Head injuries in sports have been getting a lot of play lately, and for good reason, they're extremely dangerous and hard to diagnose. The Reebok Checklight ($150) helps players monitor the number of, and severity of head impacts throughout the game, so coaches, officials, and medical staff can know just how to react. The sensor fits easily into an included skullcap, making it comfortable to wear with, or without a helmet. A status light gives valuable, realtime feedback, letting you know exactly how bad the hit was, and how many you've taken.
You might not be able to pull off the combination frat shag, mullet quite like Bubba, (or bend a ball through the trees) but you can still cruise the course in style in your own Golf Cart Hovercraft ($58,000). Easily float over sand traps and water hazards thanks to a 65 horsepower two-cylinder engine with a nine-blade fan, at speeds of up to 45mph. This cart fits up to four passengers, and can hold two golf bags in the open rear compartment. Meets U.S. Coast Guard standards for hovercrafts and includes a trailer for easy towing.
Get ready for Summer water sports with a Swami's Made-To-Measure Wetsuit ($460). While you can buy a wetsuit off the rack, nothing compares to a made-to-measure suit. A better fit means better waterproofing, increased warmth, and improved range of motion out there in the waves. Their suits are made from ultraspan stretch neoprene, smoothskin across the arms, chest, back, and neck — making them some of the most comfortable suits available. Contact their customer service for a tailor's guide and never wear an ill-fitting wetsuit again.
If you're the type that doesn't stop running no matter what the conditions are outside, you've no doubt discovered that even the best of running shoes don't offer much traction when it comes to trudging through the snow and ice. Alleviate this problem with Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats ($25-$55). Made from high-strength natural rubber, these add-ons slide over top of your existing shoes, and feature carbide steel spikes that provide sure footing in nearly any conditions.
They're obviously not the first company you'd think of when it comes to sporting goods, but given their reputation for rugged, quality leather goods, we suppose these Coach Heritage Baseball Bats & Gloves ($250-$350) make sense. The bats are made from American maple, dip-dyed by hand and wrapped with artisanal leather at the handle, while the gloves are crafted by hand in the USA using Coach's colorblocked glove-tanned leather. Crafted in collaboration with Warstic Wood Bat Co. and Insignia Athletics, respectively, these goods are available in a variety of colorways — but remember, they're limited edition, so if you're looking for a specific color, you'd better move quickly.
Not digging TaylorMade's recent obsession with white club heads? Don't let that keep you away. The TaylorMade R1 Black Driver ($400) gives you all the benefits of the venerable club-maker's latest flagship driver in a handsome black colorway. Those benefits include an adjustable loft sleeve that gives you twelve options between 8º and 12º, two moveable shot shape weights, and a face angle sole plate that gives you the ability to select between seven options of neutral/square, open, or closed. Overall, the club can be tuned 168 different ways to fit your game, leaving you basically no excuse for continuing to slice the ball into oblivion.
In soccer, every extra bit of advantage you have over your challenger counts. Nike kept that consideration front of mind when creating the Hypervenom ($75-$225), a soccer shoe built to enhance agility and speed. Constructed from a soft mesh outer, coated in polyurethane film and special weatherproofing technology, the shoe feels like the closest thing to playing barefoot. It was designed with feedback form some of the biggest names in the game — Neymar, Rooney, Ibrahimovic — with a stud configuration that allows fast movement and swift kicks, so they (and you) can defeat even the most skilled opponent.
Bring Porsche Design's signature clean aesthetic to the course with the Adidas Porsche Design Cleat II Golf Shoe ($TBA). Made in Adidas' Scheinfeld, Germany plant, these stylish shoes feature a leather upper with Porsche Design's laser flex graphic, a leather lining, a low-profile Thintech outsole with outstand grip thans to Pins technology, Traxion for a lock-down fit, and the assurance that no one else at your local club will be wearing them. Available in in black or white.
If you were paying close attention last weekend, you might have noticed Tiger Woods wearing different kicks from the ones he's sported for the last couple years. That's because he used his first Players Championship win in over a decade to debut these Nike TW 14 Golf Shoes ($180). The TW'14 keeps the prior model's Nike Free-inspired base, but adds Dynamic Flywire technology to help stabilize your foot when you're swinging, as well as a full mesh tongue to increase breathability. The traditional white and black colorways will be dropping June 7, alongside complete Nike iD customization — a first for a Nike Golf Shoe.
Every once in a while you find a piece of sporting equipment so beautiful, you wonder if it even functions. But make no mistake about it — Swami's Surfboards (£800-£3,600; roughly $1,250-$5,600) are perfectly usable. The question is whether you'll want to. With highly-polished resin finishes, a multitude of different sizes and shapes, and a few limited-edition collaborations with 20Ltd and Paul Smith, there's sure to be a board for you — whether you plan to ride it or just hang it on your wall.
Unless you're playing the same course over, and over, and over — and where's the fun in that? — odds are you could use some help making sure you've got just the right club for your next shot. The Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder ($300) can certainly provide some. Featuring a one-hand-friendly design and 5x magnification, it uses the company's Pin Seeker and Jolt technologies to can find targets as close as 10 yards or as far away as 1,000, and can give you flag positions up to 300 yards away within a single yard of accuracy. It's also legal for tournament play, so you won't have to worry about having to give it up when you need it the most.
Go straight from the board to the greens in the Nike Koston 2 IT ($TBA). Designed in collaboration with pro skateboarder Eric Koston, it feautres an black leather upper adapted from his signature shoe, Integrated Traction technology for stable footing, a Swingtip outsole, Lunarlon inserts for the utmost comfort, and flexible spikes that react to the pressure your foot puts on the Lunarlon, moving accordingly to provide traction. Available in very limited numbers at select Nike SB and Nike Golf retailers.