>>8984094 TBH, what did you think you were getting? They're anatomic minimal shoes. The toebox is shaped to go around your foot. The loose fit is how they're supposed to, probably - it seems off at first, but you'll get it after walking in them for a while.
Feel free to not like them, but most of my shoes are VBF, I get compliments on them regularly (especially the Synth Hikers and Breatho Trail), and the only complaint I have is that durability can be so-so even on the upper.
One thing to be aware of going in, besides what they are, is that it locks you into a different world of footwear. You have to train your feet first or you fuck them up, and you can't really mix wearing barefoot shoes and normal shoes. I got into barefoot shoes before I got into fashion, and even though I like a lot of VBF I want Flyknits, I want Island Dunks, dammit!
You keep posting this and you never substantiate it. What's so distinctively Japanese about the urbanity these clothes engage with?
The most pointedly *this* and most mentioned brands ITTs are out of Berlin, Brooklyn, and Vancouver. Japanese instances are more commonly developments and updates of Japanese punk and/or workwear currents.
>>8984235 I love it, probably the best Gyakusou ever, although I think S/S '13 is still visually the best.
I think it's right about where it should be for what it is, a technically focused mass market collaboration between the culturally sharpest designer and the most advanced athletic wear company.
It's precisely on point with two things that are just starting up but are going to be big in the next few years:
First, a rethink and reduction of layering for better results with new tech and designs calibrated to that (http://iceclimbingjapan.com/2014/05/13/polartec-system-whats-possible/).
Second, and this is harder to get a handle on, there's a new relationship designers are having to color and texture. The first wave of it was the big gradient/ombre/dip dye craze a few years ago; SISP and Stephan Schneider are the two big things I'd look at for it. Cav Empt is not it, but I think it has something to do with it.
It seems like has to do with making our experiences of these things in garments more like our experience with the rest of the world. Spectrums, bleeds-in, subtle variations, dappledness, variegation of color matched and enlivened by textural effects.
Color like a digital representation of meatspace. Texture pulling it definitively to flesh. Everything more interesting and viv-id.
Less stark than previous graphic stuff, more sensual than cerebral, even when it's very conceptual. Or more like, calibrated to the "augmented reality" occasioned, long awaited weakening of the wall between our cerebrality and physicality. Now everything feels cerebral, but the cerebral also feels physical, and these are the clothes for that.
I think - this is all super rough and new thoughts, experimental thoughts.
Anyway, yeah, Jun's on top of all that, perfect for the ultra-contemporary runner. Like I said, I think S/S '13 is still the best *looking*, and it has the most of what I love about Jun's designs and up to now Gyakusou specifically, but a year and a half on even it feels just slightly dated.
>>8984307 Samefag. Dude, you're fucking obvious with this "howaitu piggu" shit, and even though it's really annoying it'd at least be interesting to hear you explicate this some.
Tell us why exactly clothes designed in North American and European megacities are somehow fit only for East Asian ones?
>>8984307 They should, sort of. You should still have decent proprioception through the sole. The looseness in the toebox is so your foot can splay and not be constrained - the sides should be just past the edge of your foot.
I also don't know specifically with the Hybrid - they're golf shoes, they might have a different sole than the other Vivobarefoot soles I'm used to or fit differently.
You might want to look at the Neo/Breatho trails - similar look and they're the trimmest fitting/least expanded toebox VBF shoes I'm aware of.
>>8984404 London or New York may be not as big as Tokyo (city with more inhabitants than some countries), but specifics of urban environments are very similar in US, EU or Asia, Asians just got more of it in one go. Ergo - urban tech ninja makes sense anywhere if executed the rite way
>>8984404 New York, and I realized after typing that that Berlin and Vancouver aren't megacities (10 million+), but the same potential garment uses apply and you can't say they're not in the same kind of cultural waters.
You mean like web boutiques? There's nothing really coherent out there, and your best bet is learning brands.
Sierra Trading Post and Backcountry are good US discount outdoor sites. There's this thing called the Clymb a lot of people on here go for that seems to have a lot of aestheticized outdoor stuff at clearance prices, but I haven't looked into it much because those membership discount webshop things (like Jackthreads, etc.) tick my ick meter something crazy, though I can't explain it at all.
Your best bet for techwear at a Uniqlo price point is Uniqlo, tbh. Pic related.
original point was that ACR price was solely based on design (which is outstanding I don't question that) since they're not pioneers in the branch anymore when it comes to the fabrics used. More performant stuff is out there already
As far as conditions go, I live in a part of the US that experiences a good amount of snow during the winter, so I assume being insulated might be necessary. honestly don't know what other features I could ask for in a parka though im rather naive when it comes to this.
The reason I'm asking is that down insulation is great - more compact, lighter - but it's worthless if it gets wet. Synthetics aren't as warm for the same weight and thickness, but they're still warm in the rain.
Also, are you looking to use it for sports, or just walking around town?
Moving to alaska for school. I bought pic related on sale and plan on picking up some merino from outlier. The new sweaters and hoodie look nice to layer with, but will it be enough for the cold up there? I heard it gets down to -50c. The coldest I've ever been in is 4c.
>>8984977 >>8984985 Hey m8, bought the Arc'teryx Atom SV hoodie for Vermont winters and can confirm Arc'teryx being GOAT outerwear/tech. If you have to be outside in those temperatures (lowest here was -29F, or -34C) get a neck gaiter. If you've only experienced 4C, get ready you sack of shit, -50 will be painful. I discovered that for me, 0F to -10F is where I stop feeling differences on my skin: it all feels really fucking cold. The only difference is your nose hairs freeze faster. You'll need everything you can get for those temps m8, down mitts, heavy wool hats, the warmest boots you can find, long johns daily etc. Living where I do in VT gets cold, but not so bad I have to completely change the way I dress compared to "normal" winters. Alaska though, different story
>>8985178 Wow I feel so stupid! I wish as was as cool and tough as you anon! I might as well run around outside in subzero temperatures naked because someone on the internet is tougher than me! You sure showed me guy
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