2012 Gift Guide: Karly’s picks

As the time ticks away to find the perfect present, let’s take a look at some of our staff’s picks for the season. We asked them to pick a racquet, string, pair shoes, apparel piece and one “wild card” they would like to get as gift this year. Check out the entire Staff Picks. Below, Karly explains her choices.

Racquet: Wilson BLX Six.One Team

I’d like to say I’m not the clingy type, but that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to tennis racquets. I’m having the hardest time letting go of my Wilson nCode nTour. I mean, we’ve been through a lot together. It’s been there for me during the good times and the tough times. Although if there’s a racquet the nTour should be jealous of, it’s the Wilson Six.One Team. This is one racquet that has tempted me to make the switch! The Team is easier to swing, it’s softer on the arm and I get a great combination of power and control. In my opinion it’s a great all-around intermediate racquet that’s extremely easy to use.

String: Head IntelliTour

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s surprises (just ask Brittany, Jason, and Siobhan about the time they tried to persuade me to go through a haunted house). However, I will say that the Head IntelliTour string was an exception and came as a pleasant surprise. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to feel so soft! And not only was it softer than I expected, but it also offered good control, which isn’t usually the case for multifilament strings. A softer string that offers control? Now that’s what I call a great surprise!

Shoe: adidas adizero Tempaia II W (Pink)

You know that feeling you get when you put on a brand new pair of shoes? For about the first week or so you can’t stop staring down at them, almost as if checking to see if they’re still on your feet? Your walk has a little more pep in your step. You strut around with a whole new confidence because you’ve got new shoes and you look awesome.

That’s how I felt about the adidas Tempaia II shoes when I first put them on. Only that feeling hasn’t faded yet and I’ve been wearing them for three months now. It’s great! And not only do I move with confidence because they look good but, I can also move really well in them. They’re lightweight and stable — the perfect mix for great movement on the court. These shoes make you move great and look great. There’s not much more I could ask for from a pair of shoes!

Apparel: adidas Women’s Autumn Sequential Tank (Gold)

What are some perks of living in California you ask? Well, aside from The Beach Boys and Katy Perry writing songs about me, one benefit is not having to check the weather that often. 98.714 percent of the time (give or take) it’s sunny here on the Central Coast. I know that when I wake up in the morning, the sunshine is going to be radiating throughout the day, which brings me to one of the reasons why I chose this top. Growing up in the warm Southern California weather, I’m used to playing in tank tops. They’re what feels the most comfortable to play in to me. My most recent favorite tank is the adidas Autumn Sequential Tank, and I love how it looks on! It’s fitted at the chest, and long and loose at the waist. The racerback straps also leave my shoulders free of getting an attractive farmer’s tan. Not to mention I love the bright gold body – the cheery color will brighten anyone’s day!

Misc: Jelfin Tennis Ball Mouse

I’ve come to realize I’m the happiest when I’m playing tennis. Put a tennis ball in my hand and you’ll never see a smile wider than mine. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the Jelfin Tennis Ball Mouse for the first time. Think you’ll catch me with a frown on my face when working at my desk with this mouse? Guess again. How can you not smile when you see this?!