Father’s Day: Boto Swim Shorts

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Men’s swimwear appears to be getting renewed attention this season, with more emphasis on resort wear quality and design. A great brand we have had a chance to review and test out is Boto. This Canadian company has cracked the code for pool-ready shorts that easily transition to poolside entertaining. Masculine nylon fabrics, clean lines, … [Read more…]

Boast: The Country Club Classic is Re-Born

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While familiarity may breed contempt, exclusivity can engender affinity, curiosity even. To wit, where Ralph Lauren may suffer the slings and arrows of ubiquity and accusations of wannabe-classism, clothing brands known to only a few often retain genuine affection and social pull. Such is the case with American clothing label, Boast. First, a botany lesson; … [Read more…]

Father’s Day Find: Equmen Fitwear

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Looking for something new to add to the undershirt drawer? Sydney, Australia-based Equmen has ventured into the brave new world of men’s compression garments; a.k.a, “shape wear.” While more familiar at the gym, these products are designed for everyday wear. We like to refer tothis category as “fitwear.” Their core compression singlet style undershirt which … [Read more…]

Go Take A (Day) Hike

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Now that the endless winter weather that has gripped much of the Northern hemisphere appears finally to be receding, it’s time to head outside for some much needed sunlight and fresh air.  One of the great pleasures of outdoor activities, apart from actually being active, is acquiring new equipment and gear designed for your back-to-nature … [Read more…]

OTC Favorite: Triple Aught’s Praetorian Hoodie

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Triple Aught Design, based in San Francisco, is a favorite of OTC because they make unique and functional gear that works in the real worlda nd with real wardrobes. A perfect example of this form-follows-function approach to TAD design is the Preatorian Hoodie.  As with most of TAD’s apparel, there is a decidedly tactical and … [Read more…]

James Prosek: The Audubon of Fish

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James Prosek first gained notoriety back in 1996, when, as 19 year-old student at Yale University, he published Trout: An Illustrated History. Prosek’s ability to bring vibrancy and life to his watercolors, and his obsession with contextual and anatomical accuracy, won him quick comparisons to famed naturalist John James Audubon.  These accolades were no lighthearted atta-boys; … [Read more…]

A 5K Day with Some Favorite Workout Brands

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Fall means cooler weather and shorter days.  For the runners among us, it also means race season.  Whether the local 5K or New York City Marathon, the fun, excitement, and competition of a well-organized road race is something looked forward to as autumn’s crispness settles in. OTC’s Chris Hogan hit the pavement the first weekend … [Read more…]

Running Lite With ECCO

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When asked, many people think of footwear brand ECCO as purveyors of comfortable European-inspired walking shoes.  And while this is very much true, and we love them for it, the company also innovates in several other forward-thinking categories, including athletics.  The Biom EVO Racer Lite running shoe is a great example of ECCO’s dedication to … [Read more…]