Get your spring basketball gear at Foot Locker

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The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means that it’s time to get out of the house and head to the park for a game (or two, or three) of pick-up basketball, where boys become men and men discover that they’re not as athletic as they used to be.

What’s that you say? The tread on your old shoes is worn down to the sole and you’re in need of some new gear? Foot Locker has you covered, man. The specialty retailer carries all the latest apparel guaranteed to make any guy stand out from the crowd, including shoes from NBA stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Foot Locker sent us a pair of the new Nike Kobe Zoom Venomenons, and they’re some of the coolest and most comfortable basketball shoes we’ve ever worn. The latest collaboration between Nike and Kobe is comprised of a synthetic upper and a black carbon fiber heel counter with Hyperfuse and Flywire technology for lightweight strength and durability. Additionally, the Phylon midsole features a forefoot Zoom Air unit that provides super-responsive cushioning that will help you explode off the court to grab those big rebounds, and for those playing outdoors, the outsole has an abrasion-resistant material with a Blade Traction pattern designed for excellent traction. They also look great, with six electric colorways to choose from, and priced at $119.99.

Of course, if you’re planning on heading to the courts after school or work, you’re going to need a way to carry all that gear without having to make an extra stop home. That’s where the Nike Hoops Elite Team Backpack comes in real handy, because it offers plenty of storage space, including one main compartment, two zippered pockets, a place for a water bottle and even a 15″ laptop sleeve. It’s also made of water-resistant Tarpaulin, which keeps your stuff safe and dry from the elements, and features a padded back panel that provides additional protection.

That’s just scratching the surface of Foot Locker’s basketball range, however, so be sure to head to your local store or shop online to pick up the Nike Kobe Venomenons and Hoops Elite Team Backpack, as well as their many other new spring products.

  

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Product Review: RumbaTime Bowery Watch Collection

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It’s “time” to get a watch, playa. Rich people wear watches. If you’re trying to get your paper right, get a badass watch and show some fools “what time it is.”

A new survey from Spectrem Group’s Millionaire Corner shows most wealthy investors wear wristwatches (67 percent), with the percentage of wearers increasing with wealth. Which is why you should consider a new time piece from RumbaTime’s Bowery watch collection.

The collection was inspired by RumbaTime owner Drew Deters’ trip to Japan and the natural elements of bamboo and earth tones that pepper the landscape and culture.

At first, I wasn’t crazy about the neutral color options the Bowery Collection was available in. But the Army Green band with leather accents grew on me and actually helped me figure out how to diversify my wardrobe around the watch. The watch made me want to wear brown shoes and earth tones so I could wear it.

After wearing my RumbaTime Bowery watch for a couple of weeks, I found myself mixing blacks and browns like some type of faux-hipster, indifferent to consequence. Because the watch looked and felt so cool, I had to wear it.

My favorite part about the watch was the face. The face plate is a crisp white that pops and accents both the hands of the watch and the green line indices that denote the hours.

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There is a high definition feel to the way the face looks; I have caught myself glancing at my watch because it looks so cool, not because I didn’t know what time it was. Both the arms and the indices have luminescent hands. That may sound like some slick marketing, but I’ve never had a watch that looked as clean and clear as this one.

Speaking of clean, the watch is encased in a 40mm x 48mm stainless steel case and stainless steel back and has water resistance of up to 330 feet. It also glows in the dark.

The watch band is made of heavy duty canvas and the watch itself is weighted perfectly; it isn’t so heavy that you are consciously aware of it at all times, but it definitely makes you want to gesture more frequently with your watch hand, because of sheer coolness. The band measures in at 270mm long and 20mm wide, and feels so good, it isn’t the kind of watch that you purchase and then replace the band immediately.

Not only does a watch from RumbaTime serve as the perfect complement to your already dazzling wardrobe, hair and girlfriend, it accentuates your eye for detail and feels great. Each watch in the Bowery Collection retails for $95.00 and comes with a one-year warranty.

Visit the RumbaTime website for more information or to place an order. Visit the RumbaTime Facebook page for more information on the brand.

  

Reebok Classic announces the limited edition “Banner Question” sneaker for March 14th release

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 28: NBA player Allen Iverson reveals The Reebok Classic "Banner Question" at Mitchell & Ness on February 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Reebok)

How good was A.I. in his prime? Love him or hate him, Allen Iverson provided once-in-a-lifetime moments and that is a call for celebration. And once-in-a-lifetime athletes call for recognition.

