Snowshoeing is probably not everyone's first choice for an exciting winter sport, but that may be because they haven't done it with Fimbulvetr Snowshoes ($450). Constructed from Dupont Hytrel, a thermoplastic elastomer known for its combination of flexibility and strength, these snowshoes use a honeycomb pattern to help them flex naturally, while evenly distributing your weight over the snow. An all-direction hinge, lightweight construction, comfortable bindings, and steel Fenris crampons make walking almost as easy as it is on normal terrain, while providing a great fit and feel. And if that still doesn't get you excited about snowshoeing, you should at least get excited about not having to trudge through a foot or so of snow this winter.
Instead of forcing you to invest in a new boat and gear every time your taste for adventure changes — technical rapids, open ocean, lake fishing — with Point 65N Modular Kayaks ($350-$1,800) all you need to do is add or remove a component. They have everything from solo to tandem kayaks, meant for all sorts of water sports. Their modular, snap-together design makes them easy to customize, and gives them the added benefit of being highly portable, without sacrificing buoyancy and handling. All you need to do to get your boat to the water is break it down and throw it in the back of your vehicle (no need for a roof rack and tie-downs).
You don't limit your exercise routine to just one activity, so why should your fitness tracker only cover one sport at a time? With the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch ($200), you can keep track of your running, cycling, and swimming metrics, all from your wrist. The stylish dark grey and black watch features a high-res, high-contrast black and white display, GPS, single-button control, a built-in swim sensor, Bluetooth Smart, and optional heart rate monitor, cadence/speed sensors, and altimeter add-ons.
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.
There are sports memoirs, and then there's Undisputed Truth ($18), Mike Tyson's tell-all autobiography charting his journey from poor Brooklyn kid, to millionaire heavyweight champion of the world, to bankrupt addict, to today. Whether admitting to being high on cocaine and marijuana during his fight with Lou Savarese in Hampden Park (whom he beat in an incredible 38 seconds), or describing how he misplaced $1m in a Louis Vuitton bag after a wild night in Vegas, you've never experienced a window into the life of a troubled athlete quite like this. Learn everything there is to know about how he rose and fell, and then climbed back up to where he is today: philosopher, broadway headliner, hollywood actor, family man, and addict.
Light up the slopes on your next nighttime run with the Nike LunarEndor QS Snowboard Boot ($TBA) thanks to the thirty LEDs implanted in each swoosh. They're powered by a built-in lithium ion battery, and controlled by a convenient power button in the boot's cuff, so you can decide when to switch them on and off. The technology doesn't stop at the lights though — they feature Lunarlon foam for a soft ride and improved impact resistance. They also have a customizable flex line system that lets you choose from three levels of stiffness, so you can optimize the ride for the park, the half pipe, or the backcountry. Available mid-December.
Effectively combining strength training with a cardiovascular workout, the Heavyrope ($35 and up) is the ideal combination of two of the most important exercise activities. Available in multiples weights — one, two, four, five, and six pounds — these eight-foot ropes increase your cardiovascular endurance and burn calories while strengthening your wrists, hands, lower and upper arms, and shoulders. The added weight increases resistance, making jumping rope a more difficult exercise, while increasing your heart rate and metabolism.
When you're heading out into the wild, you don't want a car masquerading as an SUV — you want a real, rugged off-roader. Like the 2014 Toyota 4Runner ($33,000 and up). Built using proven body-on-frame construction methods, this stout vehicle features a towing capacity of up to 4,700 lbs, an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and a 270hp, 4.0L V6 engine offering up to 22 mpg, ensuring that you won't run out of gas if you trek farther into the wilderness than you'd planned. And for those times when you're forced back into civilization, it features a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, optional navigation and app support, a backup camera, an optional sliding rear cargo deck, and up to three rows of seating, giving you plenty of room for your gear when you're out on the trail and your friends when you're not.
