Babolat AeroPro


Following years of trying to find free time to take up tennis, I was finally able to and I fell in love with the game right away. However, to seriously fuel my obsession I needed some equipment. A good friend of mine and avid tennis player pointed me to the Babolat AeroPro racquet series, several of which he currently uses. After using his Babolat Pure Drive 107 over the past few months, I’m fully convinced Babolat is the absolute best racquet out there, no questions asked, and once I found out that the new 2013 line was soon to be released I’m determined to be first in line.

The best aspect of the Babolat AeroPro series is that they offer a progressive line of racquets to fully accommodate your skill and experience level, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional. The series begins with the Babolat AeroPro Lite 2013, continues to the more intermediate Babolat AeroPro Team 2013 and finally lands on the guaranteed-to-be-impressive Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013.

The Babolat AeroPro Lite 2013 is perfect for beginners and anyone that wants to work on creating a consistent swing path. It’s aerodynamic frame and the addition of Active Cortex technology, which reduces vibration, makes this racquet lighter and allows a smoother swing to the ball than its predecessor.

The Babolat AeroPro Team 2013 is a racquet that provides the ideal combination of light weight and smoother swing capability for beginners or smaller statured people but also its greater power for more advanced players due to its stiffer beam and Woofer string technology that helps the string move more freely so that they retain their energy longer. There simply isn’t a better racquet for those striving to the top of their game to use.

Finally, the Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 is the most popular and best made racquet produced by Babolat; a fact echoed by Rafael Nadal’s use of it all over the world. The Drive 2013 is geared toward more advanced players because of its greater weight, stiffer layout and easy power generation. This racquet provides the greatest amount of spin of the series due its vibration free frame; no other racquet creates a better heavy ball off serve.

After using their previous racquets, as well as others from other companies, I definitely have to conclude that there isn’t any set of racquets that can match the Babolat AeroPro’s smooth play action and power as well as spin generation especially since their addition of the Active Cortex and Woofer technologies. They’re simply the best.

HEAD Youtek Tennis Racquets Get You in the Swing of Things

Do you want to stay in tip-top shape? If so, tennis is a great all around sport that keeps your heart pumping strong and your body active. People of all ages enjoy tennis. Tennis is more than just swinging a racquet; it takes skill, strength and stamina. So if you want to play, you’ll want to use the best tennis racquets available.

HEAD tennis racquets have been around for quite some time and are a well-known trusted brand used by many tennis players. Deciding what type of HEAD tennis racquet is right for you, depends on the type of game style you play.

HEAD YouTek IG Instinct MP Racquet is currently endorsed by the former No. 1 female professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova. This racquet features 16×19 string pattern with Innegra and d3o™ technology which gives a lower vibration in the strings and gives your swing more stability and control. HEAD YouTek IG Instinct S weighs over 1 ounce lighter and has a slightly larger head and durable frame. It is designed for moderate swings with more power. There is also a basic HEAD YouTek IG Instinct Racquet, priced slightly lower than these specific models and is designed for more aggressive players with fast swing styles.

HEAD YouTek IG Speed tennis racquets come in many different sizes and styles. The HEAD YouTek IG Speed MP 18X20 string is currently endorsed by tennis player Novak Djokovic. The YouTek IG Speed MP 16×19 gives you more pop from your swing. There are even more models such as the MP 300 which is good for baseline play, the Elite is good for all-court players, and the HEAD YouTek IG Speed Lite is a good choice for juniors transitioning to an adult-sized racquet and for players that want more control from the lightweight frame.

To get in the swing of things, decide what tennis racquets are for you and see for yourself how you like to get your swing on. HEAD tennis racquets are well made to last and get you to the top of your game.

Getting Dirty! Asics Trail Running shoes

Is there anything better than running through mud and dirt? There is nothing more fun than getting dirty. Seriously. Nothing beats running outdoors down a beautiful trail. But, if you’re running trails then I hope you know that you need to have special shoes—trail running shoes. It’s not just another marketing scam or someone trying to sell you yet another pair of shoes. Trail running shoes have special soles that allow you to run over tree roots, rocks and uneven ground—without hurting your soles or twisting your ankle. Plus, those big lugs on the sole? Those are to make picking the dirt out easier.

If you’re just starting to run trails you’ll quickly find that the more demanding the terrain is, the more demands are made on your shoe (thus, a trail running shoe). I’m going to be totally biased here, I run in Asics and I love them. Asics trail running shoes are actually up to the challenge. Personally, I run in the Asics 2160, which are, in my opinion, the best.

Put simply, these Asics trail running shoes are better for the feet in the trail running environment. The variety of angles you encounter, the obstacles of small rocks and stones, branches, changing earth firmness and a host of other reasons makes the Asics 2160 trail running shoe a safe bet for your feet. No joke, I love my Asics trail running shoe so much that I bought a pair to wear for everyday use; they also work well for stepping over trash and cracked pavement in the city. And they feel great on my feet. Part of the reason is the firm yet forgiving middle padding.
Not to mention the durability of the materials Asics uses. Plus, I like the styling, finding it to be a clean look, and available in a choice of three colors. They offer a pretty cool lime green, however, the black suits my style more, but once you run a few trail miles in the Asics 2160 you won’t be too concerned about color. It is the feel that will keep you hooked.

The Asics 2160 trail running shoe is similar to past versions of the 2100 series, which have developed a loyal following through the many years they have been on the market.

And, hey, it’s not just me—lots of trail runners have found this version to be the best Asics trail running shoes yet. Whether you are overpronated or not you should find the strength of support in this shoe to be helpful. Asics 2160’s have been modified since the last model with Asics’s patented Impact Guidance System. This enables the foot to transition more smoothly from heel to toe. This can make for a much smoother run even for those runners with a pronation.

All in all, the 2160, now known as the GT2160 is a reliable and enjoyable trail running shoe and you may find, that like me, you don’t ever want to take them off.