Get the fit of a great running shoe with the comfort and style of a casual sneaker with Nike Air Pegasus 83/30 ($100). This classically-inspired shoe comes in a range of colorways accented with a reflective stripe, ideal for visibility at night. The mesh upper features stitch-less construction for a comfortable fit that won't leave you feeling the seams. That mesh is also great for ventilation, so your feet won't get too hot after a long day. A phylon midsole provides plenty of support, while flexible grooves in the sole bend with the natural motion of your foot.
Breaking Bad might be nearing its epic end, but this unparalleled series plans to live on way past the finale. The Breaking Bad Complete Series Set ($225) is housed inside a replica black barrel, just like the ones Mr. White prefers to stash and bury his millions in. The bounty includes all 62 episodes and over 55 hours of bonus features, spreading across all five seasons, an all new two hour documentary, a booklet with a letter from Vince Gilligan, and even a Los Pollos Hermanos apron that would make Gustavo Fring proud. A must have for any Breaking Bad junkie, that promises to disappear faster than a corpse in a bath tub full of hydrofluoric acid.
With the wealth of competing apps available for iOS, it only makes sense that you should be able to choose which web browser you'd like to use — but until recently, Safari was the only option on your iPad. With Coast by Opera ($Free), you get a web browser that was built from the ground up with tablet usage in mind, meaning it works using intuitive swipe- and gesture-based controls, eliminating all the chrome clutter you're used to. You can customize how the re-imagined browser's home screen appears, letting you keep your favorite sites just a tap away at all times (like our own Devour, which comes already bookmarked in the app), and sites stay open in the background, automatically updating and letting you swipe back and forth at will. It's our new default browser.
Your music doesn't live on just one device anymore, so you need an audio solution that takes the portability of your media library seriously — something like the Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker ($500). This wireless speaker system was made with connectivity in mind, including Bluetooth with NFC, Airplay for Mac and iOS, DLNA for Android, Windows, and other Harman Kardon devices, as well as an auxiliary input for less capable devices. With two three-inch woofers and two three-quarter-inch tweeters, wireless audio doesn't mean you end up with sub-par sound.
Kick and push your way to the beach a few more times before the summer sun disappears.
Converse Hudson's Bay Company Jack Purcell Sneaker ($145). Gold Coast Longboard ($142-$164). Apolis Standard Issue Chino ($148). MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30 ($30). J.Crew Slim Irish Linen Shirt ($60). Saturdays Surf Colin Board Shorts ($65). Tumi Bolte Sunglasses ($295). Nixon Sentry Watch ($200).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Converse.
Whether you're framing a house, building a deck, or just hanging up some wall art in your apartment, it's important to have a tool that does most of the work for you. For that reason, a hammer with a heavy head can be your best friend — but also a source of fatigue if you're lugging around a bunch of tools. The American-made Vaughan Stealth Hammer ($50) gives you the best of both worlds: a lightweight hammer that swings with the force of a tool twice its weight. It features a 17-ounce, smooth-faced steel head with a magnetic nail starter, a side nail puller, and a straight claw that can handle just about any carpentry-related task you throw at it.
The buy one, give one movement is going strong with companies like Toms and Warby Parker — now Bogobrush ($40) has entered the mix. They offer a fairly-straightforward concept: a subscription service delivering a simply-made, environmentally- and socially-conscious toothbrush every three months (and for every one you get, an American in need gets one as well). The toothbrushes feature an entirely-biodegradable design, thanks to their bamboo construction. This helps you avoid contributing to the 450 million toothbrushes thrown away annually in the USA, all while helping spread good dental hygiene.
If a title like Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some ($24) doesn't get you a little bit worked up, we don't want to hear about it. This book presents 130 recipes for bold, Southern flavors broken down by cooking technique — with everything from slathering to smoking — accompanied by gorgeous photography and musical pairings downloadable on Spotify. Recipes range from pickled sweet potatoes to deep South ramen with a fried poached egg, and build on each other to tell the documentary-style story of Southern cuisine's influence on American eating.
Flawlessly light your next video project (as long as you're shooting with a Nikon 1 or Coolpix camera) using the Nikon LED Movie Light ($100). The built-in diffusion panel allows it to provide natural, soft light for illuminating your subject consistently without glare. Unlike a standard flash, it constantly emits light, letting you adjust it on the fly while shooting. Remove it from your camera for handheld light from a variety of angles depending on your artistic preference. Available in October.
With Under Armour Speedform Running Shoes ($120) you'll experience a level of comfort and fit that you've never had with another pair of running shoes. They're designed to have a completely-seamless interior, from the one-piece heel cup, to the ultrasonically welded components, and the form-fitting construction. And of course they feature the same moisture-wicking technology that you expect from Under Armour, thanks to chafe-free 4D Foam. With a perforated upper for ventilation and an almost-unnoticeable six ounce weight, you'll be able to run for miles without so much as thinking of your shoes.
Everyone knows it's important to stay hydrated, but not every source of drinking water is clean enough to put in your body — make sure your daily dose of hydration is healthful with the Soma Water Filter ($50). The blown-glass container holds 48 ounces of filtered water, and the filters are made of environmentally-friendly materials like coconut-shell carbon, silk, and a plant-based casing. They're biodegradable and don't result in nasty bits of black charcoal in your water. Get fresh filters delivered to your door every two months with an available subscription service. Best yet, every filter sold helps provide clean drinking water through charity: water.
You have a case for your smartphone, so you should probably have a case for your new Jawbone Mini Jambox — the Killspencer Speaker Case ($180). These American-made hand-crafted cases come in a range of styles: chocolate pebbled leather, natural oil-tanned leather, and black nylon with leather. The interior features an Alcantara lining to keep your Jambox from getting scuffed, while their proprietary sound-screen technology prevents the case from muffling your music. The built-in carrying loop makes it easy to pull out of your bag, while a magnetic snap closure keeps everything contained.