The Coalatree Switchback is ready to adventure travels

I’ve written a fair amount about Coalatree (seen here), and I’ve even spent some time with a pair of their comfortable and travel-ready Trailhead pants. They took their know-how from the coffee-derived hoodie and have a short-sleeved shirt ready for the warm weather, in the form of the Coalatree Switchback.

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Give your toes some breathing room as you run with NimbleToes

If you’re thinking about getting into better shape, running – at least at first – seems like one of the easiest things to pick up. Just get a pair of running shoes on your feet, and off you go. Then, if you get serious about it, you realize that there’s a lot more that can go into shoe selection (it’s why stores will precisely measure your foot and check your stride to recommend things). What if you’ve embraced the “barefoot style” and want to run? There are a few brand that comes to mind (Xero and Vivo) but those tend to eschew the cushiony feel of running shoes. Enter NimbleToes.

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Now you’re playing with power – if you’ve got the Tranzend Ultra Coat

While I can’t speak for all of you, here in Chicago we’re still definitely getting hit with tastes of winter (interspersed with some very spring-like weather). In fact, as I write this, we’ve got a winter storm on the way. That means I’ll have my heavier down coat in play, but if you don’t want the bulk, then something like the Tranzend Ultra Coat may be what you’re looking for.

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Going American-Made with American Giant

What drives you when you’re looking for clothes? Sure, you are probably considering how it looks, and then many of us (myself included) are very conscious of price. In some ways, we’ve become solely driven by price and price alone. I’ll admit, that’s a trap I get caught in, but it’s one that I’m trying to climb out of. The concept of “fast fashion” and the cheap prices driven my low labor costs in plants overseas – that’s just not a good thing. Once you realize what our pursuit of inexpensive clothes is doing to other people, you want look at other options. That’s where companies like American Giant come in.

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The best jacket you’ll ever wear is $90 off

I’m a huge fan of ScottEVest. I’ve worn their stuff for years and as a traveler, I’ve always appreciated the ruggedness of the material and, most of all, the pockets.

Now their new jacket, the Revolution 2.0, is $210 on their website, $90 off the regular price. I encourage you to check it out.

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How about a stylish discount from Boden?

I know, much of my Black Friday writing has been about technology (here at KN) and watches (over at WWR), but that’s not what we’re all about. We’ve got other interests, just as you do! Well, if you’re not aware of British brand Boden, get ready for some learning.

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It’s tech for your feet – in the form of Burlix socks

Not that long ago, we brought you word of a new American-made (down in North Carolina) company making socks dedicated to helping out your feet at work, traveling, or at play. How so? By taking some of the ideas that we see in performance workout gear, and creating socks for specific situations. I tend to find myself a dedicated wool sock guy these days, but I was curious to see what Burlix had on offer. To that end, we were able to spend time with a few different varieties.

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