Live better with a few of our favorite things.
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:
Attention fellow baseball nerds, we've found a 24-by-36-inch print that's going to look great in your office or man cave. This schematic of stadiums is illustrated with 49 ballparks dating back to 1876, and includes Wrigley, Fenway and Citi Field. The poster also includes data on seating capacity and date of first pitch (and last, if applicable). Follow the timeline at the bottom to track the location and name changes of your favorite franchise, or simply stare at this all-star array of ballparks. Whether you bleed Boston, sweat Chicago, or prefer Pittsburgh, this quality (it's on a thick, sturdy stock of paper) print has got all your bases covered.
Maloja GionM. Shorts
There's a lot to love about these well engineered mountain biking and multi-sport shorts. Let's start with the best: 4-way stretch. We took them for a test spin on our bike and loved the freedom of movement they provided...everywhere. Also, the two front pockets have openings at the top of the shorts—not the side—to ensure that whatever you have in your pocket stays in your pocket while bouncing around the trail. Finally, the quick-dry fabric helps keep moisture—and chafing—to a minimum. They come in four color options and sizes seem to run a little small, so if you're on the fence about your size, go up one. Overall, these shorts deliver on everything they promise.
OtterBox Trooper LT 30
This durable soft cooler is ideal for outdoor adventures. It's equipped with an innovative mounting systems that lets you quickly convert it from a shoulder carry to a backpack to fit the comfort and duration of your plans. It has a 30 quart capacity, it's leakproof, and will keep ice up to three days. Some of our favorite attributes? We like the largemouth opening for easy loading and unloading, it's clean rugged looks, and, of course, the handy bottle opener on the outside.
DEWALT 20 oz. EXOCORE Camper's Hatchet
It's time to put away that little ax you had from your Cub Scout days and man up. Might we suggest this Camper’s Hatchet, which is designed to withstand harsh forestry environments and to make every outdoor job easier. With a hollow, light-weight handle, it makes swings quicker and more balanced for deeper, easier cuts. Scalloped cutting edges cut into wood and release from material. It also has a Carbon Fiber Composite overstrike to protect the most vulnerable part of the tool and provide greater durability. And in case you somehow break it, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
As grilling fans, few names get us more excited than Steven Raichlen, an award-winning New York Times bestselling cookbooks author, a Barbecue Hall of Famer and a PBS star. His latest book, Project Fire, is an indispensable guide to the ever-evolving world of barbecue, delivering both a complete step-by-step handbook to mastering the techniques—including how to “caveman” grill in the embers and make a smoker pouch—and a collection of more than 100 innovative recipes for grilling starters to desserts. With more than 300 pages, the book also reveals how to make that process happen, with Raichlen’s seven steps to grilling nirvana. Now, let the grilling begin!
$23 (paperback) workman.com
BBQ Sauce Fountain
At first we thought this might be a joke. But we soon realized that it is indeed real. Rufus Teague, which makes delicious BBQ sauces, is offering a first of its kind (as far as we know) fountain for BBQ lovers. Set it up, along with piles of napkins, at your next game watching party. Then gather around with toothpicks or small forks and an array of cocktail weenies, meatballs, wings, or whatever needs to be covered by a flowing fountain of BBQ and enjoy. God bless America.
$46 (comes with a gallon of sauce) rufusteague.com