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