Anyone who's ever played football, baseball, soccer, golf, rugby, or any other sport where your shoes have spikes knows the annoyance of the clickety-clack sound your cleats make when you leave the field. Cleatskins ($20-$25) aim to eliminate that. These ingenious add-ons are made from a flexible compression-molded rubber and are designed to slip over your existing cleats, providing safety for you and protection for carpets, floors, and nearby eardrums.
One of the biggest problems amateur golfers have when trying to improve is a lack of accurate performance data. Game Golf aims to fix that. This Yves Behar-designed set includes a device that you clip to your waist that offers GPS, NFC, compass, accelerometer, and a gyrometer, and a set of club tags, one for each club in your bag. When you hit the course, simply tap the club tag against the device and go — the system will do the rest, recording every club used, swing made, yard covered, scoring, number of putts, greens in regulation, driving accuracy, and more, all of which gets loaded onto your smartphone or computer and into a social app that lets you analyze your own performance and compare it against both your friends and some of the best golfers in the world.
Skateboards don't need outlandish graphics or big logos to be cool. Take District Skateboards ($120-$215) for example. Handmade in downtown L.A., each of their boards features a custom shape that's been tested and honed by the craftsmen themselves, is made using the most eco-friendly processes available, and boasts a handmade reclaimed barn wood veneer and maple core. Just don't order one to act as a cool display piece for your living space — as the company founders say, they're made for riding.