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:
Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Double Hammock
If you're heading to the great outdoors and want to relax for a bit or spend the night, this lightweight—a mere 21.6 oz.—hammock is ideal. Packed down it's roughly the size of a travel mug, and expands to 10'6" x 6'6", with a holding capacity of 400 pounds. And yes, two people can fit in it. Aluminum wiregate carabiners provide a secure attachment between the 100-percent parachute nylon hammock and the tree straps (sold separately). The camo pattern is ideal for hunters looking to grab a quick nap after an early morning hunt. We put it through the paces and were impressed by how easily it set up, its sturdiness, and its comfort. If you have any doubts about the quality, just know that it comes with a lifetime guarantee. $99 grandtrunk.com
2018 Toyota Camry (XSE)
The automaker's best-seller has reinvented its styling once again. While the entire line is getting a regular facelift, our "favorite" status goes to the aggressive XSE V6 model, with a 3.5-liter making 301 horses. The XSE model has a front grille with a sport mesh insert, a sweeping muscular shape that extends to the integrated rear spoiler, and a dual exhaust with quad chrome tips. The 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels are wrapped by low-profile tires that continue the look to the road. The sports-feel continues inside with Cockpit Red leather-trimming, paddle shifters, and a panoramic glass roof. While the XSE won't quench the thirst for those longing for a pure sports car experience, it will certainly dampen it for those who need a family-friendly option that offers reliability, sensibility and — with the XSE — a cool factor dads yearn for. Regular models (L model) start at $23,495, while the XSE V6 starts at $34,950. toyota.com
K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard
With a surfy, maneuverable feel, the Cherry Veneer Topsheet offers a lively and natural ride, while the camber mid-section with slight rocker tip and tail delivers all of the power of a camber board with a little extra float on deep days as well as smooth transitions. The board comes in two sizes, 151 cm and 156 cm. Snow not included. $650 k2snowboarding.com
Fender Monterey Bluetooth Speaker
For those who love the classic look of Fender's amplifiers, the legendary music maker has brought their design (inspired by their '68 Custom amps) and dependable sound to a bluetooth speaker. We love the attention to detail, from the protective speaker grille to the witch-hat knobs on top. You can stream music or plug in direct via a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, and hear your tunes pushed sonically by 120 watts of power through two woofers and two tweeters. Rock on! $350 fender.com
What is Topgolf? Well, it's part arcade-inspired driving range, part entertainment venue. As the company says, "our goal is to help you create unforgettable experiences with friends and family." Each venue—they're popping in cities across the country—features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing bays similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, HDTVs to watch the big game and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party. We took a few swings at Topgolf's newest location in Nashville and we are hooked. Golf fans will enjoy the fun of launching balls toward specific targets, while first-timers will enjoy the thrill of just hitting the ball...or grabbing a beer...or eating some great food.topgolf.com
Wilson NFL Cart Golf Bag
The Wilson NFL Cart Golf Bag allows fans to represent their favorite football team from tee to green. This officially licensed NFL bag offers all 32 teams to choose from — featuring an NFL logo, your team’s primary logo and team name, all prominently displayed. The five-pound bag is both lightweight and durable, made with metal chrome finished hardware and polyester fabric built to withstand both cross-country travel and harsh weather conditions.
The bag provides ample space for clubs, gear, gadgets and refreshments — with 14 full-length dividers, an external putter well, 11 pockets for storage, umbrella holders, a golf-glove holder, towel ring and rain hood to keep your clubs dry. In addition to its stylish design, there is practical functionality, with three built-in handles and a large padded strap for a grab-and-go round of golf on foot, as well as a top pass-through strap and XTRA technology to provide a sturdy base for securely strapping the bag into a golf cart.
The Wilson NFL Cart Golf Bag brings football to the fairways, combining two of America’s favorite pastimes in a sleek yet sturdy piece of golf equipment that would be a great gift for any golf-playing football fan. $160 wilson.com