Dress like the legends

Martin Golf Apparel

Golf, a game steeped in heritage and tradition, has been plunged into full-blown athletic competition in the 21st century, and most apparel has been pulled along with it. Martin Golf founder Rick Martin preserves golf’s timeless legacy through the use of natural fibers like cotton and wool to design full-cut duds that are sharp both...

A friendlier ghost

TaylorMade Ghost Manta Putter

As a general trend to more forgiving putter options for weekend warriors seemed to validate the putter’s size and complexity, last year’s TaylorMade Ghost Spider putter was an instant hit. But many golfers weren’t sold. Some felt the Ghost Spider was too massive or simply too hard on the eyes. Never being one to miss...

Game Friendly Forged

Nike VRS Forged Irons

If you’ve sought out a set of game improvement irons, then you’ve likely encountered reviews laden with enough technological jargon and marketing spin to befuddle the mind. Today however, as we look back on our time testing the Nike VR_S Forged Irons ($1,000), we instead turn our attention to something that is usually reserved for...

As green as the course

Mountain Khakis Fairway Polo

Made from a cotton/Bionic recycled PET polyester blend, the new Mountain Khakis Fairway Polo ($70) gets our green blood pumping. No, this shirt isn’t comprised of unobtanium nanotechnology, but it does find good use for up-to 14 recycled plastic bottles. But unlike a crunchy empty Coke container, the Fairway polo is as soft and supple...

Spin Doctor

TaylorMade Penta TP5 Golf Ball

Believing you have the best ball on the market is no small declaration, but TaylorMade firmly feels just that in their new PENTA TP5 ($46). They weren’t joking or offering half-hearted proclamations either; these guys really believe it. One of the main drivers of this new found confidences is a ball that has a 28%...

Course Contour

Adidas Crossflex

Not to be left out of the spikeless golf shoe revolution adidas Golf has two new shoes coming to market this summer. We just happened to have snagged ourselves a pair of the new Adidas Crossflex for some early season testing. Based on a tremendously successful line of Adidas running shoes the Crossflex boasts a...

Length matters

PING Nome 405 Adjustable Belly Putter

What was once a stigma is quickly becoming a standard in the golf industry for those who struggle on the putting green. We of course refer to the belly putter. The next iteration of belly putter enhancement comes to us from PING in the Nome 405 Adjustable Belly Putter ($300). Our review continues after the...

Off road golf anyone?

TaylorMade ATV Wedge

The average golfer often takes a, shall we say, labyrinthine route to the hole. Though at the end of the round a par is a par no matter how adventurous, it does highlight the importance of having solid short game tools at your disposal. Case in point, the new TaylorMade ATV Wedge ($120). Our review...

Knight Driver

Callaway RAZR X Black Driver

Speed kills. Or should we say, speed kills golf balls. Long drives are generated from a delicate balance of raw, white knuckle speed and precession ball striking. Add a few MPH to you clubhead speed and you’ll start reaping the yardage gains immediately. Callaway’s RAZR X Black Driver ($250) aims to unleash your inner speed...

Black Spin

Callaway HEX Black Tour Golf Ball

The right golf ball can make all the difference. Choose poorly and you’ll spend the next 18 holes wondering why you bother playing this game at all. Callaway Golf has taken a bold step to improve the benefits of a ball by combining two into one offering. The Callaway HEX Tour Black golf ball ($46)...

For once, it's good to be two-faced

Odyssey Flip Face Putter

The one true constant of playing various courses — outside of being scoffed at by the regulars — is that the greens will be totally different. Fast or slow, firm or soft, mowed tight or recently aerated. Finding consistent putting surfaces can drive you mad. Owning two putters seems ludicrous, but given the variability in...

Slimmin' down for the summer

Ping i20 Irons

Ping has long been known for two things: incredible irons and exceptional engineering. But for some reason we’ve never found ourselves overly compelled to play them. Given how soundly their irons perform I can only chalk it up to a lack of aesthetic appeal. Chunky soles and wide hosels are hard on this writer’s eyes....

Float like a butterfly

Nike TW Ultra Polo

Spring is here, well close enough, and that means new product lines for golf apparel. The 2012 iteration of the Tiger Woods polo shirt focuses heavily on being lightweight. The entire garment has been über engineered for maximum playability. Nike has mixed and matched materials throughout to give the TW Ultra Polo ($90) an amazing...

Form following function

Nike Method Concept Putter

This is not the first, uh how should we put this, uniquely shaped putter we’ve reviewed from Nike Golf. And, while others may scoff at Nike for some truly bizarre shapes, we commend their commitment to pushing the proverbial performance envelope. The Method Concept Putter ($240) was born from an exercise of turning the club...

Ground Control to Major Tom

Nike Lunar Ascend

The first generation of golf flats were more or less repurposed technology. Now that it’s apparent the fad is becoming a movement, all the shoe gurus have started throwing serious R&D behind next-gen offerings. Case in point, the new Nike Lunar Ascend ($100). Built with Lunarlon cushioning and the Nike Power Platform the Lunar Ascend...

