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.
You're already pretty well-prepared for the inevitability of the dead one day walking the earth — you've stocked up on canned foods, you've hoarded all the ammunition you could ever need, you've even made steps to fortify your home — but if you don't have physical strength, there's no way you'll ever last. With Onnit Zombie Bells ($40-$153; 10% off today only for Cyber Monday) (available in weights ranging from 18 to 72 pounds) you can build up the brawn you need to resist the hordes of walkers. Each one features a distinct zombie facade, and is made from perfectly-balanced, chip-resistant iron with enlarged handles giving you improved grip strength. Just remember when the time comes to remove the head or destroy the brain. And if that fails, you can always pull their heads off with your new-found muscles.
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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.
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 ($150) is a great option at an approachable price point. Nike has made some small adjustments to the similar-looking predecessor, improving it at nearly every turn. This version now comes in black with wild neon accents on the underside (choose crimson, pink, or volt), and features a more effective way to track actual movement. It's also more flexible, is more weather resistant, regularly reminds you to get up and move, and features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Along with these improvements comes an updated iOS app with better access to usable data, your goals, and graphs of your activity across various timespans.
We love a good, competitive game of Ping Pong, but usually the look and feel of a traditional table doesn't work well outside of your basement or a rec center. The You & Me Ping Pong Table ($TBA) has other plans, as the Swiss Army knife of tables that also happens to have a pretty sharp looking design. It features a high density HPL surface supported by Iroko wood legs and steel supports treated with cataphoresis coating and powder polyester paint. It's available later this month, looks nice in game mode, but also easily converts into a dining table, desk, or conference table just in case you actually have meetings in the office as well.
If you aren't a surfing purist but always dreamed of riding a board across the water, a Jetsurf Motorized Surfboard ($13,500+) might be just the thing you're looking for. It boasts a powerful engine, is handcrafted with ultra-light carbon and Kevlar, and is designed precisely to fit with your luggage. The board will get you up to 35mph without a wave in sight, which means surfing is not only no longer limited to the purists, but also is no longer limited to the coasts.
Going to the gym these days can be a real mess. Dodging muscle bound bros, sweaty dudes that scream while they workout, and dealing with unreliable equipment makes even showing up a difficult decision. The Peloton Cycle ($1,190) makes those issues a thing of the past, and could keep you out of the gym permanently. The bike features a near-silent belt drive system, a magnetic resistance flywheel, and a sweat resistant 21.5" Full HD, multitouch console that connects to your home wi-fi. Watch an instructional cycling video, or something that has nothing to do with your ride at all and feel the calories, and those gym membership fees, melt away.
You know that dream where you're flying across the sky, soaring effortlessly without the aid of a vehicle? Fortunately, it doesn't have to be a dream, thanks to Squirrel Wingsuits ($1,650 and up), and a (possibly-unhealthy) dose of courage. They offer several suits, the swift, called a beginner suit, the aura, a more balanced suit, and the colugo, made for pilots of intermediate to expert ability. Each suit is completely customizable, so you can build it to match your tastes, and based on years of research and experience in wingsuit base jumping. [Scouted by Dom]
If you take your ping pong sersiously, it's probably time you got a little paddle protection. As we generally eschew any colors beyond black or white, we asked Blue Claw Co. to make us a monochrome version of their paddle cover that would fit more with our "Ninja Assassin" persona at the table tennis club. The Uncrate x Blue Claw Co. Ping Pong Paddle Cover ($35) sports said all-black looks and is made in the USA with 15oz heavy canvas. The paddle cover also adds our signature orange ripstop lining, while a pouch on the back holds up to 3 balls (or a couple of those single-serving booze bottles).
You don't have to mow down your cornfields to get a little bit closer to a baseball legend, you just need one of these Shoeless Joe Golden Era Baseball Gloves ($140). Even though he was banned from the game for his questionable involvement in the Black Sox Scandal at the height of his talent in 1920, Joe Jackson still went down in history as one of the greats. These reproduction baseball gloves (hand cut and sewn from original patterns and components) let you feel what it was like to field a pop fly in the early days of the game — best yet, you can actually play with them.
Start getting real, useful data about your golf swing so you can make serious improvements with Swingbyte ($150). This simple device quickly attaches to any club — driver, putter, whatever — and pairs to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet over a Bluetooth connection. It then automatically records everything about your swings, giving you a full view , club head speed and acceleration, club face angle, and much more. From there you can analyze your swing history online to chart your improvement, or share it with a pro to get some advice on how to get even better.