Keep tabs on both your fitness level and your game with the Garmin Approach X40 Smart Golf Band. Designed to be worn both on the course and off, it records typical fitness tracker data like your steps, calories burned, distance traveled, hours of sleep, and heart rate. But when you hit the course, it can track individual stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round, average distance for each club, longest drive per round, and, when paired with the TruSwing golf club sensor, can even provide swing metrics in real-time, meaning it's the rare item that can improve both your golf game and your health.
Mixing classic design with street wear, Stampd x Futura Surfboards are functional works of art that look as good on display as they do in the waves. Each of the four boards features freestyle airbrushing by street artist Futura, and the same minimal monotone look of the company's past boards. Available with a swallowtail fish, diamond-tail, or round-square body, each board has a black underbelly and is being sold at Stampd's La Brea outpost.
Babolat's Play connected tennis rackets have been on the market for a while now, but that means little if you're hitting a different brand of racket. The Babolat Pop lets you keep track of your game simply by swapping it with the wristband you're already wearing. Its tiny, lightweight sensor keeps tabs on your shot types, swing speed, spin and style, all of which get combined into something the company calls a PIQ score, as well as your court time and number of shots. As you'd expect, it syncs with a companion app so you can compare scores against friends and friendly foes across the world, and is compatible with any brand of racket.
Whether they're a blade, cavity back, or hybrid, almost all irons are either forged or casted. Grismont 3D Printed Irons are neither, and as a result have some of the most interesting designs we've ever seen. Designed in collaboration with Parisian artists Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques, the lineup includes the Ori, inspired by Moucharabieh architecture, and the Cés, which draws on Asian sculpture. The most interesting of the trio, however, is the Air, which has a lattice-like see-through back. All three designs are possible only because of the company's 3D printing process, and include game-improvement cavities that make them easier to hit. They're made in highly limited quantities, and can be orded as a 1, 2, or 3 iron.
There are tons of wearables out there that let you track your activity and even your sleep. But when you're an elite athlete, you need to know more than just how many steps you've taken, how long you slept, or how much you "exercised." The Whoop Smart Trainer goes far beyond that, using a wrist-worn tracker to gather a bevy of physiological data. It keeps tabs on heart rate and variability, skin conductivity, ambient temperature, and, of course, motion. It uses all that to arrive at a Recovery score that give coaches and trainers — like those of LeBron James and Michael Phelps — an instant overview of the athlete's overall condition, so they can adjust their workouts, training schedule, and even playing time or rotations accordingly. Currently available for pro, college, and Olympic athletes, because all the data in the world isn't going to help your pickup basketball game.
Modern bike computers can provide all sorts of information. Too much, in fact, as you often have to dig through menus to get the info you need. The Omata One Bike Speedometer solves this problem by pairing fully up-to-date innards with a timeless gauge-like analog readout. It has a GPS chip on the inside to track all your data with pinpoint accuracy, and keeps it ready for download into your favorite app or service. But while you're actually riding, you get the most important information — speed, distance, ascent, and time — presented via a custom Seiko mechanical movement and watch-style dial that lets you keep your focus where it should be: on the road ahead.
In a bid to bring a bit of street culture to the course, the Nike Lunarforce 1 Golf Shoe merges an Air Force 1-inspired design with golf-friendly features. Among those is a waterproof white leather upper, full-length Lunarlon cushioning to keep your feet happy during long rounds, and integrated traction based on Nike's classic Waffle lugs. Available in all-white or white/black colorways.
If you take Ping Pong seriously, like we do, you need to have a paddle just as serious. This Stangler Ping Pong Paddle fits the bill, regulation size and handcrafted to beat your opponent into submission. Choose from walnut or ash on one side, while the other side is faced with cork. It's time to open the garage door, let the spring air in, and re-ignite a grudge match on the Ping Pong table with this beautiful paddle.
Measuring 11 and a half feet long yet surprisingly light, the Jarvis x No. 4 St. James Stand Up Paddle Board is an ideal way to take to the water this summer. This collab has an exterior finished in natural American cherry, cedar, and fir wood, but uses a recycled foam core to keep the weight around 30 pounds. The result is a board that's both fast and stable, ideal for beginners, capable enough for avid paddlers, and worthy of display when you're back on land.
Smart devices are everywhere, and now they're becoming a vital part of the sports world as well. Zepp, a sports-tracking company teamed up with wood bat maker Old Hickory and created the Old Hickory x Zepp Smart Bat. It's not the first attempt to gather swing data, but it is the first one that features a tracker that is built-in, making it a true smart bat. The sensor is located in the knob of the bat and provides feedback during games and practices, all without having to remove it for data or to charge. Available for purchase in June, just in time for a run at the pennant.
