There’s nothing really groundbreaking about cycling-specific stretch denim. Although coming from the matchless core cycling brand Rapha, these jeans are certainly the real deal. They’re fast-drying and feature stealth logos and subtle hits of their signature pink stashed inside the cuff.
Our nation’s math scores may be the laughing stock of the world but we sure do love our statistics. Especially when we’ve got a computer keeping track for us. The Suunto Quest delivers all the workout feedback you could want: heart rate, speed, distance, cadence, laps and more. Everything at your fingertips with this low-key, all black digital training device. And fear not, it tells time, too.
Pointy helmets and superiority complexes, yes, but humor is not something we normally associate with carbon fiber bikes. That’s why the ironically named Foundry Bikes, who build only with carbon-fiber, is kinda funny. Their custom framesets are about to hit stores and unlike their splashy-graphic, blinged-out competitors, Foundry frames look seriously cool. What’s better than black? Shipping in early 2012.
This is not your grandfather’s baseball bat. Sure, it’s still a wooden bat—there’s no improving the power of wood—but the Warstic designs are highly evolved. Featuring the straight grains of Northern White Ash and Maple, these American made bats are available in every size, color, and weight you could ever want. They even come with your name engraved on the barrel. Who’s up?
If you really feel like you have to wear spandex, save it for Saturdays. Function-minded every day bikers surely prefer the fit and feel of a pair of Levi’s. But unlike normal denim, Levi’s new Commuter series are stretchy, designed for pedaling. Reflective hits are hidden in the cuff and a U-Lock holster is built into the waistband.
Across many sports, from basketball to football, Adidas’ adizero technology has made for some lighter-than-ever shoe releases lately. The freshest is the Feather, a shoe Adidas is touting as “the lightest everyday running shoe” they’ve ever made. At just 6.9 ounces, it’s pretty much nothing. So, if you needed another reason not to buy those weird wetsuit-bootie-barefoot-toe-slipper things, now you’ve got one.
Most of Tom Hanks’ movies are good but usually wander a bit too far into chick-flick territory. Take Castaway: It was all good while Tom was on the island talking to his friend, the deflated volleyball named Wilson. But once he gets off the island you may as well go out to the kitchen and make some nachos. The movie is done. This regulation Wilson volleyball stamped with Hanks’ hand-print will remind you of the good parts.
Pro Tour players like Jason Day and veteran short-game threat, Dave Stockton, are hyping up this new putter from TaylorMade’s proven Ghost Series. Called the Spider, its design is certainly intriguing. It’s easier to align & aim and also offers adjustable weight technology letting you custom-tune the feel of the club.
The unemployment checks stopped coming, so it’s time to think like an entrepreneur. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a professional golf ball recycler. Maybe you didn’t even know such a job existed. Now you know. Kickstart your new career with this nifty little ball trawler. Simply submerge this unit in the water hazard and pull it back & forth with a rope. When you yank it from the drink, it’ll be loaded with recovered balls. Success at last!
Over the years, Specialized has teamed up with dozens of brands for a variety of bike builds, but this most recent collaboration with McLaren—an institution in F-1 racing and high-end auto performance—tops all the rest. For the absolute best and baddest in lightweight, stiff, and aerodynamic materials, Specialized tapped the dudes at McLaren and the result is a bike that is so crazy light and trick you’ll barely believe it’s UCI-legal.