Style and substance
Always distinctive, it’s hard to go wrong with some of the new offerings from PhilosophyFootball.com. Manchester United fans will be reluctant but Liverpool fans will love the limited edition shirt celebrating their 5-0 victory at Old Trafford in October. There is a glorious bicycle wheel shaped tribute to Mark Cavendish equaling the 34 stage victories of the Tour de France of Eddie Merckx and those of Emma Raducanu Victory at the US Open is also celebrated.
With the Ashes starting this week, greet one of England’s greatest batting cameos, the undefeated Jack Leach at Headingley in 2019 from PunkCricket.com with a delicious minimalist batting cart wheel.
Cyclists looking to make a fashion statement will find a plethora of brilliant designs at Paria.com. This Yorkshire-based company has teamed up with local designers to create some truly remarkable equipment. Women’s swimsuits in particular are eye-catching but also functional, warm and well-designed for a perfect fit.
Gadgets and Equipment
Make the standing viewer an altogether more relaxing experience with the Campster portable chair from Sitpak.com. Inventive and comfortable design, it weighs 940g and folds up into the size of a 1.25 liter bottle. To go to any match, the Thunder GTX Hiking Boots from Hotter.com are a good choice. Sturdy Gore-Tex construction, they are waterproof and durable, yet very comfortable to wear.
Stay warm with the sumptuous merino wool leggings and top base layers from HellyHansen.com. Providing excellent insulation without being bulky, they wick away moisture and breathe, ideal for any activity. Pair them up on the links with something from Soundergolf.com, which strives to bring a fresh take on sports fashion and their navy socks are a treat for the feet.
If that’s not enough to ward off the cold, the family business Glencroftcountrywear.co.ukThe Clapdale sweater is made in Yorkshire with British wool, looks great and is a delight, slim and comfy under a winter coat. All of which can be accessorized with the Icebreaker Flexi Chute Snood of Wiggle.com. Soft and warm, it’s a treat of merino wool for the neck.
If you ride a bike, make sure you get maximum visibility with one of the wonderful jackets from Provizsports.com. Their Reflect 360 CRS Plus looks great, is waterproof and warm but above all completely reflective. Coated with tiny glass beads, the jacket reflects light at night like a must-have luminous beacon. Serious cyclists will also appreciate the well-crafted, lightweight but nicely padded design. Castelli Entrata V Gloves of Probikekit.fr.
For any activity requiring special attention to the environment, the Aeropex open ear, bone conduction headphones are perfect. The high end for listening on the go, they use conduction through the cheekbones to transmit sound vibrations directly to the inner ear, instead of the atria in the eardrum. The sound quality is superb but above all the wearer is not cut off from external stimuli.
Get in shape and shape
Committing to a New Years exercise effort is superbly served by Polar.com Vantage M2 multisport watch. The fitness tracker has a sleeker look than many competitors and is a complete package for taking a healthy step forward. With a wrist-based heart rate monitor and built-in GPS, it offers a remarkable range of tracking facilities, including 130 different sport profiles and programs which are detailed on its app.
The GPS and heart rate monitor are solid, and the Fitspark option suggesting personalized activity-based workouts is a great tool. The battery life is also good and makes it an impressive, complete and competitively priced device. Cheaper as an entry point, the Polar Ignite 2 has similar characteristics and the Fitspark system but on a more elegant model. Ideal as a complete option for anyone about to make fitness a priority
Make good use of trackers with proper footwear. For stability and support over a wide range of distances, the Swiss company ON offers exemplary driving with their Cloudstratus trainer. Designed for an easy to medium run, comfort is here with a smooth, easy pace, few bumps, and a sleek, fitted upper.
For performance gains, the 361europe.com Meraki 4 is the latest take on an extremely popular trainer. Versatile, light and responsive, it offers a very smooth and well-cushioned experience. With a dual density midsole, it’s nice on the foot, comfy right out of the box at a very competitive price. Combine the two with Enertor.com Energy Run Socks. Carefully designed, they’re lightweight with an energetic knit band that flexes throughout the walk.
Equally innovative, the CXPofficial.com Basic underwear Features a multi-panel and deep waist belt to distribute pressure evenly, they are lightweight, durable and comfortable to wear. Just like the wonderful Maaree.com High Impact Solidarity Sports Bra. It features a curved fabric band across the upper chest to stabilize upward movement when exercising. It’s a smart idea, designed and built to withstand the rigors of real exercise.
Leggings made from organically grown bamboo by Boody.fr are also a wonderful addition to any gym kit. They are fully durable, with the Full length active benefiting from a sharp design, while the high waist iteration looks great, has a stretch cut to fit snugly and convenient pockets. They act as an excellent base layer with thermoregulatory and moisture wicking properties and are deliciously soft to the touch.
To get the most out of competition and exercise, Skinscompression.com compression garments look great and have a solid scientific foundation for their design. The Series three is perfect for mid level activities, helps blood circulation and recovery and enjoys an elegant and slender look.
Fun and unique games
For a truly personal gift, Sarah Pennell of Pegboarders.com brings beauty and functionality to her exquisite, hanging display panels. Handcrafted and etched from durable birch plywood, they are a striking sight using dowels and shelves for display and storage. Sarah will build any design – soccer trophies, race tracks, indeed any sporting motif of her choice and engrave personal details on it. A real eye-catcher and really stylish, they bring charming life to any wall.
Equally striking, Tom White of racecutz.fr handmade, beautiful laser cut car racing tracks from around the world. They come with stainless steel wall brackets that separate the circuit from the wall, a distinctive and innovative feature. There is also fascinating art for football fans from Prezzybox.com. Their football field prints are stylistic and graphic representations of championship and league fields. Likewise, their Subbuteo team prints, a selection of classic compositions rendered as kick figures is a new take.
Celebrate the New Year with the selection of soccer team themed vodka and gin of Bohemianbrands.co.uk. There is a selection of clubs, alcohol is a premium drink but the bottles, especially the Crystal line, sport glorious glitzy club badges.
Young aspiring players will have a lot of fun with the kick ball from Smythstoys.com, a nifty idea aimed at kids who haven’t yet graduated from a full match ball. The light panels are designed to allow players to swerve and lean easily.
Finally for the football-mad kids stuck inside, Johnlewis.com has Brainbox Football, an entertaining memory game based on players and English club history that is easy to learn and fun to play.