If you find yourself in the enviable position of having copious amounts of fresh powder and enough time to go enjoy it, check out the Ride Slackcountry Snowboard ($700). Designed to keep you gliding in even the heaviest of snow, the Slacksountry features a HighRize rocker and specific sidecut for a loose, responsive feel, Carbon Array 7 carbon stringers in the core for stiffness and support, 90A Slimewalls to reduce vibrations, and terrific, retro beer can-inspired graphics.
When TaylorMade's R9 460 driver debuted, a lot of people were left wondering why the company's breakthrough Movable Weight Technology didn't appear on the gargantuan club — as it turns out, the company couldn't cut enough weight out of the 460cc head to allow both its MWT and Flight Control Technology to fit inside. Now it can. The TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver ($400; February 19) features a long-hitting trifecta of Movable Weight Technology, Flight Control Technology, and an oversized 460cc head, giving golfers a club that's more forgiving, yet longer and more versatile. Other key features include Inverted Cone Technology for more distance on off-center hits, a Fujikura Motore 60-gram shaft that makes it easier to get the ball up in the air and spinning for longer carry, and a more aerodynamic head for increased club head speed.
What better way to celebrate the kickoff of the NFL Playoffs this weekend than with a game of pigskin with the boys? Leatherhead Footballs ($100-$120) can enhance that experience by offering handmade touches that no mass-produced ball can match, such as a slightly smaller-than-official size for enhanced grip, a vintage leather smell, and carefully selected pieces of leather that ensure a terrific looking and handling ball. You'll have it for years to come, and it'll only get better with age.
Like real metal drivers did in golf, the Brodmann Blades ($100) are set to turn the world of table tennis on its ear. By moving the front and back of the paddle away from each other and removing the grip altogether, the Blades are able to offer a glove-like fit, and promise a faster and more intuitive game, more spin on the ball, and superior control. They come in a set of two, along with four logo-adorned balls, terrycloth wristbands, and a zip-up carrying case.
If you're looking for some snowboarding boots with some non-spaceman style, check out the Head Louis Boot ($300). Two models are available — the standard Louis and the Louis Boa Focus with a more technical lacing system — and feature Head's Pro Lite Liner, Explorer Sole, and Sherpa Strap.