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  • Every year, countless people make fitness and health a primary New Year’s resolution. After a couple months, the number of people still working on their goals start to dwindle. Fortunately for you, this is YOUR year! Fitness and health can mean different things to different people; there are some mainstays such as building muscle mass, strengthening cardiovascular health, and other forms such as flexibility and movement. We have compiled some of the best fitness equipment on Amazon to help you reach your goals for 2020. Whether it is weight training, stability, yoga, or overall cardiovascular health, we have something for everyone on this list.
    February 12, 2020
  • Whether you are a cross-continental trekker or an adventurous car camper, you’ll need a place to sleep at the end of the day. While some individuals relish the idea of resting on bare ground, the rest of us require a good camping sleeping pad since comfort is a top priority.We sifted through the saturated sleeping pad market in order to find the best camping sleeping pads currently available. These selections were made based on criteria including their durable, puncture-resistant material, ease of portability and overall level insulation and cushioning to ensure a good rest. Additionally these best camping sleeping pads come highly recommended based on stellar online user reviews.
    May 15, 2019
  • Poker night. There may be no greater American mainstay of repose than getting your buddies together for a little friendly rivalry, often times with a small financial component. You know, to make the game "more interesting." You've bought the frothy refreshments and even got a new tablecloth for the kitchen table, but what kind of cards are you using? You know, those little flat things that are actually used to play the game? The deck is all too often overlooked when it comes to planning an evening of cards. But you're probably thinking to yourself, playing cards are all the same, it doesn't matter much... and you'd be dead wrong in that assessment.Most cards come in two basic types, paper card-stock coated in plastic or vinyl and cards made entirely of plastic stock. You'll also want to consider index size and pip placement, because nothing makes it tougher to keep the other guys from seeing your hand than a large font broadcasting that you indeed have a royal flush. So when you're ready to buy in on some decks for poker night one of the five following picks is likely to be a sure bet, each one chosen along criteria such as durability of material, most cards are made of heavy plastics and cardstocks now so they remain resilient as the oils from fingertips can break down the material of a playing card over long periods of time.These cards also all have top notch feel to them and a smoothness which makes them easy to play with, whether it's in a game or pulling off a magic trick. The visual aesthetics of these cards are also quite unique and suitable for game play, preventing anyone from cheating on that all important last hand; most important, of course, is the ability to see the pip and value of the card you're playing because it's crucial to know when to hold and fold. Lastly, each of these sets offers eye-catching color and unique design.
    May 15, 2019
  • Softball gloves are manufactured in a variety of sizes, designs, and types. They can be made for a specific position of for a certain level you play. You can find gloves for under $20 or over $200. For young players just starting out, there is no need to spend anywhere near $100. A good, basic glove can be purchased for around $30 or $40 that will allow the young player to properly learn the game. However, if you are an advanced player, you will most likely want a glove that is made of top-quality leather and offers innovative features. These gloves will cost you quite a bit more.When buying a glove, the first thing yo should do is determine the level of play – beginner or advanced, beer league or competitive travel team. Next, you can look for gloves that are specific to the type of softball – fastpitch or slowpitch – but these gloves are really interchangeable and can be used for both if needed. Your next consideration is budget. How much can you afford to spend? Even if you are playing on a competitive team, you still want to stay within your budget. Forcing your family to go without food for a week so you can have a top-of the-line glove is not worth it! Many good gloves can be found in the $75- $125 range.After determining your budget, figure out what position you will usually play. Gloves can be different for infielders and outfielders, and first basemen and catchers have their own specific gloves (though slowpitch catchers do not really need a catchers mitt). Then you can decide what style you want. Styles include, closed or open back, deep or shallow pocket, a variety of web styles, and different type of wrist adjustments. These are generally a matter of personal preference – so know what you like before you buy.Once you have your new glove, make sure to break it in properly. Use some good glove oil, play catch for a few days before you use in a game, and treat your glove with loving care at all times. It is your best friend in the field. Now that you know how to buy a new glove, check out our lists for some great information on the best gloves on the market today.
