Schutt releases new Air XP Pro Q10 Football Helmet

For the past several years, Schutt has followed a similar pattern when it comes to releasing new football helmets: take a recognizable helmet shell and tweak the padding inside.

While this strategy hasn’t exactly changed the face (or head) of football, it has strengthened Schutt’s position when it comes to helmet safety. The Litchfield, Illinois-based manufacturer now owns five of the top six ranked helmets in the Virginia Tech Helmet Study and has six styles that have earned five star rankings. Those numbers figure to increase in the 2017 study with the recent release of the Schutt Air XP Pro Q10 Adult Football Helmet.

Following on the heels of 2016’s new offering, the Vengeance Z10, Schutt has taken its Helmet Stabilization System and applied it to the classic Air XP shell in the Q10. The system uses both internal and external stabilizers around the jaw area to give players a more locked in feel. Special jaw pads, also used in the Z10, work in unison with newly designed facemasks to provide addition protection to the side of players’ faces by extending above the helmet shell.

Other than the shell design, the biggest difference between the new Q10 and last year’s Z10 is in the front padding. The Z10 uses traditional foam wrapped in a faux leather comfort pad, while the Q10 has shifted away from that and put TPU throughout the entire helmet, including underneath the newly designed front pad. The lighter padding brings he helmet’s weight down to 2.95 pounds without a facemask. That weight doesn’t increase much when you add an included titanium facemask in your choice of style and color.

While the Q10 has yet to be rated by the Virginia Tech study, Schutt’s track record shows that if they’re releasing a new helmet, it’s sure to be given a 5-star rating. Look for the Q10 to start popping up on NFL and college fields during this spring’s mini camps or get your own on SportsUnlimited.com today.

The best ice hockey equipment bag comes from Grit

If you’ve been to an ice hockey rink lately, odds are good you’ve seen a Grit HTSE Hockey Tower Bag.

You know the one. Well made and durable, rolling wheels, stick holders on the side and plenty of space for all the gear.

Much more than a regular hockey bag, the Grit Tower Bag is truly a locker room on the go.
Much more than a regular hockey bag, the Grit Tower Bag is truly a locker room on the go.

It’s the best ice hockey bag on the market and it’s almost unfair to compare it to conventional hockey bags. What Grit has done has built a portable hockey locker that you can take anywhere.

The Grit hockey bag is at is best when it’s standing straight up – a break from tradition with normal bags. It essentially contains shelving inside that gives you space to put all your gear. It’s great for when you get to the ice, but it may be even better when you’re leaving the house and making sure you have everything with you. The top shelf contains compartments for your skates and helmet. The second level has plenty of space for your elbow pad and gloves, while your shin guards, shoulder pads and hockey pants can easily fit below. Everything is clearly in view to leave little doubt that you’ve got all the equipment you need for a game or practice. No more showing up with one skate or elbow pad because you assumed the other was stuffed beneath your pants. The simple organizational elements will make sure you’re prepared every time you leave the house.

Ventilation holes in the plastic and a mesh back keep your Grit bag from smelling like a locker room.
Ventilation holes in the plastic and a mesh back keep your Grit bag from smelling like a locker room.

Another great feature of a Grit hockey bag is its air flow, essential for keeping your portable locker from smelling like, well, a locker. The reinforced plastic that makes up the back of the bag has holes punched in it and a mesh covering to promote air flow. It also features several removable mesh compartment and two mesh compartments on the side that are great for holding a pair of slides, socks or any other items that need to be aired out before or after play.

A zippered front pocket increases storage space and includes straps for two water bottles with enough room left for tape and other small personal items. Another extra feature is a carpeted pull out piece for standing on while you’re changing. It beats standing on a wet, slippery floor.

Two stick holders on the sides of the Grit hockey bag allow you to transport your main stick and a backup very easily. There’s even an attachable shoulder strap if you prefer to go old school and not take advantage of the wheels.

Available in a wide array of colors mirroring the schemes of the NHL’s top franchises, the Grit Hockey Tower Bag is a great choice for anyone looking to find a better way to get their gear to the ice. The bag comes in both a 33″ version and a 36″ size, with additional options for large goalie bags and medium goalie bags. There’s even a Grit Youth Hockey Tower Bag available.

Check out ice hockey equipment bags from Grit and other brands at Sports Unlimited today!

