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  • Swim goggles may not be a flattering fashion statement, but they’re an important part of any swimmer’s checklist. Goggles help protect your eyes while allowing you to see where you’re going. Some are created for serious competition while others are simply made so kids can dive for swimming rings. Regardless of what they’re utilized for, today’s goggles feature hypoallergenic materials and scientifically proven material to comfortably seal the goggles tight to the swimmers face. With so many styles and sizes, it’s difficult to choose which goggle fits your individual swimming style and fashion sense. No matter what your needs are, you’re going to find the best swim goggles listed here and we’ve also listed a helpful swim goggle buyer’s guide below with detailed information to help you in your search.
    December 03, 2015
  • Obviously, skating is the most essential part of any player’s game. So it’s surprising how many people believe that just any old skates will do the job. In fact, the best skates will do more than just last long, they’ll protect your feet from hard shots and board impacts, allow you to move better than other players, and support your ankle (which cheap skates absolutely will not do). The right skates will allow anyone to reach their full potential on the ice, the wrong ones will leave a player blistered, distracted, and off balanced. So do yourself a favor and give yourself the tools you’ll need to concentrate on the game, and not your feet.
    November 23, 2015
  • With the extremely large selection of baseball gloves available today, it can be time-consuming and a bit confusing when trying to purchase the right glove for you or your kid. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the right baseball glove: * Position: There has been specialized gloves for catchers and first basemen, but today that specialization goes much further. In addition to catchers and first basemen, you can buy gloves for middle infielders, pitchers, third basemen, and outfielders. For the casual youth player, one basic infield glove will do the trick, but as you move up in play, you will probably need a glove specific to your position. Some players may need two or more gloves, depending on how many potential positions they may play. * Size: Smaller gloves are preferred by infielders and larger gloves are preferred by outfielders. The size of the glove also depends on the players size. Getting the most comfortable size is the most important consideration. * Open back versus closed back: This is merely a matter of personal taste and feel, though open back gloves may be a bit cooler in hot weather. * Web design: This is also a matter of personal preference as there are many different designs to choose from. * Quality: This depends on the level of play, the seriousness of the player, and the size of your wallet! Cheap gloves can be uncomfortable and difficult to break in. You should expect to pay over $50 for a quality glove. Serious players and high school athletes will be spending close to $200 or more to get good quality for their level of play. Get the best glove you can afford if you are a serious player - gloves do make a difference in the field.
    November 23, 2015
  • When it comes to choosing a golf glove, it can be one of the most important decisions any golfer can make given they have such a big an impact on their overall game. Many players struggle with maintaining a solid grip and a significant number of shots go wrong due to poor, loose grip during the all-critical swing. Fortunately, a good golf glove goes a long way in resolving the issues caused by inadequate grip on the club.These best golf gloves for men were chosen because they're made with soft leather materials which responds well and allows the player to still have good feel when gripping the club in their hands. Second, the gloves are manufactured with durability in mind. A soft glove can sometimes be a challenge to maintain but these picks won’t be destroyed after only playing a few rounds with each lasting a solid length of time before needing to be replaced. Last and perhaps most importantly, all of these gloves are designed with breathability in mind. Whether we're talking about spacing around the fingers that provides room for breath or some form of ventilation over the top of the glove, these picks will be anything but soaked during those hot rounds of summer golf.
    October 21, 2015
  • Golf shoes have evolved a lot over the years with many shoes offer very different performance enhancements, giving players countless options to choose from. However, there are certain things that are important to every golf shoe and this list has narrowed down the best options available. The best golf shoes for men we’ve chosen for this list all feature exceptional balance, traction, and support thanks to their lightweight materials around the ankle. Second, these shoes offers great breathability, through either some form of mesh upper or lightweight leather upper that will allow the foot of the player to breathe throughout their round. Third, these shoes feature quality, durable build to ensure the player makes a good shoe investment which won’t start coming apart after a few rounds on the course. The durability is achieved through the utilization of mesh or more lightweight materials in some places, but utilizing various leathers in the high-stress regions of the golf shoe.
