Stuff Men Want July 2012

Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back with a good friend or your favorite family member for an afternoon of angling. When the time comes, the incredibly strong and responsive Bass Pro Shops Crankin’ Stick casting rod ($55) handles like a dream. Throw on an Abu Garcia Revo Winch baitcast reel ($160) for unstoppable crankin’ power. Strike King’s KVD Sexy Shad Kit ($60) will lure in the freshwater keepers with a host of crankbaits and Frabill Conservation Series landing net ($70) gets them in the boat with ease. Clean your catch with Rapala’s Lithium Ion cordless fillet knife ($100) and hold your composure under a classic tan Glacier Glove Dr. Shade Outback hat ($40).

Waterproof Gadgets
You’re not enjoying summer until someone gets wet, but it’s hard to dive in freely if you want to keep the gadgets dry. The Grace Digital GDI-AQ2SI60 ECOXGEAR rugged and waterproof stereo boombox ($150) protects your summer soundtrack poolside, no matter how much splashing is involved, and Sony’s Cyber Shot DSC-TX200V waterproof digital camera ($460) captures all the fun in and out of the surf. But fear not, Movado’s elegant yet sporty white Swiss Chronograph ($495) and Citizen’s men’s Eco-Drive Signature ($925) timepieces will have you paddling home in time for dinner.

Assemble the ultimate golfer’s survival kit to aid in your answer when the links call this summer. TaylorMade’s TMX T2 cart bag ($350) wears comfortably, fits all the essentials (including a pint of your favorite spirit) and looks undeniably cool and collected doing it. Stay ahead of the competition at the start of each hole with a TaylorMade R11S driver ($400) and Evolve Golf Vireo S3 tees ($6), which use the Sweet Spot System for maximum yardage. Try an Axis1 putter ($300) to finish with grace, and bring some Callaway HEX Black Tour golf balls ($45), which are actually worth digging from the tangled rough. As hip as spikes can be, Adidas adiPure golf shoes ($250) will easily walk you through 18 holes.

Words: Oliver Peterson
Photos: Luke Hanscom