Head YouTek
Graphene Instinct MP
Advantage Head
by JONATHAN GALLEGOS




Some sports require brute strength; others, finesse. If Strong Man competitions fall on one end of this spectrum and ping-pong falls on the other, tennis slots somewhere right in the middle. A good mix of power and skillful nuance goes a long way on the court, and the Head YouTek Graphene Instinct MP easily delivers thanks to intelligent design and pure innovation. 




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The Instinct MP delivers a crucial blend of power and precision that we've long come to expect from Head racquets. Weighing in at an impressively feathery 11 ounces, it optimizes stroke speed and control through the integration of a very unique substance called Graphene. This crystalline form of carbon composite is light and strong (it has 200 times the breaking strength of steel) and allows weight to be repositioned from the shaft to the handle and tip. The result is an impressive groundstroke multi-tool with enough weight in the tip to plow through baseline shots and enough mass in the handle to reduce torque and recoil at the net for clever play. The inclusion of an unusual open 16x19 string pattern creates extra bite for aggressive topspin and slice. Still worried about that match against the serve-and-volley bruiser who lives down the street? Didn't think so.


$180, amazon.com




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STATEMENT


Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.



THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

RESOURCES

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2014 Submissions  100@gearpatrol.com