Gear of the Week: Back to School

Head back to school in style

Photo: Fjallraven

We cover lots of gear every week. Every Friday, we’ll feature the coolest stuff in this new weekly column. Think of it as your mini buying guide for the season. 

686 Mountain Snapback Hat ($28)


Made from 686’s infiDRY 10K waterproof-breathable fabric, the Mountain Snapback is guaranteed to repel water and breath better than any other snapback hat you own. And the safety orange color ensures that your friends can spot you on the quad.

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New Balance 574 Collegiate Shoes ($80)

(New Balance)

Master classic style with the 574 Collegiate sneaker. This throwback kick upgrades casual looks with rich colors, premium suede, and a touch of leather. Each pair comes with two sets of laces so you can mix it up.

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MVMT Classic Series Black/Tan Watch ($95)


This watch’s black stainless-steel case and face are subdued, but the red accents and leather band make sure your friends will notice what you’re wearing. They’ll also be impressed when they find out it costs less than a Benjamin.

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Made in Mayhem Jefferson Tan Wallet ($80)

(Made in Mayhem)

The two card pockets, ID window, and bill pocket on the outside are enough to hold your valuables while the slim design won’t make your pocket bulge. The suede lining is also a nice touch. 

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Vans Houser Shirt ($45)


The Houser shirt is a fresh take on the classic oxford. It’s 100 percent cotton, and the flamingo and pineapple print add a fun touch. Short sleeves mean you can wear it comfortably in summer.

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Mott & Bow Wooster Jeans ($118)

(Mott & Bow)

Mott & Bow designs and manufactures all of its jeans in-house, which means the company can make premium-quality denim at an affordable price. The Wooster is an ideal example: dark wash, straight cut, and perfect fit, along with woven spandex for added stretch and comfort. 

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Fjällräven Räven 20 Backpack ($80)


This 20-liter pack is spacious and stylish. The main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve that holds up to 15-inch screens and a smaller, fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses and wallet. Fjällräven’s G-1000 fabric is durable and waterproof, and the leather accents add a touch of style. 

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Flylow Iron Eagle Bomber Jacket ($150)


The Iron Eagle will become your standby jacket for Sunday morning football games and nights out at the bar. The canvas coat includes a thin layer of synthetic insulation and a waterproof backing. Ribbing on the waist, cuff, and collar complete the classic look.

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National Park Posters ($30)


In the 1930s and ’40s, the federal government commissioned artists to create posters for the country’s 29 new national parks. In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, you can buy classically designed posters of your favorites among today’s 59 parks. 

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Yeti Wall-Mount Bottle Opener ($22)


Stop fumbling for the cheap bottle opener on your keychain. Instead, mount the Yeti Wall-Mount Bottle Opener next to your couch. Cast stainless steel and the four-screw design ensure a strong mount. Most important, you’ll always know where it is. 

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