When you think of techwear, your mind might go to the movies Tron or Blade Runner, but in reality, techwear is all around us, and you probably wouldn’t know it if you passed it on the street. But just what is techwear? It’s clothing for everyday life that’s made with customized fabrics, construction and design properties that let your body breathe, move and live in comfort. Some techwear even shields you from extreme weather, including wind, rain, snow, sleet, sun, and cold. Check out these fashionable, functional next-gen pieces.
This isn’t your college backpack. It’ll set you back about $750, and its main function is to give max protection to a laptop up to 15 inches wide. It’s made of black Italian leather and has heavy-duty metal hardware and padded straps that adjust to fit you perfectly. The rucksack measures 12 X 18 X 2.5 inches and has an external document compartment and two internal pouches.
Leave it to the Swiss for their namesake minimalist, precision style. This modernized trench coat comes in men’s sizes small through extra large and features multiple front closures help you adjust to varying levels of cold as needed. It’s made of GORE-TEX fabric, which is waterproof, windproof yet breathable. It features a gravity pocket, four outer pockets, a removable hood, a two-way zipper closure, and a collar dock. The coat retails for about $1,500.
Techwear isn’t just for outerwear. Nike’s training tights are made of special sweat-wicking fabric that also offers four-way stretch for comfort and support. The tights have flat seams, and the mesh fabric breathes so you can too. Ideal for wearing under long shorts, they’re available in size small through 4XL tall and in white, grey and black. They retail for $35.
This modern take on a button-down shirt is available in size small through 2XL and comes in black, olive and blue. What makes it different from other dress shirts is the lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabric that breathes and also offers UPF 45+ sun protection in sun and snow. The shirt retails for $120.
These running shorts are made of 4-way stretch fabric with a mesh gusset for comfort. The fabric also wicks away moisture and is anti-microbial. The shorts feature a bulk-free waistband, a center back key pocket and a reflective logo strip on the left leg. They come in sizes small through XL and retail for $125.
In addition to shading your eyes from the sun, the Solumbra Outback Straw Hat offers SPF 100+ sun protection with its proprietary fabric. The brim is 4-inches wide and features a sweatband and a thin leather cord to hold the hat in place. It’s available in mocha or natural and costs about $100.
So, get out those boxes and donate some of your clothes to charity. Investing in techwear is not only a fashion statement but one that could make your life easier, too. And as for the higher-end options, think of them as investments: You could buy cheap coats that last a year or two before you have to replace them, or you could bite the bullet for a one-time higher-end apparel purchase that you could wear for decades. The choice seems pretty obvious.