    October 21, 2015
  • The biggest mistake most golfers make is assuming "a golf ball is just a golf ball" when there’s so much technology, so many competing builds, and so many options available out there. While simply making contact with the golf ball requires a basic level of ability, being able to do something with that ball (once you've mastered the basics) is where choosing the right golf ball becomes paramount.This is a list of the best golf balls on the market for any golfer. Forget about your handicap, swing type, or preferences, these are the top picks for every golfer to consider. In order for any golf ball to qualify for this particular best list, it must feature a urethane cover. This gives the ball workability, and ensures that it won't be too hard, or too soft. Golf balls on this list also feature a multipiece setup; meaning they have a minimum of 3 pieces/layers which ensures integrity of the golf ball. Lastly, the balls on this list are all significantly more durable than other options out there, giving them the longest life possible in the bag. This is important given how much an investment golf balls can actually be.
    October 21, 2015
  • Choosing a badminton racquet is all about personal preference. What works for one player doesn't always work for another, particularly true if you're dealing with different skill levels. For beginners just learning the basics of the game, you may want to be frugal with your racquet choice and be careful not to purchase one too advanced for you.For starters, these best badminton racquets we’ve chosen (with the exception of the Wilson which is intended more for casual use) meet standard game specifications with  accepted length being 680 mm and total head width not exceed 230 mm with the standard weight of a regulation racquet being 100 grams.Weight plays an important part in the development of freshman players and trying to overcompensate for using a heavy racquet could develop bad habits in arm and wrist movement. When looking for a racquet, the weight will be graded by designations 1U, 2U, 3U and 4U, running from heaviest to lightest in that order. Since this is a matter for the player to decide, we made sure each of our picks are available in a range of these weight designations.We also looked at the materials used in the construction of each racquet, with these picks all incorporating a mix of various different components for quality, durability, and flexibility to suit just about any type of game play. Elements such as graphite, steel, and carbon will factor into the weight of the racquet in your hand. Some players prefer a heavier frame and shaft for more power, others like a faster option made of lighter materials for speed and response. We urge you to see for yourself which materials you prefer.Grip is also an important component of any good racquet, and almost all of our picks provide a variety of choices starting from largest to smallest (G2, G3, G4, and G5). For example, some aggressive players select a bigger grip versus players gravitating towards a smaller grip so the racquet maneuvers better in their hand. You can decide which grip size is the best by grabbing couple and give them a swing before you make a final purchasing decision.
    October 21, 2015
  • The right table tennis paddle can be tailored to your style of play or pre-assembled. Most professional players pay hundreds of dollars to get the perfect blade and rubber, but luckily you don't have to, and why would you if you're not interested in a career on the tour circuit. For the casual player, a pre-assembled paddle should do the trick just fine and these best picks were chosen along two very specific and crucial components, the rubber and the blade.The rubber is that spongy layer on either one or both sides of the racket and for the purposes of this list, we selected only double sided models. Double-sided foam is better suited for players who aren't professionals and these rackets all come with smooth rubber, which afford greater control on the ball. That makes it easier to put it where you want and the stickier the rubber, the more spin you can achieve.The thickness of the rubber is a matter of personal preference, the thicker it is the more speed you get, the thinner it is the more control you'll have. You might want to try a few out but the rackets on our list stay within the sweet spot of 1.8mm-2.1 mm which affords a good amount of both.The other component, the blade, is just as important and you want something that uses a number of layers in its composition, Five ply is commonly preferred by most players but you can find as much as seven. Much like with the rubber thickness, blade thickness also affects ball performance with thinner blades offering better control and thicker blades offering up more power. Now that you know all the vitals, give our five Picks a look and then try a few out to find the perfect balance that's right for you.
    October 09, 2015
  • Lacrosse is a game of speed and dexterity, so if you're going to have any chance at beating the other guy to the ball, you're going to need a pair of reliable cleats to help get you there. Everyone's got a unique set of feet and when you're looking for a good pair of cleats, it's all about how they feel when you're on the field. Some players like a low-cut shoe, while others are going to go for some added support on a 3/4 ankle height model. And let’s face it, no flashy colors or high-end marketing gimmicks are any kind of substitute for comfort. Plenty of choices out there, for sure. That's why we're here, to narrow down all of those options to the five best picks on the market.Our picks were selected along a variety of criteria, first and foremost we looked at the materials that were used in manufacturing these best lacrosse cleats. Most of these shoes uses synthetic uppers which are best-suited for all weather conditions, will keep your feet well-protected, warm, and won't react adversely to wet conditions. Comfort is also an important component, and while every foot will feel comfort differently, these picks have few universal elements such as airflow so your foot doesn't sweat, comfortable inner liners so the feet breathe, and durable outer materials that protect and support your foot.The bottom cleat plates of these shoes are made with thermo-polyurethane, a durable yet lightweight plastic which makes them sturdy, resilient, and ready to own any kind of playing surface. Lastly, these shoes have molded cleats that come in a variety of shapes to give you total traction for quick speed and ease of lateral movement. All of these features combined add up to some top notch shoes for this list of best picks.
