2 Runners, 5 Shoes

 
TWO RUNNERS: SARAH & CLAUDIA

 
Looking for a little motivation to get you out on the road? How about a new pair of running shoes! We asked Nike, Asics, Newton, Hoka, and Brooks to send us their top picks for a lightweight neutral trainer. Since different runners like different shoes, I invited Sarah Toland, co-author of Lindsay Vonn’s recently published book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, and a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 5K and 10K, to road test these running shoes with me. She’s a tall and lanky gazelle of a runner, while I’m shorter and more compact in my running style  — what Sarah describes as “a recreational marathoner with zeal”. My goal is simply to get from point A to point B. Hers is to do it fast! Here are two different runners thoughts on five of the newest top trainers:

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NIKE LUNARGLIDE 8 $120

Nike says: The LunarGlide 8 offers breathable support and exceptionally soft cushioning to help you glide through your longest runs. Engineered mesh provides comfortable breathability while Flywire technology adapts to your foot for a secure fit. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lasered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike to help you reach a smoother stride. A dynamic support platform adds comfortable, lightweight stability without weighing you down.

Sarah says: I loved how the Lunarglide fit my narrow foot and offered a great combination of a firm feel and well-cushioned ride. I wish it was a bit more springy and responsive, otherwise it might be my favorite out of all those we tested.  Read More

 

The Gift of Sport: For the Snow

 

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For that skier, snowboarder and all around snow lover,

here are 9 great gift ideas they will be sure to love all winter long!

 

LEFT COLUMN: ROXY & COURREGES SNOW JACKET $599.95. House of surf and snow, Roxy, comes together with house of style, Courreges, for a mod capsule collection of sportswear that includes this snowboard jacket. Slim fitting in white, accented with pops of orange, the jacket offers the protection required in the most adverse weather conditions and the warmth of PrimaLoft® Gold insulation.

ELECTRIC ELECTROLITE GOGGLES $120-$160. The award-winning new Electrolite goggle is one of the lightest on the market, weighing just 77 grams and flexible enough to fold in half. It features a compression molded silicone strap; fixed dual cylindrical thermo-formed anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-reflective lens; and is available in a wide range of great colors and finishes.

POC BLOCK STRIPE BEENIE $40. From POC´s Team Gear collection, this sporty color blocked hat keeps you warm in style from the slopes to the trails to the lodge.

KJUS MENS BT 2.O GLOVE $399. These game-changing Bluetooth ski gloves keeps hands warm while you make and receive phone calls without taking your smartphone out, with an integrated OLED display shows who’s calling. A waterproof speaker and microphone are built into the gloves, which are also incredibly warm, comfortable and 100% waterproof.
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The Gift of Sport: For The Great Outdoors

 

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For the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, here are 11 great gift ideas perfect for

camping, hiking, or any outdoor activity — be they urban adventures too!

 

TOP ROW: PATAGONIA MEN’S DOWN SNAP-T PULLOVER $199. This down-insulated, wind-resistant version of Patagonia’s classic Snap-T Pullover is made of featherweight, recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and insulated with 600-fill-power 100% recycled down.

FILSON SMOKEY BEAR WATCH $1000. This limited-edition Smokey Bear Watch is individually-numbered and boxed with a collection of Smokey Bear goods that includes a certificate of authenticity, a commemorative book, and six postcards of reimagined, vintage Smokey posters. It’s a rugged timepiece built to last by Shinola.

THE NORTH FACE ORIGINAL BACKPACK $225. The backpack that started it all in 1968 has been reissued in a Limited Edition, crafted with 17-ounce canvas and premium leather trimmings. Available in vintage white and black.

ROW 2: FALKE SK2 SKI SOCKS $25. Expertly crafted for winter sports, these moisture wicking, thermal insulating ski socks feature protective cushioning panels, a right and left toe-box, anti-wrinkle toe, and anatomic foot arch for all day comfort on the slopes. Their assorted color combos look great apres-ski too.

YETI HOPPER 20 COOLER $299. Made for the serious outdoor enthusiast, Yeti Coolers are known for their rugged durability and ice-for-days performance. Completely leakproof, the Hopper 20’s mobile design allows for easy transport of 12 cold ones or 20 pounds of ice.
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The Gift of Sport: For The Cyclist

 

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THE GIFT OF SPORT CONTINUES WITH

GREAT IDEAS FOR THAT SPECIAL CYCLIST… BE IT HE OR SHE!

