One of the subtle joys pains of buying a new baseball glove has always been trying to break it in, but with the Nike Vapor 360 Baseball Glove, there's no need for any of that. Thanks to an engineered perforated pattern on the leather palm, the glove is ready to use out of the box. Other features include a Flywire lacing system with tunable inserts for a customized fit, TrueAdapt heel construction that eliminates unnecessary layers, and soft Poron foam to enhance breathability and comfort. Oh, and it does look too shabby, either.
Golf sensors aren't a new idea — we've written about a couple of them before — but we've never seen one that didn't need to attach to your club. Until now. The Zepp Golf Sensor hooks onto your glove and communicates with your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, letting you see your swing in 360 degrees, and analyze your club plane, hand path, speed, tempo, backswing position, and, if you put your phone in your pocket, hip rotation. You can also compare your swing with that of a pro, and track your progress over time with every club in your bag. And if you happen to be a multi-sport star, don't worry — the same sensor can be mounted onto a tennis racket or baseball bat so you can track your stats there, too.
There are a bevy of options out there if you're looking for a new set of darts, encompassing everything from the pitiful plastic "starter" darts included in the boards at Walmart to insane spinning metal projectiles — but few if any can match the style of these Fredericks & Mae Darts. Available in both large and small sizes and measuring 5-8" in length, these high-end darts are made from maple, thread, feathers, lead, and steel, making them a far more elegant instrument than the house darts at the local pub. To complete the set, grab the matching dartboard.
Created on Ipanema Beach, Frescobol is an ideal way to pass some time in the sand. It has no scoring system, with the only point being to hit the ball back and forth — getting you some exercise without the potential for hyper-competitive blunders. These Frescobol Carioca Beach Bats are an ideal way to get into the game. Handcrafted in Brazil from carefully selected off-cuts of wood, each bat has its own look and feel, and is finished with a colorful neoprene grip and a special surfboard resin coating. Even better, they're sold in sets of two, so you don't have to worry if your playing partner didn't bring theirs.
Tennis followers know that Roger Federer has been seen playing with a mystery racket this year — and now we know why. The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Tennis Racket is the 17-time Grand Slam champ's new signature tool, developed over three years in a close collaboration between Federer and Wilson. Features include a 97-inch head that provides outstanding feel, a 26-percent wider racket beam for more power, a 10 percent larger sweet spot, and a matte black finish. Still not sold? Well, consider this: the RF97 will be Wilson's first Autograph racket in 30 years, and the last one, the Jack Kramer, was the best-selling racket in history.