Gear | March 20, 2021 5:09 am

Products of the Week: Microwave Cookware, Beach Ponchos and a Bunch of New Hard Seltzer

The 20 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week

cans of topo chico hard seltzer
Topo Chico releases a new hard seltzer
Topo Chico

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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:  Microwave cookware from female-founded brand Anyway, a new beach poncho from Rhone and a ton of new hard seltzer releases.

Topo Chico Hard Seltzer

Topo Chico Hard Seltzer

How do you catch up to White Claw and Truly? Use the cult mineral water as your base — the same stuff that makes up the increasingly popular and easy-going Ranch Water tequila cocktail — and then gussy it up with flavors like Tangy Lemon Lime, Exotic Pineapple, Strawberry Guava and Tropical Mango. 

Everlane

Everlane Everyday Jacket

With all the outerwear options spring offers, sometimes you just want a fail-safe, go-with-anything jacket that you can throw on as you’re heading out the door with little to no thought. When that’s the case, opt for Everlane’s new Everyday Jacket, a bomber-esque layer that’s (as the name suggests) primed for wear 24/7. The shell is made from the same fabric used for the brand’s Bomber Jacket, a water-resistant blend of cotton and recycled polyester that manages to combat inclement weather while still looking handsome. 

Hanes

Hanes Total Support Pouch Boxer Briefs

Equipped with soft, smooth and sustainable TENCEL Lyocell fibers, Hanes’ newly released Total Support Pouch Boxer Briefs keeps everything down there separated and supported. These sleek-looking, 100% recycled polyester briefs were also designed for all-day comfort thanks to moisture-wicking and anti-chafing properties, advanced odor protection and a flexible waistband that moves with you.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Tea Seltzer

Pabst Blue Ribbon is combining two popular alcoholic beverage categories in preparation for what we can only assume will be the booziest summer of our lives. The brand launched Hard Tea Seltzer, a variety 12-pack of 100-calorie, 12oz. slim cans featuring the flavors Pineapple-Passionfruit Black Tea, Raspberry Black Tea, Lemon Black Tea and Peach Black Tea. While we have no idea what a spiked carbonated iced tea will taste like, we are extremely intrigued.

Anyday

Anyday

Ever wanted to make cooking a thousand times easier? Well, female-founded microwave cookware company Anyday is helping us do just that. In partnership with longtime microwave advocate and founder of Momofuku David Chang, Anyway offers sophisticated cookware that allows you to make time-saving, nutritious meals entirely in the microwave. The line features four various sized dishes, uniquely designed with frosted glass, silicone and stainless steel, perfect for cooking, serving and storing.

Vuarant

Vuarnet District 2001

For their new District collection, Vuarnet takes timeless silhouettes and renders them in bio-acetate, a version of acetate that is plastic-free, made from renewable sources and both recyclable and biodegradable. Taking the brand’s commitment to sustainability even further, the lenses are 100 percent natural and 100 percent recyclable but don’t skimp on protection or comfort — every pair of lenses is equipped with polarized or Lynx technologies. 

Gucci

Gucci Virtual Sneakers

What are NFTs? (We’ll wait.) OK, now that you know: Gucci is in on the non-fungible token product game, debuting a $12 pair of shoes in collaboration with the fashion/tech brand Wanna. No, you can’t actually wear these. There are apparently unlimited numbers of these, but there might be something in the works to increase the value of these non-wearable kicks.

Cacti

Cacti

It’s been a big week for seltzer releases, and rapper Travis Scott’s highly anticipated new spiked seltzer brand Cacti hit shelves on Monday and has already sold out in the online store. The rapper’s first ever beverage venture is in partnership with Anheuser-Busch, made with 100 percent premium blue agave from Mexico and features some pretty dope packaging.

Dick’s

Dick’s VRST Collection

Dick’s Sporting Goods launched its own men’s athleisure line that’s giving us some lululemon energy. The line, called VRST, features everything from T-shirts, joggers and shorts to quarter-zips and hoodies, with styles primed for sweating and commuting.

Doxa

Doxa Sub 300 Carbon Watch

Last year was good for Doxa fans, particularly those who appreciate the vintage stylings of the Sub 300. We got a reinvented version of that watch in six colors, as well as a limited-edition model with a forged carbon case. Apparently, Doxa saw enough interest in the latter that they wanted to open up the fun to everyone. This new Sub 300 Carbon is an open-ended model with six dial colors available (one difference between this and the previous version is the carbon doesn’t extend to the face) which come paired with either colored or black rubber straps.

