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Price: $ 170 / pack of 9; $ 130 / backpack
If your taste in bags is more refined – no overt markings and garish coloring – then look no further than Geau Sport. The start-up produces tennis bags that favor durable fabrics, smart organization and clean designs. Constructed of weather-resistant polyester fabric with diamond ripstop, the Axiom 9-pack stands upright with a locker-style main compartment that allows for customizable shelving. Dividers can be moved or removed to accommodate larger or smaller items, and retain their positioning and shape better than most competing models with this option. Two padded side panels – one on each side of the bag – can hold up to two racquets each with the handles crossed. They don’t have a weatherproof liner and are a bit tight if you have larger handles, but there is enough room for four frames. A waterproof and ventilated external top pocket for wet shoes and clothes, as well as three additional external pockets for small items and valuables complete the storage.
The Axiom backpack carries less cargo, but is packed with smart features. It can hold up to two racquets in a dedicated padded sleeve; When zipped, the handles extend out of the bag diagonally to prevent contact with the wearer’s head during transport. The main compartment has a top lid entry and can hold larger items with an optional internal divider for more focused organization. Two expandable side pockets can hold a water bottle and a box of balls, a crush-resistant outer pocket is ideal for valuables or delicate items, and a waterproof outer side pocket keeps wet items separate. It even has a hanging hook for hanging the bag from a fence while playing. The definition of smart design.
Price: $ 35/1 liter six pack
Naturally low in calories and sugar and high in electrolytes, coconut water has become a darling for health-conscious sports drinkers. However, the flavor of pure coconut water can be a bit bland. The sweet versions may improve the taste, but do not promote your waistline. Greater Than seeks to divide the difference with a tasty sports drink that contains just a few simple ingredients – essentially organic coconut water, real fruit juice, and sea salt. Each serving (8 oz) contains 32% juice, only 40-50 calories and no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. There is also 140 mg of sodium and 240 mg of potassium to improve hydration and prevent cramps and fatigue. The drink comes in several unique flavors including watermelon, tropical tea, sports tea, orange mango, and chocolate. We tried the peach clementine and the strawberry lemonade and both have a slightly sweet and refreshing taste that hit the ice after sweating.
Price: $ 12/10 tablets; $ 13/8 packs; $ 10/15 capsules
If you are playing a long game in hot, sweaty conditions, drinking plain water is not enough. You have to replace lost electrolytes, and many popular store-bought sports drinks don’t have the required dosages. Used in the professional locker rooms of the NFL, NBA, MLB and the English Premier League, Precision Hydration is designed for serious competitors. Founded by a sports scientist and elite triathlete to combat his own episodes of cramping, PH is supplied in multiple amounts of electrolytes to provide a more personalized level of hydration.
The main variation is sodium – a major cause of cramps in endurance events like tennis – which is expended by sweat very differently from person to person. Making the universal approach to standard drinks suboptimal. By taking a free online sweat test on their website, you can receive a personalized hydration strategy that best meets your needs. (PH also offers an advanced in-person test – you can find the nearest center on the website – which will tell you exactly how much sodium you’re losing when you sweat).
The product line includes low calorie effervescent tablets; powdered drink mix with a combination of electrolytes and carbohydrates for faster absorption; and capsules for convenience when mixing drinks is impractical. The drinks have a very mild citrus taste, making it easy to consume multiple servings if needed without taste fatigue. I’m fond of the added energy and milder taste of the drink mix compared to the tablets, but both get the job done. A must have for people with cramps or for anyone looking to refine their hydration on the court.
Yonex REXIS Comfort and speed
Price: $ 21 / set; $ 285 / spool
Multifilament strings don’t have the sizzle of polyesters. They don’t usually come in different shapes, textures, or ultra-thin gauges with the promise of burying opponents in a spin avalanche. Still, if you’re looking for a string that offers easier power with a lot more comfort, it’s hard to beat a quality multifilament. Something like Rexis, the premium offering from Yonex in the category.
The rope is made up of thousands of fibers fused with a highly elastic polyurethane to eliminate gaps to increase power, flexibility and repulsion. A resin is bonded to the nylon filaments to help prevent breakage. The rope is now available in two distinct versions: REXIS Comfort and REXIS Speed. The former improves ball grip and string feel for a more comfortable hitting experience; while the latter is designed with a monofilament base for players with higher swing speeds looking for a firmer, more precise response. Both strings are available in 16 and 16L gauges.
From a playability standpoint, the smoothness and elasticity of the strings add depth to hits while eliminating the shock of off-center contact. They don’t quite produce the spin levels of a polyester – the hits don’t weigh as much – but the directional control is still impressive. And the feel is comfortable and fluffy. If it’s been a while since you’ve reached a multifilament, these are great options for finding out what they can offer; even if mixed with your favorite poly to give the string bed more tolerance. Your arm with thanks.
Yonex VCORE + snowshoes
Price: $ 239
The VCORE is Yonex’s spin franchise, but this pair of elongated frames adds extra muscle to the equation. At 27.5 inches, the VCORE 98+ (above) and VCORE 100+ offer more leverage and oscillating weight than standard models, to supercharge basics and services. Handling longer frames and harnessing the high horsepower can be tweaks, but heavier strokes are an interesting tradeoff. Like the rest of the lineup released earlier this year, these updates contain new technology designed to increase swing speed, frame snapback, and string movement to hit offensive, spin-loaded shots. If you enjoy dictating points from the baseline and hitting balls with plowing for days on end, these frames won’t disappoint. Check back in the coming weeks for more detailed reviews.