Staff Picks: adidas Duffel Bag, Gamma Stringing Machine, 180s Gloves & Hydro Flask Water Bottles

Staff Picks: adidas Duffel Bag, Gamma Stringing Machine, 180s Gloves & Hydro Flask Water Bottles

The holidays are only a few months away. From now until then, we’ll be picking items that not only make us happy, but will also serve as amazing gifts for the runner or tennis, squash or racquetball player in your life.

adidas Team Speed Duffel Small

Club players, school athletes, and fitness gurus alike will all enjoy the durability and versatile function of the adidas Team Speed Duffel Small sport bag. I really like how easy it is to organize and carry everything you need for the gym or the court in this durable bag. It may be small compared to other duffels, but it’s the perfect size for most people’s needs and still has plenty of space for a change of clothes, your athletic shoes, and any other gear you’ll need for the day. The classic good looks are sporty with bold logos and color. It’s even built with super convenient FreshPAK™ technology that inhibits odor-causing bacteria so that even after multiple uses you won’t have to turn up your nose when you unzip it.


Gamma X-ST Stringing Machine & Floor Stand

As any frequent string-breaker knows, having a stringing machine at home is incredibly convenient.  Not only does it save you time and money, it allows you to readily experiment with your string set up so you can find the absolute best combination for you.  I’ve literally strung hundreds of my racquets over the years using the Gamma X-ST and it hasn’t let me down yet.  The six point mounting system helps keep racquets secure and stable during stringing, while the swivel clamps are far more efficient and convenient than the floating clamps that come with some less expensive machines.  The crank tensioner isn’t exactly cutting-edge stringing technology—most pro shops you visit will probably have electronic machines with constant-pull tensioners—but in all fairness, the X-ST is a fraction of the price of a “commercial” machine and it still does an excellent job.  The X-ST is designed as “table top” machine, but if you get tired of your dining room table doubling as a stringing area, you can always buy the separate Gamma floor stand and create a dedicated stringing area somewhere else in the house.


180s Foundation Gloves Men

Autumn is here and winter is right around the corner, so if you’re an outside runner you will need some different gear to endure the cold. The 180s Foundation Gloves are a great choice for keeping your hands warm. With new QuantumHeat technology, your hands stay comfortably warm, even after you start to sweat. This technology actually converts moisture into warmth — a pretty amazing feature, but not even my favorite. Sure they are warm and comfy with a nice cuff that keeps out the cold and an index finger wipe for your runny nose, but the thing I like most about these gloves is the ALLTouch™ technology. It allows you to control your touch screen device with any finger – without removing your gloves. There isn’t a special fingertip you have to use or a convertible fingertip to fumble with folding down, you just touch your screen, control your device and continue on your run with warm, comfortable hands.


Hydro Flask 24oz Narrow Mouth Bottle & 64oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Hydro Flask water bottles are truly some of the best on the market. They are made from 18/8 stainless steel with a double-wall vacuum insulation. They keep your hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours and your cold liquids cold for up to 24 hours. They are surprising lightweight. I prefer to take the Hydro Flask 24oz Narrow Mouth water bottle on my runs, but I always take my larger Hydro Flask 64oz Wide Mouth Growler Water Bottle to Bikram yoga. I got my father, an avid hiker, the wide mouth bottle for a gift last year and he still talks about how much he loves it.




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