    February 05, 2016
  • Coolers are among the handiest and most versatile pieces of equipment you can have in your gear collection. After all, having a portable cooling system allows you to take food, drinks and other perishable goods practically anywhere. They come in a huge array of shapes and sizes to meet practically any need you may have for them. Some are designed after the classic coolers of years gone by while others have become much more specialized to meet the demands of unique uses, conditions, and locations. This itemized list examines the best cooler options in numerous categories and will help simplify your search.
    February 05, 2016
  • Purchasing a lacrosse shaft is a very personal decision, because only you know which one is best. No matter the marketing gimmicks companies use, what reviews say, or how much the price of the shaft lists for, the only person who can decide is whoever is using the shaft. So where do you begin to figure out which one is the best one out there? First of all, the position you play is important. Attack shafts are the shortest on the field, measuring at about 42 inches in length and players are often looking for a shaft that is lightweight and one that moves quickly. Strength is of secondary importance because the attacker wants every advantage he or she can have when it comes to assaulting the cage and taking the shot. Defensemen have longer shafts measuring as long as 72 inches in some cases, and they too look for a lightweight option. They want a shaft that is fortified for resilience and maybe even feels a bit heavier than the attacker's shaft because they use their sticks to poke-check opponents with one purpose in mind; to make them lose the ball before it can reach their goal. In the event the opposition does make it to the cage, the goalie will sometimes choose a shaft that is shorter, at about 40 inches or as long as the D-pole at 72. They're looking to maneuver quickly to protect the crease at all sides, so many goalies will choose the lightweight option over something with more strength and heft. But not all players are created equal and not all shafts are the same to every player. The best way to find the shaft that is best for you is to try a few of them out. We've done that research and have found some of the best lacrosse shafts that you can buy. Maybe these options will suit you, maybe they won't, but it's the best place to start looking to help narrow your search.
    February 05, 2016
  • The head of the lacrosse stick is what often differentiates the position of each player on the team. Attackers often use a lacrosse head that has more flex and is pinched tighter at the throat for better control and accuracy on release. Defensemen use their heads for more than just ball handling, as they are tasked with stripping the ball from their opponent, so they want greater stiffness in the plastic of their heads to make poke-checking more effective in order to claim it back for their team. Goalie heads have a whole different design, as they are meant to be wider and ready to intercept the ball when it shoots toward them. Regardless, players can all agree on two things, the head needs to be lightweight and needs to keep the ball in the pocket when the team is taking it down the field.  No matter what position you play, we can help you find the best lacrosse head for your skill level and experience in the game. Check out our lacrosse head buyers guide provided below which walks you through all the essentials.
    February 05, 2016
  • Every lacrosse company is looking to offer the best technology and the best gear to make the consumer choose their product over the competition. But sometimes price and function and the latest advancements in design can overshadow the simple fact that to play the game, all you really need is a stick and a head that has mesh on it.Beginners and young players don't always need to get the top of the line equpiment in order to effectively learn how to play the game correctly. Often the price of the item far outweighs the necessity for the player. Therefore, most companies will cater to the novice with complete lacrosse sticks offering basic to intermediate combinations of head and shaft. This allows players to learn the ropes at their own pace which keeps the game fun and rewarding. Be sure to check out our lacrosse stick buyer's guide listed below which walks you through all the neccessary considerations when it's time to buy your ideal stick.
