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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

More than Meets the Eye

Loki Mountain Hoodie

Over the summer we introduced you to Loki and their Midi Micro Fleece. Now with the weather turning wetter and colder Loki has submitted their Mountain Hoodie for Gear Patrol to put through the proverbial paces.

Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day

Nike Storm-FIT N-Destrukt Jacket & Pants

Golf has for better or worse has been labeled a “fair weather” sport. Many golfers hightail it for the 19th hole at the first hint of precipitation. That’s too bad. With the proper armaments, facing down a rain shower can be easy, dare I say, routine. If you can stay dry your golf game should...

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