Don’t call him junior

TaylorMade R11 S Driver

After taking the driver market by storm last year with the R11 there was only one thing left for TaylorMade to do. Tell all of the white paint detractors, “I told you so”. OK, maybe two things, as they set out to improve upon the best driver they had ever made. The result is the...

Adjusting a winning formula

Callaway RAZR Fit Driver

The latest offering from Callaway Golf represents a considerable improvement from their earlier drivers, as well as a change in corporate philosophy. The new RAZR Fit Driver ($400) marks the company’s first foray into adjustable drivers. So-called OptiFit technology offers golfers two movable weights (2/12 grams) and an adjustable hosel (open, neutral, closed). While it...

A primitive step for trail running

New Balance Minimus Trail – MT10

The barefoot running revolution is headed off-road and companies are scrambling for a foothold. The New Balance Minimus Trail or MT10 ($105) is just as the name suggests: minimal. As in only a 4mm drop from heel to toe; a traditional running shoe by comparison is about three times that. The Vibram designed outsole means...

All will be revealed

Deep Sky by Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee wraps up his Travis Chase trilogy with another mind bending, stomach churning adventure. Deep Sky ($8) finds said protagonist and fellow covert Tangent agent Page Campbell on a journey that will take them across the country and through time and reality itself. They are hunting for a secret so sensitive it hasn’t been...

Open sleigh ready

Mountain Khakis Old Faithful Sweater

Quite possibly the most original Christmas gift idea this year, a sweater. Okay, then perhaps we can at least offer up a stylish and practical version with the Mountain Khakis Old Faithful Sweater ($120). Even if the weather outside is frightful, the heathered sweater-knit polyester sewn into a jacket-like garment and the soft brushed lining...

Hidden Help

Callaway RAZR XF Combo Set

Golf is hard. Truth be told, we make it harder than it has to be. We’ll buy drivers and putters the size of snow shovels, but for some reason, we insist on playing irons beyond our abilities. Callaway Golf is offering a chance to make amends for years of frustration and futility with the RAZR...

Bulk in regulation

Nike Full Zip Wind Jacket

With just enough fleeting warmth to squeeze in a few final rounds, late Fall golf is all about layers and preparation. The latest from Nike Golf, Full Zip Wind Jacket ($85) is the perfect outer layer solution for moderate weather. Windproof and water-resistant the jacket weighs in slighty over a feathery 5 oz. The real...

Their playability is anything but limited

Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Driver & Fairway Woods

Nike Golf’s latest metal wood offerings have just been released and while the “Limited Edition” moniker caught our eye, an upgraded face technology is what grabbed our attention. Nike is unveiling its own multi-face thickness technology with NexCOR and when coupled with an enhanced compression channel results in a hotter club face and higher ball...

Kicked by a Rose

adiZero Rose 2

We’ve spent a solid month with Derrick Rose’s signature shoe, the adiZero Rose 2 ($110). Actually, not just us but the also the best player we could find at our local court (thanks, Divine). With heaps of brisk afternoons full of asphalt carnage and battered egos, we’ve finally got our answers. It’s no secret that...

A method to the Madness

Nike Method Core Drone Putter

Following up on the success of the Method Putter, Nike Golf aims to expand their beachhead, quite literally, with a larger mallet. Building off the Method Core platform, the new Drone ($200) boasts some of the highest MOI (face stability) of any flat stick on the market. More stability means more forgiveness on mishits and...

Rethinking the Forged Iron

Mizuno MP-59 Irons

For most golfers, the idea of playing a forged iron is a little scary. Forged irons have always been reserved for better players who need to shape shots and never miss the center of the club face. The rest of us are far more concerned with hitting the ball straight and true. Mizuno Golf is...

Forget Fore, Yell "Incoming!"

Cobra Long Tom Driver

Cobra first introduced the Long Tom driver back in the 1970’s. At the time, its 46″ shaft may have been considered excessive, but considering that many of today’s drivers are close to, if not longer, Cobra was ahead of their time. Today’s next generation boasts a full four feet of ball smashing goodness. Yeah, you...

Mountain Inspired, Man Approved

Mountain Khakis Teton Flannel Shirt

Mountain Khakis has quickly become one of our favorite outdoor apparel purveyors. While we’ve been busy wearing their pants during most of our outdoor pursuits, Mountain Khakis has been re-imagining a broader line of clothing. Newly released as part of their Fall collection, the Teton Flannel Shirt ($80) caught our eye. I know what you’re...

Far from the bare essentials

Adidas Adipure Trainer

When it comes to gear reviews, you often find yourself asked to test products that challenge personal biases. My opportunity came in the form of the new and soon to be released Adidas Adipure Trainer ($90). Simply put, I couldn’t see myself wearing, liking or even needing a barefoot trainer — despite being convinced it’s...

