Before the ump yells "Play Ball," every major league baseball has to be de-slicked with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud ($20). This famous New Jersey mud has been used by pro teams for nearly three quarters of a century, breaking in balls and dulling their shine like no on-field muck could. [Thanks, Chris]
Want the ability to really shape your shots out on the course? Try the new Taylor Made r7 Limited Driver ($500; September 2008). This successor to the immensely popular r7 SuperQuad offers 35 yards of side-to-side trajectory change, using movable weights of 16 grams, 1 gram, and 1 gram. A longer head give the r7 Limited a deeper center of gravity, making launch easier, and is paired with a new high-performance graphite shaft to reduce twisting.
Multi-tools are a staple of nearly every EDC kit. They also take up room in your pockets. The Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool moves the tools — and the ensuing bulge — from your pants to your wrist. Made from high-strength 17-4 stainless steel, it features multiple individual links that perform two or three jobs each, giving you a total of 25 tools including drivers, a cutting hook, box wrenches, a glass breaker, and the obligatory bottle opener. Available with a natural silver or black DLC finish.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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If you spend more time on the slopes than off, maybe you should consider ditching your current cell for the Swany G.Cell Glove ($500). These first-of-their-kind gloves house a Bluetooth-capable cell phone with controls built into the back of the hand, a speaker and microphone built into the palm and thumb, and a vibrating wrist for incoming call notification. Just don't be surprised if you get some odd looks as you talk into your hand. [via]
You don't become the winningest Olympian ever without a little help. During his gold collecting in Beijing, Michael Phelps is wearing a stars and stripes version of the Speedo LZR Racer ($550). Designed with the help of NASA, the "world's fastest swimsuit" is the product of extensive development, and is made up of several high-tech materials and technologies. The LZR is constructed with the world's lightest woven swim fabric, has full-length bonded seams ultrasonically welded together, something called Hydro Form Compression, and is cut from a three piece 3D pattern to fit a body more closely. If you're looking for something a little more skimpy, checkout Speedo's Team USA Collection.