GearHead roundup: Crash Bandicoot, XSET, and more


Timed to (sort of) coincide with the release of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Champion has released a capsule collection featuring the gaming world’s favourite marsupial.

The capsule includes a T-shirt in black and a Gamer Hoodie, available in Oxford Grey Heather and Ebony. The T-shirt features Crash Bandicoot graphics and the hoodie comes with exclusive Crash Bandicoot and Champion patches.

We told you all about the patent-pending Gamer Hoodie when Champion launched it back in August. But for those with short memories, here’s what the company itself has to say:

C LAB designers created this next-gen hoodie specifically for gamer’s needs and lifestyle. Tested by pro Esport athletes and gamer fans, our patent-pending Gamer Hoodie is designed for optimal performance with minimal distractions and blurs the line between streaming and streetwear. Oversized, three-panel hood fits over your headset and keeps you in the zone with zero distractions, and the genius top-loading pockets allow easy-access to your controller, mouse or water bottle. Midweight, double-knit fleece hoodie has a slimmer fit and narrowed sleeves so you can move freely during long sessions. Advanced anti-odor technology on the fabric helps you stay focused when the game heats up. Even better, the cotton-rich fleece is responsibly made with recycled polyester fibers. Hand-warming, micro-fleece lined holster side pockets and chest pocket with low profile zippers secure your ID and phone.

XSET gets set for “Fall 1”

Given that XSET’s creative director is Dennis Calvero—one of the founders of iconic streetwear brand Crooks & Castles—you would expect the recently minted esports organization to have a strong style game.

XSET has, in fact, launched its first capsule collection, the prosaically titled “Fall 1“. The capsule includes headwear, hoodies, and T-shirts, all in the style of classic collegiate athletic wear.

Peep the video below to see some of the collection as modelled by XSET’s newest recruit, Fortnite streamer Tatyana “Luvstruck” Worn. And yes, you will definitely look as good as she does when you wear this stuff. Guaranteed! Unless, like me, you more closely resemble Crash Bandicoot.

Ford Models signs powerzsurge

Ford Models has signed WNBA player and gaming influencer Aerial “powerzsurge” Powers to its Esports and Gaming division.

In addition to playing for the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Washington Mystics, Powers is a popular Twitch streamer. Specifically she streams Call of Duty: Warzone and—shockingly—NBA 2K21.

Wait… rewind! Ford Models has an Esports and Gaming division?? They should really sign Luvstruck. Or, you know, Crash Bandicoot.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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