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 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition
First off…wow. To honor the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967, the automaker unveiled a new limited-edition Heritage theme.
This beauty features a gloss-finish Race Red exterior with white stripes and exposed carbon package. Plus, it showcases an eye-catching frozen white No. 1 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in silver satin clearcoat with black lug nuts. Are you drooling yet? Red calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.
The interior offers new leather trimming for the carbon fiber seats, with red accent stitching, which carries over to the steering wheel. The seat belt webbing is now red and the paddle shifters are anodized gray. Satin dark stainless appliqués are used on the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace.
No official word yet on pricing (expect $500,000-plus), but just know that production will be limited and that unless you’re an eccentric billionaire or A-list celeb, you’ll have to admire it from afar. And we will. ford.com
Iron Man Kettlebell
Let’s face it, kettlebells—those giant blobs of heavy metal that are about as visually appealing as a trash can—have been in dire need of a facelift.
Fortunately, Onnit has teamed up with Marvel to add some form to the function of these tried-and-true muscle builders. Built to resemble the head of superhero icon Iron Man, these 40lb kettlebells will look great whether you’re hoisting them overhead or just resting them on the floor of your home gym. Now, go lift like a superhero! $120 onnit.com
The puck officially dropped on NHL 18 this week, marking EA Sports' latest edition of the must-have game for hockey fans.
NHL Threes, the new arcade-inspired 3-on-3 experience is our favorite addition to this long-running series. The less cluttered ice allows for more freedom, more scoring, bigger hits, faster action and...well, you get the idea. It's also a great way to practice your skill moves, including some new offensive dekes and defensive controls. Plus, it's the only way we'll ever get to double-digits on the scoreboard. See our full game review. $60 easports.com
TechAway Travel Roll
As any frequent traveler knows, keeping up with all your charging cords, headphones, various tech and smaller items isn’t easy. Usually you resort to a Ziploc bag or cramming them in the corner of your carry-on, only to spend 10 minutes untangling them later. TechAway’s lightweight and durable bag puts an end to that, by helping you keep all your cords and smaller items in one easy-to-find spot. Finally. $25 greatusefullstuff.com
Drive for Five
Award-winning sportswriter Christopher Price gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 New England Patriots season, from the team’s rocky start to their improbable and miraculous come-from-behind Super Bowl win.
Readers get a unique glimpse inside the mindset of an NFL dynasty, as well as some commentary from Pats safety Devin McCourty (who wrote the foreword) and receiver Matthew Slater (who penned the afterword). Warning: Do not give this engaging book to a Falcons fans. It’s still too soon. $28 amazon.com
BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case
If you’re like us, you work out with your iPhone. But finding a convenient way to access it and keep it from getting abused or broken is easier said than done. This sturdy case and strap were designed to solve that problem. The lightweight case absorbs and dissipates impact, while the sleek design keeps it from appearing as a bulky brick strapped to your arm. The strap itself is comfortable and provides a secure fit, even during hard runs or vigorous lifting. And yes, they already have them for the new iPhone 8. $50 bodyguardz.com