One Tough Tire
It's not easy to puncture an Armadillo tire ($29.99-$39.99) from Specialized. The tire has a three-layer design that incorporates a subtread impregnated with DuPont Kevlar to seal holes and a synthetic cap-ply material to prevent sidewall cuts. The company has a no-fault replacement policy for tires that go flat and says it will post the best flat-tire stories on its website, www.specialized.com.
Not for Tournament Play
If you've ever suffered twinges of guilt after hitting a golf ball into the water off the deck of a cruise ship, try the environmentally friendly Eco Golf Ball ($12 per dozen). Made of ground rawhide, the ball breaks down in fresh-or saltwater within 96 hours, leaving no toxic residue. Check out their degradable corn resin tees too. Call 888-326-3003, or go to www.ecogolf.com.