It’s in the gear: Roberto Perez

As Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen were mowing down hitters one-by-one during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, you had to wonder… maybe it had something to do with the target.

If the All-Star System 7 Catcher's Gear set is good enough for Roberto Perez, it's good enough for you.
If the All-Star System 7 Catcher’s Gear set is good enough for Indians catcher Roberto Perez, then it’s good enough for you.

Behind the plate was unquestioned Game 1 hero Roberto Perez, clad in his All-Star Catcher’s Gear, managing his pitchers through the most important game of the season. The Indians catcher watched as they struck out 15 batters, cooling off a red-hot Chicago Cubs team that had just plated 23 runs in three games to reach the Fall Classic.

Perez provided the pop on offense too, clubbing a solo shot in the fourth to fire up the Cleveland fans early and adding a three-run blast in the eighth to essentially put the game away.

Was it in the gear? Perez was wearing perhaps the best catcher’s set in the game. The System 7 is chosen by catchers across the highest level of baseball for its incredible level of craftsmanship and exceptional durability. The two-toned helmet is both stylish and lightweight, while the chest protector provides a consistent rebound.

While his pitchers weren’t missing the zone often, Perez had the support of triple knee protection in his shin guards to block errant balls. A four-point harness system allows for the best fit and oversized perforations keep players from overheating. It’s a set that’s been popping up around the major leagues and for the second year in a row is showcased in the World Series.

So what are you waiting for? Also offered as a camo catcher’s set, the System 7 is one of the most popular pieces of equipment at Sports Unlimited. Check it out, along with our vast selection of catcher’s gear, today!

 

Trystan Lago Awarded 2015 Scholarship

After reading each and every one of the thousands of scholarship entries for this year’s award, we have finally decided upon a winner. Before I announce who that person is, I’ll briefly explain the scholarship itself and how it is earned.

Each year, we give a $1,000 scholarship award to a deserving individual who we think exemplifies our values here at Sports Unlimited. We discover this person by asking our applicants (who must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college) to write a convincing and honest essay that answers that year’s prompt. One of our core values is to foster development and by helping a high school or college student-athlete continue his/her education, we hope to stay true to that value.

The 2015 scholarship prompt was to “describe a time when you’ve had to overcome adversity to succeed in a sport.” This style prompt allowed us to accept responses from thousands of applicants who have all participated in various sports whether that be baseball, cheerleading, ice skating, cross country, volleyball, football, martial arts, or one of many more sports. It was not easy to choose only one winner and we appreciate each and every response that we’ve received. Without meandering further, the 2015 winner of the Sports Unlimited Scholarship is…

Trystan Lago

Sports Unlimited Scholarship Winner ,Trystan Lago signing Trine Football Agreement
Sports Unlimited Scholarship Winner, Trystan Lago signs Trine Football Agreement

Trystan’s well-written essay epitomized an athlete’s ability to overcome adversity in a sport in order to succeed and we are truly proud to award him with this scholarship. He is an extremely deserving young man and we wish him all the best in his studies and athletic endeavors at Trine University this fall.

Here is a short excerpt of Trystan’s essay:

“Then, my greatest life disappointment came. My throwing wrist was fractured in the last game of my junior season. After two surgeries, 8 months in a cast, and sitting out spring football the offensive coach decided to start a 15-year-old sophomore who had played as quarterback while I was recovering. I had played quarterback my entire career. It was my love and passion, what kept that burning drive in me to succeed and I found out I would be sitting the bench my senior year. I knew that, without any senior year statistics or game film as quarterback, college football scholarships that had been just within my grasp would likely be impossible. I was extremely depressed, my grades dropped, I didn’t want to go to school, I told my Mom I didn’t care about anything, I was embarrassed and didn’t want to walk through the halls at school or sit with classmates at lunch. My Mom was very worried about me so she asked teachers and mentors at my school, Calvary Christian Academy, to support me. I had a decision to make, be angry and sit on the bench my senior season or ask the coach which position he wanted me to play instead of quarterback. I decided to lose my pride and make the best of the situation. My coach said he was impressed by my attitude, that we needed a wide receiver. Though I suffered my greatest life disappointment, I played as receiver supporting my team and encouraging the younger quarterback.”

Keep an eye out right here on the blog and on our dedicated Sports Unlimited Scholarship page for the new 2016 scholarship essay and survey for next year’s award.

