All-American Man

Bring on the stars and stripes! The 4th of July is right around the corner. Cookouts full of hot-dogs, hamburgers, chips and lemonade, fireworks, sparklers and family shenanigans; do you know what you will be wearing for this summer event? In boardshorts you can go effortlessly from pool to party. You could also pair navy shorts with a red tank, or red shorts and a navy polo, it really is that simple. Here are some of the outfits we put together:

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1897 Flat Front Short, Artistry in Motion Stars Tank, Sperry Top-Sider Bahama Boat Shoe, O’Neill Trucker Hat, USA Sunglasses

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Katin Twill Short, Johnnie-O Striped Polo, Sperry Top-Sider Bahama Boat Shoe, O’Neill PBR Trucker Hat, USA Sunglasses

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Burnside Hybrid Short, Artistry in Motion Star Woven Shirt, Sperry Top-Sider Bahama Boat Shoe, O’Neill Trucker Hat, USA Sunglasses

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We just got in these fantastic American flag wayfarer sunglasses that you can wear with anything to add an extra kick of patriotism into your outfit! The sunglasses are only $6, so get some for the whole family and take some pics to add to your Instagram reel of the day.

Red, white and blue isn’t just for this holiday, it’s a trend you will be seeing well after the fireworks display is over. The Glik’s website has a page dedicated to the Americana trend for men, so pick up some red, white and blue basics to mix and match for July 4th and the rest of the summer season!

Dad’s Day Essentials

Father’s day is right around the corner and what better gift for Dad than a wardrobe update? You know he hates shopping, but doesn’t he want to look cool when he goes out with his family? Why not pick up some great gifts for him at Glik’s.

Did you know that Father’s Day did not become a national holiday until 1972, which was 58 years after Mother’s Day had become an official holiday?  You learn something new every day! Now both parents have a day dedicated to honor them for all they have done and how they have provided for and loved their children.

Glik’s has some great product that Dad will love. Boardshorts, tee’s, shorts, and jeans, step into the nearest Glik’s location or shop online at gliks.com to find your dad the perfect gift for this year’s Father’s Day. He deserves it!

Here are a few of our favorite outfits for Dad’s Day!

johnnieo dadPolo: Johnnie–O Striped 4–Button / Shorts: 1897 Flat Front Twill / Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Bahama Boat Shoe

dad in hurleyTee: Hurley Mens One and Only TriblendShorts: Hurley Phantom 30Shoes: Fox Racing Flip Flop

1897 dadShirt: Retrofit Tropical Woven/ Jeans: Silver Jeans Co Zac Straight/ Shoes: Crevo Marley Canvas Slip On

3rd & Army for Spring/Summer 2013

At little over a year old, 3rd & Army has already made its mark within the men’s fashion industry.  Launched in 2011, 3rd & Army was able to quickly deliver on-trend men’s apparel to the marketplace.

The 3rd & Army Corporate Headquarters is located in the LA Art District and is compromised of a staff of designers, musicians and artists that share common values. Residing in this progressive community is what allows 3rd & Army to creatively think “outside the box” and continually create innovative menswear apparel.

Glik’s has happily been filling our stores with the latest trends from 3rd & Army for about a year now, and we have no intention to stop. Our online store, gliks.com recently added a few styles from 3rd & Army’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection to our Men’s section.

Here are a few of our favorites:

IMG_96043rd & Army Coast Highway Tee/ 3rd & Army Cabana Tropical Boardshort

BIONIC-STRIPE-TANK-3M31KK078_t3rd & Army Bionic Stripe Tank

HOLMES-NATIVE-BOARDSHORT-3M31WZ0143rd & Army Holmes Boardshort

Visit us at gliks.com for more men’s apparel from 3rd & Army!!

Man Must-Have {Hybrid Shorts}

Okay guys, it’s safe to say that summer is finally here and every man is in need of a quality pair of boardshorts, NOT a pair of cutoffs made from jeans that won’t survive another winter. Besides, “jorts” (jean shorts) on men are a HUGE fashion DON’T rule that continues to be broken by males everywhere. Whether you’re at the pool, at the lake, in a boat on the river, or you’re blessed to be beachside, boardshorts are a must-have for men!

There is only one downside to the boardshort, and that is eventually you have to go from waterside to the streets or out to eat, etc. This meant that you will have to pack a change of bottoms. Granted, some guys can pull of the boardshorts on the street “look,” but there are still a majority of men who can’t. This is where the hybrid short comes in. Thanks to this ah-mazing new concept, men all-over do not have to change from bathing suit to street wear anymore.

Hybrid shorts are exactly what their name claims: a short that can be worn both in and out of the water. They are made of fast drying material and feature pockets that are secure in the water, yet look normal out of the water. When I first saw the Hybrid Freak from O’Neill, at first glance I would have not categorized them as a boardshort.

Some look exactly like a normal pair of shorts sporting an outward button fly with interior draw cord, hand side pockets, and back flap stow pockets.