    February 05, 2016
  • Bats, bats, bats everywhere! There are so many different bats on the market, it can be very confusing trying to figure out which is the right one to purchase. Finding the right bat can be like finding the right needle amongst thousands of needles in the haystack!There are wood bats, aluminum bats, one-piece bats, composite bats, Little League bats, youth bats, Senior League bats, BBCOR bats, and more. Here are the determinants that will help you select the correct bat:* Level of play and Regulations: There are bats for each level of play and different regulations for these levels. Purchasing the right bat for the level of play that meets regulations is the first step.* The size of the bat: Getting a bat that is the right size for you or your kid is one of the most important factors in a player’s success. In general, taller players should use a longer bat and stronger players should use a heavier bat. However, you do not want a bat that is too heavy or too long, as that will greatly influence the quality of a player’s swing.* The drop: Baseball bats are measured by their drop number - their length to weight ratio, a negative number that represents how many ounces a bat weighs when compared to it's length in inches. For example, a 31 inch bat that weighs 26 ounces has a -5 drop.* Price: Bats can be very expensive. More expensive is sometimes better, but the most expensive is not always the best for you or your kid. More serious players do need better bats, but that doesn’t mean you have to get the highest priced model. Players just beginning or who don’t exhibit a passion for the game don’t need expensive bats - buy a lower-priced model and move up the money scale if they become more serious.If you consider these factors and spend a little time doing research, you will be sure to get the right bat for you or the young player in your family.
    February 05, 2016
  • Finding a carry golf bag is something that can be challenging for most golfers. There are tons of options, and when you walk into a sporting goods store, the golf bag section can be one of the most overwhelming and least informative places in the store. There are three things to keep in mind though, when purchasing a stand golf bag which all of the selections on this list have going for them. First, these golf bags feature incredibly soft and comfortable straps. Since these bags are often carried, or primarily carried around the course, a soft or comfortable strap system is absolutely crucial. Second, these bags offer a significant amount of storage and other extra pockets common in bags which every golfer needs. Third, these bags offer a good divider system on top because there is nothing more annoying than clubs which won't stay apart from one another.
    February 04, 2016
  • With head injuries sidelining so many of the game’s top players, it’s no secret that the proper head gear is absolutely essential for any player. The wrong helmet or mask will not only fall apart after extreme exposure to moisture, but will also not disperse impacts or offer as much protection after a few hits. And with shots getting faster, players hitting harder, and concussions running rampantly throughout the sport there is no reason why players shouldn’t be protecting their noggins with the best helmets and masks available
    February 03, 2016
  • A hockey player needs the perfect stick so they can be the best player they can be. Plain and simple. The right kind of stick can unlock a player’s true potential, and the wrong kind can limit and hurt it. There’s nothing worse than having a stick break or having a stick that can’t cater to your unique shot. So with hundreds available that all claim to be the best, how can a player really know which one is the best for them? Well look no further, because we’ve found the best sticks on the market, and they’ll truly elevate your game.
    February 03, 2016
  • Looking for a new bat for your next softball season? Whether you play fatspitch or slowpitch, youth or adult, competitive or beer league; you still want to get the best value for your money. Whether you spend $400 or $100, you want to get the most performance for the price.There are many factors to consider when purchasing a bat. Not all softball bats are created equal. There are many different types of bats, from composite to one-piece, from balanced to end-loaded, from basic aluminum alloy to space-age materials. One $400 bat is not necessarily better than the other $400 bat, nor is a $400 bat always the right choice over a $100 bat. It is a fact that a $400 bat is built with more innovative materials and is a higher performance bat, but you may not want or need all that performance. Or, you may not be able to afford the price unless you pilfer the kids' college funds. If you play in a highly competitive league, whether youth or adult, most players will have bats costing over $200, with many having $400 bats. If you play in a Wednesday night beer league, most of that $400 would better be spent on, well, beer.When choosing a bat, the first thing to do is to decide on your budget. If you are loaded and the dreadful economy hasn't gutted your bank account, by all means go ahead and spend the big bucks on a bat. However, if you have to choose between food on the table or a high-priced bat, go ahead and choose one in the $100 - $150 range. There are still decent bats in this price range. You can find many good bats in the $199 - $299 range and this is often the most popular price range as you get a good performing bad for an affordable price. Most bats in the $100 range are made with basic aluminum alloy, and though they are solid bats, don't offer the performance or durability as higher priced bats. Generally, the best bats are found online. Your local sporting goods store usually doesn't stock too many high-end bats.The second thing you need to do is to figure out what level league in which you play. If you play competitive softball, you will probably want to spend as much as you can afford. Most players in competitive leagues take their bats seriously and spend money accordingly. If a budget is of no concern, then get the highest priced bat on the market. However, if you are like most of us and money doesn't grow on trees, then doing your research to find the right type bat for you at the right price is mandatory.The third thing you need to do is make sure the bat you want is approved for play in your league. There are approximately 20 different governing bodies in the softball world, but there are five main ones – Amateur Softball Association (ASA), United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), National Softball Association (NSA), Independent Softball Association (ISA), and the International Softball Federation (ISF). Though the rules of these governing bodies are similar, there are differences, and though many bats are approved for play in all leagues, some are not. It is important to check to see if the bat you want is approved for play in your league.To help you with your purchase, we have compiled a few lists of the bests softball bats on the market. Figure out what you want, check out the lists, buy your bat, and start swinging for the fences.
