The holidays are still a few months away, but it never hurts to plan early. And if you've got a Major League Baseball fan on your list, plan on this: BiGR Audio's MLB licensed headphones will be the most popular gift you'll give. The cool factor on these is off the charts.
The first thing that stands out is the unique, natural wood-carved earcup emblazoned with your favorite team's logo. Actually, let's take that back. The first thing that you'll notice is the super-cool bamboo box they come in, also carved with the team logo. The storage box, (think of a jewelry box for an audiophile sports fan) does more than just look great and add to the cache of the gift when its opened, it provides a safe location to protect and extend the life of your headphones.
But now, back to the headphones themselves. Shall we go to the thesaurus and find synonyms for “cool”? Because that's the word that keeps coming to mind. Just look at them. They sell themselves. And they're priced reasonably. For what you'll probably expect to pay, you can get a few pairs and make sure every fan in the family is tuned in.
Of course, they're more than just a pretty face. The sound is tremendous: Deep, rich and full, just what you'd expect from ultra-premium headphones. Their comfort is unparalleled. And they're iPhone compatible, with a built-in call answer button and microphone so you can easily stop and start a conversation while listening to your favorite sounds.
They sent us a pair to try out and, in case it isn't evident, we were more than impressed. Yes, it's only mid-September and the holidays are still months away. But if you want make sure you can wrap up a sure-fire hit this December, you might want to order now. Because if these catch on like we think they will, there's a chance that if you wait, you might end up waiting in a long line.
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When it comes to convenience, ease-of-use and quality, we've not seen anyone rival products from JUGS Sports. But now, with the advent of their new Complete Practice Travel Screen, they've outdone themselves, and you may not believe it until you try it.
They sent us one to check out and first thing I saw on the outside of the box was their claim that it sets up in two minutes. “We'll see,” I thought. When I hoisted the sturdy nylon travel case it's packed in I felt the heft of it's seventeen pounds. This wasn't some flimsy, lightweight screen. This was substantial. I unzipped the travel bag and what did I see? Fiberglass poles. Lots of them. An instruction page. My mind flashed to wrangling with tents on camping trips, and what a pain in the neck that is. I almost decided to give up before I began, just let my son set it up since he's so much better at these types of things. Two minutes? Maybe if you have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly.
Trust me, when I tell you this. It took me less than two minutes. The poles? They're all connected by bungees. They basically spring together right out of the bag. The frame went up in a snap. Then the net attaches with carabiners and a couple of side Velcro flaps. Done. If you want to put up the optional flip-over strike zone you might invest another twenty seconds. I could not believe something this big, this sturdy, was that easy to erect.
It is designed so that it will not tip over in heavy wind. It's huge -- seven feet tall -- which means it will snag everything, including thos mis-hits. And, though I haven't yet taken it down, it is already plain to see it will be just as quick and simple. I have to admit, with the blue JUGS Pop-up screen, I sometimes struggle getting it back to its original round shape to fit back in its carry bag. My other son, who uses the pop-up screen for the travel team he coaches, has no such issues and has shown me several times how easy it is for him. Like I said, I'm not good at these things. And now I don't have to be.
The Complete Screen was voted “Best of Show” at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention earlier this year. No wonder. As always, JUGS takes care of the engineering so that you don't have to. Maybe before our next family vacation they can branch out into camping tents.
We're all for anything that will make youth sports more safe. And while we haven't actually seen or tested this product, it's functionality is simple and clear-cut. When football players go to tackle and block, it is critical that they keep their heads up to minimize the risk of head or neck injury. The HITRight Sensor from Helmet Halo Technologies aims to remind players that “Heads-up” is the only way to play.
Unlike other sensors that deal with the after-effects of concussion or head injury, the HITRight Sensor is a training aid that's proactive and teaches proper heads-up tackling. It provides reinforcement any time anytime a player utilizes incorrect technique such as putting his head at a ninety-degree angle. When the helmet moves into this position the device gives off an audible alert prompting them to lift their head. The product snaps easily and unobtrusively into the helmet's earhole and then chimes any time the head is turned so that the player is looking down, about to spear or lead with his helmet, instead of looking up with the crown of the helmet point skyward.
Proper heads-up tackling and blocking is crucial for player safety in all levels of football. While most coaches do teach heads-up tackling, they are not able to consistently address this with every player at all times on the field. The HITRight Sensor works like a personal coach in a player’s helmet, providing constant reinforcement on proper tackling and blocking technique. And while no one should ever depend on any product to eliminate the risk of head and neck injury, from what we've read of this, it might add an extra dimension of safety for players. And that should make coaches and parents everywhere happy.
The old adage is you need to, “tackle what you see.” Sometimes young players forget this and that's when they can get into trouble. The HITRight Sensor gives them a friendly reminder to play the game properly, so they can play for years to come.
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My son plays ball in college and his old high school glove is giving out. We've always been huge fans of Old Hickory's staple product, some of the best wood bats money can buy, and didn't even know they also made fielder's gloves. They said we could try out their OH Pro infielder's glove and we couldn't wait.
You can always tell a well-made glove the instant you put it on your hand. Sturdy, durable, solid, heavy-duty were all descriptions that immediately came to mind. OH Pro Gloves feature oil infused KIP tanned leather, smooth welting, thick lacing, contoured finger stalls and an added Palm Pad for impact protection. It smelled like the inside of a new car. My son can't wait for fall baseball to begin so he can flash his new leather.
Mike Trout appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated next to the phrase, “The Supernatural.” Some asked if his rookie season was the best ever. Guess what bat he had in his hands as he peered into the camera. That's right, the one he swings at the plate. The same one you can order from Old Hickory online. Old Hickory is a company that you're going to hear a lot about in the years to come. The best ever? You may end up asking that same thing about their products as well.
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Fun, affordable and cool. That's the trifecta when it comes to creating a new product offering that will be loved by all. Our guess is that Peelstar is one of those products that will become a craze in the youth sports marketplace given a bit more time and exposure.
The website can't be much better. There's nothing to read, no complicated instructions to follow. One click and you're designing a removable sticker or magnet that can be adhered to any smooth surface. Put your Peelstar on your locker or laptop, bedroom wall or car window. It won't come off unless you want it to, and then it peels off easily with no residue left behind.
The designing tool is easy-to-use and powerful. In just a few minutes you can create a custom jersey for virtually any sport, including patterns, colors and trims of your choice. Is there something you don't see in there you'd like to use? They'll let you email a photo and will have it up and ready to include in your design in no time. And their team roster feature will let you make a Peelstar for the entire squad in a jiffy. Perfect novelty gift for the end of the season.
Peelstar has everything in place to make it big-time. And when they do, we'll be able to say, “we told you so.”