The North Face Debuts Their Fall 2015 Collection


The North Face Debuts Their Fall 2015 Collection

The North Face recently debuted their Fall 2015 collection and there’s something that everyone, from the rugged to the refined, can appreciate it. For more than 40 years the brand has brought us limitless innovation by way of performance apparel and footwear. This collection is no different, so whether you’re a dare devil on the ski slopes, a manic cyclist, a dedicated runner or just looking for stylish yet functional outerwear to sport in cold weather, The North Face has you covered.

For the outdoorsman, the Fuse line has been expanded with Three Dot Matrix technology. The Hooded Down Jacket, Insulated Shell Jacket and ThermoBall Hybrid Jacket are the perfect delineation between warm, warmer, and warmest – with down insulation, PrimaLoft Eco insulation, and lightweight fleece, respectfully.
In the Snow Sports category, the expansion of the Fuse Brigandine line brings stretch and insulation into the Steep Series jackets, making them much more comfortable and flexible for the experienced athletes as well as the novice. Taking inspiration from the concept that free skiing and snowboarding are a culture and a tribe, the brand added prints and colors from different cultures and groups around the world. This helps put more of an individual spin on your look and who wouldn’t want to be seen by everyone while pulling a “Poptart” (i.e., Airing from fakie to forward on a quarter pipe or half pipe without rotation)?
At the top of the list for performance is the Mountain Athletics apparel collection. This line was built without sacrificing function for sleek, sophisticated form. These technology driven and purpose-built pieces feature FlashDry technology – active-stretch fabrications to provide unmatched durability, range of motion, and performance to outdoor athletes training to push their limits. This means you can channel your inner “beast mode” while hiking through any mountain.

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One of the Editor’s Choice Light Jacket – MHW Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket


Paper thin and feather light, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer is a minimalist approach to a fully mountain ready jacket. Whether on a multi-pitch climb or a multi-day expedition, the Ghost Whisperer has precisely what you need – and nothing more – to get you through in comfort and safety. Lightweight but heavy on tech, this jacket incorporates Q Shield DWR infused hydrophobic down and Whisperer 7D X 10D ripstop fabric, both Mountain Hardwear proprietary materials. Though deserving of the many awards it has won, the Ghost Whisperer does have a few limitations that might make another jacket more appropriate for you.

Brand New styles and colors for 2015 Fall/Winter season will be here at Ginza Boutique in a month! You can check the most stylish light jacket earlier than any others!

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Just in: Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses

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First and foremost, the new Jawbreaker lens is big. The width is roughly the same as the already-generous Radarlock XL but instead of dipping down in middle, the top of the lens now features an upward curve to provide a bigger field of view, particularly when riding in a low and aggressive position. The lower edge is now scalloped to provide a little more room around your cheeks but even so, the only way these look even remotely normal is when paired with a helmet.

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2015 Editors’ Choice: Big Agnes mtnGLO

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A tent with a built-in disco ball might get more buzz, but only just. With mtnGLO, your tent-bound nights are guaranteed to be a whole lot more fun. It’s equal parts party and practical. Stuck in a storm? Play cards and kick back beneath mini LED lights that cast a glow throughout the tent—instead of a partner who keeps shining a headlamp in your eyes. Adding virtually no weight or bulk, mtnGLO integrates strings of tiny LED bulbs into tents’ overhead seams to offer soft, consistent light. The system uses a business-card-size switch that holds three AAA batteries (according to Big Agnes, battery life is about 90 hours, depending on tent size). The LEDs are sewn into 14 BA tents, from family basecampers to ultralight models. You can also retrofit the mtnGLO Tent Light Accessory Kit ($40; 3 oz.) to any tent you already have, and, if you’re going deluxe, the mtnGLO PowerCase/Loft with Joey T55 ($200) adds a battery pack to charge electronics. Two settings—high and low—cover the range of lighting needs (most testers found full brightness adequate for reading, while dim is perfect for hang-out sessions). And, best of all, it makes every night feel like Christmas Eve.

– You can purchase it from Ginza Boutique!

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Gear Review: The North Face Men’s Paramount Peak Convertible Pant

Although the sequels to Grease and Caddyshack may deter you from ever wanting to improve on a classic, The North Face managed to beat the odds and upgrade their best-selling Paramount Peak Convertible Pant.  They retained all of the staples of a dependable pair of hiking pants, while also taking the time to improve details wherever possible.  The fit strikes a nice balance between being relaxed enough to comfortably allow high stepping through steep talus, yet athletic enough to avoid billowing like a pillowcase on a clothesline in a strong breeze.

The material itself was upgraded with TEX40 thread for increased durability.  During testing at Channel Islands National Park, the pants handled abuse with aplomb.  Scraping across the diverse geology of Santa Cruz Island left the fabric unfazed, and the DWR finish repelled ocean spray on a morning scramble just as well as spilt wine at sunset.  In addition, the fabric is bluesign ® approved (a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods), which helps reinforce the concept that you can both be green and tough.

If you’re the sort who likes to stay organized from the waist down, the myriad pockets provide ample opportunity.  The side cargo pockets are big enough for large maps, the hip and back pockets remain accessible with a pack on, and a secure, zippered stash pocket on the right hip protects important items.

Personally, the real coup de grace on these pants is their actual performance as shorts.  Other convertibles have notoriously emphasized the ‘short’ in shorts; fortunately for all parties, the 10” cut gets close enough to the knees to be acceptable in more social situations than just night hikes.  As a bonus, The North Face color coded the zippers to avoid the seemingly inevitable confusion that stems from trying to reattach the pant legs in a hurry.

Bottom Line: Fortunately for users and The North Face, these pants are more Indiana Jones than Grease 2.  If you’re looking for a dependable pair of hiking britches that will confidently get you through most three-season hikes, the Peak Paramount pants are tough to beat.

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Chair One – lightweight portable camping chair from Helinox


Voted NUMBER ONE in Europe

The Helinox Chair One was voted the best outdoor adventure accessory at the prestigious ISPO awards in Munich on January 26 this year. ISPO is the major international showcase of quality outdoor adventure equipment with over 2,000 exhibiting participants and a judging panel of 57 independent experts from 14 different nations. It is the ultimate award for outdoor adventure equipment.

The World’s first truly portable chair

Ultra lightweight, super strong, incredibly compact, simple, reliable and wonderfully comfortable. Time to rest your back!

  • Super compact when folded – the size of a man’s large size shoe.
  • Ultra lightweight – only 30 oz (weighs less than a quart of water).
  • Easiest assembly – almost assembles itself with self locating shock cord technology.

The perfect portable chair for hiking, biking, trekking, fishing, sea kayaking etc. The best portable chair to use at home, at the park, at the beach, in the wilderness or if you’d like some lightweight comfort while watching that outdoor event.

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New Arrivals – S15 Sprayground Backpacks


Shop for new arrivals from Sprayground’s S/S 15 backpack collection at Ginza.

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