It’s only March, but this year already has us buzzing about several first-quarter arrivals that scored high on either technology, style, comfort, purpose, or all of the above. Here are the best ones we’ve come across to date.
Nike’s Epic React Flyknit Shoes
In the realm of running shoes, the Epic React Flyknit has claims of a 13 percent increase in high energy return cushioning compared to the last generation Lunarlon, which was Nike’s benchmark in foam technological breakthroughs for the longest time. Not anymore, as this advancement adds to the fact that the shoe is 30 percent lighter than the dominating Adidas BOOST. So to be able to combine better performance with comfort and durability at that is quite a remarkable feat, all made possible by the design team working closely together with real runners.
Uniqlo’s Breathable, Elastic, Wind-Protect Clothing
It’s as if Uniqlo could do no wrong, its LifeWear Spring-Summer 2018 unveiling last week at One Canvas, in Makati, featuring an array of affordable yet well-made clothing had Filipino Uniqlo fans excited to ogle at all the minimalist items to be had, but what stood out from their eight remarkable sets, that also included UNIQLO U, Jeans, Kids and Baby, Super Non-Iron Shirt, Smart Ankle Pants, U T-Shirts, and Marimekko, are the smart advancements to their basics.
First, the AIRism is the innerwear line, in Mesh, Jersey, and Seamless types, which are light and smooth, but the job by wicking away sweat, so you can wear these undergarments all-day long without worry.
Same can be said about Uniqlo’s Active line, though aside from lightness, this line specifically caters to those who move around a lot—the gym goers and athletes, so it means that elasticity and durability are also plus factors. Add those to the water repellency and wind protection features, the Active hits the home run for us this season by collaborating with artists, including Experimental Jetset, Francois Morellet, and Niko Luoma, for the Men’s SPRZ NY project for that oomph! on the eyes.
The North Face’s Northern Lights Jacket
It’s been all about the waterproof, windproof, and breathable DryVent 2L fabric of The North Face’s outdoor jackets. The latest Northern Lights piece, though, makes itself an ultimate must-have for hikers and climbers because of its ten strategically placed pockets—outer, inner, and sleeve compartments, which can safely store all your valuables when you’re out there in the wilderness, like passport, camera, Swiss knife, flashlight, eyewear, and even gadgets as big as an iPad.
You can purchase this gem of a jacket at any The North Face branch in Metro Manila, including one at the just-opened Rustan’s ActiveWear section in Glorietta, Makati.