As the countdown to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow continues, organisers have begun unveiling merchanise they hope will adorn those lucky enough to have snapped up tickets for next year’s sports extravaganza.
Whether you’re looking for a stocking filler ahead of Christmas, a memento for a once-in-a-lifetime event, or just something to show your support for athletes next year, the Games’ merchandise stall has an admirable range of options, from kitsch pins and knitted scarves (it’s a summer event, but you never know...) to fashionable athletic apparel and quite a lot of things featuring Clyde, the Games’ official mascot.
As sports-themed scarves go, this is pretty good: a safe, sturdy navy with the Games’ logo on either end, with some nice secondary colours. A big ‘Glasgow 2014’ emblazoned on the centre of the scarf is unambiguous, but not obnoxious. Nice effort.
Details: Classic Navy Jacquard Scarf with contrasting stripes to both ends. One colour Glasgow 2014 logo to each end. One colour, Glasgow 2014, in centre of scarf. Made from 100% Acrylic, satin woven label, embroidery edged.
Available Colours: Navy/Multi
The scarf we can understand - Glasgow can get pretty blustery without much notice - but the alpine hat is a bit more puzzling. Granted, the weather flip-flops quite a bit in these parts, but the sight of a crowd dressed as if they’ve just arrived from a weekend in a Norwegian fjord will likely jarr with the not-impending blizzard in July and August.
Details: Navy/striped Alpine Hat featuring full colour Glasgow 2014 Official Logo to centre front. Navy pom pom top. Contrasting stitching to edge. Plaited ties with pom pom ends. Contrasting trim to inside.
Made from: 100 % Acrylic with Fleece lining. Satin woven label, embroidery edged.
Available Colours: Navy/Striped
Far from being drab, the minimal logo and no-frills design of the Men’s Classic Rain Jacket (£45) makes this one of the Games’ more attractive garments. It won’t date as badly as some of the other items, that’s for sure. Same goes for Men’s Classic Ringer Tee (£17): it won’t bowl you over, but it’s elegant enough, and the white trim is a nice touch. We also like the Men’s Classic Striped Classic Logo Polo (£23), available in navy and white. Meanwhile, the Men’s Classic Striped Rugby shirt (£37) is perhaps the most handsomely distinctive of the lot.
Also available: Men’s Classic Polar Fleece, £40; Men’s Classic Striped Jersey Polo, £32
If you’ve been a student for any length of time in the last decade, the Games’ XX range will look very familiar. So we’re guessing the rugby tops and varsity t-shirts are aimed at younger folk - Generation XX, if you will. The range is a mixed bag. The Men’s XX Panel Rugby top (£40), with its thick yellow stripe running across the chest, looks like an invitation for a Range Rover to park on you. The Men’s XX Games Tee (£20) isn’t too bad, though. The Men’s Script Tee (£20), with its baseball-style text emblazoned on the front, has a similarly sporty feel.
For a few reasons, the women’s XX range is a bit better than the men’s. The Ladies Classic Polo (£20), available in black and pink, is much less cluttered than the busy rugby tops in the men’s range. The Ladies XX Hoodie (£40) is a trendier version of the men’s equivalent, incorporating pink varsity text on a navy background.
These come in navy, light grey marl and a very bright pink. In the same vein as the Mono Print Tees (£12.99 for men, £12.99 for women), it bears a large Games logo on the front.
Details: Unisex hoodie with Kangaroo pocket, drawcord hood with contrasting hood lining and white draw cord. Printed on the front with one colour Glasgow 2014 Official Logo. Made from 260 Gsm2 brushed back cotton fleece. Available colours: grey marl, navy and pink. Available sizes: extra small, small, medium, lrge, extra large and extra extra large
A decent, if basic range of stuff for the kids: two hoodies (one with a large Games logo on the front at £20, available in grey marl, navy and pink; the other a with Clyde taking pride of place on the chest, and available in grey marl and navy at the more expensive price of £29.99) and a Clyde t-shirt, available in white and navy (£11.99).
Clyde Mascot Toy
A cuddly toy in two sizes, and thankfully not as jaggy as an actual thistle.
Details: Introducing Clyde, The Official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot soft toy.
Sizes - 15/25cm
The best of the three mugs available, we feel: two small Games logos make way for round, coloured pictograms denoting cycling, squash, athletics and swimming, among other sports. The other two feature Clyde and a more prominent Games logo, respectively.
Details: Large easy grip ceramic pictogram mug with all 14 Commonwealth Games sport pictograms with two small official Glasgow 2014 XX commonwealth games logo.
The official Games pins (£4.99) should be for the corporate suits upstairs; the Clyde ones are a lot more fun.
Details: Lapel Pin featuring the Official Clyde Mascot. Made from metal and printed in full colour
There isn’t much to say about either keyring - they’re keyrings. They’re nice. They’ll make your pockets jangle a bit more. That’s it.
Details: Keyring featuring the Official Glasgow 2014 Logo. Silver metal key ring holder and chain. Made from metal and printed in full colour
For the fridge, and other magnetic surfaces where passive-aggressive notes and overdue bills are strewn.
Details: Mascot magnet with Clyde, the Offical Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot.