It’s finally warming up all across the country (we’re looking at you, New England). To celebrate, you’ll want ring in the higher temps with bright colors and bold designs. What follows is a collection of our favorite spring-themed kit.
SeaVees Legend Sneaker Mr. Turk ($70)
Wear these kicks on the street and you’ll get a lot of double-takes; people will look you in the eye and then stare at your feet. It takes a second to get used to, but you’ll eventually sink into the attention. The shoe design is a throwback to 1964, and the pattern was drawn up by Mr. Turk, a brand that is as loud as it gets.
Sunski Madronas Sunglasses ($55)
Sunski is a perennial favorite at Outside because their glasses are top-shelf but affordable. I personally dig the Madronas, which blend a classic wayfarer silhouette with blue lenses that stand out but don’t go overboard. Tech specs include durable polycarbonate frames, polarized lenses, and a lifetime warranty.
Katin Leaves Shirt ($65)
Never heard of Katin? You’re welcome for the intro. As background, they’re an O.G. surf company based in Southern California and they’ve been making thoughtful, high-quality apparel since the 50s. One of their best designs for this spring is the Leaves shirt, which captures the surf vibe but doesn’t scream obnoxious so you can wear it on the weekend or into work.
Howler Brothers El Alacran Snapback Hat ($30)
The flat-brim market is so saturated it’s almost impossible to stand out. Yet Howler Brothers found a way with their bold scorpion logo that’s fun and slightly intimidating, all at the same time. The medium-height crown fits most heads and a swath of navy-colored fabric under the brim helps cut glare on the water or in the mountains.
Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody ($170)
Warm spring days are still bookended by cool spring nights, so when the sun goes down pull on the TechFace Hoody, which is essentially an R1 fleece with a more durable and wind-resistant recycled polyester shell. You’ll love this piece for spring skiing and long backpacking trips, but it’s also cozy and comfortable by a backyard fire.
Timbuk2 Launch Pack ($130)
You probably don't need another backpack, but the Launch, which I think is a worthy upgrade. My favorite part is that it’s built from Tyvek, a tough-as-nails material that’s also stupid lightweight and comes in several fun colors. This 18-liter version weighs in at just over a pound and I’ve beat mine to shit over the past couple months and it still looks like new. Use it as your go-to commuter, or leave it packed with snacks and blankets for Saturday mornings at the farmers market or the beach.