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 this month:
NFL Ugly Christmas Sweater
We're suckers for tacky sports-related gifts and apparel. This obnoxious sweater checks all those boxes. It's Bluetooth-enabled, lights up and has a speaker enclosed in the bottom (powered by triple-A batteries). It's compatible with both Android and Apple devices and the collection includes all 32 NFL teams. We can't wait to wear this during Thanksgiving dinner.
Nokona Classic Walnut 12"
Anyone who grew up playing baseball, or even catch with their dad in the backyard, knows there's something magical about a great glove. There's the slow, painstaking ritual of breaking it in. There's the smell of the leather and that distinct sound of the ball popping in the webbing. All of those moments will come flooding back when you slide your hand into this American-made classic. It's a quality glove that should only get better over time, becoming more flexible and comfortable with each and every catch.
Historically blue-light blocking glasses are, shall we say, ugly. Mercifully, GUNNAR has designed a line of gaming specs that buck that trend. These feature a retro classic frame that actually looks stylish even when you're not gaming. In fact, they also work great for desk jockeys (and digital editors like us) who are staring at computer screens all day and night. So what exactly do these comfortable specs do? They block harmful blue light and 100% UV light, and feature an anti-reflective lens coatings on the front and back of the lens. In short, they massively reduce eye strain and reduce negative side effects like headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision and poor-quality sleep.
TaylorMade P760 Irons
The P760 pulls performance technologies and shaping attributes from its Tour-proven siblings, the P750, P770 and P790. The P760 irons effectively replace the P750 & P770 in the TaylorMade lineup, giving players the performance of P750 in the short irons and improves on the performance of P770 in the long irons. The P760’s progressive design is individually optimized for each club, from the 3-iron to the approach wedge, to provide Tour-caliber shaping and performance. So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself for Christmas.
$1,400 (set of 8) taylormadegolf.com
Tentsile Trillium XL Hammock
When they say XL they're not kidding. This massive hammock is strong enough to handle six adults (or up to 10 children or 1,200 pounds) and provides a comfortable breathable mesh and 19 feet of reinforced webbing along each side. Set up is easy (around 8 minutes), as long as you have trees to strap it to. It's ideal for a backyard basecamp or for chilling with a group on an overnight wilderness trek.
NoSweat Disposable Hat Liners
For weekend warriors or gym-goers who sweat a lot, there's nothing more irritating and embarrassing than water pouring down your face during a hard workout. Plus, no one wants to be next to "that sweaty guy." While these liners won't stop you from sweating, they actually do keep sweat out of your face. Simply peel and stick the liners inside your cap. They're padded and comfortable on your head. No matter how vigorously we exercised, the sweat stayed trapped in the hat liner. When the workout is over, just remove the moisture-wicking liner and you're done.
$5 (3-pack) nosweatco.com