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:
Kelty Bestie Blanket
If you can get past the fact that it's called a “bestie blanket,” what you’ll find is an insulated, stuffable, portable blanket that’s ideal for an on-the-go lifestyle. Use it for cold campfire nights, relaxing in your hammock and tent, or while trying to stay warm at an outdoor sports game. It comes with a stuff sack that’s perfect for keeping at the ready in your trunk and weighs less than two pounds. Choose from four colors, including our favorite, a green (camo pattern). $23 kelty.com
The latest from stalwart beer maker Samuel Adams is a combination of refreshment, craft flavor and aroma. By experimenting with both lager and ale yeast strains, their brewers developed a unique brewing process that takes two active fermentations and blends them together to create a deliciously harmonious result. It delivers a distinct flavor that showcases the slight fruitiness of an ale with the balanced drinkability and smoothness of a lager. Trust us, once it hits your lips, it’s so good. $9-$10 (per 6-pack) samueladams.com
OWYN Dark Chocolate Protein Powder
The name of company OWYN stands for Only What You Need. Meaning, this protein powder isn’t filled with the typical nonsense that makes its way into most powders. Instead you’ll get an ingredient list that you can actually pronounce, like pea protein, pumpkin protein, flaxseed, spinach…. you get the idea. Two scoops offer 20g of plant-based protein and provide a full serving of organic greens, 500mg of omega 3s and more. Plus, it’s gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan. Dark chocolate is our favorite, but we also recommend the cold brew coffee flavor, which comes with a caffeine kick. If you’re not up for mixing your own, grab a 4-pack of their 12-ounce drinks in the same flavors. $26 liveowyn.com
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag
Every active guy has dealt with the dreaded stink that can come from a gym bag. Sure, you can hit it with some overpriced cologne, but that only masks the smell. These purifying bags, however, help to naturally absorb odors, bacteria and excess moisture. They’re fragrance and chemical free. Made of linen and filled with natural moso bamboo charcoal the bags are safe for kids and pets and, best of all, they actually work. We put them to the test in a gym bag, some old sneakers, and even a bathroom, and they worked like a charm. The bags can be used for up to two years and only require an hour in sunlight once a month to let the sun’s UV rays clean out the impurities absorbed by the charcoal. $10 mosonatural.com
MLB The Show 18
Aaron Judge may be on the cover, but gamers are most excited about the introduction of Yankees legend Babe Ruth. There’s also an assortment of other legends.
Here’s a look at all the new features.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
A 475-hp tribute to Steve McQueen’s 1968 car chase classic has become a reality. And sure, we could tell you all about it, but watch this video instead... and try not to drool.
Price: TBD ford.com