Before the ump yells "Play Ball," every major league baseball has to be de-slicked with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud ($20). This famous New Jersey mud has been used by pro teams for nearly three quarters of a century, breaking in balls and dulling their shine like no on-field muck could. [Thanks, Chris]
Want the ability to really shape your shots out on the course? Try the new Taylor Made r7 Limited Driver ($500; September 2008). This successor to the immensely popular r7 SuperQuad offers 35 yards of side-to-side trajectory change, using movable weights of 16 grams, 1 gram, and 1 gram. A longer head give the r7 Limited a deeper center of gravity, making launch easier, and is paired with a new high-performance graphite shaft to reduce twisting.
The Casper mattress is obsessively designed, but it gets covered up most of the time. The Casper sheets let you enjoy the same engineering and aesthetic. Made from super soft Supima cotton, they're crisp and comfortable but also breathable and durable. Fine details like labels on the short sides of the fitted sheet, envelope-closures on the pillowcases, and hidden openings on the corners of the duvet cover make even the process of putting them on a delight. Each set includes flat and fitted sheets, pillowcases, and you can add a duvet cover.
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If you spend more time on the slopes than off, maybe you should consider ditching your current cell for the Swany G.Cell Glove ($500). These first-of-their-kind gloves house a Bluetooth-capable cell phone with controls built into the back of the hand, a speaker and microphone built into the palm and thumb, and a vibrating wrist for incoming call notification. Just don't be surprised if you get some odd looks as you talk into your hand. [via]
You don't become the winningest Olympian ever without a little help. During his gold collecting in Beijing, Michael Phelps is wearing a stars and stripes version of the Speedo LZR Racer ($550). Designed with the help of NASA, the "world's fastest swimsuit" is the product of extensive development, and is made up of several high-tech materials and technologies. The LZR is constructed with the world's lightest woven swim fabric, has full-length bonded seams ultrasonically welded together, something called Hydro Form Compression, and is cut from a three piece 3D pattern to fit a body more closely. If you're looking for something a little more skimpy, checkout Speedo's Team USA Collection.