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 issue:
Trans Am SE "Bandit" Edition
When we saw Burt Reynolds pop up in a video (watch it below) promoting an updated version of his '77 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from the man-classic film "Smokey and the Bandit," we took notice. Turns out, we can thank the Trans Am Depot, which has exclusive rights to the Trans Am brand. The Tallahassee, Fla., based company will be rolling out 77 of these beauties, each with a tire-smoking 840 horsepower and an autograph from the Bandit himself.
Craftsman 24 Volt 10-inch Cordless Chainsaw
To our surprise, this electric chainsaw is a beast. In an attempt to put it to the test, we set out to fell an 11-inch thick, 25-foot tall tree. It sliced through it with ease and made quick work of the branches without needing a recharge. Set-up was easy, and other than the occasional tightening of the blade, this wood cutter ran with zero trouble. The lithium-ion battery recharged in a little over an hour. For those do-it-yourselfers who need to take down a tree (within reason, of course) and keep branches at bay in their yard, look no further.
Wilson Staff C200 Irons
We can't heap enough praise on these irons. They helped us hit for more distance, had a great feel during our swing, and (best of all) were very forgiving. The "C", by the way, stands for "crossover" and is designed for players seeking a midsize head shape and moderate offset. The biggest difference from the previous C100 model is the new "Power Hole" construction, which features urethane-filled holes that surround the head completely, helping to maximize face flex upon impact, resulting in increased ball speed and distance. They're ideal for mid- to high-handicap golfers looking to improve their game.
Filson's Dutch Harbor Watch
Strap this Detroit-born beauty to your wrist and the first thing you'll notice is the feel... not too heavy, not too light, just right. At 43mm, this 1950s dive-watch inspired timepiece, is perfectly sized for most wrists. While the stainless steel case means it's sturdy, we fell in love with the soft, brown leather strap that complemented the green rotating ring perfectly.
Back from the Dead
This aptly-titled memoir from NBA legend Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries (in 2008, he suffered a spinal collapse) and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead. A must-read for any Walton fan.
This Smithsonian Channel show has us hooked, as private investigator Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner search for missing memorabilia from history's greatest games and players. Viewers get to follow along as they travel the country on the hunt for Muhammad Ali's missing Olympic gold medal, Jim Craig's Miracle on Ice flag, Dale Earnhardt's first racecar, and other legendary items. Tune in Sunday nights to see if the detectives get their man, er, sports memorabilia.