As someone who loves football equipment and spends hours and hours researching it, there are many items that I’ve found along the way and thought, “Hey, I need that in the collection”. I did my best to distill this list to just the best of the best. Here are ten things I’d love to find under the tree this holiday season!
The Nike Vapor Edge 360 Elite is already my favorite cleat of 2020. It’s the perfect combination of lightweight, comfort, strength, and style. Nike and OBJ collaborated on this special “Primal Instinct” colorway that pays homage to OBJ’s roots. Nike has dropped them in a black, white and now an orange pair. The white and black pairs sold out quickly so scoop the orange pair before it’s too late.
You can cop a pair right from Nike.com for $200.
The Nike Vapor Jet 6.0 is my top football glove for 2020. The gloves are sticky, comfortable and well-fitting. An excellent choice for any skill position player (QB/RB/WR/DB). These gloves are part of the Nike/OBJ collab and feature a “Primal Instinct” pattern that stands out on the field. These gloves come in white and black colorways and will turn heads on gameday.
You can cop both the black and white colorways from Eastbay.com for $55.
These Battle Binky mouthguards are some of the most unique products we’ve seen, a lip guard mouthguards that resembles a baby’s pacifier. DK Metcalf has popularized these mouthguards wearing them every week in the NFL and “babying” defenders in it. It’s safe to say you have to have a special kind of swag to pull this off. Battle also has many other unique mouthguard options available.
You can get the Battle “Binky” mouthguard at BattleSportsScience.com for $25.
If you play football, or any sport really, you know how important a good pair of socks is. Your socks take a beating, and it’s about time you tossed the socks with the hole in the heel and get some new Nike Dri-Fits. They are comfortable, allow your foot to breathe and they’re durable. They’re the most versatile sock on the market – You can wear them on the field or in the classroom/at work. A must-have for any athlete.
You can get a 6-pack from DicksSportingGoods.com for $22.
A visor is (in my opinion) the coolest addition to a football helmet. It gives any helmet such a clean and modern look. Oakley is a global leader in optics which makes it easy to recommend their visors. Their “Prizm” technology allows you to focus on what’s important (the football) and block out the sun. They have plenty of options ranging from your basic clear visor to some insane tinted/colored ones. The clear visors are 100% legal in all football leagues but please note that tinted visors are typically illegal in games and can only be worn in pre-game/practice. Make sure to ask your coach about the rules before getting yourself a tinted/colored visor.
You can shop a variety of Oakley visors here on DicksSportingGoods.com.
Sportstar Chinstraps are proven to be the best in the game. There’s a reason we see more than half of the NFL wearing these chinstraps. They absorb more impact and are way more comfortable than the chinstrap that comes stock on your football helmet… an easy upgrade to your helmet setup. They’ve got tons of options and you can even customize them to match your teams colors.
You can get them on DicksSportingGoods.com from $25-$55.
The Cutters Rev Pro 4.0s are another one of my favorite gloves for 2020. Their “C-Tack” grip is one of the best in the game. Not only does it perform excellent in the rain/snow, it’s very durable. The best thing about these gloves is that if the grip wears down, throw them in the washing machine, air-dry them, and the grip is rejuvenated. These are a great option for anyone who needs a tough, long-lasting glove, or plays in a lot of mud/rain.
You can get them on DicksSportingGoods.com for $45.
A Football (duh)
As a football player, having a football is essential! You need a good ball to practice with in the offseason to better yourself. A couple of my favorites are the Nike Vapor One and Wilson GST (available in youth size too). I personally try to use the football that my team uses on gameday so when we use it, I’m already comfortable with it. In high school, my team used a Wilson GST so I made sure to have one at home to practice and play with my friends.
Bottom line is, a football player needs a football.DicksSportingGoods.com has an entire “Footballs” section so check it out and get one to practice with!
As someone who is in the Northern part of the United States, handwarmers are a must-have. This time of year, it gets freezing and this handwarmer seems to be the best way to combat the Winter. Under Armour has always been #1 in my book when it comes to gear for the cold. Their “ColdGear” keeps your hands warm and ready to go.
You can get them from DickSportingGoods.com for $35.
The Theragun is a deep muscle treatment device designed to reduce soreness and increase mobility. Definitely the most expensive product on this list, but it’s very important to take care of your body if you want to play your best.
You can get the Theragun PRO for $450 on DicksSportingGoods.com.