In each issue of Athlon Sports & Life, we pick six of our favorite things. They may be books, automobiles, gear, booze, apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. Here's what made our shortlist:
2019 Ram 1500 (Rebel Trim)
It's time to hit the dirt. This fully redesigned truck is begging to go off-road. It sports aggressive all-terrain tires (massive 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, to be exact) and a factory lift to give it an aggressive look. Tow hooks and a standard ELocker electronic locking rear differential combine with rugged styling to make every drive an adventure. Inside Ram makes a statement with laser-engraved dark ruby red accents and black and dark ruby red premium vinyl and cloth seats with Rebel tire tread inserts. The 8.4-inch center console touchscreen handles all your tech needs. It comes standard with a 3.6-Liter V6 engine, but we recommend upgrading to the 5.7L HEMI V8 with 395 horses. Because, why not?
Starting at $43,995 ramtrucks.com
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
Author Chris Nashawaty, a film critic for Entertainment Weekly, goes behind the scenes to reveal the genius, chaos, and tragedy behind this cult classic. He chronicles the rise of comedy’s greatest deranged minds as they form The National Lampoon, and turn the entertainment industry on its head, ultimately blowing up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. For die-hard fans of the movie, it's a must-read.
5 Stripe Hoodie
Aviator Nation, the makers of this hoodie, claim it's the most comfortable hoodie you'll ever own. And you know what? They're right. The fabric (a blend that's 50% cotton, 37% polyester, and 13% rayon) goes through a breaking-down process that makes it feel like it's been broken in over years of repeated wearing. Beyond the feel, we love the '70s California surfer vibe, thanks to the colorful stripes and weathered grey. To top it off, it's American-made.
Garmin Approach S10 Golf Watch
Take all the guesswork out of your golf game with this simple and stylish golf watch. Based on your location, this lightweight watch automatically chooses the course you’re playing from more than 41,000 preloaded courses worldwide with free lifetime updates. Then it provides yardages to the front, back and middle of the green as well as hazards and doglegs. Complete a hole, and it automatically transitions to the next hole as you walk from the green to the next tee box. Plus, its rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours in GPS mode. Sorry, it won't help your swing.
New Era Authentic Jersey Collection
What a great gift idea for the baseball fan who has everything: a hat designed from a specific player's uniform. Each panel of every design is cut by hand and individually constructed, giving every piece its own unique characteristics. The individually-numbered caps (most are limited to 90) are accompanied by a custom player-inspired display box and numbered display card. The number of players is limited. Right now you can only get a handful of top players, including Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve.
2019 Acura RDX
Some things just keep getting better. Case in point, Acura's popular RDX model. The newest and third-generation model boasts a more athletic stance with a longer wheelbase, shortened front overhang and wider track. The Ohio-made RDX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC valvetrain mated to the segment's only 10-speed automatic transmission. It makes 272 horsepower and has 280 lb.-ft. of torque. In short, Acura's exclusive platform, powerful new turbo engine, available next-generation Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and top-of-class class power-to-weight ratio yields the quickest, best handling RDX yet.
Starting at $37,300 acura.com