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:
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Watch out, Dodge has unleashed a Funny Car masquerading as a street car. The stats are mind-blowing: 840-horsepower, 0-60 in 2.3 seconds, 0-100 in 5.1 seconds, and it's the first-ever factory production car to do a wheelie at launch. (Because why wouldn't it?) And yes, it's a one-seater to reduce weight. Of course, the automaker generously allows buyers to option in a passenger and rear seats for $1 each. There's no word yet on the final price tag, but some are speculating it'll clock in around $100k. Dodge.com
Wilson Blade 98S Countervail Tennis Racket
There's a lot of information to unpack in the name of this green-and-black matte beauty. The "Blade" line is designed specifically for big-hitting, attacking-style players wanting aggressive control. The "S" stands for "Spin Effect" technology, which means it's a spin-friendly racket. "Countervail" is a special carbon layer that minimizes impact vibration. The result? Athletes have more control over shots and recover quicker once they leave the court. While we don't have the skills or stamina of Blade-user Milos Raonic, we were thrilled with the control, the touch and how quickly it felt right at home in our hands. Wilson.com, $219
Ballpark Blueprint Travel Mug
Not sure what to get dad for Father's Day? Look no further. This 12 oz. stainless steel mug checks all the boxes: it fits in any standard cup holder, comes with a removable lid and snappable flap to sip your morning joe, and it keeps it all hot (or cold, if you prefer iced drinks) for hours. But the reason to buy one is what's on the mug: detailed blueprint designs. You can choose from favorite baseball stadiums like Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, or blueprints for the entire American and National leagues. For dads who don't like our national pastime, they also offer options for football stadiums and iconic golf courses. Sports fans will love it. Ballparkblueprints.com, $35
Lululemon Twill Chill Hoodie
It's sweat-wicking, four-way stretch material makes it ideal for a workout, while its stylish cut means it's also welcome on the street. We love the extra touches, like the reflective details to keep you safe on an evening jog, and the right-side kangaroo pocket which helps you securely store your phone. The hood itself forms snug around your head and won't pop off unless you command it. Choose from either navy blue or black options, and enjoy a hoodie ready for the gym and a beer with friends afterwards. Lululemon.com, $128
Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken
This isn't your ordinary film about the Appalachian Trail. This engaging documentary chronicles the daring journey of ultrarunner Karl Meltzer as he breaks the speed record for completing the grueling 2,189-mile trek from Maine to Georgia in a body-ravaging 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. To offer some perspective, most hikers anticipate four to six months to finish. Follow along as Meltzer braves the elements, overcomes unforgiving terrain and offers a glimpse at his intense willpower and the physical conditioning that's as impressive as the legendary trail itself. Watch at redbull.tv.
These man-cave approved wall-hangers are ideal for showing off your fandom. They're lightweight and easy to hang, displaying unique designs that showcase each teams heritage, colors, and officially licensed logos. Choose from sports including MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA. Sizes include 12" x 26" vertical and 20" x 16" horizontal displays, as well as 36" x 6" street banners. Scoreart.com, prices range from $20-$60.