We’ve been known to throw the word “urban” around quite often. So before pressing on, we feel it would behoove us provide some clarification as to what exactly this chosen adjective means to us. In short, we’re referencing a particular style of clothing or gear; something that blends in seamlessly with the cold concrete and asphalt that’s taken the place of any lush vegetation that once stood before it. We’re talking slate gray, minimal (but well-executed) design principles, or even dark navy/blacked-out gear purposed not for a weekend away in the backcountry but to assist in the day-to-day happenings of a city-dwelling commuter.
Needless to say, this roundup of urban camo gear is positioned to do just that; help the city-dwelling individual match the urban/industrial surroundings they find themselves within each and every day. Here, we’ve blacked out an entire getup for you, with a few subtleties of course, that work together in harmony to keep you on time, finances in order, warm during the commute, and a little loose come happy hour. It’s a handful of urban camo essentials, so take a look at the following list and see if any one of these items suits your daily disappearing act.
Kershaw Natrix Knife
Clearly, this wouldn’t be a proper blacked-out essentials list if we didn’t include a sleek black knife to round out the get-up. Here, Kershaw offers their all-black drop-point Natrix knife complete with a built-in flipper, KVT ball-bearing opening, and a black 8Cr13Mov stainless steel blade finished with a black oxide coating.
Judge us if you want, but we firmly believe no day is complete without a little booze to relax upon once the time comes to call it quits. And if you’re not driving, this Zyx flask is a discreet option for housing the EOD celebratory sauce for the train ride home.
Norse Projects Top Beanie
It’s a rule as old as time itself. Keep the head warm, and the body will follow suit. Except with this classic beanie from Norse Project, you can now do so in style.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Camo High Top
Now, Chuck Taylors may seem like an obvious pick for this roundup but if you look closely, the unique character of this pair makes itself present. We’re talking, of course, about its utility camo design on the tongue and inside each canvas sneaker. One of a kind without a doubt.
Pioneer Molecule Wallet
Positioned as a front pocket wallet, this slim yet indestructible option is built from a material that’s 10x stronger than steel and comes equipped with 3 slots that will collectively fit up to 6 cards along with some folded bills.
Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses
In addition to stylish prescription frames, Warby Parker specializes in some premier eyewear to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay. Just take this pair of Fletcher sunglasses for example. Each pair boasts not only a modern and comfortable frame but 100% UV protective anti-scratch lenses for good measure.
Buck Mason Slim Black Jean
Slim yet comfortable. That’s the intention and execution of Buck Mason’s Slim Jean lineup. And with this handsome option, you’ll enjoy a made in the USA pair of black jeans made from Japanese stretch denim and featuring copper rivets, nickel buttons, and a double dye black wash or a midnight aesthetic.
Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket
If there’s a little wet weather in the forecast in addition to a chill in the air, Taylor Stitch’s Maritime Shirt Jacket has you covered thanks to the San Francisco brand’s endless pursuit of marrying form with functionality. Each “shacket” therefore boasts a boiled wool/silk/nylon construction for both warmth and water repellency, a slim fit, dual oversized chest pockets, and a set of practically unbreakable Japanese urea cat’s eye buttons.
Built out right here in the USA as an everyday carry backpack, Arktype’s Dashpack is a one-of-a-kind urban essential made with durable 1680D water-repellant ballistic nylon, water-repellent YKK zippers, and a double wall ripstop nylon interior lining. Also, a 15-inch laptop sleeve and 15 liters of storage space make for an ideal day pack to and from the office.
Seiko Prospex Watch
No one likes showing up late. Luckily Seiko’s Black Edition SSC673 chronograph will not only keep you up to speed – thanks in part to a reliable caliber V175 movement – but will continue to fight the good fight no matter what the weather may have in store.
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Naturally, one pair of black jeans is not never enough. Therefore, we advise you take a look at this roundup of the 12 best black jeans currently available to up the style of your current wardrobe.