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What We’re Buying: All-Purpose Shorts, Portable Pickleball Courts, and More

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What We’re Buying: All-Purpose Shorts, Portable Pickleball Courts, and More

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.

Braun Series 9 9370cc Men's Electric Shaver
Braun Series 9 9370cc Men's Electric Shaver

“I’ve had the same Panasonic electric shaver for the past 14 years and, while it’s been a real workhorse, it recently, finally, started to show some signs of aging. I spent a good hour+ checking all the usual sources to see what comes highly recommended these days and landed on this Braun Series 9. It’s waterproof, has a cleaner/charger station, is good for 50 minutes of shaving when fully charged, and has well over 10k very good reviews on Amazon. And Braun claims it’s ‘The world’s most efficient electric shaver.’ Hopefully they still make ’em like they used to and this one lasts me another 14 years!” Buy: $270

Tim Jacobsen, Co-Founder

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Paratodo Onda Shorts
Paratodo Onda Shorts

“I’ve been keeping an eye on Paratodo for awhile now and I’m stoked I finally have the chance to pick up something from them. Paratodo is a perfect example of the current state of menswear – combining high-performance gear with contemporary style trends. Their latest collection includes a lacy smock, psychedelic t-shirts, and the brand’s Onda shorts, an upgraded take on Patagonia’s classic Baggies. They’re just what I need to get me through the summer. Buy: $135

John A. Paradiso, Managing Editor

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GOBI Silk Cashmere V-Neck Sweater
GOBI Silk Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

“It may seem odd to be buying sweaters in June, but hear me out here. One nice sweater can go a long way during the summer months. From cozying up in a pullover by the campfire, to throwing it on when the air-conditioning is blasting after a swim in the pool, a sweater is a vital part of my summer wardrobe. But it has to be the right one, of course. I’ve recently upgraded my old cotton sweatshirt to a more elevated alternative with GOBI’s Silk-Cashmere blend sweater. It’s incredibly soft but also breathable, giving me just enough coverage without being suffocating. I got mine a size up so it would be baggy and loose and perfectly paired against a 5″ inseam short.” Buy: $269

Brett Braley-Palko, Style Editor

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Portable Pickleball Court
Portable Pickleball Court

“My wife and I are among the many people who fell all-in on pickleball over the past year or so. And while it’s great that so many people have found a way to get outside and stay active, that also means courts are at a premium and it can sometimes mean doing just as much waiting for an opening as playing. This portable set up solved that problem completely. Once we’ve made it to an empty parking lot or park, it takes about 10 minutes to set up from start to finish and doesn’t take any tools to do so. Plus, the carrying case makes it easy to bring it along when we want to walk and enjoy some beverages while we play without worrying about who’s driving. Sure, it won’t match the official courts exactly or match up to the sense of community in pickleball, but it makes it possible to play anytime we feel like it.” Buy: $100

Nickolaus Hines, Features Editor

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Made In Grill Press
Made In Grill Press

“While we’re always game to eat anything that comes off the grill, if we had our druthers, burgers would only be of the smash variety because the crispy edges, melted cheese and thin patties can’t be beat. That’s where this Made In Grill Press comes in. It’s made out of stainless steel in Sweden, equipped with a leather handle cover and safe for temps up to 800F, which means you’re most definitely covered regardless of what you’re cooking, and it can easily–and safely!–smash your ground beef patties paper thin to perfection.” Buy: $49

Ben Dahl, Senior Editor

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