Four Loko

Four Loko Fucci

Who cares if you can’t afford Gucci when Four Loko just released their Fucci (that’s “fake Gucci”) collection. Consisting of T-shirts, hats, button-downs and socks, the collection riffs on the Gucci logo, replacing the iconic interlocking Gs with the pull tab from the Four Loko can. Cop the collection if you consider yourself a die-hard Four Loko fan or maybe you just want the look of Gucci without having to pay the Gucci price. We’re sure nobody will be able to tell the difference. 

Google Store

Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

The second gen version of Google’s smart home device is supposed to double as a second (or third or fourth) screen, act as an elevated alarm clock, control your home’s devices and serve as your household calendar. While also being a speaker, of course (love the gesture controls, btw). At under $100, that might be a steal.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder x L.L.Bean x Peanuts

Todd Snyder and L.L.Bean have teamed up yet again, and this time with a special guest — the Peanuts! Keeping in line with the same outdoorsy Maine theme that defined the first collaboration between the two brands, the recent collection imagines Snoopy and his sidekick Woodstock as a couple o’ Maine-Ahs, the result being a series of sweatshirts that depicts the characters in classic camping scenarios, from stargazing to chopping wood and even climbing Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak.

Focal

Focal Clear Mg

Made in France, these open-back headphones are not your everyday cans — this $1490 headset features speaker drivers composed of a “unique magnesium cone.” Plug this in and you’ll have an ideal, immersive home audio setup. The Clear also continues with the brand’s neutral sound signature, meaning this isn’t going to artificially ramp up your bass.

Rhone

Rhone Printed Bolinas Beach Poncho

A lightweight poncho with spandex stretch and a pattern that screams “just to back from shooting the curl” (did this non-surfing writer just type “surfer slang” into Google? Maybe.) A little more casual and colorful than what we’re used to with Rhone, but it’s still performance gear, now with a casual beach vibe.

REI

REI Co-op Traverse and Flash Hiking Boots

REI — the place where you go to get expert advice on hiking boots from crusty gearheads who know the ins and outs of every brand — is now making its own hiking boots. We can’t wait to get our hands on the first two releases: the Traverse (a more expert-focused hiker) and the Flash (a lighter weight option for someone who takes on more casual hills).

Bandits

The City Series Bandanas by Bandits

Why are most bandanas so damn boring? is a question you’ve often asked yourself if you’re anything like us. We like having one on hand at all times, a piece of gear more essential than a multitool, so why are most of them made with poor quality fabric in the same ol’ designs? That’s something Bandits set out to solve, and they’ve got dozens of options. The latest is the City Series, featuring designs from four NYC artists, with 10% of proceeds going to their charities of choice.

Helinox

Helinox Tie Dye Collection

Just in time for the warmer weather, Helinox has dropped a pretty groovy collection. The brand’s new Tie Dye line features an array of Helinox’s durable, lightweight and easily portable chairs, benches and cots decked out in a fun, eye-popping tie-dye print we can’t wait to bring to all our outdoor summer 2021 functions.

Penguin

Off: The Day the Internet Died

What would happen if, one day, the internet simply ceased to work? That’s not the premise of the latest dystopian novel coming soon to your local bookstore; instead, in the telling of writer Chris Colin and artist Rinee Shah, it’s grounds for an embrace of outdoor activity and reading. Prepare for a charming juxtaposition of mythic narration with an irreverent take on modern society.

adidas x Peloton SS21

On Thursday, adidas announced a partnership with Peloton that would kick off with the adidas x Peloton SS21 collection, a line of performance-wear and lifestyle pieces made in conjunction with Peloton instructors. The apparel takes on a ’90s vibe, features bold colors and is size-inclusive and gender-neutral. You can start shopping on March 25 at adidas.com.

Le Tigre

Le Tigre Tie-Dye Hoodie/Shorts Combo

The Le Tigre comeback story continues with a spring drop that features some eye-catching tie-dye pieces including this hoodie/shorts combo. They’re sold separately, but let’s be honest — if you really want to lean into the springtime vibes, you gotta grab both and break out the full kit with a nice white pair of slip-on sneakers.