SKLZ’s Speed, Agility and Quickness products have changed the game with athletic training, and as I covered last week, is taking classic tried and true methods of training, and tweaking them to fit the needs of today’s athletes. This week, I’ll be taking a look at their new version of a rope ladder- the Quick Ladder.
The Rope ladder is a simple training tool with many variations, and now SKLZ has their own. The Quick Ladder is a durable nylon ladder with 11 flat rungs for precise training, and comes with a carry bag and training DVD. Along with the other SAQ products from SKLZ, the Quick Ladder is a training tool to help you reach the next level. Check out the video below for more information.
The Original Skate Squeege was started by brothers Brian and Grant Mixdorf. Their tag line for the Skate Squeege is Anything Else is Just a Stinkin Rag! The product is unique in the marketplace. It is used to help hockey players and anyone who uses ice skates dry off their skates after being on the ice. Most hockey players use towels or hockey socks, however, for younger hockey players and referees this seems like it would be a great product. The first time I used one of these it completely eliminated the water from the blade. I don’t play hockey anymore so having something with my skates to wipe them off, prolongs the future of the blades performance and durability. I would suggest you giving one of these a try, especially you parents out there. This product is safe and easily fits into a smaller skate bag.
For the retailers out there, you could get this product in your stores with your logo. So you are not only providing a great and safe product for customers to use, you are advertising your store at the same time.
With the increased focus on training these days, everyone who participates in sports is looking for ways to become bigger, faster and stronger. SKLZ has been a company on the forefront, selling training aids for almost every sport.
Some of the latest innovations from SKLZ are multi-sport training tools. The line focuses on the training your raw abilities, and honing them to become a better all around athlete; rather than the other training products from SKLZ that focus on developing an athlete’s sport-specific skills. Most of the line is not the standard fare for athletic training because they have a SKLZ twist to them. SKLZ has taken some of the more common training tools and changed them slightly to improve ease of use, affordability and most importantly, to increase effectiveness.
One of those products is the SKLZ SpeedSac, an alteration to the traditional weighted sleds that athletes have been pulling around for years. The Speed Sac is a soft sled that holds up to three sand weighted bags that are filled to ten pounds each. The weight of the sled can be changed by adding or removing the bags, providing a custom workout for specific training regimens. The bags also double as hand weights for performing lunges or other workouts for improving your leg and core strength. I have attached a video below that shows the SpeedSac in use.
Made to increase your speed and explosiveness, the SpeedSac retails for $69.99 which includes a SKLZ training DVD and materials to help you become faster, more agile and quicker. Also, you have a chance to win one this week in the Sportrabbit.com weekly giveaway.
“When was the last time you bought a new pair of road shoes, tinkered with the cleats for a few minutes, and then promptly proceeded to log nearly twelve hours of hard alpine asphalt riding in them over the course of one weekend? For that matter, has someone ever handed you a brand new pair of mountain bike shoes three days before your first one-hundred-mile mountain bike race, and then you went on to win said mountain bike race, wearing said shoes, in record time?”
The new trend in sports is two fold; Bigger, Faster Athletes playing the game harder than ever and new equipment being designed to keep this new breed of athlete safe from the tough new way they play. The fact is injuries are becoming a bigger factor in sports today due to the training regiments and level of play across the board in all sports. So the people with XProTex have created a series of gloves for protecting ball players better than ever in the most crucial of baseball tools- the hands.
The seven styles they offer are differing variations of the same concept- protection. Some are for hitting protection, while other cover other facets of the game. Here’s the lineup-
Raykr- Heavy duty hitting glove with optimal protection to the wrist and back of hand.
Hammr- Pair of gloves with special design to protect the hand from pitched balls. Win a pair this week here. (Pictured Above)
Dingr- Lightweight protective glove with more wrist protection than a conventional glove.
Lyte- More like a conventional batting glove, lightweight and gripping, with less protection.
Reaktr- Fielding inner glove for hand protection under your fielding glove.
Strykr- Catcher’s inner glove meant to protect the mitt hand from the bumps and bruises of backstopping.
Slydr- Coming Soon. Made for baserunning, reinforced thumb and finger protection for head first slides.
You can purchase or find more details about these gloves at www.XProTex.com.
All in all, this represents an interesting development in batting and fielding gloves, with a clear step towards safety that may be followed by the giants of the industry; or serviced by XProTex’s own created niche for those ballplayers with previous hand injuries or those looking to prevent hand injuries. With the rash of thumb injuries and other freak injuries in major league baseball this season, this may be something that we see worn by professionals sooner rather than later, similar in development and immediate need to the Rawlings S100 helmet.
We have detailed some of the most essential pads and protection for football players. We will talk about shoulder pads and helmets in future blog posts.
Collar Pads/Neck Rolls
These pads protect the collarbone, which attach to the shoulder pads on the back. Collar Pads and Neck Rolls usually price from $9.99 to $59.99. Cowboy Collars which attach to the shoulder pads are typically more expensive, while the round white neck collars start at $9.99.
Rib vests are recommended for players with sore ribs or who often get tackled. Rib pads can be attached to shoulder pads or worn separately with suspenders. Rib Vests cost between $12.99 and $69.99. The rib pads with the shirt and combo with side protection sell for a higher price. The more the protection and padding the higher the price.
Forearm pads are preferred for offensive and defensive linemen who use their arms to block and tackle. These pads can come with combinations of forearm and hand pads as well as forearm, hand and elbow pads. Forearm pads typically sell in a range of $5.99 to $29.99. The higher priced pads typically fit better and add better protection.
Different positions require different types of gloves. Lineman should look for gloves that are heavily padded on the top of the hand. Lineman gloves should also be designed to prevent a player from hyper-extending his fingers, usually have an extra heavy palm and an oversized wrist wrap for added wrist strength and protection. Receivers, Running Backs, Linebackers and Defensive Backs should have flexible gloves that have stickiness (tackiness) to them. Receiver Glove, Defensive Back, Linebacker and Running Back Gloves range from $14.99 to $69.99. Typically the more expensive gloves feature stronger material which prevents less ripping. The higher end gloves also feature more stickiness (tackiness) and are typically lighter. Lineman Gloves range from $24.99 to $79.99 and are more expensive because of the extra padding and some feature wrist wraps.