    September 22, 2015
  • Exercise balls are a surprisingly versatile piece of exercise equipment which can be used in all sorts of training programs. However, that's the same reason why every fitness company under the sun comes out with their own version of this popular piece of gym equipment. All this does is make it difficult to choose an exercise ball which will meet and exceed your specific workout needs. The best exercise balls on this list were chosen because of their weight capacity of at least 300 pounds, manufactured with thick, puncture resistant materials like PVC plastic, as well as their ribbed, non-slip texture for a firm grip. These exercise balls also come with manufacturers warranties which offer piece of mind you'll likely never have to pay for another ball, little extras like instructional DVDs, and weighted bases which keep the ball in place during your workout.
    September 10, 2015
  • Inversion table first rose to popularity because of their strength training and pain relief benefits. These machines aren't as popular as they once were which is actually a good thing as it weeds out the companies that were just throwing together some cheap models for a quick profit. That just leaves a few dedicated companies putting out some of the best quality products out there. These inversion tables were chosen for this list because their solid metal parts and durable construction assure sturdy machines with a minimum weight capacity of at least 300 pounds and height allowances up to 6'8" in some cases. These picks also include specialized handles which help in righting yourself during a workout, breathable materials which increase user comfort during longer periods of use, and features for therapeutic relief like stretching handles and movable rib supports.
    September 10, 2015
  • Soccer balls have come a long way since the days of Pele and Chinaglia. You won't find the traditional black and white hexagonal patterns much anymore, as equipment companies are now looking to define their balls with exclusive visuals and technologies meant for superior function. But one thing remains consistent; all you need to play the game is a ball. No matter if you're on a league team or if you're playing three a side, a soccer ball is the only necessity to getting outside and having fun. Yet, with all of the new developments in manufacturing, there are now a wide variety of materials and various methods of construction used in every ball, and it can get confusing trying to make sense of all the variables that exist. It's not as simple as just walking into your local sporting goods store and grabbing one off the shelf these days. But fear not; no matter what the age and skill level of the players or intended area of use, there is an option that will fit your needs.This list reflects five of the best soccer balls on the market right now, based upon a variety of specific criteria. First, the construction of these ball is important, with elements such as the number of panels that have been used to create each ball (18, 26, and 32 are the most common) playing a vital role in how they perform. Touch is a big part of deciding which ball is the most dynamic on the field and this brings us to two other points of criteria, the balls outer material and bladder. These best soccer balls are made of synthetic leather and contain latex bladders. Synthetic leather offers the best bounce and cuts down on water absorption, while latex is preferred because of the way it plays and responds on the field. Other bladders such as butyl are often too hard once they're inflated, adversely affecting both touch and response. Finally, the graphics along the exterior of these selections may seem like simple aesthetics placed there for panache, but major companies are now using the bold and colorful visuals to improve the game for the players by way of greater visibility. If these ball are easier to see, it's easier to engage them to make the game faster and more exciting as the scoring increases. Finally, these balls have each been certified and approved by the governing bodies of FIFA and/or NFHS.
    September 01, 2015
  • The jump rope is a pretty impressive piece of exercise equipment for how simple it is and to the inexperienced person it may seem as though a jump rope is merely just a a jump rope. However, this could not be further from the truth as there are many defining factors that make one jump rope better than another. These jump ropes have all been chosen as the best because of their impressive defining factors like quality manufacturing materials, bearing systems that keep them turning smoothly, and a few X factors like adjustability and innovative grips for better and more comfortable holds.
