You don't have to be a pro athlete to end up with aching joints — just one wrong step during a pickup basketball game can mean days of knee aggravation. When that happens, it's time for Hyperice ($80-$130). This recovery device uses ice compression to treat pain, soreness, and speed up recovery time. Specific packs are available for the back, knee, and shoulder, but if you're anything like us, you'll be ordering up a utility model for use on your ankles, elbows, feet, hands, and — most importantly — those achy wrists.
If the colors on your TV look a little bold during the NBA's Christmas Day schedule, don't be alarmed — it's just these Adidas Big Color NBA Jerseys ($90). Slated to be worn by all ten teams playing on Dec. 25, these special unis feature a monochromatic color scheme with solid color logos, names, and numbers framed minimally with an accent color. The shimmer-finished top for your favorite baller will be available November 15.
Who needs touch-friendly gloves when you can wear the Oakley Airwave Goggle (£500; roughly $800). Apart from sporting Oakley's best goggle technologies, the Airwave also features GPS and Bluetooth to let you record and view speed, jump analytics, and other stats, and connects to you iPhone via an app to control your music, view text messages, and manage incoming calls. All of which lets you keep your phone where it belongs: in your pocket.
We're big fans of TaylorMade's RocketBallz woods (that's what she said), so we're naturally excited about the new TaylorMade RocketBladez ($800-$900). Available in standard and tour models, these new irons feature a revolutionary speed pocket — a 2mm-wide slot in the sole that flexes and rebounds for increased power — that was previously only seen in the aforementioned woods and Rescue clubs. Even better news: it helps most on low-face mishits, which are the most common shots among amateurs.
It might sound ridiculous, but when you're riding a bike at a high rate of speed, you have just as much influence on the aerodynamics as the bike does. Make sure you're splitting the air effectively with the Bell Star Carbon Motorcycle Helmet ($650). Designed to minimize buffeting and lift, it also offers Velocity Flow Ventilation with FlowAdjust for superior ventilation and temperature control, and is super lightweight thanks to its 100% carbon fiber shell. Available in five different colorways.
Why strap a camera to your head when you can simply wear it instead? The ZEAL iON HD Camera Goggle ($400) puts an eight-megapixel sensor and a 170-degree wide angle lens right between your eyes, capturing 1080p video or full-quality stills directly from your point of view — and letting you review your shots via an in-goggle viewfinder. They still have to work as actual goggles, and they don't disappoint there, either, with a high-density, anti-fog infused Optimum lens, impact resistant frame, and dual strap adjustments.
Upgrade your game by picking up a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus 2012 ($160). The same model being used by Andy Roddick to storm this month's US Open, the Pure Drive Plus features embedded graphite and tungsten for a crisp response and added stability, the Woofer system to cushion ball impact on your strings, Active Cortex vibration dampening technology, and 100 square-inch head that provides an ample sweet spot.
Keep your game in shape long after the course has closed for the season with the Rukk Net ($180). This portable sport net pops-up in seconds and stows away nearly as quickly, and also offers high-quality nylon netting, a tough steel frame, a proprietary ball return system, and a weight of only 14 pounds, which means you can carry it anywhere you need to get in a few swings/kicks/throws.
You may or may not be old enough to have played with one when you were a kid, but if you did, you'll remember it immediately. The Itza Soft Football ($20) is the ultimate backyard football, made from soft, sticky and squishy rubber that you inflate yourself to the desired hardness — but no matter how much you pump it up, it flies high and soft, making you look like
Joe Montana Tom Brady even if you never played a down of Pop Warner.
Like it or not, sometimes you end up golfing in the rain — and when you do, the Nike Lunar Bandon Golf Shoe ($180) can help keep you dry. Designed to work in concert with rain pants, the Bandon features a higher silhouette than traditional golf shoes, booty tongue construction to catch water that seeps in when putting them on, a speed lacing system with toggle, integrated traction on the outsole to eliminate clogging and provide maximum stability, and Lunarlon cushioning to keep you comfortable, even if the weather's not.
Wax is an essential part of the surfing experience — but finding a place to keep it, not to mention the tools you need to spread it, can be a hassle. The Indoek Surf Wax Kit ($105) takes care of this problem by integrating a container well into a stylish teak hardwood box that doubles as both a comb and scraper, the latter by way of the removable, magnetically-attached lid. All you need now is a board and some waves.
For all of Ping's drivers — and they do make some great ones — there's been a noticeable hole in their lineup: an adjustable model. The Ping Anser Adjustable Driver ($440) fills this gap, offering a low-spin, 460cc head crafted from Ti 8-1-1 — a light, low-density alloy with a matte black finish — and the ability to add or subtract half a degree of loft using the adjustable hosel. Available with your choice of four high-performance shafts.