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Pick 6: Our Favorite Things for August

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In each issue of Athlon Sports & Life, we pick six of our favorite things. They may be books, automobiles, games, gear, booze, apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. Here's what made our short list this month:

Eero WiFi

When it comes to WiFi, there are really only three things you want: simple set up, fast internet (or at least getting it as fast as your internet provider claims to offer), and reliability. After testing the eero for three months, we can safely say it delivers on every count. Set up was dummy-proof, and took under 15 minutes, including time to download the system’s app and positioning all three units. We especially love that the app helps you find the ideal location for each unit throughout your house. The speed and well-being of the system can also be checked via the synced app that monitors your internet speed and the health of each unit. To our surprise, we found that internet speeds were consistently matching the speeds promised by our internet provider. And finally, the reliability has been amazing. Gone are the days of resetting the WiFi unit, or losing a signal in certain parts of the house. As a bonus, you can easily set up guest WiFi, monitor who’s using your system and even regulate the hours children can use the internet. And yes, all of this hassle-free and dynamic WiFi comes with a big price tag. But, trust us, it’s worth every penny. eero.com, $499 (3-pack) 

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(If you need help naming your system, check out our Funny Wifi Names.)

Mission Mercantile Steamer Backpack

If Indiana Jones had a travel backpack, we’re guessing it would look like this. We love the vintage look and throwback feel of this durable pack that’s built of beautiful full-grain leather and waxed canvas. After testing it out, it’s clear that it’s rugged enough to take camping and portable enough to throw into a two-seat roadster for a fun weekend getaway. And the more you use it and beat it up (and you will), the better it looks. If there’s any downside, it’s that it’s heavier than today’s modern polyester backpacks and it’s not ideal for toting a laptop to the office. Of course, that’s sort of the point. It’s a backpack looking for adventure. MissionMercantile.com, $345

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Head Graphene XT PWR Speed Racquet

Built of Graphene XT (according to Head, it’s one of the world’s lightest and strongest materials), this thunderstick provides a large sweet spot, thanks to the 115-square-inch head size, to offer more control and stability when hitting the ball. We love the feel of it in our hands—it’s incredibly lightweight but still feels balanced—and especially how forgiving it is when our form is lacking. It seems ideal for older players with a slower swing who may be looking to reclaim some former power. Or for those who are looking for a little extra pop. Head.com, $210

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Lululemon ABC Pant

The ABC stands for (and, we’re not making this up) Anti-Ball Crushing. Maker lululemon, best known for their popular yoga and fitness gear for women, bring the same comfort and style to their line of menswear. These pants have a stretchiness and forgiveness in all the right areas. They’re ideal for an active lifestyle, offer sweat-wicking material and can be worn in a casual and semi-casual setting. After numerous washes we’ve seen no fade in the color and love that they come out wrinkle free. Lululemon.com, $128

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Big Blue Wrecking Crew

The subtitle of the book offers a glimpse into its content: “Smashmouth Football, a Little Bit of Crazy, and the '86 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.” For anyone who grew up a football fan in the ’80s, or a fan of the Giants during this time, it’s hard to forget one of football’s most dynamic and colorful teams. Author Jerry Barca takes readers on a journey chronicling the rise of the team, filling it with entertaining and behind-the-scene stories about head coach Bill Parcells, GM George Young and legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor, among others. Amazon.com, $27

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Flat Cat Putter Grips

This got our attention when we heard iconic golf instructor Hank Haney singing its praises. So what’s the story? The grip, which fits on your existing putter, helps square the face of your putter to the intended target line for more accurate putting. In other words, it gives you a better feel for what you’re doing wrong (over-rotating your hands, perhaps) and helps you improve your line. Sadly, it doesn't help you read the greens. FlatCatGolf.com, $28

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