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The top 11 innovations in recreation this year

Skis that fold in half, wool that glows, and a smokeless fire.

This article is a segment of 2017's Best of What's New list. For the complete tabulation of the year's most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way.

CAT7 Connect Bat

cat7 connect bat

Slugger for hitting one long.


Most bats approved for college and high-school leagues feature only an inch-wide sweet spot—that ideal location where the ball will rocket off fastest. machined this one with walls of varying thickness; each section, including the large center of percussion in the middle of the barrel, is calibrated to give the ball just the right trampoline effect. A.

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