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Gearbox: The Best of March

Gearbox: The Best of March
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Welcome the season of summer by refurbishing your travel gear for your upcoming adventures

OT Staff
April 12 , 2019

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR QUANTUM VOYAGE II HOODED JACKET

With 700-fill-power ethically sourced goose down insulation, Columbia’s Quantum Voyage II may well be the most important piece of clothing you could pack for your next sub-zero high-altitude adventure. That’s exactly what we did on a recent trip into Ladakh in all its winter fury, where temperatures dipped to as low as -18°C. The water-resistant fabric made short work of snowfall, with the adjustable hood providing much-needed cosiness against the wind. Where Columbia has an edge over the competition is in its patented Omni-Heat™ reflective lining, which really keeps the warmth in. It literally reflects it back. When you’re in the middle of nowhere in punishing weather conditions, you need a jacket that can perform. The Quantum Voyage II also has an interior security pocket for important stuff, and both sleeve cuffs and drawcord hem are adjustable. It’s also super light, which is a huge, huge plus when you’re trekking. All in all, a great package and, given what’s on offer, a sweet price point. (INR 13,999; columbiasportswear.co.in)

HUAWEI SNORKELLING CASE

If you enjoy snorkelling and photography, this case is tailor-made for you. It is waterproof (up to 60 minutes) and combined with the Mate 20 Pro smartphone’s underwater camera mode, allows users to capture stunning marine life up to five metres deep. The case has a thicker side that allows for a comfortable grip and the physical button makes recording videos and taking photos easy. So, what are you waiting for? Snorkel and click. ($86, huawei.com)

BRUNE DROOL ON DUFFLE

Vibrant colours? Check. Handcrafted and hand painted? Check. Genuine leather products? Check. Brune has been setting trends in the world of accessories since 2015 but the company’s recently launched duffle bags have caught all eyes. Vibrant and unisex, these bags are created using the modish patina technique and boast smooth zips and extra pockets. They come in gorgeous statement colours like electric blue, olive green, tan, burgundy, perky pink, purple and more. Perfect for a short holiday or even events, these are spacious enough for all essentials. If the vibrant colours aren’t your thing, don’t fret. The bags can be colour customised to your liking. (From INR 7,999; voganow.com)

CROCS REVIVA

“My father has been wearing these so often, we’re afraid he will start sleeping in them,” said an OT team member who had managed to get his hands on Crocs’ new Reviva slippers. Each footwear a part of this new collection boasts unique air bubbles on the sole, giving the wearer a spring in their step— both literally and metaphorically—extreme comfort, and an addictive massage-like effect (explains the father’s behaviour). Puddle or mud, rain or sun, it doesn’t make a difference as these are durable, easy to wash and water-resistant. The collection includes sandals, flip-flops and slide silhouettes (in both mens and womens styles) and the colour choices—a white-and-pastel-blue and an all-navy-blue—add a dash of visual appeal to the comfort factor. (From INR 2,475; shopcrocs.in)

COCO LENI

Luxurious, sexy and eco-friendly? That is Coco Leni for you. Using German design and technology, this brand of spectacles and sunglasses is striving to show that bamboo, wood, cellulose acetate, and ethically sourced buffalo horn eyewear can be cool and, at the same time, sustainable. Also, part of the profits goes to beach cleanups and advocating the importance of not using plastic. With four fully eco-friendly locations across Goa, one each in Pune and Puducherry, Coco Leni is planning on opening 100 stores across the country. Pick up a pair to be cool and save the world. (From INR 4,990; cocoleni.in)

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