    August 21, 2015
  • A timeless staple of sports bars and recreation rooms for generations, foosball is one of those games that’s elegant in its simplicity because anyone can learn how to play. Whether you're buying a table for the fraternity house or the family den, there are some basic decisions that are necessary before you make your purchase. To begin with, the heavier the table, the better because good weight will keep your new table firmly in place and game play will remain consistent. Other considerations like wooden or rubber grip handles, adjustable legs, and ball return placement should also play a role in deciding which table is best for you. You should also keep away from tables with any parts manufactured from particle board.We have chosen five of the best foosball tables along a set of stringent criteria. Every one of our picks was judged by the quality of its fundamental components including the rods, foosball men, playing surface, and game cabinet. The types of rods you will find on these tables come in either solid, hollow, or telescoping versions and made with machine-grade steel. The foosball men featured on these tables also have pointed feet as opposed to rounded for improved ball control. Playing surfaces are also hard and smooth while the cabinets are manufactured to be durable and long-lasting. These foosball tables are also constructed of strong wood or composite materials at a width of 1-inch or more to avoid warping and moisture absorption. The greater density and thickness also makes these tables dent-resistant as well.
    August 20, 2015
  • No one wants to wear them, but shin guards are a mandatory part of the game of soccer; they're designed to safeguard your legs from aggressive defenders looking to take the ball from you. With all of those feet wildly kicking and tackling, you're going to need a pair of shin guards that protect unconditionally, and that includes not having to sacrifice comfort to do so. But there's no getting around the fact that a hard protective shell braced to your tibia is not going to be the most pleasant feel in the world, even if a shattered bone feels exponentially worse.Equipment manufacturers have been wrestling with this conundrum for as long as the shin guard has been required by regulation, and players have been looking for a happy medium between performance and relief. The use of lighter materials, form-fitting sleeves, and contoured shell designs have all been considered in the quest to develop that "perfect" shin guard and there are so many options on the market that it's hard to say if that goal has truly been achieved.Some players like wearing their guard inside a sleeve, while others will just slip their guard into their sock and be done with it. There are as many options for shin guards as there are positions on the team, so check out these five choices first and see if they are the right fit. Each of these high-quality shields are built out of carbon fiber and high-impact plastic to protect the shin effectively. Comfort is also a major part of choosing the right shin guard and these all deliver thanks to ergonomic shaping, foam or gel cushioned padding, lightweight materials, and additional elements like sock inserts to keep them in place during the game. Each of these important components went into the selection of these shin guards, so you know you're getting the best protection available today.
    August 20, 2015
  • Push carts have come an incredibly long way over the years so just forget about the days when their wheels were a cheap plastic which eroded to a point of breaking down after just a season or two. New technology, materials and better construction have made push carts the go-to accessory for a better golfing experience. There are three qualities of the utmost importance for a push cart to have which we considered when putting together this list. First, these compact golf push carts easily fold out because after all, no one wants to spend time figuring out how to work their golf cart when they're at the golf course. Second, these picks feature long lasting rubber tires which can be repaired easily if anything happens to them. Lastly, these golf carts feature lightweight designs for easy transportation.
    August 18, 2015
  • When selecting the best pool table, the most important thing to think about is size. Not all rooms are created like pool halls with tons of room, and often, home rec rooms require something smaller than standard size. So measure before going out to purchase a new pool table, keeping in mind to add at least 10 feet to each dimension of a table to allow enough room for shots. Professional tables are 9 feet in length so a large amount of space is required, but as this list will show you, size isn't important to recreational play.Slate bed tables are the best to look for and, as such, are also the most pricey. They last the longest and offer the best play. Pool tables made of MDF (pressure treated wood) usually still give excellent play at lesser cost, but they are more prone to warping over time if not properly maintained in a controlled environment. Some MDF tables have steel rods, which limits warping and extends the life of these tables.This list will look at the best and most versatile pool tables for everyday use with the average household in mind, and each one has made the list based upon a variety of selection criteria. First, these picks utilize quality materials in the construction of each table, including the cabinet, the playing surface, and the felt covering on the surface. The cabinets are sturdy and crafted from strong wood and other high end materials so these tables won't sag or split (thus making the playing surface uneven). The playing surfaces, if not slate, are made of MDF or other reliable slate substitutes such as plywood, fiberboard or slatron. The felt will be a wool and nylon blend with a Teflon coating to keep the material durable and fast, so the balls react properly as they spin across the table.These tables were also chosen by considering the quality of their side rail and cushion quality, crucial areas where the balls bank across the table during game play, and if they aren't made of materials such as K-66 rubbers or other gum types, then the balls won't bounce accurately. You do not want any dead spots on a rail and these tables have been built with proper materials to avoid these problems. Finally, the legs are constructed to remain sturdy and stable for the life of the product as they hold the majority of the weight of the table; they’re securely attached to the support frames and built to withstand years of play.Each of these picks represents the best of these criteria in products that are available on the market right now. We also took assembly requirements into account, so keep in mind many of these table have different assembly requirements that could prove difficult for some consumers to navigate successfully without some professional help.
