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Pick 6: Our Favorite Things for January/February

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

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: 

Withings Body Cardio

We were first introduced to Withings via their stylish, fitness-tracking “smart” watches. The brand’s latest offering brings a similar style and ingenuity to this high-tech bathroom scale that measures just about everything—weight, heart rate, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and bone mass. The slender scale syncs wirelessly via mobile app that allows you to track your day-to-day progress, and serves up advice to help you reach predetermined goals. Bonus: the scale can also display the day’s local forecast. Seriously. Withings.com, $180

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Compete Energy Bites

In recent years there’s been an onslaught of caffeine-infused energy drinks and bars to hit the market. We’ve tried our share, looking for that perfect blend of great taste and pick-me-up that works as a either pre-workout boost or a late-afternoon desk-jockey rejuvenator. Our search is finally over. Each “bite” (there are two per package) has the caffeine kick of 12 ounces of coffee, and the "energy" comes on slow and steady, leaving you invigorated but never shaky. The best part is the taste. Both the chocolate and mocha flavors are delicious. Not just delicious for an energy bar, but delicious for any type of bar. Consider us impressed. Competenrg.com, $24 (12 pack)

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Bushnell NEO iON Golf GPS Watch

We love technology, especially when it’s easy to use and helps improve our golf game. Bushnell incorporates GPS technology to take the guessing game out determining distance from your ball to the center, front and back of the green. Which, in turn, helps you choose an ideal club for the distance. (Sorry, it won’t help your actual swing.) The watch comes pre-loaded with more than 35,000 courses, which means you don’t have to download anything or pay a monthly fee. Simply walk out on the course and, based on your location, the watch will offer up selections. Choose your course, and boom, you’re all set. It also has auto-hole advance so it automatically resets between each hole. Charging is easy and should last three full rounds between boosts. The rubbery, flexible watch strap feels comfortable during your swing, and we also like the added built-in pedometer which tracks your steps for the day. For the price, you won't find a better option. Bushnellgolf.com, $199

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

Although this unique Challenger may be getting overshadowed by its forthcoming, firebreathing cousin the “Demon,” it’s still worthy of our praise, considering it’s the first two-door American muscle car with all-wheel drive. The added all-wheel traction is ideal for those who don’t want to give up their toys during a nasty winter. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is standard, delivering 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Unfortunately, a V-8 option isn’t available. Of course, do you really need more than 305 horses when there’s snow and ice on the ground? That’s debatable, but we love where Dodge’s head is at and look forward to seeing what they’ve got up their sleeve next. Dodge.com, starting at $33,395

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Skulpt Scanner

For those who are meticulous about their workouts and tracking their progress, we’ve got the perfect gadget for you. This iPhone-sized device allows you to measure muscle quality and fat percentage on very specific parts of your body: 24 different spots, to be exact. The idea is simple, if you can target and monitor your weaknesses and imbalances, you can improve those areas and your overall health and performance. The scanner is simple to use. Download the free app, which shows you how to use the scanner and specifically where to place it to get an accurate reading. It also comes with a small spray bottle to fill with water (water helps the scanner’s connection against your skin), and a charging port. Skulpt.me, $99

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Olympia Provisions Summer Sausage Football

What better way to celebrate the Super Bowl than with some tasty meat shaped like a football. Each ball is a full pound of garlic and mustard-spiked summer sausage that tastes fantastic. We sampled it (OK, we ate the whole thing) during a recent NFL playoff game with mustard, cheese, crackers and, of course, lots of cold beer. The result? Smiles all around. Olympiaprovisions.com, $10

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