Africa boasts nearly 20,000 miles of surfable coastline, and surf company Mami Wata celebrates the vastness of the continent’s surfing history as well as the rising interest amongst younger generations. Their debut book’s 300 pages contain contributions from Africa’s top surfers, photographers and cultural commentators in the form of 50 essays and 200 photos. Altogether, it’s a colorful and cheerful celebration of the culture, both on and off the water. Proceeds will be donated to two organizations: Waves For Change and Surfers Not Street Children. Price is in GBP.
A collaboration between independent Astoria-based skate brand Belief and Champion, this 12-ounce heavyweight reverse-weave sweater proves itself a heavier, warmer option than many. With ribbed side panels, the garment (available in black or light gray) provides extra movement and flexibility. The design features Lady Liberty’s torch, but really reps Queens—the borough where Belief was born.
Available in two styles—high-step, diamond-shaped frame or lower, step-through style—the Charge CITY e-bike makes long rides a breeze with pedal-assist and a thumb throttle. This complex machine proves simple to use, with a subtle handlebar display featuring the five-level pedal-assist controls, as well as a speedometer, distance traveled and battery life. Just below is the thumb throttle, which offers a powerful boost when struggling up steep hills. With a top speed of 20mph, and 50 miles of range, the bike boasts tremendous capacity for long rides or daily commutes. Shipped in fully recyclable packaging that’s almost entirely plastic-free, the Charge CITY comes in two colors.
For playing in the backyard or at a local park, CHANCE’s Rey Soccer Ball can be used by individuals of all ages for training, fitness drills or improving motor skills. Its seamless, non-stitch PU surface provides a durable coating that can withstand inclement weather while minimizing water uptake for less slippery touch. Available in size four (25.25 inches) or five (26.7 inches), there are plenty of colorways available too.
Since 2007, Jahmal Williams’ Hopps has made “skateboards for skateboarders.” Among their many offerings are playful and artistic decks, each of which come in varying sizes. Their KEEP IT MOVING Coffee Deck is crafted from 100% hard rock Canadian Maple and comes in several different wood veneers. Plus, every purchase comes with Hopps-branded grip tape for you to apply as needed.
Crafting stunning, sophisticated takes on traditional workout equipment, Rhode Island studio Work in Use was born from a desire to combine high design and movement training. With all kinds of products available, the brand eschews commonly used materials like plastic and vinyl, replacing it with soft leather, cordovan steel and wood. The Lachi Pull Up Bar is easy to install, and should fit most doorways. It’s made in two versions: one from oiled walnut, cordovan steel and leather; the other from oiled maple, copper-plated steel and leather.
At first glance the MOTR looks like a foam roller (and it certainly can be used for that), but inside is a complex bar and pulley system with variable tension levels that enable a huge variety of exercises that emphasize core strength, balance and flexibility. The compact contraption weighs 20 pounds, and it’s easily stored or transported. You can create your own workouts or select from many videos in Balance Body’s library.
San Diego-based shop Arts-Rec offers an array of skateboarding essentials—from apparel and accessories to decks, wheels and hardware. Further, they stock a bunch of their own branded merchandise. One such item is this Boxing Coach Jacket, which is made from 100% water-resistant nylon taffeta (with a polyester liner), making it useful for strolls, rides in inclement weather and everything in-between. Designed for a relaxed fit, the jacket features two exterior pockets, an interior stash spot and a drawstring hem.
Hyperice’s sized-down version of their popular Hypervolt percussion therapy tool, the Hypervolt GO, proves helpful for pre-workout use as well as recovery. It seeks to improve range of motion and flexibility, reduce soreness and tension, and enhance muscle performance. The brand’s GO iteration weighs just 1.5 pounds (roughly 30% of the aforementioned original model) and features a 40-watt motor. Three speeds can tackle varying issues, while two heads offer different types of contact. Plus, the device is TSA-approved for carry-on luggage.
With a subtle pink stripe across the merino wool cuff, Rapha’s winter gloves are otherwise entirely black. These cozy but durable (and water-resistant) gloves provide insulation on the back of the hand, while the abrasion-resistant suede palm features padding for comfort. Inside, they are fleece-lined for warmth. Rapha also offers free repairs on their products.
With a portion of the proceeds going to the National Parks Conservation Association, each sale of this sweet Smilin’ Sun Grandpa Hat results in a little more protection for America’s 421 recognized National Parks. Made from 100% cotton twill (and secured with a leather and metal buckle system), the five-panel denim cap features a large, fuzzy sun patch. It’s also embroidered with Parks Project on the side. Further, the cap comes in one size and should fit most adults.
Radinn electric jet-boards are like a stand-up paddle-boards without the paddle and the Urban Rebel is one of their most versatile designs. If configured with a standard motor and battery, it can speed up to 25mph and run for 25 minutes. Upgrades can boost those numbers to 35mph and 45 minutes of ride time. Pricing is subject to change depending on your particular configuration.
Patagonia’s R4 wetsuit (available for all genders) is constructed from Fair Trade Certified Yulex natural rubber and synthetic rubber, a first-ever for the category. The formfitting garment protects against exposure to cold water—specifically, 38 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit—and increases circulation through compression. The suit now boasts increased stretchability, with recycled liners employed throughout to improve flexibility. The new front zipper and a redesigned hood also make getting in and out easier and faster. Available in size four through 12 in traditional women’s sizes and small to XL in men’s.
NYC-based fitness studio The Brrrn focuses on slide board workouts in colder settings. Their in-person slide classes, for example, happen in 50-degree gym spaces. For those who want to do the same workout at home, classes and accessories are available through The Brrrn’s At-Home Subscription, a monthly plan that provides members with access to classes whenever they’d like. All of the classes use the studio’s eponymous Brrrn Board, a five-foot-long surface flanked by two wooden bumpers. From skating-type stance, you slide back and forth, following the instructor’s guidance for knee bend, hand placement and pace. Seasoned sliders can opt for fast-paced classes, longer sessions or workouts that reinvent the way you use the board. Each board weighs 28 pounds and comes with booties and wipes.
Any fitness enthusiast—especially those with a fondness for boxing—will confirm the impact and efficiency of jumping rope. Easy and inexpensive, this activity also eschews the need for bulky gear. CROSSROPE’s Get Lean Jump Rope Set (2020) includes the brand’s newest handles, .25-pound and .5-pound ropes (which are offered in multiple lengths and are easily swapped), a carrying pouch and access to the free version of the workout app—everything you need to jump with confidence.
Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for comfortability and performance, the X-SCAPE NBK Low by Deckers Lab are a sneaker, slipper and performance shoe hybrid. On the exterior, an EcoTan nubuck leather upper flows into an ultra-soft Xponent HD midsole. Inside, a high-rise heel stabilizes the foot, while a Looped Wool liner offers thermoregulation and sweat-wicking. The X-SCAPE NBK Low model is available in an array of colors, but our favorite remains the classic black-and-white combination, which proves viable for everyday or exercise wear.