For our final installment of playtester favorites of 2011, we gave the testers a wildcard, allowing them to choose anything that didn’t fit into our previous categories. If you haven’t been following along, some of our playtesters picked their favorite products of 2011 and explained why in the spirit of year-end Best Of lists. So just who are these playtesters? Chris, Spencer, Jason, Brittany and Tiffani — we’re all familiar faces on the playtest team, and our jobs put us in contact with all of the newest products that go up on our web site. So far we’ve covered racquets, shoes, strings, accessories and socks.
We let them think outside the box this time around. Here are their random picks:
Forget Bowl Games. Chris will be revisiting some tennis classics this New Year’s holiday.
Chris: “When released on DVD this year, this match went straight into my library. What a great match between the aggressive Gerulaitis style and the cool brilliance of Borg. Fantastic!”
Tiffani also yearns a bit for the days of yesteryear. She is from the days of cotton, and though she does wear performance polys these days, she’s still thinks there’s nothing quite like cotton.
Tiffani: “I grew up in the days when we wore cotton t-shirts with our skirts or shorts. I do wear polyester-based apparel a lot for tennis, but I appreciate the feel of cotton, too. This cotton has some performance aspects, too, so it dries faster and doesn’t cling as much as your standard cotton tee.”
With long hair, Brittany is always looking for ways to her hair off her face and to do it with style.
Brittany: “When I play tennis, I always have a hard time keeping my hair out of my face. I have gone through loads of different headbands of all sorts of textures and thicknesses. I absolutely love the Nike Sport Hairbands 6- pack! They are sporty and fun! And they come in a six pack of different patterns so you will never get bored of the same boring color. My sister loved them so much she ‘borrowed’ some from me and has yet to return them.”
If Jason isn’t playing tennis, he’s probably on the computer. After all, we’re an online company!
Jason: “It’s a mouse shaped like a tennis ball! Or is it a tennis ball shaped mouse? Either way, pretty cool if you use these things called ‘computers.’ ”
A lot of the testers seem to have similar tastes. When these tees came in, quite a few of them picked up a few to put in their closets. The look great and feel great, too.
Spencer says it best: “It’s soft, lightweight, breathable, doesn’t stick and doesn’t smell.”
Happy Hitting into 2012!