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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Black is back

Wildcase by Neil Russell

The definition of a wildcase is a crime too savage and inexplicable to be easily categorized by the FBI. And in the case of Neil Russell’s Wildcase, a small town retired cop and his wife have been brutally murdered. The deceased happen to be friends of Rail Black, and if we learned anything from Neil…

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Built from the inside out

Nike 20XI Golf Ball

In an industry mired in technical jargon and seemingly endless “advancements” it’s easy to dismiss promises of revolutionary breakthroughs. Last Fall, Nike made just such a claim, when they showed off their 20XI golf ball and while I was intrigued by their new thinking, the proof would be settled on the course. Continues after the…

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Iron clad performance

Mizuno JPX-800 Irons (Win This!)

When it comes to the best irons in golf, there are few quite like a set of Mizunos. As their newest, most aggressive move into the highly sought-after game improvement category (think: what most all of us need/use), the Mizuno JPX-800 Irons ($699-$899) might just well be their best yet. Long known as the “better…

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Make any club a training aid.

TaylorMade TR3 Speed Sleeve

Vince Lombardi once said, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.” True for football, also true for golf. Weighted golf clubs have been a hot training aid for years, but who wants to practice with a club they aren’t actually going to play with? Taylormade’s TR3 Speed Sleeve ($30) does just that, transforming any club in your…

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Set Sail With a New Rum

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum

Dedicated to an actual British troop ship that sank off the coast of St. Kitts in 1782 Shipwreck Rum ($16) combines a premium 4 year old molasses based, oak barrel aged rum with infusions of natural orange, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and exotic island spices. While Shipwreck Rum has the complexity to stand alone with a…

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You can't fake heritage

Bambu T-shirts

Drawing on 246 years of history, designer Sarah Saiger has created a line of t-shirts portraying iconic imagery from Bambu. Bambu produces some of the world’s finest rolling papers and having a couple centuries’ worth of marketing and advertising designs lends itself well to shirt print ideas. You don’t even have to be a tobacco…

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White is the new black

Taylormade R11 Driver (In-Depth)

Let’s just get it out of the way. The Taylormade R11 is white. It’s designed to cut down on sun glare and reflections on the crown that can be distracting. Is it unique? Yes, for now. Does it warrant buying a new driver? Not really. I can’t remember ever being distracted by my driver. Don’t…

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Why Choose?

Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS

It’s a debate that may never have a winner: range-finder or GPS? We’ve even weighed in with our own thoughts. Now, Bushnell is eliminating the burden of deciding, by merging both technologies with their new Hybrid Laser GPS ($500).

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4 out of 5 dentists recommend

Nike VR Pro Cavity Irons

There is a moment during club testing when you know: love ‘em, hate ‘em, or total indifference. One shot sways your opinion. For this author, it came on my first swing with the 4-iron. I knew as I watched the buttery smooth baby fade that I was happy, very happy. Why exactly? I never felt…

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What if there was no future?

Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

Following up his head spinning, stomach churning debut novel, The Breach, author Patrick Lee has once again turned our world on its ear. The clandestine group known only as Tangent has a device of ah, “unknown origin” that opens a portal to the future. Problem is, all of humanity has been wiped out. Now it’s…

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New year, new shoes

Puma Cell Sorai Running Shoe

The new year always inspires a renewed determination to be healthier, fitter, and lead a more active lifestyle. The nine pounds of beef you had during the holidays certainly did not help. Perhaps a new pair of kicks is just what you need to help jump-start your motivation. The idea of clandestine ops goes out…

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Lightweight for your dogs and birdies

Nike Lunar Control Golf Shoes

Mark Twain said it best, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Part of that is the inherently fickle game of golf, the other is from bad footwear. It seems golfers will shell out boat loads for an “anti-slice” driver but will skimp on shoes they’re going to walk hundreds of miles in. There’s no shortage…

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If Butterbean was a golf pro

4HeadWear BaldGuy Hat

Turns out that standard golf hats can be uncomfortable for our bald brethren. Between the rough stitching and the metal button on top, it’s a recipe for skin irritation. Another issue that plagues those without hair is that on hot days perspiration soaks straight into the hat, making it wet and soggy. Now with the…

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Multimedia "Support"

Trtl Bot Stand 4

The iPhone 4’s staggering media power is its greatest asset. Problem is, no one wants to endure arm cramps while catching up on episodes of Mad Men. Trtl Bot’s Trtl Stand 4 ($35) makes iPhone 4 viewing a pain-free experience. It also offer options to support FaceTime and for utilizing your camera’s timer function. The…

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Second Burning

TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons

Buying a new set of irons can be daunting. It’s a big investment and you have to find a set that works for so many different shot needs. Some sets may have great scoring irons but you can’t elevate the long irons to maximize distance. Conversely, some have explosive distance but the look and feel…

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It's a Concrete Jungle Out There

Native Eyewear

Residing in a concrete jungle doesn’t preclude one from being an outdoor enthusiast. In fact, miles of asphalt and cold steel can be a veritable playground for the right activities. Forget social climbing and the rat race. Go native. If, on the other hand, you prefer to spend your time in the great outdoors, well,…