Some athletic gizmos measure steps. Others measure your leaping ability, or speed, or heart rate. But only the Under Armour Armour39 ($150) promises to measure your willpower. Or rather, it measures the effort you put forth during an activity by using an algorithm that takes into account your activity's duration, body position, heart rate, intensity, and calories burned, then considers it in light of your individual profile. How does it get all this info? From a sensor that straps to your chest and transmits the data to your smartphone — and you can expect to start checking out your own stats when it ships in March.
Tired of needing a lift to get you back up the hill each time you want to ride down, or worse yet, having to start only where the lift will take you? Take a look at Splitsticks (€1,350; roughly $1,800). This splitboarding system lets you snowboard down the hill and then split the board in half to hike back up it. In addition to the multiple hike modes, the 'sticks also offers a ski mode that lets you skate on flat sections, and a traditionally cambered tail, floaty nose, and good flex pattern when you're ready to ride.
To be any closer to the ground, you'd need to be barefoot. Weighing in at just 10.6 ounces, the new Adidas Adizero Tour Golf Shoes ($180) are incredibly light, and thanks to the anatomical Sprintframe outsole that measures just 1.2mm, they put you as close to the ground as possible. They also feature a Sprintweb internal TPU layer to give added support during lateral movements and a new microfiber leather Sprintskin offering water resistance and durability. Available later this month in four colorways.
If 2013 is turning out to be the year of 4K for TVs, perhaps it's the year of adjustable lofts for drivers. The Nike VR S Covert Driver ($300-$400) is the latest big stick we've seen offering it, alongside features like NexCOR face technology for a hot spot that's 45 percent larger and high-speed cavity back technology — used in drivers for the first time — that puts more weight at the heel and toe of the club for enhanced forgiveness and greater distance. Available as a standard (460cc) or tour (430cc) model.
Used to be, you had to make a lot of choices when ordering your golf clubs, selecting things like loft and face angle sometimes before you even got a chance to hit the club. With the TaylorMade R1 Driver ($400), all you really need to worry about is the flex of the shaft. Thanks to an adjustable loft sleeve, the R1 gives you twelve options between 8º and 12º to find the one that's right for you, as well as two shot shape weights, and a face angle sole plate that give you the ability to select between seven options of neutral/square, open, or closed. Once all that's dialed in, the new graphic on the crown will help you get the face squared up and aligned correctly, so all you need to worry about is smacking the ball down the fairway. Arriving February 1.
How do you make a super-popular snow sport and cycling helmet even better? Add headphones, of course. The POC Receptor Bug Communication Helmet (2,200 SEK; roughly $330) doesn't just sport any old cans — it has Beats by Dr. Dre drivers built into the neck roll. Other features include an in-line remote and mic, ventilated double-shell construction, and an EPS liner. Unlike the headphones, though, it's only available in black or white.
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.