    August 18, 2015
  • When all else fails, there's the goalie who is the last remaining member of the team who can prevent the opposition from putting the ball in the net. Grace under pressure, the leader of the defense who must also inspire confidence when things look bleak. You have one prime directive: stop the ball.Luckily, you can use your hands while everyone else on the field cannot so a pair of goalie gloves is probably the most important piece of gear the position requires. That means you want them to fit right, function well, and protect your hands at all costs.The leading soccer gear manufacturers have built their gloves with these necessities in mind and with so many brands out there, one of them is bound to be the right pair for you. Keep in mind you will want to try on a number of different pairs before deciding. The gloves should be the right size, first and foremost. Your fingers need to be able to move and spread so that you can catch the ball effectively. Some gloves are cut differently than others, offering a snug or loose fit at the palms and fingers. A poor fitting glove will not perform well during the game and the result could be a check in the loss column for your team. So when you're ready to slip on your goalie gloves, check out these five brands first. You just may find what you're looking for among these picks, each one chosen along specific criteria.To start with, the gloves must be comfortable and each of these picks provides absolute comfort for the hands in both warm and cool weather with materials that are breathable and allow good air flow to battle wetness from sweat. Ergonomic construction helps the gloves fit better on each hand for a snug fit so that they feel more like a second skin than a bulky glove. The quality and durability of the materials that are used in the construction of the glove, both inside and along the exterior, are crucial for shock absorption from the ball hitting the hand as well as making sure the glove is tear-resistant in the heat of action.Grip and palm feel are also important and went into the consideration of each pick we selected so goalies are able to feel the ball more accurately which means they can stop it more effectively. Most importantly, these picks provide strong finger and backhand protection to keep fingers from getting hyper-extended and hands properly guarded when punching the ball away from the goal. All of these elements combined make up the ideal pick for a spot on our list. Check out the five gloves we've selected below and see if any of them are right for you.
    August 18, 2015
  • When you're buying a set of pool or billiard balls, you're going to want to commit to a price first. If you're looking to pick up a set of balls for around $30, then you're likely not going to get a ball that's been approved by regulatory houses like the Billiards Congress of America, or the World Pool-Billiard Association. Their standards dictate that balls are made of phenolic resin (instead of the common polyester or plastic often found in many balls) and meet specific weight and spheric requirements.If you plan on purchasing a ball set that has met these standards, you will be dropping close to $200. But in the long run, you will likely be saving money as a result of this large initial investment. Balls that are not made of this special resin can damage the billiard cloth on your table with burn marks and pits. So consider how much you really want to invest in this purchase and then check out our five best picks. You will find ball sets in price ranges suitable for the most prestigious billiard halls in the world as well as the most comfortable living rooms in the neighborhood.We've chosen these balls for our list by following a number of specific selection criteria. We considered the type of materials each set has been made from, most of which are carefully polished phenolic resins or plastics that are designed to be crack-resistant and won't break down over time. We also considered diameter tolerance for that perfect spherical shape, which will greatly affect the spin of the ball during the game. Other factors such as balance and weight control both ensure that you get an accurate response from each ball, without these factors the ball will respond erratically, curving or bending inappropriately and banking off side-rails and other balls without any consistency or precision.These balls meet all of the required standards to ensure that they will play perfectly every time you break. Color precision and brilliance are also some of the factors by which we chose our balls, displaying easy to read numbers and bright, deep colors for eye-catching aesthetics worthy of your rec room. More importantly, these colors and graphics won't fade over time, keeping your balls looking their best for years to come.