 

ROW 1: KESTREL RT-1000 $1899. This sleek flat bar road bike offers a dream ride for any cyclist. From long training rides to cruising around town, the carbon fiber Kestrel RT-1000 combines a fast aerodynamic design with high performance Shimano components, and an upright geometry that delivers comfort too. POC FONDO LIGHT MEN’S JERSEY $99. With a sophisticated 3-tone monochromatic design, the POC Fondo features a lightweight wicking fabric, with a full-length front zipper and mesh inserts under the arms for optimal flexibility, breathability and comfort. Three cargo pockets on rear too.

ROW 2: CASTELLI ELEMENTO 2 7X(AIR) WOMEN’S CYCLING JACKET $399.95. For that ultra stylish but hardcore cyclist, the Castelli Elemento is ready to take on the rain, wind, and winter cold. The lightweight quilted 7x (AIR) fabric blocks wind and water while remaining permeable to air, and the inner layer is a soft, insulating microfleece. WindShear panels on the arms and shoulders, articulated fleece collar, and raw-edge wrist cuffs that easily fit under gloves, are a few more features determined to make any rider love winter cycling. SILCA SUPERPISTA ULTIMATE PUMP $445. With a name that befits its design, the Silca Superpista bicycle pump is as much a work of art as a tire inflator, and the “ultimate” gift for the cyclist who has everything. With a hand-turned rosewood handle inspired by top-of-the-line Japanese knife makers, a stainless steel barrel and hardware machined to NASA-level tolerances for performance, and a hose originally designed for race cars, inflating one’s tires becomes an aesthetic experience with this pump. GIRO KNIT MERINO GLOVES $27.95. For chilly rides to and fro, these warm New Zealand merino wool cycling gloves feature rubber dotted palms for grip and touchscreen-compatible fingers — all in a stylish two tone package. More colors available.
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Gold Medal Goggles

 
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As Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and Ryan Lochte, continue to rake in the gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, their flashy swim goggles are making as bold a statement in the pool as their record breaking times. With a stealth wrap-around style and intimidating mirrored lens, this new breed of swim goggles is designed to provide the competitive edge. Offering unprecedented field of vision and hydrodynamics, here are four gold medal goggles that will have you swimming like an Olympian too.

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SPEEDO FASTSKIN 3 ELITE MIRRORED GOGGLES $75. With a 3D goggle seal, these goggles hug the eye socket, without leaving marks, to ensure maximum leak resistance — most importantly during starts and turns. Patented goggle strap features a tensioning scale that allows for a consistently accurate and secure fit with significantly less strap tension, so goggles feel more comfortable too.

ARENA COBRA ULTRA GOGGLES $59.95. As seen on 100m breaststroke gold medalist and world record holder, Adam Peaty, these ultra race goggles combine no-drag hydrodynamic design with extra wide peripheral vision for unbeatable performance in the pool.

TYR STEALTH MIRRORED RACING GOGGLES $17.99. Constructed with a low profile design, these sleek goggles offer a streamlined fit for minimal drag. Latex free, this performance goggle also has durable, hypoallergenic silicone gaskets that provide a comfortable, watertight seal and maintain their shape over time.

MP MICHAEL PHELPS XCEED GOGGLES $54.99. Featuring perfect clarity, 180 degree field of vision, and a low profile design, these are the signature swim goggles of Michael Phelps that he developed with longtime coach Bob Bowman. Need we say more?

 

Time For A SUPgrade

 

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If you’ve been Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while now — preferring the serene waters of a bay or lake over ocean waves, but still riding a traditional surfboard shaped SUP — it might be time to graduate to a race or touring board. With a nose shaped more like a kayak, called a “displacement hull”, these sleek and streamlined boards are designed to go fast and straight, cutting though choppy waters and gliding with ease.

Touring boards are generally more stable and are wider than race boards, designed for recreational paddlers, while race boards tend to be narrower, designed for more advanced and competitive paddlers. Touring boards come in a variety of different lengths, depending on personal preference, while race boards are either 12’6 or 14 ft. As we kick off the second half of the summer, here are 6 of our favorite race and touring boards ready to take your paddling to the next level.

