Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.
“If you’ve spent any amount of time with us here at Cool Material, you know by now that we’re huge fans of David Chang and the Momofuku empire he’s built in about the same amount of time. Fortunately for all of us, and in light of the pandemic, he chose to branch out into the world of instant noodles with the Momofuku Goods line of, well, instant noodles. Whether you opt for the Spicy Soy, Soy & Scallion, or Tingly Chili options (none of which will disappoint, for the record), restaurant-quality, instant noodles are just a few minutes away whether you’re looking for a snack or a solid base for your next dish.” Buy: $52/20-pack
“I love when brands elevate basics to another level and British brand TOAST did just that with their Wool Cashmere Overshirt. Taking the best elements of this workwear staple and adding a touch of sophistication, it’s just as easily a throw-on-out-the-door staple as it is a shirt I could easily dress up for a night out.” Buy: $330
– Brett Braley-Palko, Style Editor
“My wife has been itching to remodel our (very) outdated, wallpaper covered, dining room for years. This wallpaper came with the house when we bought it and it looks like it’s been in place for at least 30 years. I always heard that wall paper removal was a nightmare and I was dreading this project. This steamer has been a game changer. Just add regular tap water to the basin, plug it in, and hold the steam plate in place on the wall for about a minute and the paper comes right off. We got through the project in no time. Now on to restoring these old plaster walls…” Buy: $65
“Dry January might be over but every now and then it’s worth breaking up the booze with some tasty NA options. Brooklyn-based St. Agrestis is one of my favorite producers of Italian spirits and they’ve managed to crack the code of a non-alcoholic negroni. The brand’s Phony Negroni is a bittersweet, refreshing rendition of the classic cocktail without the alcohol. Packaged in gorgeous single-serving bottles, the Phony Negroni tastes like the real deal and offers a nice respite from a night of drinking. Pour it over an ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with an orange wedge, and you’re in for a classy evening.” $60/12-pack
“Over the New Year holiday, I picked up some cigars to kick back with while on vacation. One of them was the Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real Twisted Toro barber pole. The wrapper is an alternating Ecuadorian Connecticut shade and Ecuadorian Habano leaf, coupled with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The result is a medium to medium-plus bodied smoke that imparts spice, cream, nuts, and pepper for a delectable experience. After a full day of skiing and fun with the kids, this was quite a treat paired with some very good Bourbon.” Buy: $199
“I typically prefer a good joint over any other method of smoking. It’s relaxing, social, and easy. It’s not always acceptable in every occasion, though. The Helix is the one-hitter for those occasions when smoking is fine, but rolling and spending the time on a full joint is not. First off, it has a sleek design that strays far from many of the other kitschy one-hitters out there. It’s also just a joy to use: non-toxic brass, an innovative helix design (hence the name) that pulls the smoke through 2.5 times the length of of the piece, and plus it only gets better with use thanks to the residue building up and catching anything that might otherwise make it down the length of the metal interior.” Buy: $65