By Eva Whalen
Time to dust off your soccer balls, field hockey sticks, bats and bikes: Spring has sprung in the city and it’s time to play. Whether for you or for dads and grads in the near future, these top-of-the-line items will stand up to the “work hard hard/play hard” treatment:
The K2 Radical 100 M Skate sets a new bar for versatile, lightweight, fast and stable inline skates — and its soft, cushioned boot ensures comfort as you glide through the city and along its rivers for hours at a stretch. Ideal for advanced to expert big-wheeled skaters because a rigid carbon filter base reduces weight and enables skater technique and flair. Check these out along with dozens of other skates, helmets, bags, pads and parts at http://www.k2skates.com.
Rawlings baseball mitts endure for years and become beloved keepsakes when bestowed as birthday or graduation gifts. A good mitt makes all the difference when playing summer ball. Pro-grade leather and laces, moldable padding, full grain inner linings, an index finger pad for comfort and protection, closed back and professional patterns are what makes Rawlings a cut above. You can personalize a glove too, or find gloves for left or right-handed players, adult/youth, size of mitt, web style, or by position played. Visit http://www.rawlingsgear.com for mitts as well as gear for basketball and football.
While you’re biking, running, rollerblading or traveling to work, you’ll love the Sony Make-Believe Noise Canceling Headphones for listening to music and tuning out the world. Dual noise sensors cancel up to 99.4% of city noise. These top-of-the line headphones with swiveling ear pads work as standard headphone without a battery – or play on batteries for 20 hours per one AAA battery. They’ll leave you in a peaceful realm of your own and are of such high quality that they’ll last for years. Ideal as a graduation or Father’s day gift, they enable hands free phone calls (Android, iPad, iPod, iPhone and Blackberry), have tangle-free cords and are as soft as pillows on the ears. Find them at http://www.store.sony.com.
For windy or rainy spring and summer days while boating, biking or blading, Karma Loop offers dozens of eye-popping and original jackets and more from Billionaire Boys Club, Crooks and Castles, Adidas, 10 Deep, Black Scale, Rocksmith, Vandal Collective (shown above), Diamond Supply, Reebok and other brands in sizes that range from small to XXL. Find sweaters, sweatshirts, joggers, shorts, socks, underwear, tanks and pants for all of your urban clothing needs at http://www.karmaloop.com. With graduation dates looming, you can also find tech items, bikes and footwear here too.
Out of Print Tees pay homage to classic literature – a noble pairing of necessity (clothing) and inspiration (art). Flout your favorite literature while you stay cool this summer. Perfect for liberal arts graduates! Titles include Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Clockwork Orange, Dracula, Catch-22, On The Road, The Maltese Falcon, Slaughterhouse Five, Of Mice and Men, Song of Solomon, Superfudge, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Watership Down, and other scintillating reads. Scan the offerings at http://www.outofprintclothing.com.
Here’s to sunny days ahead, BBQs, and summer sports.