Reebok Classic congratulates Allen Iverson on a memorable career that has earned him respect and recognition among the greats. Allen Iverson’s legacy will now live on high above the court where he first made his NBA debut in 1996 wearing the iconic Question Mid.

In honor of Allen Iverson’s jersey retirement, Reebok Classic memorializes a legendary athlete with an unforgettable iteration of the Question Mid. No detail was overlooked in creating a ceremonial version of this classic silhouette, from the custom sock liner to the jersey fabric upper.

Only 1996 numbered pairs of the Banner Question will be released on March 14th at select retailers nationwide for $160. Official retailers will be announced during the Sixers retirement ceremony on March 1st, so stay tuned on where to grab a pair.

Allen Iverson said, “Words cannot express what it means to have the 76ers organization retire my jersey. And to have Reebok make the Banner Question that’s symbolic of this event makes it even more special. The Sixers and Reebok are two partners that have always had my back and for that I’m forever grateful.”

  

2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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The type of gift you give will naturally be determined by the type of relationship you have, but in every case, it’s important to put some thought into it. Paying attention to the little things will go a long way as well. A gift that’s very personal to her will make a bigger impression than the price tag on the gift. That said, you can’t go wrong with brand-name gifts that will make her friends jealous. Here are some ideas to get you started.

The Bouqs Co. Flowers

Buying flowers can be a horrible experience, which is probably why a lot of guys don’t even bother. But what if there was a company that not only guaranteed fresher flowers at a reasonable price, but did so in style? That’s the basic concept behind The Bouqs Co., which cuts its flowers (from the side of an Ecuadorian volcano, naturally) on the day you order and delivers them within two to four days. Fed by pure volcanic snow melt and mineral-rich, pH-balanced soil, the flowers are brighter and can be enjoyed longer compared to other online floral companies. Better yet, it costs a flat $40 for a bouquet with shipping, and there are no annoying up-sells like cheap candy and stuffed teddy bears. Additionally, The Bouqs Co. farms practice sustainable, eco-friendly farming, only cutting what they sell, and offer its workers competitive living wages and services like on-site childcare and healthcare, and adult education. It’s win-win, so you no longer have a reason not to get your special lady the flowers she desperately wants.

Blendtec Designer Series Blender

A kitchen appliance may not be the most romantic gift on Valentine’s Day, but trust us when we say that your wife or girlfriend will absolutely love the Blendtec Designer Series Blender, especially because it means you can focus more on each other instead of food prep. While many people are content with filling up their kitchen cabinets with gadgets that only serve a specific purpose, the Blendtec Blender is effectively 12 appliances in one, including a coffee grinder, food processor, hand mixer, ice crusher, ice cream maker, whole juicer, meat grinder and immersion blender. Featuring a powerful 1560-watt, 3-peak horsepower motor, this thing is an absolute beast, blending just about anything you throw at it… and up to five times faster than its competitors. (Don’t believe us? Check out the company’s series of Will It Blend? videos on YouTube.) It’s also incredibly easy to operate, with six preprogrammed blending cycles and a touch control manual-speed slider. Though the Blendtec is a little bit on the pricey side, when you consider how many different machines you’d have to buy to replicate its various uses, it more than pays for itself.

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Reebok Classic Alert: Kamikaze I are back with the same flare and comfort!

Throwbacks are the hot items in sneakers these days, so we were thrilled to check out the Kamikaze I in black/blue from Reebok. Hot on the heels of the Kamikaze I white/black/green launch on Friday, January 17th, Reebok Classic readied the release of the Kamikaze I black/blue on Friday, February 7th.

Lightning struck every time Shawn Kemp stepped on the court. His larger than life persona set a new pace for basketball, and his groundbreaking athleticism inspired a shoe just as bold: the Kamikaze I. These kicks were hot back in the ’90s and they still have the look of a winner and serious baller all day long. That’s because Shawn Kemp and the Kamikaze I have been “A Cut Above Since 1994.” The color combo is sweet and the comfort level of Kamikaze I rivals just about anything on the market today!

On February 7th, Reebok Classic brought back the Kamikaze I OG black/blue at key retailers including Foot Locker, Champs, Jimmy Jazz, DTLR, Villa and reebok.com for $115. @reebokclassics, #THISisCLASSIC

  

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