Cutting-Edge Sports Gear

The athletic equipment that made the cut for our second annual celebration of the best in design and technology.

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The last thing you want when you flat is to discover that your pump needs its own mechanic. PORTLAND DESIGN WORKS' new POCO PUMP comes with a machined aluminum body that will outlast every plasticky tool out there. But what really sets it apart is the bamboo handle, which wins on style even in seen-it-all bike meccas like Portland. $40; ridepdw.com

Apex Sports Group Apex

Apex
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

For years, people have tried—and failed—to make an alpine ski boot that performs well on the slopes but lets you walk around the lodge without clomping. The new APEX, by APEX SPORTS GROUP , employs a custom-moldable inner liner that's a bona fide boot—you could wear it to a restaurant. When paired with a carbon-fiber chassis and cuff, it skis as well as a traditional, moderately stiff alpine boot. $1,295; apexskiboot.com

Big Bertha Diablo

Big Bertha Diablo

If you golf like us (occasionally and poorly), teeing off means swinging hard and hoping for the best. But CALLAWAY 's BIG BERTHA DIABLO DRIVER offers damage control. The three-piece titanium head uses a hyperbolic face—thicker in the middle, thinner at the edges—to deliver long drives even on off-center strikes. Designers also tuned one model to fix your slice. $199; callawaygolf.com

Lazer Urbanize N'Light

Urbanize N'Light

Never get caught riding home without a light again. LAZER 's URBANIZE N'LIGHT dome integrates illumination fore and aft, so you're always ready to roll. The comfortable fit system, eight vents, and metro style make this helmet perfect for commuters. $100; lazerhelmets.com

Brooks Green Silence

Green Silence

Running shoes aren't very eco-friendly, thanks to things like toxic glues and petroleum-based foam midsoles. But BROOKS 's GREEN SILENCE flat takes several steps in the right direction. Three-fourths of this lightweight racing shoe is made from recycled products. It's also built with water-based glues, fewer manufacturing steps, and an insole and midsole designed to decompose faster than other footwear. Available February 2010, $100; brooksrunning.com

Delta 7 Ascend Road Frame

Delta 7 Ascend Road Frame
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

Look gimmicky? It's not. DELTA 7 's ASCEND ROAD FRAME is built with a lattice of interlocking carbon-fiber trusses wrapped in Kevlar, a construction technique that translates into an amazingly chatter-free ride, a superior strength-to-weight ratio, and extreme torsional and axial stiffness. The company is using the technology in high-end perfor­mance bikes first, with plans to apply it to the auto and aerospace industries next. $6,000; delta7sports.com

Prince Exo3 Blue 110

Prince Exo3 Blue 110

The PRINCE EXO3 BLUE 110 may be the most energy-efficient racket ever. Its strings are laced through a carbon-fiber string bed independently suspended in the frame. This makes the sweet spot much bigger and reduces a volley's impact shock, thus delivering up to 26 percent more energy to returns. Your matches are about to get a lot shorter. $280; princetennis.com

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