    February 03, 2016
  • Before you throw yourself into that bottomless powder pit, dizzying big mountain face or ceiling-free big air, you better be sure that you have the right pair of sticks locked to your feet. These days, you can get a specific pair of skis for each of the aforementioned scenarios. But in an overflowing market place, you had better know which make and model you're looking for. Here is a simple lists of the best skis by category.
    February 03, 2016
  • When you think of water skiing, many things may pop into your head such as a crazy trick ski video seen on YouTube, an image of a GoGo's music video…or maybe you’re simply longing to get out there on your own set of skis. No matter what’s on your mind, you probably don’t realize just how many types and styles of water skis there really are out there. Whether you’re looking for a classic combo ski or a pro level trick ski, we’ve provided a helpful water ski buyer’s guide below with detailed information that will help you in your search.
    February 02, 2016
  • Mountain bikes come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and price ranges. However, you should be aware that there are bikes that are pretenders — they look like mountain bikes but shouldn’t be used the way a true mountain bike should be used. When you make a decision to buy a mountain bike, it is important to buy the right bike for the kind of riding you want to do. If this is your first mountain bike and you are on a tight budget, check out the great bikes on the budget friendly list. You’ve decided that mountain biking would be a great way to get the kids outside and enjoying the fresh air. Take a look at the best mountain bikes for kids. Whatever your riding style, there is a mountain bike that fits you and your budget. These lists are a way for you to begin your search with the bikes that will get you the most for your money.
    February 02, 2016
  • Road bikes are designed for the tarmac — smooth, paved, surfaces. However, there are also road bikes that are quite comfortable hitting the grass for a cyclocross race course. Whether you are a serious cyclist wanting to join the race circuit, looking for something for your commute, or wanting to take on the cyclocross challenge, there is a road bike to fit your riding style. These bikes are the best of the best and a great place to start looking. There are road bike designs for speed and there are road bikes designed for performance and durability. There are also road bikes designed for long distance tours or just weekend getaways. These lists give you a wide variety of styles, prices, and performance levels to choose from. The lists were created as a way to help you narrow down your choices quickly and find a road bike to fit your lifestyle and budget. Whenever possible, take a test ride and get a personalized fit for the bikes on your short list.
    February 02, 2016
  • Table Tennis, or Ping-Pong if you prefer, originated in England near the close of the 19th century when Victorian upper-crust types decided they wanted to play their beloved lawn tennis indoors. Unexpected ingenuity in the process of designing their table tennis table included a row of books standing in a line across the dining table serving as the net, empty cigar boxes used for rackets, and a champagne cork or ball of twine functioning as the ball.Today, the common table tennis rig is much more advanced but just as simple and straightforward in its design and function. Of course, you'll find many improvements such as wheels for mobility and stronger materials used in their manufacture for outdoor use. However, one thing is still very certain and that is these tables are just as much fun as the ones first developed in the 1800's. For more information on purchasing a table tennis table, check out our comprehensive buyer's guide, which breaks down all of the important factors that should be considered when making your selection  
    February 02, 2016
  • When it comes to bike seats, or what we call “saddles,” there is no way to tell someone what will work for them. Your body is unique and finding a saddle that is comfortable for you will be a matter of choice and at times trial and error. What feels good to me may leave you feeling the pain and depending on the saddle you may not feel the pain until much later. A new saddle is one of the easiest and at times the least expensive way to upgrade your bike. Although choosing a new saddle is a personal decision, these lists were compiled to take some of the guess work out of narrowing down your choices. These lists will give you a great starting point, your local bike shop will help you find the proper fit for your riding style and body type. They can also set up your saddle in the exact positioning you need for the most comfortable ride and the greatest performance.Whenever possible, always opt for checking out your choices up close and in person. You put a lot of thought into what bike to buy; your saddle is just as important.
