Products of the Week: Fruity Pebble Cake, Rhone Cycling Shorts and Zodiac Vans
The 10 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week
Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of them. Today: Fruity Pebble cake mix, a new set of cycling shorts from Rhone and Vans for astrology lovers.
Huckberry x Coors Golden Hours Series
Is old-school beer gear — clothes that, by way of heritage logos, harken back to a drinking era before craft breweries and hazy IPAs — a little old-hat in 2021? Sure. But is the new collaboration between Huckberry and Coors, which borrows some of that aesthetic while adding its own decidedly modern stamp, still worth buying? Undoubtedly. It’s called the Golden Hour Series, and the first of three drops was released this week. If you missed out on your favorite piece, think about signing up for their emails to get early access for the next drop.
Snow Peak Takibi Tarp Hexa Set M
Here’s the situation: It’s winter. You want to socialize with a few people, but you can’t safely do it inside. You can’t do it outside, either, because it’s snowing, you can’t keep a good fire going and it’s so damn cold. Enter: Snow Peak’s new, U.S.-exclusive Takibi Tarp setup, aka the most niche yet wonderful piece of outdoor gear. It’s basically an open-sided shelter that will divert any precipitation but also allow you to gather around a fire underneath because the inner roof is flame-resistant. Innovation is a lovely thing.
Bose Sport Open Earbuds True Wireless Open-Ear Headphones
The audio brand just intro’d wireless sport ‘buds that actually sit above the ear canal via a contoured earhook. They’re designed so you can stay aware of your surroundings during workouts, but nobody else will hear what you’re hearing; less contact with your ears while you sweat is also a benefit.
Selbach’s Pursuit United
A 108-proof bourbon blend of mash bills from three different distilleries in three different states, with contributions from Bardstown Bourbon Company (KY), Finger Lakes Distilling (NY) and “an undisclosed distillery in Tennessee.” Curated by Pursuit Spirits, bourbon podcasters turned whiskey makers.
Samsung Solar Cell Remote Control
Mzn, did we change remote batteries a lot this year. Thankfully, Samsung TVs will now come with a solar-powered remote control that can be recharged by indoor light, outdoor light or USB. The brand estimates this will help prevent waste from a projected 99 million AAA batteries over seven years. Plus, the remotes are constructed via a process that upcycles plastics from recyclable bottles.
OG Authentic LX Zodiac Pack
Whether you believe in astrology or not (although it very much is real), non-believers and believers alike can appreciate Vans Vault latest OG Authentic LX sneakers. Part of the “Zodiac Pack,” the design features a black canvas background covered in the various astrological signs and their symbols, as inspired by the work of Swedish artist Johannes Wieser. Wieser worked directly with Vans on the design, each name and symbol embroidered in a graffiti-esque, handwritten font, lending the shoe an 80s feel that’s further emphasized by the pops of primary color. Who knows — maybe they’ll inspire you to look up your birth chart.
Rhone Basic Cycling Short
Our activewear go-to Rhone has dropped a new set of cycling shorts just in time to pair with that new road bike or Peloton you got for Christmas. Yes, these are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor cycling scenarios, with comfortable recycled nylon construction and built-in anti-odor tech.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
This week, Omega released an updated version of one of the most significant wristwatches in history: the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. There’s a lot to learn about the new model, but the long and short of it is the new and improved movement (the caliber 3861), bracelet with smaller links, and the stainless steel versions featuring Omega’s historical Hesalite crystal (essentially Plexiglass) as well as the standard sapphire crystal (which also get more expensive Sedna gold and Canopus Gold models, or rose and white gold, respectively). Want to learn more about how Omega is upholding the legacy? Head over to the website, they’ve got plenty more to show and tell.
Oakley Sutro Lite Patrick Mahomes II Collection
Super Bowl champion and MVP Patrick Mahomes has teamed up with performance sunglass brand Oakley for his own signature collection, which debuted this week with the Sutro Lite. The semi-rimless shades pay homage to Mahomes’ wildly successful past and present and is designed to protect eyes and fit comfortably while you throw a football or participate in some other high exerting physical activity.
Duncan Hines EPIC Baking Kits
As noted by Allrecipes, Duncan Hines is releasing five “Epic” baking kits with interesting flavors, including S’mores and Salted Caramel Brownie, Cookies & Cream sandwiches, Cookie Dough Cookie … and a cake mix accentuated with Fruity Pebbles (which is apparently celebrating its 50th year).
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