RACE SUPS: STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS BUILT FOR SPEED

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FROM LEFT: STARBOARD ALL STAR $3499. Combining stability with speed, the All Star is the most popular and versatile race board in the Starboard lineup. Ideal for both beginner and elite level riders, the concave bottom shape provides speed on flatwater, and though narrow at 23″, stability and control from the side planes and sharp rail edge. With a noticeable flex, energy is generated from the body moving up and down during paddle strokes. As with most race boards, it is available in a 12’6 and 14 ft. length.

SIC MAUI 12’6 TWC $1699. If you want a fast all around fitness/race board that has a bit more width for added stability, this is your board. Stability is the key to SIC boards winning pedigree and design philosophy that you are fastest when standing on your board as opposed to lying in the water next to it. The wave piercing bow and dual zone rocker offer low drag in calm waters with the stability needed in choppier conditions. Sharp rails at the tail shear water to maximize speed.

NAISH GLIDE 12’6” X30 GS $1999. The Glide 12’6″ X30 GS is the ideal choice for riders of any level who want increased stability for touring, enjoying downwind ocean runs, recreational racing, and fitness training. It features a penetrating V nose and a flat rocker for phenomenal gliding performance on flat water, with ample thickness and width for stability and planing in the ocean.
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The Pro Shop

 
JOHN MCENROE, TOMMY ROBREDO, JIM COURIER AND FEW OTHER PRO RACQUET STASHES AT RPNY

 
As the players take the court at the Wimbledon Championships now underway, it’s hard to miss the massive tennis bags slung over their shoulders, packed with the multiple racquets they will use throughout the match. Individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, you might notice an RPNY logo printed on the side. Each racquet is exactly the same, with absolutely no variation, and likely has been customized to precise specifications by a man named Roman Prokes.

Tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript building on East 51st street in Manhattan is RPNY – the secret weapon of the pros and any other tennis player who wants to feel like one. Owned and run by Roman Prokes, 55 years old and originally from the Czech Republic, RPNY has been open since 2002. Prokes has been customizing and stringing tennis racquets since 1991 for such players as John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Tommy Robredo and Andre Agassi, just to name a few, and these same services are available to anyone who wants the perfect racquet to better their game.
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Rayblockers

 

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For cycling, running, hiking or any outdoor sport, this season’s sport shades have all the coverage, protection, and of course the style, to block those rays on bright sunny days and enhance vision on those overcast as well. With a wide field of view, eye shield design, and a variety of lens configurations, these are 6 of our favorite sporty sunblockers perfect for all your outdoor endeavors. 

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POC CRAVE $245. Two of the hottest new sunshields both come from Poc Sports, the CRAVE and the ASPIRE. Shown here is Crave, a slightly smaller but still oversized sport sheild. Available in array of frame and interchangeable lens colors, both are designed for multiple athletic pursuits, with super mod style for all day cool. Lightweight, flexible, and durable, they feature Carl Zeiss lenses, with an open frame construction for ventilation. Hydrophilic rubber stays grippy when wet, and the lens is ripel treated to help keep fog and grime from blocking your view.

UVEX SPORTSTYLE 810 $79.95. Designed primarily for cycling, the Sportstyle 810 features the new Uvex curve 10 lens technology, offering a superior panoramic field of vision for all your favorite outdoor sports. With full 1cm more curvature, compared to standard flat lenses, the design offers greater coverage and protection. Ventilation openings at the edge of the lenses, combined with the highest possible coating standard ensure a fog free, crystal view.

RAPHA PRO TEAM FLYWEIGHT GLASES $220. With a Carl Zeiss lens and high-strength polymer frame, Rapha delivers their new cycling sunshield with uncompromising performance. The UV400-protective Neutral Grey/Bronze Mirror comes standard, with four other detachable lens colors available, for optical clarity in a wide range of conditions. The extremely lightweight, aerodynamic construction guarantees maximum comfort on long rides.

NIKE VAPORWING ELITE $386. The new Nike Vaporwing Elite R Sunglasses boast superior coverage with a one-piece Zeiss Optics lens that wraps around the face for exceptional clarity with an uninterrupted scope of  view. Lightweight and aerodynamic, Nike Flying Lens technology is designed for airflow with ventilation to reduce fogging. Rubber channels on temples wick sweat and improve grip on those warm weather runs.
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