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.