This week’s featured outfit: layers, coatings, and the Nike x ACRONYM Air Presto. I spent a day last week poking around some underground spots on my campus, then went straight outside into freezing temps without even shedding a layer. Versatile? It’s no Jabrill, but it’s close.

Thrift / Arc'teryx / The North Face / Nike ACG / Nike x ACRNM 

Thrift / Arc'teryx / The North Face / Nike ACG / Nike x ACRNM 

With my techwear wardrobe finally on solid footing, dressing my favorite winter style has never come so easily. When storm clouds gather, I now have an arsenal of pieces ready to mix and match – a veritable technical cocoon, no matter the conditions.

Now if only someone would ask me about my weatherproofing.

Just once. Something simple, like “why is the rain beading up on your pants?” or “are you dressed in all black so snowflakes won’t see you?” Questions like these aren’t just natural human interest – they’re borderline polite.

Imagine the scenario: us at a bus stop. You, dressed reasonably; me, a walking shadow with neon ninja slippers. For our purposes, this bus stop has no cover. It is a pole in the ground.

Nike x ACRNM Air Presto Mid

Nike x ACRNM Air Presto Mid

Also, there’s a blizzard.

In this realistic and easily-envisioned case, I am unfazed by the elements. Behind layers of DWR and down insulation, not even the Lake Effect could – well, faze me. Snow cascades off; water beads up; the wind itself whispers “hard pass.”

Thrift / Arc'teryx / The North Face / Nike ACG / Nike x ACRNM

Thrift / Arc'teryx / The North Face / Nike ACG / Nike x ACRNM

Would you not be even the slightest bit curious?

I like to think we all would be. Next time you’re waiting for public transit (or wading through a Polar Vortex) and see someone dressed in techwear, just ask them one simple question: “How weatherproof are you, bro?”

The answer: never too impermeable for a new friend.  

 

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