If you find yourself in the enviable position of having copious amounts of fresh powder and enough time to go enjoy it, check out the Ride Slackcountry Snowboard ($700). Designed to keep you gliding in even the heaviest of snow, the Slacksountry features a HighRize rocker and specific sidecut for a loose, responsive feel, Carbon Array 7 carbon stringers in the core for stiffness and support, 90A Slimewalls to reduce vibrations, and terrific, retro beer can-inspired graphics.
When TaylorMade's R9 460 driver debuted, a lot of people were left wondering why the company's breakthrough Movable Weight Technology didn't appear on the gargantuan club — as it turns out, the company couldn't cut enough weight out of the 460cc head to allow both its MWT and Flight Control Technology to fit inside. Now it can. The TaylorMade R9 SuperTri Driver ($400; February 19) features a long-hitting trifecta of Movable Weight Technology, Flight Control Technology, and an oversized 460cc head, giving golfers a club that's more forgiving, yet longer and more versatile. Other key features include Inverted Cone Technology for more distance on off-center hits, a Fujikura Motore 60-gram shaft that makes it easier to get the ball up in the air and spinning for longer carry, and a more aerodynamic head for increased club head speed.
What better way to celebrate the kickoff of the NFL Playoffs this weekend than with a game of pigskin with the boys? Leatherhead Footballs ($100-$120) can enhance that experience by offering handmade touches that no mass-produced ball can match, such as a slightly smaller-than-official size for enhanced grip, a vintage leather smell, and carefully selected pieces of leather that ensure a terrific looking and handling ball. You'll have it for years to come, and it'll only get better with age.