Flex your golf muscle

Adidas TOUR360 ATV

Bio-metrically correct footwear has taken the sports industry by storm, and golf is no exception. The best golf swings are derived from a rhythmic tempo and solid balance. While it was once thought better to have a solid platform (e.g. the shoe’s sole) from which to hit, the push toward lower profile, more grounded spikes...

Pressure to be better

Adidas Recovery Compression Apparel

You may not be aware of it, but everything you do (or don’t do) after a workout prepares your body for the next. From stretching, to nutrition, to hydration, your body immediately starts rebuilding what you’ve broken down. The new Adidas Recovery compression apparel takes it to the next level. Here’s how: Recovery reduces muscle...

Everything, and the kitchen sink.

TaylorMade R11 Irons

When TaylorMade launched their Burner Irons they knew they had a great club. The Burner 2.0 has made TaylorMade the number one selling iron company in golf. While that was great for a large segment of the golfing world, the Burner’s supercharged speed and distance didn’t always work for those who occupy the mid-to-low handicap...

White Widow

TaylorMade Ghost Spider Putter

With the success of the original Spider Putter, TaylorMade has brought back the Ghost Spider Putter ($180), this time with a fresh coat of paint and a new face insert. Turns out the white finish is 80% more reflective than traditional black providing a sharper image for better mental focus. That may not seem like...

Patriotism to a Tee

Declaration Shirts

Having just celebrated this Nation’s birthday, our patriotism is running high and we recently stumbled upon just the tee shirts from Declaration ($24) to embody it. Inspired by our country’s struggle to become a free nation, Declaration draws from colonial heritage and American revolution themes for their designs. Themes that shaped the very foundation of...

Better Shirt by Design

Tailor Threads

The adage, “clothes make the man” has never been our favorite, but neither has buying shirts off the rack. Luckily, the internet has rectified that and we’ve tested a newcomer throwing their digital pin cushion into the ring: Tailor Threads. Offering fabric options that run from standard fare to eye-popping patterns, you can work your...

Fast Feet

Puma v1.11 Cleats

With the Women’s World Cup kicking off we’ve gotten a bit of the fútbol bug around the office. In that spirit, Puma has recently released their latest flagship soccer cleat the v1.11 ($180) and it’s fast. With a lightweight microfiber synthetic upper, the Puma v1.11 will help you win those 50-50 balls and blaze a...

Stand Tall

Intelliskin Foundation Shirt 2.0

Posture is an often overlooked element in any training or athletic environment. The premise is simple though: better posture leads to more efficient muscle engagement and cuts down on fatigue. What you may not realize is that those benefits can help in your day to day life as well. Intelliskin’s Foundation Shirt 2.0 ($95) provides...

Tasty like steak, healthy like chicken

High Plains Bison

Summer’s here, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome it than grilling. Instead of reaching for the standard red meat, may we recommend bison? With only 45% of the calories and about 10% of the fat, bison meat is a far healthier option to its beef brethren. High Plains Bison offers a...

Houston, we are a go for launch

Epoch S3 Golf Tees

At its core, golf is a game of mastering consistency. And while you may not put much thought into teeing up your ball, minor variations in height can have an adverse effect on your shot. The Epoch S3 Golf Tee ($8) takes the guess work totally out of the equation. Using the site’s Sweet Spot...

BBQ to the back nine

Ashworth Cardiff

Known more for their traditionally styled golf apparel Ashworth continues their foray into goods that look as good off the course as they play on it. The Cardiff ($120) is a spikeless golf shoe constructed with tumbled leathers and rich suede accents — perfect for going from a Sunday afternoon BBQ to the back nine....

Adventure Pants

Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Convertible Pant

Activities in the wild sometimes call for shorts (high temps, fly fishing, river fording) and other times for a pair of pants (cooler nights, mosquitoes, bushwhacking). What’s a man to do if he wants to pack light? If he were sporting a pair of Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Convertible Pants ($80) then the only question...

This new putter hits the bulls-eye

Odyssey DART Putter

Considering that 40-60% of your strokes for any given round happen on the putting surface, it’s amazing people don’t spend more effort improving that facet of their game. Selecting the right flat stick is certainly a good first step. The Odyssey DART Putter ($179) (Direction and Realignment Technology) takes alignment to a new level. Try...

Natural running for an unnatural world

Reebok RealFlex

Natural running, while better for you, can still cause problems when done in a man-made environment like the gym and neighborhood roads. Repetitive forefoot strikes on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt without proper padding can lead to stress fractures, and no one wants those. Recognizing this pitfall, the Reebok RealFlex ($90) is designed accordingly....

Step towards natural running

Puma Faas 300

Despite the “less is more” trend in running shoes, it can be tough for a runner to make the drastic transition if they’re accustomed to full support runners. Going the bio-mechanically correct barefoot approach is a step far easier said than done. And for just that, Puma has developed a running shoe. Recently, we reviewed...