    February 02, 2016
  • Volleyball was invented in 1895 as a less aggressive alternative to basketball, but today volleyball is anything but gentle. Few other sports are as fast and exciting to play and watch. Volleyball can be played either indoors or outdoors, and each uses a slightly different ball.To the untrained eye, there may seem like there are few differences between indoor and outdoor volleyballs. The USAV, the governing body for indoor volleyball, states that the ball must be made of leather or synthetic leather. FIVB, the governing body of beach volleyball, also states that the ball must be made of leather or synthetic leather. Both governing bodies also state that the ball must have a rubber or similar material inner bladder. In addition, both are the same size and weight.However, the two kinds of balls are not interchangeable. Indoor volleyballs are more pressurized than outdoor volleyballs. Beach volleyballs must be lighter so that they can easily float through the air. The two types also differ in color. The USAV states that the outer covering of an indoor volleyball must be a uniform light color or combination of different colors. Beach volleyballs, however, must be bright colors such as orange, yellow, or pink so that they can easily be seen in the sunlight.Next time you play or watch a volleyball game, take notice of the pressure, color, and feel of the ball. Realize that the slightest differences amongst volleyballs, be they of the indoor or outdoor variety, can make all the difference in a tight match!
    February 02, 2016
  • Of all of the pieces of equipment used to play and trained for the game of football, the ball itself may be the most critical. While choosing a football may seem like a relatively easy task there are a number of features that may help one ball stand out above the rest.Whether you are in high school, college or you are just starting out with the game see our detailed lists below to find the perfect football for your level of play.
    February 02, 2016
  • With the proper sleeping bag and a simple shelter, the modern wilderness traveler can make it through any storm or other adverse weather conditions in relative comfort without a traditional campfire. However, bringing the wrong bag often leads to misery because modern sleeping bags aren’t a one-size-fits-all for every weather situation you may encounter. T here are a number of questions to consider before embarking on a search for the right sleeping bag. Will you be sleeping on the ground, a sleeping pad or an air mattress? What season will you primarily use the bag during? Will you sleep in a tent? All of these questions will help determine important factors like temperature rating, fill power and sleeping bag style. Below is a helpful sleeping bag buyer’s guide with information to help you during your search.
    February 02, 2016
  • Air mattresses have gained popularity in recent years as more and more people realize the convenience and comfort these products can provide. The search for the best air mattress hinges on your budget. It is possible to find a discount air mattress. However, it's cheaper in the long run to get a good quality mattress the first time around, budget permitting. We’ve provided a helpful air mattress buyer’s guide below with information to help you during your search.
    February 02, 2016
  • BMX or bicycle motocross was originally developed as a spin off from true motorcycle motocross. It evolved into so much more than just racing. The sport of BMX is an extreme sport no matter which style of riding you choose to do. Dirt racing, jumps, or flatland tricks, tail whips or tabletops, anything related to BMX is going to be over the top and you need a bike that can handle whatever riding style you choose. With the variety of styles, there is not a one size fits all BMX bike. Certain bikes are built for racing, some for parks, dirt, and some for flatland tricks. There are bikes that will transition nicely to work for one or two styles but you would have a tough time finding a BMX bike that does it all. Traditionally they are built with a 20-inch wheel set, although there are exceptions to that. BMX bikes have a geometry that isn't like any other style of bike. It is important for you to determine which style of riding you want to do and then look at bikes that are built specifically for that style.