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Make good use of your bike, even when the weather is too nasty this winter to even think of hitting the pavement, with the Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer ($290). This simple device works in tandem with your existing bike, almost instantly transforming it into a stationary bike perfect for off-season training, or just staying in shape. A magnetic drive system provides all the resistance you need for a realistic road feel, while a 6.25-pound flywheel gives it a natural-feeling wind-down. It's perfectly stable, even when you want to stand up while you ride, and it fits bikes with 22 to 29 inch wheels, so it's bound to work with yours.
Following a small snafu with the original, Jawbone is back with a completely new wearable physical activity monitor, and it's called the Jawbone UP24 ($150). This wrist-worn tracker is constantly connected to the iOS app on your iPhone or iPod touch, transmitting data over Bluetooth Smart about your sleeping pattern, movement, and food intake. It also has lots of other useful functions, like a smart alarm to wake you up and alerts to remind you to move through the day. The app works with you to provide detailed insights into your health and activity, letting you gradually improve your fitness as you wear it.
Sensors have been used for fitness tracking for a while now, but they've only recently started to infiltrate the realm of competitive sports. Take the Babolat Play Pure Drive ($400) for example. Billed as the world's first connected tennis racquet, it features sensors built into the handle that record everything from shot power and ball impact location to number of strokes, total playtime, energy, and rallies. When you're done for the day, simply sync it up to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, or bust out the USB cable to view your stats on a PC. Best of all, it offers all the same physical specifications as the standard Pure Drive, so you don't have to sacrifice performance just to analyze it.
You don't want to be the jerk on the golf course who's constantly glued to his phone — no one likes that guy. With the Garmin Approach S4 GPS Golf Watch ($350), you won't have to be. Just like the previous versions, this GPS watch comes loaded with a database of more than 30,000 golf courses that you can access on the the built-in touchscreen display. Unlike previous versions, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity, letting you discreetly view notifications about calls, emails, and texts without taking your phone out of your pocket. Additionally, it lets you monitor analytics about your golf game, so you can gradually improve using real-life data that's unique to you.
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.
Wearable technology is becoming increasingly common, making our devices easier to use and the information we have access to more useful than ever. The Oakley Airwave 1.5 Goggle ($650) features a unique heads-up display, delivering data unobtrusively to your field of view every time you hit the slopes. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS integration, you can control your music, analyze your speed and distance, determine the temperature, and even find your next run while you're on the move. You'll perceive the data in your goggles as if you were looking at a 14-inch screen five feet away, so you won't need to refocus your vision as you're moving. It's the perfect way to access all the information you need when you ski or snowboard, without the need to ever touch your smartphone.
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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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 can already pick up a pair of sneakers to help you monitor your performance on the court, but if you want a full picture of your game, you need feedback from your ball, as well. The 94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball ($300) is designed to fill that void, giving you instant feedback on every dribble and shot while keeping its size, weight, and spin within regulations. An internal battery offers up to 8 hours of connectivity, and recharges wirelessly via Qi technology, while a dedicated app keeps track of workout and competition history for up to 4 players, and also offers built-in workouts, QuickTrain shot and ball-handling analyzers, and 50 different competition modes.
With Under Armour Speedform Running Shoes ($120) you'll experience a level of comfort and fit that you've never had with another pair of running shoes. They're designed to have a completely-seamless interior, from the one-piece heel cup, to the ultrasonically welded components, and the form-fitting construction. And of course they feature the same moisture-wicking technology that you expect from Under Armour, thanks to chafe-free 4D Foam. With a perforated upper for ventilation and an almost-unnoticeable six ounce weight, you'll be able to run for miles without so much as thinking of your shoes.
Although we're mostly made of water, humans are meant for living on dry land — hence our lack of webbed feet or hands. DarkFin Gloves ($25) fix half of this equation with a rear-webbed design that increases surface area by 70%, helps you tread water using less energy, and builds upper body strength. They're made from durable, flexible latex rubber, and are perfect for scuba diving, swimming, sky divers, or just freaking out your kids at bath time.