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 shortlist this month:
Louisville Slugger Houston Astros World Series Souvenir Bat
Astros fans, it's time to clear a spot in your Man Cave and make room for this 34-inch commemorative maple. The two-colored bat, sold only on the Louisville Slugger website, features the World Series Champions logo and series information against the Dodgers. And unlike cheaper knock-offs, you know you're getting the good stuff from a legendary bat maker. $130 slugger.com
A Year of Good Whisky Calendar
For anyone who knows a whisky lover, you know two things: they love whisky, and they love telling you about it. This page-a-day calendar is perfect for them, as it's filled with an exploration of all things whisky—from bourbon to Scotch and beyond. Some days the calendar gives tasting notes for a specific brand, other days it teaches the history of different whiskies, along with some fun trivia. Better yet, you'll never forget National Bourbon Day again (it's June 14, so says the calendar.) $15 workman.com
2018 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep fans have been anxiously awaiting this. The iconic brand is finally introducing the first all-new Wranglers in 11 years. It builds on a sculptural design aesthetic that's immediately recognizable with its traditional Jeep design cues. Wrangler’s new exterior design is bold and rugged, as expected, with a wide stance and lowered beltline with larger windows for better outward visibility, especially out on the trails. Alongside the 3.6-liter V-6, you’ll also be able to get your Jeep (JL) with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbodiesel V-6 (coming in 2019).
Dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations allow for endless configuration possibilities. In fact, a new half-door design will be available starting in 2019. Mountain terrain not included. Price: TDB jeep.com
Samuel Adams Utopias
Samuel Adams recently released their 10th Utopias, an extreme barrel-aged beer that's 28% ABV. That's right, it packs a punch. The brew, which is non-carbonate and meant to be consumed in small doses, is reminiscent of a port, cognac, or fine sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness. With only 68 wooden casks of Utopias created this year, just 13,000 bottles have hit shelves nationwide, minus the 15 states where it's illegal. (Sorry Georgia residents.)
This year's release is a blend of batches, some aged up to 24 years in a variety of barrels, including new Scandinavian Aquavit barrels as well as a portion of the final blend aged in Moscat barrels, a first time for the beer.
For beer lovers looking to try something unlike anything they've ever had, look no further. $199 samueladams.com
Therm-a-Rest Questar HD 20 Down Sleeping Bag
We've found our new favorite sleeping bag. At only 2 lbs., 5 oz., this lightweight sleeper packs down into a stuff sack for easy portability. It comes in three sizes to fit your height, and OMG is it comfortable and practical. It's stuffed with water-resistant 650 Fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (which dries three times faster than untreated down), and features integrated Quilt and Blanket Loops for sleep system customization. Truly, the three-season Questar is ready for anything—from your next backcountry adventure to a nearby camp out with the boys. Our favorite part? The "toe-asis" foot warmer pocket in the bottom. The simple joy of warm feet will put a smile on your face after a long day of hiking...or drinking beer with your buddies. $250 (regular) thermarest.com
TRX Home2 System
There are two main components to this. The first is the equipment: the adjustable suspension straps are the centerpiece of the system. They set up easily, whether you're anchoring them to a door (it comes with a door anchor) or a fixed anchor point in your house or garage that's strong enough to handle your body weight. These sturdy straps allow for more than 100 upper body, lower body and core exercises.
The second component is training. TRX provides video training, motivation, and workout tracking via their downloadable app. Each Home2 comes with one free year.
The system is ideal for those who don't want to deal with gym memberships, or travel frequently—it's portable enough to bring in your carry-on—and want to stay in shape. And yes, the workouts really work. Since the exercises are unlike traditional free weights and regular gym equipment, you'll find yourself targeting muscles you didn't know you had. $200 trxtraining.com