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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Greg

Bluesmiths Kula: Wear It Surfing, Or If You Wish You Were

It’s not exactly surfing season here on the East Coast. Nor is New York going to be a surfer’s paradise anytime soon, and not just because of the weather. But TrulyNet has our roots in Hawaii and California, and even if we can’t ride the waves like we used to, it’s still nice to be prepared, and wear gear that has us ready for longboarding even when we are simply taking a day off from the boardroom.

Bluesmiths might not be a company you’re familiar with, but you have to admire their focus. At a time when every company appears to be hopping into just about type of activewear clothing, this brand wants to appeal to their core- surfers who can appreciate their line of ocean shirts and shorts, performance towels, and the item we’ve been testing, the Kula Hoodie.

Billed as the “Ultimate Surf & Travel Hoodie”, the Kula is a loose wear, lightweight, breathable piece of outerwear that is designed to be the perfect piece of clothing to put on after a day at the beach. It’s easy to burn calories fast exercising in cold water, and we primarily tested it after lap swimming, a similar activity that can drop your core body temperature and have you shivering fast when you exit the water.

Warm and inviting, we often prefer fleece lining for a bit of extra coziness, but the polyester and elastane will hold up well to hard wear and water. The Kula is breathable, made from a wind and water repellent fabric called WindPro from PolarTec. We liked the texture and the fairly subtle logo and branding, flat no-snag zippers, and well-placed pockets. Available in two colors, brown and blue, it’s not a stylish or particularly flattering piece, but it is comfortable, warm, and very inviting. Order online direct from the company for around $225.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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