The Spalding NBA Infusion ($44.99), which hits the blacktop in May, comes with a .525-ounce Micro Pump that is positioned in the spot usually occupied by the valve. Turn the pump until it pops up, then push it in and turn back to lock it. According to Spalding, one minute of pumping will add about one pound of air pressure. Spalding, 800-225-6601; www.spalding.com.
Tunes for the Boondocks
To enjoy MP3 music files on the trail, try Nike's Personal Sport Audio Play 120 ($299). The PSA [Play 120 has 64 megabytes of memory and stores up to 120 minutes of digital qualify music. There are no movable parts, so tunes don't skip, and the lightweight (2.5 ounces) design fits into a pocket or onto an armband, www.nike.com
Mission Hockey's Flyweight skates have an external shell made of lightweight Fiber Skin and are 1.05 ounces lighter than conventional models. There are recreational versions ($149-$299) and a pro model (P-Stiffness, $399). www.missionhockey.com or 800-583-6087