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If you haven’t heard the fashion buzzword “athleisure,” crawl out from your tent and get a little taste of this trend for late spring. Athletic guys are hot, like attractive-hot, because they get after it in the outdoors or action sports.

What’s not so hot is looking (or smelling) like you just worked out when you roll up to the bar. That’s where athleisure transition pieces fit the bill. They’ve got enough performance aspects to keep you moving, but enough style to help you slide into any après-sport activity.

Here are a few athleisure items that will only work to make your sporty boy the good kind of hot.

Laird Performo II boardshorts



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Gotta love a sexy, fast-drying boardshort that can take you from a solo SUP session to a whiskey shot with friends seamlessly.

Iconic waterman Laird Hamilton, the disputed king of crossover board sports, has stepped it up a notch with his own “reinvented” lightweight 19-inch performance short, complete with functional and flattering four-way stretch-ability. We’re digging the true-to-size recent rendition of the Performo, in the curiously cool “kelp camo” print.

The North Face Engine Polo


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This one really does claim to carry a daypack with comfort and a six-pack in style. As The North Face attempts to take its knowledge in the technical sphere to a more casual place, this short-sleeve multi-tasker clings ever so appropriately to show off your guns while still hiding sweat rings.

Made of FlashDry fabric that’s engineered to speed up evaporative drying, the Engine Polo, tricked out in some urban-approved heather hues like cosmic blue, can power you all day right into the nightlife.

United By Blue Scots Plaid shirt


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Pushing the “athleisure” boundary a bit, we’ll call this the functional “over-shirt.” Guys, you know what we’re talking about. It’s rare that even a killer sweat-wicking top that you’ve truly stunk or junked up in the park will really work in the city. That said, a rad button-down that you can easily throw on over a short-sleeve performance base layer or change out all together works well in an athleisure pitch.

Coming in with an “A” for environmental stewardship (the company removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold) is the United By Blue 100 percent organic cotton Scots Plaid shirt. In cheerful red, white and blue, this tartan top maintains a classic fit that works well over a sports T-shirt or all on its own.

Mountain Standard Performance Hoodie



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Nothing feels better on a cool spring evening than a snuggly hoodie that still leaves room to, well, snuggle. Designed in Colorado, this comfy stretch-fleece zip-up is made by mountain men who know what they want when temperatures drop. The inside layer feels soft but the outerlayer looks sleek enough to get you from the backcountry to the suburbs and beyond.

Gear pockets also hit the mark for everything from a pocketknife to car keys, and a DWR “kiss coat” can handle a random springtime shower. As one wearer pointed out: “This piece has become my go-to mid-layer for skinning up, riding down, cool weather hikes and campfire/beer drinking sessions.” Cheers to that.

Nectar Dank sunglasses


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The Dank, left, and the Highbro Sunnies are just a couple of cool options. Photos: Courtesy of Nectar

Let’s not forget the ultimate statement piece for outdoor guys: Shades. Gotta love the Dank. The word means “to be of high quality,” as in “having a certain special something that cannot be articulated in any other way,” according to Nectar’s take on the word.

What’s really swank about these affordable Vegas frames is they perform during any outdoor activity but transition into happy hour with panache.

“The design of the Dank glasses offers a bold look that’s complimented by a build that can take a beating,” according to Dylan Roukous, founder of Nectar Sunglasses. “The lenses are clear, cool and will allow you to stand out from the crowd regardless of where you end up.” Polarized lenses also reduce eyestrain, especially off water, and the ultra-lightweight frame lets you go all day without the dreaded “nose fatigue.” Sweet.

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