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One of my favorite purchases of 2013 were the two pairs of Nike Tech Fleece Sweatpants I got. To me they represented that sought after middle-ground been comfort, practicality and design. For Spring/Summer 2014 brings a new tech pack for men and women centered around the Tech Hyperfuse technology. In laymans terms this technology gives the fabric the combined benefits of being lightweight, breathable , and packable in a stripped down minimal aesthetic. The lineup includes windbreakers, vests and ponchos and is currently available exclusively through Nike.com. While I generally don’t like the HDR’ed appearance of many sports lookbooks, the execution of this particular campaign stands above the competition in my mind. Expect to see the gear hit select NSW retailers on May 1.

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With a huge snowstorm  currently making it’s way through the North East I thought there would be no better time to make this post recommending sweatpants for the season.  2013 was a big year for staying cozy and 2014 looks to be no different.  If you want to stay comfortable while making more than just corner bodega runs in sweats, you’ll be well served with any of the below options.

Nike Tech Fleece Pant

These have Nike sweats have been hyped up and often sellout within hours when they drop online at Nike.com. I wasn’t sure they would live up to the acclaim but after getting two pairs for myself, I wholeheartly recommended these joints. The tech fleece material is lighter and provides great comfort without being any less warm. The zipper pockets at the back and left side of the pants keep your belongings safe and the cuffed design works well with a variety of sneakers and boots. Plus these are a relative steal at $80 retail.

Available at Nike.com

Thom Browne Drawstring Lounge Pants

You may have seen Lucas rocking these in the recent style profile, but these sweatpants are definitely winners. The branded tri-color cuffs and leg detail make this the perfect item to pair with TB shirting or if you’re really splashing out a Moncler Gamme Bleu outerwear piece. These will set you back a pretty penny at a retail price of over $550 but you can catch a detail over at SSENSE for the olive green ones. New Yorkers can find these at the Thom Browne shop-in-shop at Dover Street Market New York.

Tartan Sweatpant by Wings + Horns for Steven Alan

These joints by Wings and Horns will get  get the job done. A classy drawstring detail and a slimish fit and non-descript heather grey cotton round out the features on these sweats. Scoop these at Steven Alan on sale for $136.

Norse Projects – Gustav Wool Pant 

A wool/cotton blend  and plenty of color choices make this a solid contender. Norse Project delivers good quality basics at reasonable prices and once again that’s the case here. The above ‘fig’ colorway keeps things civilized enough that you could theoretically wear these to a wine and cheese without getting laughed at.

WTAPS Hellweek Sweats

Mil-spec specialists WTAPS puts out the heavy-weight Hellweek sweatpants. Quite a bit of branding on here but if you have other WTAPS gear to pair with this, these sweats are an easy choice. 168 EURO at Firmament.

Y-3 Track Pants

I spotted these in the Y-3 boutique this past week but didn’t get a chance to try them on unfortunately. I definitely liked the material and technical details and I didn’t mind the placement of the logo hit either. These feel luxe, and you can scoop em in-store at the Y-3 store or find them on sale at Memes.

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Nike has done an excellent job in recent years of segmenting their brand by creating various sub-lines (Nike Sportswear, Nike ID, Nike SB among them). In an attempt to bring more fashion-forward concepts to a sportswear consumer, Nike NSW White Label has been created. The label has limited distribution and a price-point that may shock long-time Nike loyalists. This may be my favorite pair of sweatpants I’ve seen all year but I had to hesitate hitting that cop button due to a retail price well into the mid-hundreds.That being said I can’t say these wouldn’t be worth it. The fit looks excellent, slim (not skinny) with a slight tapered cuff. Apparently pants are made in Italy from a cotton-blend fabric with slash pockets on the hips and a luxe paneled construction. This is as close as you can get to fooling the world that you’re wearing trousers not swepants. I might have hesitated at buying these but that doesn’t mean you have to.

Available at Oki-Ni for £275.00

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