You don't bring back a name like Big Bertha unless you've got something really new & exciting. Adjustable weights, adjustable lofts, adjustable face angle — it's all been done before. But an adjustable center of gravity? Now that fits the bill. And that's exactly what you'll find on the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver. Like most adjustable drivers, the Alpha offers an adjustable hosel for for changing the loft and face angle, and movable weights for further launch adjustment, but adds a Gravity Core that allows you change the vertical center of gravity independently of everything else — giving you yet another way to custom-fit the driver to match your swing.
It's easy to go out and buy a ping pong table. But it's not easy to find one that doesn't look like a playing surface slapped on top of a metal box. The Killerspin SVR Black Ping Pong Table is not a surface on a box. Offering tournament-level performance, this top-tier table features a playing surface made from 22 millimeter medium density fiberboard for a consistent bounce and with a Repeat Roller Coating for minimal glare. There's an Apex net and steel post system, but perhaps the most notable feature is the base — a 2.5-inch thick arched silver metal frame that will look fantastic no matter where you place it.
Why should people doing work get all the EDC attention? Now boarders have their own permanent accessory with the Leatherman Hail Snowboard Tool. Designed in collaboration with Signal Snowboards, this TSA-compliant pocketable tool features needlenose pliers, standard pliers, wire cutters, both flat and Phillips screwdrivers, tweezers, a scraper, a lacing assistant, a nail file, a carabiner, a 10mm wrench, and, of course, a bottle opener.
Don't hit the slopes this winter in just any old garb — make sure your style matches your shredding abilities by donning some Isaora x Quiksilver Rare Earth Snowboarding Gear. A collaboration between Isadora and Quiksilver, this exclusive lineup includes a matching base layer, jacket, pants, and bag produced by French studio Jonathan & Fletcher using advanced materials sourced from European mills, as well as a board and goggles to go with them. Even if you're a novice, at least you'll look good while repeatedly eating snow.
Don't dare call it a ping pong paddle — this is one serious table tennis racket, not meant for the casual table gamer. The Killerspin Stilo7 SVR Ping Pong Paddle ($350) features wood construction at its base, which is then coated in layers of carbon fiber, making it one of the nimblest, lightest table tennis rackets out there — while the rubber coating on each side gives it the kind of performance and speed you expect from an elite racket. It comes in a felt-lined, piano-finished box made just for the paddle, so it cradles it perfectly when it's not in use.
There are table games, and then there are status symbols — and the Eleven Ravens Stealth Ping Pong Table ($70,000) sits somewhere on that spectrum closer to a status symbol. Limited to just five units, this special edition ping pong table is sure to start a few conversations (and probably encourage a touch of jealousy). Inspired by the Nighthawk Stealth Bomber, and made entirely from aircraft grade aluminum with carbon fiber accents, each of the five tables comes numbered and signed by the artist who crafted them. And with details like hidden drawers that perfectly hold your paddles and balls, the design serves form as well as function.
As part of their 2013 athletics collection, the Killspencer Speed Bag ($1,250) features all the American-made craftsmanship you expect out of a Killspencer product, in the form of a well-made boxing accessory. Perfect for staying fast, strong, and sharp — or just looking great in your apartment — this speed bag features high-quality workmanship, with stitched black leather construction, a welded black steel pyramid frame, and a walnut ply disk platform. So, even if you don't use it to keep yourself looking great over the winter months, you can at least rest assured that it'll make your space look better.
The One World Futbol ($40) is about as unique a ball as they come — nearly indestructible, this ball never needs to be pumped up and never goes flat, even after it's been punctured. Sponsored by Chevrolet, this ball is not only made to last, it's also made for a great cause. For every ball you buy, a child in need somewhere in the world also gets one, giving them the teamwork and joy that comes from participating in sports. It's the perfect ball for playing on the beach, on the field, or in the gym. And it benefits a great cause. That sounds like a win-win.
Effectively combining strength training with a cardiovascular workout, the Heavyrope ($35 and up) is the ideal combination of two of the most important exercise activities. Available in multiples weights — one, two, four, five, and six pounds — these eight-foot ropes increase your cardiovascular endurance and burn calories while strengthening your wrists, hands, lower and upper arms, and shoulders. The added weight increases resistance, making jumping rope a more difficult exercise, while increasing your heart rate and metabolism.
Make good use of your bike, even when the weather is too nasty this winter to even think of hitting the pavement, with the Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer ($290). This simple device works in tandem with your existing bike, almost instantly transforming it into a stationary bike perfect for off-season training, or just staying in shape. A magnetic drive system provides all the resistance you need for a realistic road feel, while a 6.25-pound flywheel gives it a natural-feeling wind-down. It's perfectly stable, even when you want to stand up while you ride, and it fits bikes with 22 to 29 inch wheels, so it's bound to work with yours.
Sensors have been used for fitness tracking for a while now, but they've only recently started to infiltrate the realm of competitive sports. Take the Babolat Play Pure Drive ($400) for example. Billed as the world's first connected tennis racquet, it features sensors built into the handle that record everything from shot power and ball impact location to number of strokes, total playtime, energy, and rallies. When you're done for the day, simply sync it up to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, or bust out the USB cable to view your stats on a PC. Best of all, it offers all the same physical specifications as the standard Pure Drive, so you don't have to sacrifice performance just to analyze it.
Whether you already own one and are looking to upgrade, or you're still shopping around for a wearable fitness tracker, the newly-updated Nike+ FuelBand SE ($150) is a great option at an approachable price point. Nike has made some small adjustments to the similar-looking predecessor, improving it at nearly every turn. This version now comes in black with wild neon accents on the underside (choose crimson, pink, or volt), and features a more effective way to track actual movement. It's also more flexible, is more weather resistant, regularly reminds you to get up and move, and features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Along with these improvements comes an updated iOS app with better access to usable data, your goals, and graphs of your activity across various timespans.