Bring a touch of street fashion to the course with the Nike Flyknit Chukka Golf Shoe. The first golfing shoe to use the lightweight, form-fitting upper, it also has Flywire technology for added support and improved lockdown, and a Nike Free-inspired sole that includes special traction units in the toe and heel. The upper is skinned in a thin layer of TPU for protection against light rain and dew, the mid-top silhouette helps to keep dirt and debris off your ankle, and the Phylon midsole offers all-day comfort. Available in two colorways.
With an edge grain bamboo wood handle that enables a precision style grip, the Coconut Paddle isn't looking to simply improve your table tennis game, but change the way you play entirely. Thanks to a hole in the handle that lets you stick a finger through, the Coconut gives you a secure grip while ensuring that none of your fingers ends up on the playing surface, or worse, in contact with the ball. The core is made from blonde 3-ply bamboo wood, and each paddle is finished in Wisconsin with custom foam handle inserts that improve comfort and accommodate both right- and left-handed players, as well as a hand-cut and -applied black long pimpled rubber.
Whether you're a frequent skier or just like to show off, Foil Oro Nero Gold Skis are the most ostentatious way to hit the slopes. The skis themselves are built using a topsheet of 8,000-year-old certified Bog Oak, with a graphite nanotech base, a core of Ash and Paulownia, bamboo sidewalls, and stainless steel edges. The high-performance bindings are plated in 14 karat gold, which matches the gold inlaid personalized initials that mark them as yours and the included bespoke 14 karat gold-plated poles. Customized for each client and available in limited quantities, they also come with a custom travel bag made from top-grain leather vegetable-tanned in Tuscany.
With a unique design that distributes its weight evenly across its body, the Gripbell aims to replace your free weights while enabling new potential workout moves. The design is relatively flat, with a recycled cast iron core, polyurethane exterior, a circular center crossed by the central handle, and kettlebell-like extensions on either side. By stretching the weight out across the entire surface, it delivers intense workouts at lighter weights than traditional equipment, and since it has no hard, weighted points, it's also much safer should it slip out of your hand. Available in color-coded weights ranging from 3 to 12 lbs.
Back in 1981 when the original Backhill was released, finding a place to snowboard outside of your neighborhood was nearly impossible. It's way easier to find a slope ready for boarders these days, and this Burton Throwback Snowboard is ready to rip. A homage to the 1982 Burton Backhill, this wooden-core board features a pointed nose and notched tail. It comes without bindings, and is most comfortable in a low-key environment like your backyard. A great looking piece of snowboard history that's sure to turn heads.
We heard there's a big game this weekend. So we went to our friend Paul Cunningham at Leather Head to see if he could build us something special — something like a high-quality all-black football that would both stand out on the field and look beautiful on a shelf. For our Leather Head x Uncrate Football, we decided on our signature shrunken bison leather, which has a natural texture and ages beautifully. Like all of Leather Head's made-in-the-USA footballs, it's perfectly sized for mere-mortal-hands and impromptu backyard games. Available in extremely limited quantities.
Before snowboarding became an Olympic sport, there was the Snurfer, the invention of a Muskegon, MI native that became a huge seller for none other than the Brunswick company. The Snurfer x Rome Snurfboard honors this history by pairing a design from Rome's Powder Division with the Snurfer's classic rope-powered steering. Made from modern materials, the board has a retro paint job, holes for bindings — though they're not necessary — as well as two holes up front for attaching the rope. Individually numbered and limited to just 100 boards.
It's tough to beat the calorie burn from jumping rope, and now you can train and track at the same time. Tangram's Smart Rope combines form and function with comfortable 45 degree angled handles to help make this age old workout interesting. Sure, there are other smart ropes out there that provide tracking, but none of them have a strand of bright white LEDs that you can view while you jump. View your jump count, calories burned, or the duration of your workout as the rope swings in front of you. When you're done, the data is all transmitted via Bluetooth to an app on your smartphone. The only thing you have to supply is some sweat and an epic workout montage soundtrack.
No matter how advanced the boot, there's always been something between the player and the ball. Namely, laces. Adidas Ace Purecontrol Laceless Soccer Cleats use an innovative Primeknit upper to abandon laces altogether, giving you unthinkable control and a sock-like fit that instantly molds to your foot. The lightweight Sprintframe outsole provides stability, the short studs give you excellent traction on firm ground, and a thin layer of raised dots on the upper helps keep the ball attached to your feet for more precise dribbling.