    August 18, 2015
  • As the NHL seems to have a work stoppage every few years, it appears that the only way to be sure to have the sport you love in your home all the time is to buy a table hockey game. YOU control when the players play and, best of all, it's hockey season all year long at your place. Like most games of this nature, they come in a variety of sizes and accessories, and can provide hours of fun for die-hard fans or those who are casual observers of the sport.Buying a table is a little easier than settling on a new CBA, though there are still some items you need to negotiate. How much do you want to spend? Who's the game for, children or adults? Do you want a simple unit that you can prop up on a table, or a free-standing machine that has all the bells and whistles of an arcade-style game? You'll find these options and everything in between on our list of Best Picks below. Soon enough, you'll be dropping the puck at home long before the owners and the players come to an agreement on the real thing.These tables have all made our list under the careful consideration of certain criteria. For starters these tables offer durable cabinets and playing surfaces to ensure each one holds up to repeated and intense use. These tables also feature playing rods that are made of strong materials like fiberglass or steel, and move with fluid motion which allow players to pass and shoot the puck with ease. While some of these products are table-top versions that rest on any counter or folding table in order to play, the bigger models feature strong, well-constructed legs so the unit won’t wobble to ensure the playing surface stays perfectly level. Lastly, many of these tables also include lights and sounds to make game play more fun and exciting.
    August 17, 2015
  • A night at the bowling alley is typically a pretty casual affair. You pay for the lane, find a ball and rent the garish looking bowling shoes without a second thought. For those who take the sport a lot more seriously, this list is meant for you. A good pair of shoes can have an extremely positive effect on your form and your game can greatly improve as a result.Bowling shoes are meant to protect you and the alley floor as normal shoes are too stiff for you to move correctly so when you make your approach to throw the ball, your soles could damage the floor finish. Bowling shoes are outfitted with leather or non-marking rubber soles meant to slide across the floor easily while affording you a perfect balance of support and flexibility upon release of the ball. Like all sports gear, there are brands and models best suited for various skill levels offering interchangeable soles, arch support, high-end upper materials, and pairs accommodating right or left-handed bowlers.Our list of the five best picks for men’s bowling shoes present options for every budget and ability, each one chosen on criteria including their absolute comfort, quick break-in times, inclusion of performance enhancing soles, convenient universal fitting, and of course the long-term gameplay value each shoe offers.
    August 10, 2015
  • A dip bar is a fairly specific type of exercise equipment, but if you have the room, they’re an excellent addition to a home gym. Though their primary function is for triceps dips many of these machines can be used for other exercises like hanging pull ups, angled pushups, duck unders, and more. These best dips stations were chosen as the best because of their impressive weight capacity, exceptional stability and comfortable hand placement, as well compact designs to help save space.
    August 04, 2015
  • Can we all agree air hockey is one of the best competitive table top games around? This game is elegant in its simplicity; all you have to do is put the puck in the opposing slot. The pace of the game is fast, and anyone can get in the action since you don't need much of a pre-requisite skill set beyond good hand-eye coordination. That doesn't mean you won't put in a serious calisthenics workout during the game as you lunge and stretch for both sides of the table to attack and defend against your opponent. There’s nothing quite like a good session of air hockey to get the blood and sweat flowing.There are a lot of tables on the market to choose from. The best way to narrow your options is to decide on where you want to keep the table and who is going to be playing on it. A basic table is best suited for younger and casual players. They're usually intended for home use, and built sturdy enough for the family to enjoy the table for occasional recreational use. Mid-level tables are built to withstand a little more abuse in order to keep the game play consistent. These are usually found in high-traffic areas where many different players will use the table for routine gameplay. For those who want a top-notch table in their home or bar, an arcade-style table offers long-lasting durability, reliable gameplay with high-impact surfaces, and congruous air output for a smoother ride on the puck. Of course, these tables will cost much more, and they're larger in size.It's really up to you to decide what you want and what you need in an air hockey table. These five Best Picks below should help get you started, each of them making the list judged by a variety of criteria. First and foremost, the unit has to be powerful enough. The blower is one of the most important parts of the game and these are some of the best on the market right now. Without air, the puck doesn't move so you want a table that's going to keep the game moving fast.These units are also sturdy enough to accommodate even the roughest players, smacking that puck back and forth can start to take a toll on the unit. Of course, air hockey is meant to give you that feel of real-live hockey action so many of these selections offer special enhancements like digital scoreboards, sound effects, and lighting. Puck returns make the game more convenient and exciting as they enable you to put it back in play quicker when someone scores.For some consumers, the size of an air hockey table is too large for some homes, that means you want to go with a table-top unit and there are some of those on this list as well. Above all, these tables can cost a lot of money, so you want to make sure your investment lasts a long time. You will get plenty of value and consistent game play in every one of the picks on our list.
