#360reviews: BMW collaboration watches and this week's releases

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Sport360's reviews of the week.

Show off your passion for sporty driving with these new watches. In the race against time, Ice Watches have launched a premium collection in the livery of the prestigious motor manufacturer, BMW.

A comprehensive range of 16 models share a number of common values, putting design in pole position. The range boasts two-tone straps, synthetic exterior and leather interior.

The chronographs come in sizes Big (48mm) and BIG BIG (57mm), with the classic ‘3-hand’ in sizes of unisex (43mm) and Big (48mm).

Each model features a rugged contoured case in 316 L steel, a knurled steel bezel that resembles a wheel rim and a dial laid out like a dashboard. Around the famous blue and white logo, well-considered details smack of sophistication. This all combines to create a fine watch for BMW fans.

PRICE: Dh1,165

WHERE TO BUY: Available widely across the UAE, at places such as Dubai Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Ajman Grand Central Mall, Naeem Mall and Dubai Duty Free.

adidas Pure Boost X

Women’s runners are often an afterthought by sports manufacturers, with their versions crudely shrunk from the men’s. For adidas, such thinking is over.

They have zeroed in on this with these trainers – currently available for a cut-price fee from Stadium – boasting a design which is meant to fit better, feel better and look stylish, aims they have all achieved.

PRICE: Dh525
WHERE TO BUY: Offer is only valid at Dubai Stadium Stores.

Lacoste Zian low-rise sneakers

Put your best foot forward and look elegant on the tennis court this summer with the Zian sneakers from Lacoste. True to its heritage in the sport, the French brand has crafted a refined trainer, which boasts both comfort and style.

The canvas upper adds a nice retro feel, while its lightweight build will mean you are not slowed down while trying to cover all the court. The textured rubber sole will give you all the stability you need.

PRICE: Dh460
WHERE TO BUY: Available at Lacoste stores throughout the UAE. Can be found in malls such as Dubai Mall.

BOOKS

Packie Bonner: The Last Line

PRICE: Dh59
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

Read all about the incredible exploits of an Irish sporting legend. Bonner is a national hero and Celtic legend after his explots between the sticks. Learn more about the man, both on and off the field.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

PRICE: Dh65
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016, this is an immersive memoir of William Finnegan’s pursuit of waves across the world. This is an examination of the intense relationship between man, board and water.

FILMS

Fastball

PRICE: Dh61.50
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

An immersive and informative examination of the essence of baseball, the 396 milliseconds between pitcher and batter. Features All-Stars, such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, and Derek Jeter. Hollywood glitz is added by Kevin Costner

2016 Stanley Cup Champions

PRICE: Dh51.41
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

Get yourself an all-access pass to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ march to ice hockey glory. Exclusive interviews are contained throughout, with star men such as Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Matt Murray.

GAMES

Flick Soccer France 2016

PRICE: Free or Dh5.33 for advert-free version
WHERE TO BUY: App Store

Gets you into the mood for this summer’s extravganza. The awardwinning ‘flick and after touch’ controls are intuitive, while you won’t get bored with so many modes.

APPS

Rio 2016

PRICE: Free
WHERE TO BUY: App Store

With the Rio 2016 Olympics fast approaching, download this app to get involved in all the build-up. You can follow the torch relay as it winds its way around Brazil, while it is the easiest way to find out all the latestnews ahead of August 5’s start.

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#360reviews: Make your mark on the tennis court with K-Swiss' new shoe

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K-Swiss' shoe is ideal for the grass-court season.

K-SWISS HYPERCOURT – TENNIS LOVERS WON’T MISS WITH K-SWISS

Performance meets style with the K-Swiss Hypercourt, which brings back elements from the brand’s early days.

When you think of K-Swiss, you think of tennis because 50 years ago, the company inspired the original tennis shoe.

The Hypercourt goes back to its roots with a shoe that the most serious players can wear with confidence on the court.

There’s little need to break these in as they come out of the box responsive and ready to go.

When you slip them on your feet, you immediately notice how lightweight they are and can imagine flying around the court with ease.

The low weight, combined with how low they sit to the ground, makes this shoe feel almost like a second skin.

The concern, of course, would be they don’t provide enough support, but the wider base in the forefoot and midfoot support system ensures your footwork will be sharp as you set up your shot.

Speaking of footwork, the herringbone-pattern outsole is both durable and abrasion-resistant to provide ultimate traction.

Style-wise, the K-Swiss touch is unmistakable.

As always, the signature stripes streak down the side of the shoe and provide a nice contrast to the main colourway, while the KSwiss logo sits well on the tongue.

The durawrap on the upper is meant to add durability and flexibility, but it also serves to break up what would otherwise be an aesthetically boring area around the toes.

That two-faced style continues on the in-step, which practically reverses the colourway from the rest of the shoe.

It’s not an overly-flashy product, but it’s fashionable enough to rock in between the lines. As far as performance shoes go, quality matters more than anything, but at least you won’t be compromising looking good with these.

We rate it: 9 out of 10: We enjoyed playing tennis in these and imagine they’ll last quite a while before having to be replaced.
Where to Buy: K-Swiss flagship store at Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Price: Dh475

COEGA SUNWEAR KIDS’ COLLECTION – FOR A SAFE SWIM UNDER THE SUN

As temperatures continue nudging upwards, Coega Sunwear has a swimwear solution to ensure your children remain safe in the sun whilst they play.

Extending from tiny tots to fashion-conscious teens, the Coega Sunwear kids’ collection spans everything from one-piece suits to slim-kini’s, so if your primary concern is that your children can safely play in the sun, you’ll find the collection a versatile choice for your family.

