Tanks of the Summer

What?! It’s already the almost the end of September? That can’t be right. Time hasn’t flown by this fast since Michael J. Fox hopped into that car of his back in 1985!

As summer comes closer to an end (and I try to figure out where the time went), it means it’s our last chance to take in some of that prime sunshine and get our tans on before the cooler weather sets in. To help with that, here are some of the most notable tanks of the summer.

Lija Virtual Infinity Tank

Lija Virtual Infinity Tank

The first one to kick off the list is the Lija Women’s Virtual Infinity Tank. If you haven’t had the chance to feel how soft Lija fabric is before, I feel sorry for you. Just kidding, but I do recommend that you run, not walk, to the nearest place that carries Lija apparel so you can feel just how soft the material is. And it goes without saying, with Lija not only does it feel great, it’ll make you look great as well.

Nike Women's Autumn Border Strappy Tank

Next up for the most notable tanks is the Nike Border Strappy Tank. This one cries out, “Turn me into a tan goddess!” The thin T-back spaghetti straps are ideal for getting rid of any embarrassing farmer’s tan you may have. Not to mention this top has a ton of different color options! And by a ton, I mean there are so many different choices that even the most decisive people will experience a hint of panic. Though there’s no need to worry since any color you decide on is a cute choice.

adidas Fall Sequential Tank

 

We all love tops that make us feel attractive, modern and comfortable. So it’s no surprise when I say that the adidas Women’s Fall Sequential Tank fits in that categroy. It’s fashionable and practical. It’s athletic while stylish. The built-in bra gives you that extra support for high intensity workouts, while the longer, looser fitting torso makes it comfortable to stay relaxed in. Essentially, the adidas Fall Sequential Tank has it all!

 

For the guys who are looking for a lightweight tank to help them in the tanning department, look no further! The Under Armour Men’s coldblack Sleeveless Top is what you need. Not only will this top make it easier for you to work on browning those arms, its coldblack technology reflects the heat to keep you cool and protected. You could say this top comes with that cherry on top.

Under Armour coldblack Sleeveless Top

It’s no secret Puma makes great quality items and the Puma Men’s Fall Sleeveless Crew is no exception! This edgy top was meant to make your arms shine. The cut of the shoulders are closer to the neck, giving you more range of motion and less room for an embarrassing farmer’s tan.

Puma Fall Sleeveless Crew

So quick! Grab these tanks and get out there and enjoy that warm sunshine before it’s gone!

 ~Karly

Power of pink!

Power of Pink!

 

Under Armour Go Pink Tee
It’s fun, it’s sassy, and it sends a powerful message!

Under Armour Go Fight Cure Tee
It feels like cotton but performs like Under Armour, bonus!

New Balance Tooth and Paw Tee
So cute! This one reads, “Fight Cancer Tooth and Paw.”

New Balance Pink Ribbon Printed Racer
New Balance works with the Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer.

New Balance Pink Ribbon Sports Bra
A sports bra in support of breast cancer awareness? Perfect!

New Balance 1/4 Zip Top
This wine color is gorgeous, and the message is so important.

Sneak Peak: New Dunlop Biomimetic racquets!!

The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour racquet!

Get ready for a revolution from Dunlop! In October 2012, Dunlop will be releasing their new line of racquets. But these aren’t the same racquets that we are used to seeing from Dunlop. Instead, they’ve completely redesigned their frames to better suit the modern game. With the help of some new technology, Dunlop’s trying to make a new identity for themselves in the world of racquets.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the SIX NEW RACQUETS in the Dunlop line

Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour:
-the racquet of choice for touring pros Jurgen Melzer and Tim Smyzcek
-98 sq. inch head size, 11.5 oz strung, 6 pts HL balance, 319 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 64 stiffness, 18×20 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300 Tour

 

Biomimetic M 3.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pros Fernando Verdasco and Heather Watson
-98 sq. inch head size, 11 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 318 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 66 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300

 

Biomimetic M 6.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Tommy Robredo
-102 sq. inch head size, 10.6 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 312 swingweight, 25 mm bead width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600

 

Biomimetic S 3.0 Lite:
-98 sq. inch head size, 10 oz strung, 2 pts HH balance, 300 swingweight, 22 mm bead width, 65 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 4D 300 Lite

 

 

Biomimetic S 6.0 Lite:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Dominika Cibulkova
-105 sq. inch head size, 1/4″ longer than standard length, 10.1 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 295 swingweight, 26 mm beam width, 69 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600 Lite

 

Biomimetic S 8.0 Lite:
-115 sq. inch head size, 1/2″ longer than standard length, 9.7 oz strung, 8 pts HH balance, 333 swingweight, 30 mm beam width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 800

 

 

Dunlop is introducing some new Biomimetic (inspired by nature) technologies in order to make their racquets lighter, faster, and more powerful. First, they’ve incorporated Biofibre, which is made from the stem skin of plants, and according to Dunlop is lighter than carbon and stronger than steel. It’s used in the throat of the frame to absorb shock and give it 18% greater feel and control.

Next, a state of the art grommet system was introduced made from a substance called MoS2. It’s designed to mimic the surface of snake skin, which is supposed to be more durable and also reduce friction between the frame and the string. It is designed to reduce string friction for 27% greater power and increase abrasion resistance for 40% greater durability.

Finally, the third new technology Dunlop has integrated into the racquet is called Aeroskin CX. It’s an upgrade on their previous Aeroskin technology, which is inspired by shark skin, and looks like little bubbles on the racquet at the 12, 4, and 8 o’clock positions. It’s intended to make the racquet more aerodynamic, dramatically reducing drag and allowing the player to generate much more racquet speed. In numbers, this reduces drag by up to 36%, an 11% increase from the older technology, resulting in a faster racquet speed for more power, maneuverability and reaction time.

All in all, Dunlop is moving away from their lower-powered, control-oriented frames. They even look way different and more modern. The beam is designed in more of an aerodynamic shape (think Babolat AeroPro Drive) as opposed to the classic box beam we have grown accustomed to from Dunlop. The grommets are sunken into the racquets instead of having the string sit above the frame, and the throat is deeper and longer to make the racquet easier to swing. Last but not least, maybe the most immediately noticeable difference in the shape of the head, which is much more of a tear drop shape, narrower towards the throat and flaring out towards the tip.

With their new look and new technologies, Dunlop is also introducing a new naming system to the whole series of racquets. The new racquets are labeled with a smaller number and a decimal (ex. 3.0, 6.0, 9.0 etc.), but people familiar with the old racquets rest assured that they pretty much align with their predecessors (3.0 = 300, 6.0 = 600, etc.). In addition, one of three letters that represents the swing style that best suits the racquet:

F = Full/fast swings
M = Medium/moderate swings
S = Short/slow swings

Dunlop has re-invented themselves and made their racquets more suitable for the modern game. The racquets are lighter, faster, and more powerful, and our playtesters all agree! These new racquets will be available for presale on October 1, and will go on sale later in the month. Keep your eyes peeled and get your new Dunlop racquet (or at least demo it!) soon!

-AG