Hybrid Freak Back Flap Stow Pockets

Hybrid Freak Side Hand Pockets

Cool Feature: the side hand pockets can be zipped up while you’re in the water and zipped open once you’re ready to hit the town.

Wall Street Front Tie Closure

The Wall Street Hybrid short from O’Neill is similar to that of a normal boardshort “look” featuring a tie closure, side Velcro cargo pocket, and no back pockets.

Wall Street Backside

Wall Street Side Hand Pockets

Another perk of the hybrid shorts is that they are available in patterns and colors that are tyoically reserved for casual shorts verses the loud colors and graphics normally seen in boardshorts. Hybrid shorts are usually available in conservative patterns such as plaids, stripes and all-over solid colors.

Fox Hydroblast Hybrid Walk Short

Overall, I feel that the hybrid boardshort is a summer essential for any guy and a must-have for this 2012 summer season. What’s your opinion on hybrid shorts? Would you wear them? You can visit us online at gliks.com to see these and other available hybrid boardshorts styles.

BOOM! Hurley Phantom Boardshorts are Dynamite

Okay, so what if summer isn’t “official” til after Memorial Day. There should be no reason why you can’t be checking out all the awesome boardshorts trending right now. Consider it a great thing that you’re being ‘prepared’ for fun, sun and FINALLY getting to jump into that lake, pool, ocean or whatever you’ve been imaging while submerging yourself in the bathtub this winter.

You all know who Hurley is right? Hope so, because they’re pretty popular and if you haven’t noticed yet, Hurley is rocking the boardshort universe right now with their Phantom Boardshorts line.

4X Winner of the SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) boardshort of the year award!

To give you an idea of just who all thinks the Phantom boardshorts are cool…

Oh My GOSH! Is that Justin Bieber reppin a pair of Hurley Phantom 4D boardshorts? Sing its praise Biebs!

What a catch Tom Brady! No, we aren’t referring to Gisele, sorry. It’s the touchdown he made when he chose to wear the Hurley Phantom plaid Puerto Rico boardshorts.

Why is the Hurley Phantom Boardshort so cool?

Aside from the Phantom’s awesome graphics and vibrant coloring, this boardshort is constructed like a European sports car; top of the line performance, speed and slick style.

Phantom 4-Way Stretch

Almost all of the Phantom boardshorts are 60% stretch or more. The great thing about this is that it proves the Phantom is more durable in the water because it will flex and move with you, but it will not stretch out; loosing its shape. You feel protected while in the water, but you’re not inhibited by the boardshort.

Performance Water Repellency (PWR)

Hurley uses Nike Performance Water Repellency (PWR) technology for the Phantom boardshort. If you visit hurley.com this is explained really well. PWR is best-explained using umbrellas, no really; tons and tons of tiny umbrellas represent the water repellency of your Phantom boardshorts. The more of those super tiny umbrellas you have the better the water repellency of your boardshorts and the softer the fabric is. Voila! Less chaffing, meaning no uncomfortable rashes for you Mr. Water enthusiast.

Optimum Weight

This cool feature ties in with the PWR really well. Imagine carrying a full bucket of water. Now, imagine if you were wearing that full bucket of water. Get the idea? Back to the umbrellas again. Those little guys are really doing their job when you get in the water by shedding that water away, so that the Phantom maintains its “optimum weight” even when your in the water providing a flexible, quicker, more agile boardshort.

The Phantom Boardshort is made of recycled material

Got to give them props for going green. Hurley Phantom boardshorts are made from recycled PET bottles; exactly 12 water bottles go into making each pair of Phantom boardshorts. Kudos to Hurley for making an impact by doing something sustainable.

Have we convinced you? Are you foaming at the mouth because you’re hungry for more Hurley Phantom boardshorts like Dimension boardshort featured above?

Maybe the horizontal stripes featured on the Hurley Phantom Horizon boardshort is more of your taste.

But, whatever your flavor is, summer is quickly approaching and the Hurley Phantom boardshort as well as Glik’s has all your style needs. Visit gliks.com or any Glik’s store location nearest to you!

The Boardshort Breakdown. Billabong’s Style

Hey guys and gals, Spring is just around the corner, with Summer close behind. That means sunshine, warm weather, and most fun of all, water activities! Whether you live on a sandy beach, have a boat docked on your nearest local lake, or get your recreational water sport kicks on the mighty Mississippi river, a man’s best friend in the water is a pair of great performance boardshorts!

It’s quite evident that Billabong shares our love of the water as shown by their super cool “Life is Better in Boardshorts,” 2012 campaign!

Billabong’s humble beginning started when Gordon Merchant began producing handmade boardshorts with his wife Rena in 1973 from their house in Burleigh Point, Australia. This cherished tropical refuge of Gordon’s was a place where you could wear boardshorts all year round.  Merchant, also a surfer himself, as well as, a board shaper, wanted to develop boardshorts that not only provided the best fit and quality, but could also withstand the various elements that surfers encountered while out in the water.  His business found an instant following, the boardshorts being produced by the Merchants proved to possess amazing performance and resilience in the water, due to the triple-stitching technique developed by Gordon.