 


Rain Jackets for Spring from Columbia

‘Getting caught in the rain’ is usually a phrase we hold with a negative connotation. Same goes for ‘when it rains, it pours’. This year though, maybe it’s time we buck the trend and start enjoying the days when the clouds well up and let out. Exploring a trail or strolling the historic district in a major American city (like our beloved Philadelphia), is totally altered by the weather in which you find yourself. Often, we have the luxury of choosing the days in which we go for a hike or do some urban exploring and we reserve those activities for the sunny days, but you might find something profoundly beautiful, different, and even liberating if you quit hiding from the rain and get out there.

Columbia Sleeker Jacket
Columbia Sleeker Jacket
Columbia Women's Suburbanizer Rain Jacket
Columbia Women’s Suburbanizer Rain Jacket

Obviously, if you’re going to take the daring route, you’ll want to have the right gear to make sure that trip in the rain doesn’t ruin your electronics or have you too cold to bear it. Maybe we’re crazy here at Sports Unlimited, but we have an affinity towards getting out and doing things no matter the weather. That’s why we carry our favorite brands so that you (and we) are equipped to make the most of any day, any weather, rain or shine. Enjoy our selection of Columbia Rain Gear with Free Shipping.

Share your favorite tales of days in Columbia sportswear in the comments or on Twitter @SportsUnlimited!


Happy New Year (Sale)

If you’re looking for a great deal to close out the year and start the new year with a running start, you’re looking right at one. Take $20 off your order (over $100) because nothing says Happy New Year like twenty bucks in your pocket and some sweet new gear. New Year’s resolutions are a great for self-improvement and many resolutions are fitness related. We’d love to be a part of your resolution and help you out a bit by giving you a deal that kick-starts your fitness. Find the sale at SportsUnlimited.com.

Have a truly happy new year and may this year be your healthiest yet.


Shipping Deadlines for Christmas Eve Delivery

We’re at the time of year when shipping deadlines MATTER. There is still time to get your gifts delivered by Christmas Eve and even with awesome deals. Just take a look at the graphic to get an idea of when you need to place your order and what shipping method to choose to guarantee that the package arrives in time!

On section and product pages, look for the “Get It By The 24th” tag to make sure that the item you want is in stock in our warehouse so we can ship it out fast enough to guarantee December 24th delivery! Items that are marked “leaves warehouse in X days” ship from a different warehouse and we unfortunately cannot guarantee delivery dates for those items.

Deadlines:
Expedited Ground (Free on orders over $99): 5 AM ET – Friday, Dec. 19th
Express (50% OFF!): 3 PM ET – Monday, Dec. 22nd
Next Day Air (50% OFF!): 3 PM ET – Tuesday, Dec. 23rd

Guaranteed Christmas Eve Delivery

 Guaranteed Christmas Eve Delivery


Jingle Jingle Jingle – Holiday Sale

We’re keeping our holiday sales rolling with our Jingle sale this week where you can save $5, $15, or $25 depending on how much you spend at SportsUnlimited.com. These sales don’t last forever, so get your holiday shopping done with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery.

If you’re struggling to figure out the best holiday gifts for your friends and family this year, check out our Holiday Gift Guide for great gifts at any price range. Some of our favorite gifts to give are North Face Jackets, Under Armour ColdGear, and Fan Gear from the NFL, NCAA, MLB, etc!


Cyber Week: SALE

Just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, doesn’t mean we can’t keep the party going. Often, after-parties are where the real craziness begins and on this here Cyber Tuesday through the end of Cyber Week, we are having a sale $15 Off Orders Over $100 when you use code CYBER. There are a few exclusions, but not that many at all.

Visit our Gift Center , Doorbuster Deals or our Holiday Specials to get all the shopping that you didn’t finish on Cyber Monday, DONE!

Cyber Week 2014 Sale

It’s going to be a good holiday season.


Cyber Monday Deals and Doorbusters!

It’s Cyber Monday at SportsUnlimited.com and the deals are real.

$15 Off Your Order Over $75
$20 Off Your Order Over $100
$25 Off Your Order Over $125

Plus, we’ve got Cyber Monday Doorbusters like 25% Off Under Armour Hoodies, 25% Off Stadium Chairs, 50% Off Nike Accessories, and up to 50% Off Football Shoulder Pads.

Cyber Monday Deals and Doorbusters