The monsoon isn't just about jumping in and out of puddles and setting paper boats to sail. Look your best with these accessories.
TIMBERLAND RAIN BOOT
In 1965, the shoe makers at Timberland introduced injection molding to the footwear industry and the first waterproof shoes were created. Till date, the shoes are synonymous with the great outdoors. Crafted from full-grain and nubuck waterproof leather that's seam-sealed, the shoe offers utmost durability. There's also a padded collar around the ankle that helps keep debris at bay.
Price $180 (Rs 9,800 approximately)
FOREST ESSENTIALS MONSOON RANGE
The rains may enrich the earth but are likely to wash out your skin's moisture balance completely. Be ready for sultry days with Forest Essential's aloe vera gel, jasmine and mogra lotion and the jasmine-infused tonic. These will leave your skin hydrated, sun-protected and blemish free through the showers.
Price Rs 2,700
VICTORINOX SPILL RESISTANT POUCH SET
Give your toiletries a hygeinic and secure home this monsoon. There's an anti-bacterial lining that prevents growth of odour, mildew and mould-causing bacteria. There's also a compartment for segregating soiled contents. Keep the germs away and remember the rains for better reasons.
Price Rs 1,490
A water-proof watch that's come a long way from the rubber strap and digital dial days. Here's one that comes with a vinometer, a stopwatch, a compass, a thermometer, a barometer and a perpetual calendar programmed till 2099. Resistant to 200 metres and encased in scratch-proof titanium, the timepiece looks sturdy and suave.
Price Rs 57,000 onwards
ADIDAS EVIL EYE SHADES
Don't let the thunder leave you blinded and helpless. Aptly titled the 'evil eye', these sunglasses ward off dust and dirt. There's a vent built into the frames that prevents sweat build up and leaves you refreshed with flushes of cool air. Perfect when it's windy outside.
Price $170 (Rs 9,400 approximately)
LIFEPROOF iPHONE CASE
Your iPhone never leaves your sight, so why leave it behind on your date with the rains? Tuck it into this shock absorbent elastomer case that makes it resistant to mud, dirt, and even to powerful water jets. The membrane that covers the screen doesn't hinder usage and you have access to all the buttons and ports.
Price $69.99 (Rs 3,600 approximately)
BREVILLE TEA MAKER
The warmth of snug indoors is inviting on a stormy, dark night and the setting calls for a hot cuppa. This automatic tea maker adjusts the brewing time and water temperatures for each tea varietal. The moving tea basket fitted inside allows the water to float around the tea, leaving you with a perfect brew.
Price $249.95 (Rs 13,500 approximately)
LOUIS VUITTON UMBRELLA
This monsoon accessory gets a high-end face-lift. The chocolate brown umbrella with the signature LV embossing looks swish with a wooden shaft and a golden brass. Whatever the season, there's always room for style.
Price on request
BASECAMP OUTSIDER BACKPACKS
The ultimate adventure accessory that helps you lug around your essentials comfortably. The rucksack collection from Basecamp is waterproof and easy to clean. With separate compartments for travel tools, water sippers and used clothes, these come in various styles and colours. Pack up and move on.
Price Rs 2,999 onwards
DOLCE & GABBANA SPORT
Monsoon is a season of fragrances, from wet mud to blooming flowers. Based on aquatic notes, a spray of D&G's Sport is a refreshing blend of rosemany, cardamom, patchouli and musk.
Price $73 (Rs 4,020)
SONY CYBERSHOT TX200V
Holding an umbrella over your camera isn't the most comfortable way to take photos in the rain. Sony's dust and waterproof camera shoots 18.2 megapixels stills and full HD 1080p video. A 10x clear image zoom ensures high-resolution shots even. And did we mention you can even shoot under water? With a fullflat glass panel face, this is also the thinnest camera in its class.
Price $499.99 (Rs 27,500 approximately)
WOODLAND WATERPROOF SHOES
Steer clear of skidding and slipping on wet trails with these rugged waterproof shoes from Woodlands. Perfect for a rainy day hike, these are lined with ultrathin waterproof membranes and have a foam padded collar that offers a comfortable fit.
Price Rs 8,000
TREK SESSION 88 FR BIKE
Throw your inhibitions to the wind and get ready to ride the storm. Perfect for riding on rain-struck mountain roads, the rugged bike features fullfloater shock mounts and a custom-tuned FOX DHX5 coil shock. This ensures a smooth ride and precise mid-stroke control. Pedal on!
Price $6,049 (Rs 3.33 lakh approximately) plus shipping