Stuff designed for the wilderness keeps jumping on the train to the big city. Hiking boots arrived for a drunken night with an Air Max, judging by their sneakerboot progeny. And the capital is now infested with Moncler and Canada Goose jackets, since the traditional overcoat is too absorbent for our new, wetter winters.
But NikeLab’s reinvigorated ACG arm – now in its fourth season – is undeniably an urban beast. Learning lessons from kit preferred by adventurous types, it’s given streetwear a wet-weather makeover, cutting materials designed to tackle blizzards in silhouettes more suited to Supreme queues. Which is handy, since it gets chilly when you’re waiting to cop that new limited edition.
The latest range, the 2015 Holiday Collection, is based around transitions, like from bike and snow to stuffy train. A situation handled with aplomb by pieces like the ACG 2-in-1 long bomber, which can be strapped up and worn like a backpack so you don’t start sweating once you’re inside.
Those still not taken by the sneakerboot might find the Flyknit Lupinek SFP more to their liking. It’s breathable, but boasts weather protection so you don’t need to keep scanning for puddles. Especially since the Nike Free-inspired outsole will keep you upright even if you veer onto black ice. Ideal, even if the only wilderness you encounter is a garden you’ve not touched since summer.
The NikeLab ACG Holiday 2015 Collection is available from December 3 at nike.com/nikelab and selected Nike retailers.