Price: $170/9-pack; $130/backpack
If your taste in bags runs more refined—no overt branding and garish coloring—then look no further than Geau Sport. The start-up produces tennis bags that put a premium on durable fabrics, smart organization and clean designs. Constructed of weather-resistant polyester dobby fabric with diamond ripstop, the Axiom 9-pack stands upright with a locker-style main compartment that allows for customizable shelving. The dividers can be moved or removed to accommodate bigger or smaller items, and hold their positioning and shape better than many of the competing models with this option. Two padded side panels—one on each side of the bag—holds up to two racquets apiece with the handles crossed. They lack climate protection lining and are a little tight if you have a bigger grips, but is space enough for four frames. A waterproof, ventilated external top pocket for shoes and wet clothes, plus three additional external pockets for smaller items and valuables round out the storage.
The Axiom Backpack hauls less cargo, but is loaded with smart features. It holds up to two racquets in a dedicated padded sleeve; when zippered the handles will extend out of the bag diagonally to avoid contact with the wearer’s head during transport. The main compartment has a top lid entry and can hold larger items with an optional internal divider for more focused organization. Two expandable side pockets can hold a water bottle and can of balls, a crush resistant external pocket is ideal for valuables or delicate items and a waterproof exterior side pocket keeps wet items separate. It even has a hanging hook to suspend the bag from a fence during play. The definition of intelligent design.
Price: $35/1-liter six-pack
Naturally low in calories and sugar and high in electrolytes, coconut water has become a darling for health-conscious sports drinkers. However, the flavor of straight-up coconut water can run a little bland. Sugary versions may improve the taste, but don’t do any favors for your waistline. Greater Than looks to split the difference with a tasty sports drink that contains just a few simple ingredients—essentially organic coconut water, real fruit juice and sea salt. Each serving (8 oz.) is 32% juice, only 40-50 calories and with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. There’s also 140mg of sodium and 240mg of potassium to improve hydration to help stave off cramps and fatigue. The drink comes in several unique flavors including Watermelon, Tropical, Sport Tea, Orange Mango and Chocolate. We tried Peach Clementine and Strawberry Lemonade and both have a modestly sweet, refreshing taste that hit the spot over ice after working up a sweat.
Price: $12/10 tablets; $13/8 packets; $10/15…