    August 03, 2015
  • Buying a pair of soccer cleats is another one of those decisions we face when it comes to finding a happy medium between aesthetic, function, and price. Like almost any other high-performance sporting attire, purchasing a pair of cleats is going to cost you a substantial amount of money. Therefore, you need to go into this purchase armed with all of the pertinent information needed for your gear to perform its best and do so for a long period of time. Things like sizing, outsoles, and upper material can all factor into your decision on which shoe is the best for you. It can't be stressed enough that you will need to actually try your shoes on, walk in them, kick in them, feel how they move, and how they hug your foot. The type of shoe one player likes won't necessarily be the one you will want, so do your homework before you drop that hard-earned cash. Feel free to refer to our soccer cleat buyer’s guide below for all of the essentials you should keep in mind when it's time to buy.
    June 23, 2015
  • Shopping for a treadmill can be a slow process given the variety of machines available through different manufacturers with a range of features at different price points. Depending on what you want out of your machine and workout, you may be able to get by with an inexpensive manual treadmill. Conversely, you may require need a top of the line, machine equipped with the latest high tech features. Knowing the differences between the various available treadmills is really an asset when making such a big, and possibly expensive, decision. Fortunately, we’ve drafted a helpful treadmill buyer’s guide below which lays out all the essentials you need to know.
    June 02, 2015
  • Kites are often considered a simple child's toy, but the reality is they can be highly advanced performance aircraft built for power and speed. They come in many different sizes and shapes for all skill levels. Choosing the kite that is right for you is actually pretty simple in comparison.The first thing to decide is what kind of kite you're looking for. Is this something you're going to use on a casual Sunday afternoon? Maybe it's more for the kids and you're just along to make sure no one loses their kite. Perhaps you want to do some crazy tricks with it. Once you know what you want it for, then you can determine the skill level you're working with. If you've never even seen a kite before or if it is intended for the little ones, then you really want to start with a single line kite. These are easy to put together and get in the air and are a perfect introduction to kite flying. Most beginner kites come in delta, diamond and box shapes and are attached to one sturdy line that lets you control the kite with only the slightest of a breeze. Those who have more experience in flying a kite can start to branch out to more complex configurations, including dual lines and multiple sails made of faster and lighter materials. These kites are usually built for specific uses. If you want to perform elaborate stunts...there's a kite for that. There are also kites designed for high winds and for people who don't want to merely fly a kite...but "pilot" it through the air.Ready to enter the fun world of kites? Our helpful buyer's guide below covers all the basic information you need to select the right one.
    May 28, 2015
  • When most people think of abs, it’s the ubiquitous six-pack; however, there’s also the oblique muscles to consider with both sets of muscles worked in multiple directions. While this is great for your beach body, it makes choosing the right ab workout machine a difficult task; each is different, though they all claim to provide the same benefits. If you’re confused as to which ab machine is best for you, check out our buyer’s guide listed below.
    May 22, 2015
  • Dumbbells are pretty much the gold standard when it comes to working out. They are one of the oldest forms of exercise equipment and probably why they’re one of the first things to come to mind when we think of working out. Dumbbells are also one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that an exerciser has. Being able to use one or both dumbbells in every range of motion makes the number of exercises nearly limitless. From three pound neoprene options to 90 pound hexes, there’s a dumbbell to fit any home, gym, or individual. To better understand which dumbbells will best fit your style, please see our buyer’s guide provided below.
    May 22, 2015
  • Whether you are planning a leisurely paddle on a lake with your family and friends or a whitewater solo trip through some rapids, you will want the best canoe for your adventure. There are a number of different canoes designed for various activities on the water. The type of canoe you choose will depend greatly on what the primary intended use will be. Stability, maneuverability and good tracking are all qualities that are important in any canoe and will vary depending on the type of canoe you are looking at. Below is our helpful canoe buyer’s guide with detailed information to help you in your search.
    May 21, 2015
  • Stair climbing machines simply don’t get the love they deserve in the fitness industry. Honestly, there’s a reason why every fitness professional tells you to skip the elevator and take the stairs. Not only is stair climbing great cardiovascular exercise, but it works the lower body better than any other cardio exercise.Most modern stair climber are manufactured with high quality parts which make them durable and long lasting while offering great resistance and perfect movement for a challenging but safe workout. Most models offer some kind of extra features which sweeten the deal such as water bottle holders, media trays, and internet-ready console displays. To figure out what type of stair climber and features are best for you, take a moment to check out our buyer’s guide listed below.
    May 20, 2015