There are a multitude of options to choose from: for girls, full and 3/4 length leggings come in vibrant hues and can be paired with matching tunics and swim shaela’s and for boys two-piece suits, long-sleeved rashguards and swim shorts mean comfort and protection.

All items provide UPF50 sun protection.

Price: Ranges from Dh50-Dh210
Where to Buy: Adventure HQ, Atlantis Aquaventure, Beyond the Beach, Dreamland, GO Sport, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Sun & Sand Sports, Sun & Sand Sports Kids and Wild Wadi.

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ICE-WORLD COLLECTION FROM ICE WATCH – TIME TO CARRY THE FLAG

Between the Euros, the Copa America and the Olympics, this summer is all about sport and it’s a chance to don your country’s colours and show your support for your team and compatriots.

Ice Watch released the Ice-World collection sporting the national flags of various countries including Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, United States and Belgium.

The dial features the flag with the case and wristband in a matching national colour. Available in two sizes, this watch will get you ready for this summer’s sporting extravaganza.

Price: Dh420
Where to Buy: Ice Watch

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LACOSTE STRAIGHTSET TRAINER – CLASSIC MEETS MODERN IN-COURT INSPIRED SHOE

The Straightset trainer is a new silhouette designed in clean lines and premium leather. The classic court-inspired sneaker has an athletic twist and is a casual urban must-have.

The suede collar on the shoe adds a contemporary vibe to the overall look of the shoe and works perfectly with jeans and a casual t-shirt. Lacoste continues to appeal to the fashion-forward consumer and the footwear line is no exception.

Modern designs and colours combined with classic shapes create a unique style that distinguishes Lacoste from other lifestyle brands.

Price: Dh730
Where to Buy: Lacoste stores

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#360reviews: Li-Ning Encore's, Oakley Collection, YEEZY Boost 750

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Show confidence on the court with Li-Ning Way of Wade 2.5 Encore.

LI-NING WAY OF WADE 2.5 ENCORE – CHANGE THE GAME WITH WADE’S KICKS

When it comes to basketball shoes, the brand and the player behind it are everything.

The top-sellers are well known and very popular, which means they’re widely used by hoopers.

But when everyone is wearing the same thing, the footwear landscape becomes a bit dull.

Enter Li-Ning, a Chinese brand which is, for the most part, unfamiliar to many casual basketball fans, especially in the western hemisphere.

The company has put shoes on the feet of a number of former and current NBA players, including Shaquille O’Neal, but their biggest ambassador to date is Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade.

The two-time champion and eight-time All-Star has been one of the faces of the NBA since entering the league in 2003, so any shoe he wears has instant appeal for those trying to emulate him.

You could be like everyone else and wear the usual brands in your pick-up games and recreational leagues, or you could get your fellow hoopers’ attention with the Way of Wade 2.5 Encore.

Wade’s signature logo on the tongue is hard to miss, as are the unique colourways, which come in eye-catching forms such as Fontainebleau, Red Lava and Flamingo.

They may be flashy, but these shoes have also been built for supreme performance.

The WoW 2.5 Encore are immediately responsive out of the box, giving players a locked-in, stable feel, while providing breathability for your feet.

The cushioning is ideal and the durability means they’ll last you more than just a couple seasons on the hardwood.

Bottom line: if they’re good enough for Wade, they’re good enough for you. And the fact that you’ll see few others in these makes them feel exclusive.

We rate it: 9 out of 10: Stylish, functional and sure to draw eyes. Different is good.
Where to buy: Sportsone stores across the UAE
Price: Dh450

LI-NING WADE V-NECK AND SHORTS – STAY COOL ON THE HARDWOOD

Hit the court ready to ball with the Li-Ning Wade V-neck t-shirt and shorts as part of the apparel collection.

They feature AWS Quick Dry Technology which helps you stay dry and comfortable at all times between the lines. Stretch technology focuses on giving even the most demanding user movement and flexibility.

The fabric consists of 100 per cent polyester fiber, so you won’t be weighed down by sweat-soaked clothing when the game is hanging in the balance.

Li-Ning Wade V-neck

Unlike many of his shoes and general fashion sense, the colour of the t-shirt and short is a fairly toned-down dark navy blue with gold trimming.

Wade’s signature logo and his ‘DWade’ nickname on the chest creates a simple, but elegant look that makes the t-shirt as fashionable as it is functional. The same is true of the matching shorts.

Price: Dh95 for V-neck, Dh115 for shorts
Where to Buy: Sportsone stores across the UAE

OAKLEY GREEN FADE COLLECTION – GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Oakley has launched a special-edition eyewear collection that harkens back to their first performance product which featured vibrant green.

All of the collection’s frames will be hand-painted green and contain Prizm lenses, a revolutionary technology that enhances detail with precise colour tuning.

The line-up includes EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV Path, Flak 2.0 XL, RadarLock Path, Frogskins and Crosslink Zero RX.

Oakley Green Fade CollectionPrice: Dh875 to Dh1,075
Where to Buy: Select Magrabi Opticians stores and Oakley O-Stores.

YEEZY BOOST 750 – YEEZY IS BACK WITH A FRESH DESIGN

The next version of Kanye West’s iconic footwear builds on the quality and creativity of its predecessor.

Featuring full length adidas BOOST cushioning technology and premium leather and suede heel lining, the light grey suede version are comfortable and exude style.

YEEZY1To get your hands on a pair, you’ll have to head down to the adidas Original store where you’ll register your name and contact details for the chance to win a draw to purchase the shoes.

It’ll be worth it to rock Ye’s creation.

YEEZY2Price: Dh1,395
Where to Buy: Adidas Original store and Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall

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