Franchise, the basketball-meets-art-and-design magazine, unveils its fifth issue today. With cover art from Paul Pfeiffer (the celebrated visual artist behind “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse“) and plenty of other work by various photographers, illustrators, visual artists and writers, this issue cements Franchise as one of the most dynamic basketball publications available. Franchise explores world of basketball—expressive, diverse and nuanced—that’s shaped by its players and fans, but also its impact beyond the game.
For those dedicated riders hitting the streets, tracks or trails in the dead of winter, Rapha’s Pro Team Shadow Hat—an ear-covering, eye-protecting and water- and wind-deterring base layer—is an essential. The hat is still low profile for wear under a helmet, but it’s substantial enough to battle the toughest of weather. A smoke-colored acrylic lens acts as a veil against debris and water, but won’t obstruct your vision. Price in pounds.
Founded in the ’70s, Boast was America’s answer to traditional European tennis brands—and its Japanese maple leaf logo would appear on the chests of many famed athletes. With a design overhaul and fresh new range, Boast is back on the scene (and in-person, with a limited pop-up in Kith’s NYC flagship) with items like the 7″ Ivy Green Court Short. Comfortable and sporting plenty of technical details, the shorts demonstrate the brand’s focus on style, quality and year-round athletic use.
Chinatown Market—as part of their official collaboration with the Smiley brand—has released a bright yellow, grinning basketball. Built for the rigors of actual use, the ball has the structural integrity, dimensions, tack and wide recognition channels of a regulation ball. Indoor courts are recommended for use though—primarily because the scuffs from outdoor courts will show up more on the yellow exterior.
Made from black metal, leather and natural maple, KILLSPENCER’s sophisticated mini basketball kit lets you unobtrusively toss an equally mini rubber basketball across the room and (hopefully) into the net. This piece, from the LA-based luxury brand, is made in the USA and weighs approximately 35 pounds.
Carver Surf Rack’s small block rack holds your surfboard to the side of your bicycle, without getting in the way of your pedals. It utilizes an unbreakable clamping system, machined in Loveland, Colorado. For those who bike to the beach, all the rack needs is human balance, a board and some enthusiasm.
Made with Oakley’s latest Prizm lens, the Line Miner XM Harmony Fade goggles enhance cyan and red to help best distinguish snow contrast in a stark landscape of white. The goggle shape has classic stylings, but features excellent peripheral vision with a cylindrical design that keeps the shield close to your face. The Harmony Fade collection is currently being seen on the US ski and snowboard team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and is also available in sunglasses and other goggle shapes.
Created with April of 2019 in mind (when NYC’s L Train is set to shut down), Brilliant Bicycle Co’s L Train Bicycle is a sturdy and sleek daily commuter. Bumps are smoothly absorbed and at high speeds it handles confidently. Perhaps most importantly to many NYC inhabitants, it’s light—at a walkup-friendly 27 pounds. Along with an internal gearing system, the bike is powered by an ultra-durable and grease-free carbon Gates belt drive. Available in Subway Grey or Hudson Blue.
Offering up to six hours of protection, Rapha’s Winter Embrocation warming body balm is made up of three organic, warming ingredients: winter green, capsicum, and vanilla. Along with those ingredients, there are essential oils, shea butter, vitamin E and beeswax—all which nourish the skin in cold, harsh climates. Soothing and protective, this lotion means your cycling doesn’t need to stop when the snow comes.
Water- and drop-proof, this Catalyst Case can keep AirPods safe across numerous types of outdoor adventure. Made from soft silicone, the case also offers easy access to the Lightning port, and even has a detachable carabiner so users can hook it up to their belt or backpack. Tested at up to one meter (3.3ft) of water, and meeting MIL-STD 810G for drops, this little case is tough.
Any bike can become an electric bike with the help of a Copenhagen Wheel. Wire-free and incorporating a battery and motor, this wheel offers speed and power assistance/boosts for up to 30 miles per charge. It weights 16.8 pounds but more than makes up for it with its advanced e-bike technology, including a regenerating mode where downhill cycling regenerates the batteries. It’s also app-connected and includes Bluetooth technology.
Molly Schoit’s book based on the Instagram @TheUnsungHeroines handle, “Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History” celebrates the forgotten, lesser known women athletes who paved the way for today’s sports stars. From Jackie Towanda (the first woman to box at Madison Square Garden) to Conchita Cintrón (a bullfighter also known as The Golden Goddess) and Renée Richards (the first transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament) the book is full of significant images and stories from a century of sportswomen.
After two years of development and testing with NYC-based athletes and Japanese engineers, District Vision’s running sunglasses are functional and stylish. Instead of wearing goggle-style shades when you jog, now you can wear performance sunnies that are light and comfortable while also striking in appearance. Featuring a hypoallergenic adjustable nosepad, the sunglasses weigh just 22 grams.
For little ones just learning to ride, this bike is pedal-free—encouraging kids to figure out the balance of a two-wheeler before attempting the real thing. Made for children around the age of three and up, the Balance Bike comes almost completely assembled and has seat and handlebar adjustments in order to change as your child grows. The minimal design is available in green, pink, powder blue or red.
A dynamic 12′ long kayak, the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 ($929) has the technical capabilities to handle day-touring comfortably. The sleek, stable design allows for maneuverability in many conditions. Ideally, this is a recreation kayak for ponds, lakes, slow rivers and gentle coastal waters but with features such as a Phase 3 AirPro seating system with 6-way adjustment you can customize your seating position for longer comfort. Further, with this flatwater kayak can handle small challenges safely.
The perfect pullover for working out on cold days, the Membrane sweater by ONU will keep you warm, but once you’re in motion, it won’t let you overheat. Thanks to CORDURA® Combat Wool® merino, this piece is breathable and also fights odor. Regarding what goes on outside, it’s waterproof and features clever wind-blocking technology. With kangaroo pockets to keep your gear safe, the pullover is available in khaki, navy or black.