LIFE IN THE FAST LANE calls for clothes that can keep up. Welcome a new fleet of multi-functional, lightweight, and totally cool style gear that can go the distance. To road-test all this amazing stuff, we brought in Formula 1 speed demon Daniel Ricciardo. Lights out and away we go.
LIGHTEN YOUR BAGGAGE
For peak travel nimbleness, you need a light, spacious bag. These three from Rains, Tumi, and Shinola are built with lightweight and water-resistant fabrics, easy-to-access openings, and a slick design for airport dashes and city treks.
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FIND A SHIRT THAT WORKS
Utility shirts—sturdy button-ups made from heavy cotton twill—resist wrinkles and are a must-pack, especially one from Polo Ralph Lauren. Its line of shirts enlivens things with a color-blocked design and ramps up the comfort factor with brushed cotton, an airy spin on the classic fabric.
MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT
New watches mix racing and diving elements, enhancing their basic functionality. The Omega Seamaster sustains dives of 20,000 feet (or the pool’s deep end). The Tudor Black Bay Pro, the TAG Heuer Formula 1, and the Seiko Chronograph can measure split-second race times (or TGIF countdowns). And the IWC Pilot’s Watch’s titanium case with its EasX-change system allows you to switch out the strap in seconds.
FIND YOUR FOOTING
Wear-everywhere sneakers are as light as they are durable, purpose-built for weekend hikes, terminal-to-terminal slogs, and urban exploration. This Skechers pick reinforces its outsole with Goodyear rubber (yeah, like Good- year tires), and Salomon’s grippy hiking lace-ups have an ultra-breathable mesh upper. And both the EA7 Emporio Armani and the Sorel Breakthru sneakers are easy to slip on and tie up in a rush.
KEEP IT COOL
Sweatshirts during shoulder seasons are a tough call. Go with a crewneck to prevent overheating. This one from Outerknown leverages a hemp-cotton blend that lets you breathe, is wrinkle resistant for when you’re on the move, and takes up way less room in your suitcase than a bulky hoodie does.
CONQUER THE WATER
These Polo Ralph Lauren utility pants are made of heavy-duty, quick-drying canvas, so you can wear them just about anywhere. Cliff diving, clam digging, motoring around the inlet—they’re durable as all get-out and look way cooler than waders
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Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health. He oversees all style and fashion content for the brand, and also styles their fashion stories. His active lifestyle informs his passion for translating great designs into real-life style, a favorite part of his job. Prior to joining Men’s Health he worked at GQ magazine and Calvin Klein
As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.