Tim Lincecum, Michael Strahan, Kevin Love, Nas, and Nick Cannon want you to sign up for 12 Society ($39/month), and we agree with them. This service sends you a monthly box of goodies, hand-picked by the gentlemen mentioned above (among other athletes/celebrities). Each box contains a retail value of at least $125, and if you don’t like the merch, no problem, returns are easy as pie. Seriously, sign up now.
They likely will not make you play like Tiger Woods, but you will certainly look like him (at least from the ankle down). Nike Golf introduces the Nike TW ’13 Golf Shoes ($220), available Friday June 8, 2012. This years edition of Nike’s TW line focuses on three key aspects of your game: fit, feel, and function. From your long game to your short game, you will be cool and comfortable in these shoes. (via)
If you are going to surf, surf the way the Hawaiians did thousands of years ago: no fiberglass, no fins, all wood. This is exactly thought process that went into Ingmar Beer Surfboards ($TBA). Beer crafts his wooden surfboards by hand in NYC. These Alaia style surfboards have a round nose, a squared back, no fins, and are made of solid paulownia wood. Boards are sold in select shops and can also be made custom to order. (via)
If your pocket knife is insufficient protection for your elaborate adventures, you might consider upgrading to a tactical blade. Leatherneck Knives ($89.99) by Cold Steel come with either a 6 3/4″ or 7″ blade (depended on model), which should be plenty enough to fend off any unwanted visitors on your next excursion. The Leatherneck series is named honor of the U.S. Marines who have carried the moniker since their first battles in 1776. These super-sharp blades are made from German stainless steel and come with Cold Steel’s Secure-Ex sheath to help you avoid any accidental slips.
Unsatisfied with using your measly 5-person tent on your camping trips? The Moby1 XTR Series Expedition Trailer ($15,500+) might be more your style. This fully self-contained trailer is built to tackle any terrain you encounter in your travels. Options include a roof top tent with capacity of up to 4, bringing total capacity of up to seven, a sink with running hot and cold water, a hot water heater, a cabin heater, an outdoor shower, a free-standing awning, cabin air conditioning, solar panels (!), a portable toilet, and a generator to name a few. Camping away from home never felt so much like home.
Apparently the people at Threadless have found the “i” in “team”, so they made a duffel bag to commemorate their discovery. The i in Team Duffel ($49) is made from durable ripstop Codura fabric and YKK zippers keep water out. It’s big enough to fit two soccer balls and a pair of cleats, and it has an internal pocket to keep your smelly socks separated. Just make sure your teammates see it when you get to your next pickup soccer game, Ronaldo.
Whether you are at the beach, on a camping trip, or tailgating before a game, grilling away from your backyard can be a cumbersome task without a portable grill. The Fold Flat Grill ($79.95) by Hammacher Schlemmer might be the most portable grill we have ever seen. Made from durable 304 stainless steel, the grill provides a 17 1/2″ x 13″ W cooking area with a V-shaped charcoal well that collects easily emptied ash. The best part: it’s les than 1″ thick when folded (!).
Whether you are looking to improve your core strength and balance, you are looking to rehab after torn ACL surgery, or you just want another toy around the house, the Gyroboard ($300) is an excellent choice. This all-in-one sports board is great exercise tool to help you refine your coordination skills and shape up your body while having some fun (see picture).
If you want to use your iPhone to take pictures or video in the water, we suggest you put a case on it. If you want to go scuba diving with your iPhone (!), we suggest you use the TAT7 iPhone Scuba Case ($84.95). This waterproof iPhone case let’s you use your iPhone while swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving to 30 m (100 ft). Now you can get a close-up of Jaws right from your iPhone.
Some people go through wooden skateboard decks like toilet paper. We are not those people, but we still like the concept behind Snap Foldable Skateboard ($119). Made from aircraft aluminum for ultimate durability, this “invincible” skateboard breaks into three parts and folds for easy storage. You can even replace the trucks and wheels to customize your ride. If Willy Wonka could make an everlasting skateboard, we are pretty sure it would look like this.