Manufactured in Italy, the new Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey acts like a protective shield on the backs of riders. With a durable water repellent finish water just rolls off the jersey during a downpour. It's also stretch woven so body heat can escape from the compressed aero fit. 3/4 length sleeves give your arms more protection, while three rear cargo pockets provide storage space while holes in the bottom of each allows rainwater to drain. A huge upgrade from most racing rainwear options with great protection from the weather on unpredictable race days.
The latest wave of hoverboards to hit the market are cool, but each one requires a conductive surface to work. The Arcaboard works everywhere. Lifted above the ground with 36 high power electric fans, its thrust is strong enough to handle up to 240 pounds. Ride with the built in stabilization system using your smartphone, or do your best Marty McFly impression and control it with your body. It's one step closer to the full realization of a technology we've all been dreaming about for decades.
Get a gift for yourself this holiday while helping out kids in need with the Spalding x Reigning Champ One For One Basketball. This custom black with white speck ball is based on one of Spalding's indoor/outdoor models, is official NBA regulation size, offers a durable rubber cover, and comes with a custom RC-branded mesh carrying bag. But more importantly, for each one sold, Reigning Champ is donating a second ball to a community sports program somewhere in North America, making it feel that much better when you're using yours to dominate the court.
Built at the behest of professional boarders Romain De Marchi and Austen Sweetin, the Yes 20/20 Snowboard is a unique twin that uses concaves at the nose and tail to provide a fun ride in both deep snow and hard pack. At the front, the concave draws air under the board, causing it to lift slightly, while the rear concave lets the board sit back a little, resulting in a pitch that's more like riding in a set-back stance on a directional board — yet since it's a true twin, it rides great regular or switch.
Swishless. That's what life's like playing basketball without a net. Unfortunately, in many public parks across the country, that's simply the way it is. Black Net aims to change that. This portable add-on goes on in seconds — just put the ball in the net and shoot — and comes down just as easily by shooting the ball back up through the hoop. It's made from high-quality composites that are both durable and soft to the touch, so your hand won't get jacked up on forceful dunks, and the black-on-black color scheme stands out in a way no orange rim and tattered white net ever could.
Heat things up on the slopes this winter with Burton x Playboy Centerfold Snowboards. Available in three models, these versatile boards feature vintage centerfolds taken straight from the magazine on the bottom, tastefully overlaid with artwork from tattooist Chris Nunez. It performs well, too, with a sintered base, frostbite edges for hold, a core that uses stronger and lighter woods in the core for added pop, strength, and reduced weight, and a perfectly symmetrical flex that rides great regular or switch.
Leveraging technology that powers the helmet-mounted displays of fighter pilots, Everysight Raptor Smartglasses is ready to help you get the most out of your cycling. Its unique transparent, lens-based display overlays information like distance, speed, elevation, navigation, and elapsed time directly in your line of sight, updating in real-time. There's also a built-in camera for capturing the moment directly from your own point of view. Arriving in 2016.
Ski bikes have been around for over a century, but there's never been one like the Snogo Ski Bike. It uses a unique 3-blade design that articulates with your side-to-side movement to offer an experience that blends traditional skiing with downhill biking. Thanks to a heat-treated aluminum alloy frame, it weighs just 32 lbs, and comes with interchangeable parts — including the handlebar and fork — so you can customize it as much as you want. A chairlift hook counterbalances the bike on your way up the slopes, and a quick release system lets the bike quickly disassemble for travel to and from the mountain.
Snowboard and surfboard technology collide with this sleek, fast Jones Storm Chaser Snowboard. Designed by surfboard shaper Chris Christenson along with Jeremy Jones, this powder board offers superior float no matter how deep the powder around you happens to be. It achieves this thanks to the directional shape and rocker design that helps kick up the nose when you're in the snow, allowing you to easily float on top of the soft stuff. It's quick, durable, and ready to handle just about anything as you race down the slopes this winter.
It doesn't go on water. And unfortunately, it still doesn't go on regular pavement. But the Hendo Hoverboard is as close as you're going to get to BTTF 2's future without getting your face wet. Compared to the original, it has an improved power system, better traction, and better control, thanks to a skateboard-inspired design helped along by Tony Hawk. The engines are more efficient, there's a safety switch so you don't get thrown off, and the stronger engines ensure you won't hit the ground on a sharp turn. It still needs magnetic field architecture to operate, but with the tech's earthquake-proof usefulness, you might be able to skate wheelless around Hill Valley sooner than you think.