    February 02, 2016
  • Whether you are a city dweller, or just want to explore all the conveniences a folding bike affords, these lists will help you make a more informed decision. These bikes were created with a specific consumer group in mind. Many people are familiar with the usual options when they are shopping for a bike: hybrid, road, and mountain. A folding bike is just what it sounds like - a bike that gives you many of the same features as a full-size bike in the convenience of a small, foldable package. If you are cramped for space, don’t want to wonder if the bike will be there when you lock it to the rack, or want something you can stash under the desk when you get to work, a folding bike is something you need to look at. If your plan is to win a few races or hit a mountain trail, then you should be looking at something else. The versatility of some folding bikes will be an urban commuter’s dream. These bikes come in a wide variety of prices and styles to fit almost any budget. With prices ranging from around $200 and going into the thousands, keep in mind that, in most cases, the price equates with available customizations and quality. The following lists give you a variety of folding bike options to choose from. When you know what your budget is, what options you would like, and have narrowed your list down, always look for shops that allow you to test ride before you buy.
    February 02, 2016
  • The hybrid bike is the best of two worlds. Hybrids take the best characteristics from road bikes and combine them with the best characteristics of a mountain bike. A hybrid is a great choice for the cyclist who wants a bike as a viable means of transportation but still wants the flexibility of being able to hit a rail-trail or bike path.If you want a budget-friendly introduction to the world of cycling, hybrids are definitely the place to start. They’re very versatile but they aren’t built to take rough mountain terrain and they won’t be a bike for a race. They will, however, allow you to zip through traffic to work, bring home groceries, and offer you a great ride on a bike path if you need an escape from the daily routine.Not all hybrids will give you the same performance and quality. Decide how you want to use the bike and then look at the bikes that we’ve compiled for these lists to see which fits your style and budget. Whenever possible, test ride before you buy and get a personal fit.
    February 01, 2016
  • Everyone has times where they want to get on the bike and feel the wind in their hair as they ride. There is a long standing debate about whether a helmet is a necessary piece of equipment. I admit to the occasional helmet free ride. If you have been on the road with some of the crazy people behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle you know that riding without a helmet is traveling at your own risk. You may not be able to avoid complete injury but you can protect one of your most valuable body parts, your head. If you are a parent, protecting your kids is top priority. No matter what age they are, a helmet is a necessary piece of equipment even for a short ride. Kids tend to be fearless and willing to try things that send them flying off the bike. The last thing you want for your child is a head injury. Today's helmets are constructed with safety features that, not that long ago, were only a dream. They are lightweight, durable, and have great ventilation. The styles, designs and color options are sure to please and you will find helmets for every riding style and budget.
    January 29, 2016
  •  Boxing is one sport where you don’t need an overabundance of equipment when involved in the actual competition.  The primary piece of equipment that you do need, gloves, is of critical to performance and safety in the ring though.  Your boxing gloves must fit well and must meet the proper requirements to keep you and your opponent safe in the ring.  Check our lists below to find the perfect pair of boxing gloves to fit your needs in the ring regardless what weight class or skill level you are performing at.
    January 29, 2016
  • When it comes to cardio equipment, you won’t find anything more versatile than an exercise bike. These machines are great for use by able-bodied people, individuals with disabilities, or those recovering from an injury. These bikes are created to mimic the genuine feel of cycling while providing technological enhancements for more efficient training and workouts. They’re available in a range of models and resistance types so finding one is fairly reasonable if you know what you’re looking for. To learn more about how to choose the perfect bike for your needs, check out our buyer’s guide listed below.
    January 29, 2016
  • Drivers have come a very long way in the last decade, even as their size hasn’t changed at all. However, some things remain constant throughout the golf space whether you’re playing with a driver fit for a high handicap or just looking for the overall best driver on the market. For the vast majority of players out there, the things they want out of a driver are simple and straightforward such as distance, forgiveness, and control. We've assembvled the following drivers lists which cover a variety of clubs suitable for all levels of skill and experience. You can also consult our golf driver buyer's guide below for some important basics everyone should know.
    January 27, 2016