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If you follow high-end ocean racing, you’ve heard about Puma’s debut entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, but what you may not know is that Puma went the full mile, designing and building all of the team’s gear, which is available to the general public. The Cruising Jacket, built from two-layer Gore-Tex will keep you dry when things get snotty. The jacket features a high collar and packable hood, and articulated elbows for ease of movement. But this being a Puma product, you can expect a strong cat presence, in this case on the jacket’s back. So, if you’re shopping for a dinghy sailor, rest assured that this jacket has the right urban cred needed to be cool on campus; if you’re shopping for someone who attends college reunions, this could be a ticket to recapturing lost youth. $350. www.pumaoceanracing.com

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