Now, fast-forward to 2012 where Billabong is an international company known and respected for its dealings in the boardsport industry.  But, even through all its growth since 1973, Billabong continues to “keep it real,” and maintain its roots by continuing to uphold its commitment to global boardsports through event hosting and sponsoring industry athletes.

So, for Billabong, life really is better in boardshorts! What better way to prove this than with their Platinum X and Recycler Series. The really cool thing about the Recycler series is that the boardshorts are made from recycled PET bottles. So like, Billabong says “Innovation through performance and conservation.”

So, let’s meet Billabong’s Influence boardshort. This men’s striped boardshort packs all of the high-performance details you need into one style punch!  And by style, we’re referencing the really cool screen print/color combo this short is donning!

The Billabong Men’s Influence boardshort features:

  • Zero Gravity fabric, which is an exclusive Billabong fabric that uses Quad X Stretch (four-way stretch) to boost flexibility in all directions.
  • H2 Repel, this technology forces water to bead off the surface of the fabric. This equals less rash/chaffing.
  • Ergonomic Panels, for maximum stretch, any yoga instructor can’t compete with.
  • Recycled ZG fabric, made with recycled PET bottles and saving the environment on pair of boardshorts at a time.
  • Welded Seams, stretch 100% with the fabric, creating smooth, comfortable seams.

Also from Billabong is the Men’s Striker boardshort.  This super functionally fun boardshort sports a horizontal multi stripe design, a solid contrast waistband, is scalloped and features side taping.  It looks really cool in this mint, black and white color combo!

The Billabong Men’s Striker boardshort features:

  • PX4- Hydrostretch
  • Quad X Stretch (4-way mechanical stretch)
  •  H2 Repel, a moisture wicking finish that reduces water absorption and friction
  • 100% Recycled Polyester
  • 20” Performance Fit
  • PX Infinity Weld, meaning less seams to maximize the fabric’s full stretch potential

Feel like “the Dude” in the Billabong Men’s Vantage Platinum X boardshort! The color combo of blue, aqua, yellow and black make the geometric print pattern really POP. The Billabong wave logo chilling on the left leg versus the horizontal striping on the right gives this boardshort it’s own style.

Not forgetting Billabong Men’s Vantage Platinum X boardshort’s awesome features:

  • Made of Recycler Zero Gravity fabric, that is lightweight and preferred by athletes, because of it’s extreme flexibility and stretch.
  • Part of the Recycler Series, boasting an 87% recycled polyester/ 13% spandex ratio, packing performance and conservation into each pair of boardshort.
  • H2 Repel, moisture wicking to prevent chafing.
  • Quad X Stretch (4-way stretch)

Love them like you love your dog, boardshorts are truly man’s best friend this summer. Glik’s is here to provide you with top-notch performance boardshorts for your active summer season! Be sure to visit us at gliks.com or any Glik’s store location nearest to you.

Win a FREE Kiteboarding Lesson

You could win a FREE Kiteboarding lesson this summer from Glik’s, M22 and Liquid Force.  Kiteboarding is an awesome extreme sport where participants ride on a form of surfboard attached to a kite that is controlled by strings in the rider’s hands.

To win, head into the Traverse City Glik’s store and fill out a complete entry form.  You have from now until July 31st, 2011.  The winner will be chosen at random on August 1, 2011.  You must be 16 or older to enter.  While you’re there, don’t forget to pickup some boardshorts for the beach!

The Traverse City Glik’s is located at 206 E. Front St.  Entry forms will not be available at any other Glik’s location.

**If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver prior to taking the lesson.  You do not have to be present to win.  The winner will be notified by Broneah Kiteboarding.  Lesson Package can be redeemed August 1st 2011 to July 31st 2012.  Lessons are pending instructor/coach availability.**

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

 

Men’s Summer Must Haves for Both Day and Night!

Summer is finally here and it’s time for bonfires and pool parties, trips to the beach and family vacations.  The warmer months bring even hotter fashion, and we know you probably don’t have much time between learning how to surf and trying to impress your crush, so we put together your top five must-have summer items from Glik’s, for both day and night.  Find these items at a Glik’s near you.

Day:

These boardshorts from Hurley are perfect whether you’re lounging poolside or catching some waves.  Plaid is in and you will be too.

Throwing on this tee from Hurley on top of a pair of boardshorts is an easy way to cover up after a day at the beach.

This simple hat from Hurley is all you need to top off a great outfit.

This pair of rubber flip-flops from DC is fashionable and comfortable, perfect for taking a lazy float down the river.

Sunglasses are a must under the hot summer sun.  Stay fashionable in this pair from Blue Gem.

Night:

Every guy needs a good pair of blue jeans.  These Calvin Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe.

Big date night?  This black button down from Attitude Gold is classy enough to impress your girl yet casual enough to keep you comfortable.

Add a pop of color and design to your outfit with this Tee from Aqua IV, perfect for layering.

Top it all off with one of the hottest trends, a fedora from Peter Grimm, something no fashionable guy should be without.

No closet should be without a pair of converse, fashionable and comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and add flare to any outfit.