Fall’s a great time to be on the West Coast. Cooler weather, clear blue skies, and great surf coming from both hemispheres. Yes, while the majority of the country is bracing for the season’s first freeze, coastal California is enjoying Indian summers and light winds. With the exception of the early morning surf check — yes, there’s always a caveat.
And while coastal California’s definition of “cold” may constitute as downright comfortable in other parts the lower 48, that doesn’t mean surfers along the coastline don’t require some warmer clothing to go with their hot cup of coffee come dawn patrol. So if you’re in the market for some well-fitting, warm, yet style-forward apparel, look no further. We got your covered for those “frigid” 55-degree mornings.
Roamers Barlow Shirt Jacket
Based out of San Diego, Calif. Roamers Brand is a fine city-to-summit apparel company that builds damn-fine outerwear for intensity competitive prices. Just take their Barlow Button Up shacket for example. Designed with utility in mind, each lightweight yet cozy shirt is built from dual-faced herringbone for added comfort, hosts dual chest flap pockets to house your go-to everyday carry, and a reverse hem for good measure.
Roamers Fisherman’s Wool Beanie
Cool temps demand keeping the heat reserved. And there really is no better way to execute that than through this wool fisherman’s beanie. It’s subtle, built with care, and purposed to keep the warmth where you need it most this fall.
The James Brand Elko Knife
Fact of life: you never know when a pocket knife will come in handy. However, carrying a beefy bowie knife around with you 24/7 might not be the best look. Instead, The James Brand offers up this handy keychain knife that’s lightweight, sleek, and well designed to get the job done on the go.
FCF II Reactor Neo Glass Fins
If checking the surf is a priority, adding an extra pair of fins is always a good call. Especially when that pair is ideal for beach breaks (the true champions of fall). And with this pair of FCS II fins — designed for speed, tight turns, and added tail release — conquering hollow surf will no longer be a hassle at your local spot.
Palladium Pallaphoenix Mid Canvas Sneakers
Modeled after army training sneakers, this pair of mid-canvas olive kicks blend in seamlessly with both the urban and natural landscape. Plus, with a 12 oz spun canvas upper and 100 percent rubber bottom and toe cap, longevity is on your side.
Roamers Weston Workwear Pant
Reliable, built to last, and comfortable as can be — can you really ask for anything more in a workwear pant? Made from 10 oz organic cotton canvas and boasting the likes of reinforced knee panels, double needle stitching throughout, small coin pockets, and back patch pockets, it’s clear Roamers knocked it out of the park with their Weston pant.
Nixon Base Tide Pro
The key to not getting skunked when checking the surf involves a secret recipe of local knowledge and armchair weather forecasting. Unfortunately, we can’t help you there. We can, however, suggest that getting your hands on Nixon’s Base Tide Pro watch is a great place to start. Each piece features a 100-meter water resistant case, a negative LCD display, water resistant pushers, and 500 pre-programmed tide locations so you know what’s in store before you warm up the car.
Garrett Leight Calabar Sunglasses
Did we also mention that the morning sun can cause killer blind spots? Thankfully, with this retro wayfarer from Garrett Leight, you can keep the unrelenting sunlight at bay. Each pair is carefully built from cellulose acetate complete with a metal core wire and inspired by mid-century automobile fins. Can’t go wrong there.