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    WHY settle for functional when you can have a designer advantage? From Hermes’ trendy handmade basketball to limited-edition golf clubs from Japanese experts Maruman, there’s a lot to add to your sporting collection. And while you’re at it, be informed that most of these brands make some great sports apparel, too.

    Whatever your game of choice, there’s no leaving home without the right kind of equipment

    Black and white

    1 From rugby balls to surfboards, Chanel makes them all. Our interest was particularly piqued by their black and white cane tennis racket and its quilted cover. Sporting the brand’s logo in the centre, this one’s sure to turn heads on the court. Priced at Rs 85,800, at the store in New Delhi. Details: 011 41116840

    Surf’s up

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    We’ll give you two reasons why you should not say no to Oakley’s Surf Collection Frogskins. One: the stress-resistant frame is both lightweight and durable, making it versatile for any sport. And two: the sapphire-iridium lenses just don’t go out of fashion. Approximately Rs 8,700 at Sunglass Hut. Details: 28464589

    Hard hat

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    An equestrian must-have, the Samshield helmet is made-to-order and features lizard-skin detailing on top to stand out from the crowd. The helmet features a cutout design for comfort on the inside, which keeps it from touching your forehead and also increases airflow to keep you ventilated. Priced at approximately Rs 66,400 on djbennett.com

    Standing tall

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    English style and performance come together in this pair of riding boots by Ariat. Handcrafted from European calf leather, the Volant Tall Front Zip boots provide superior cushioning and enhanced stability when it matters. The coiled front zip system, reinforced heel counter, spur cradle and overlay design on the foot are all added benefits. Priced at Rs 38,966 on ariat.com

    Steady innings

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    The choice of batsmen like Ricky Ponting and AB De Villiers, the  Kookabura Kahuna Players is hand crafted from English willow. Pick up one of these, and boast that your bat has gone through 50 different processes in its production. Priced at Rs 33,000, and available at Surana Sports & Trophies, Triplicane. Details: 9600072000

    Into the blue

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    French design house Hermes takes pride in its handcrafted leather shoes and accessories. This basketball is made using the same hand stitching technique as its bags and is made of blue calfskin leather, with the brand’s logo embossed on it. Approximately Rs 8,54,000. On order only, at the store in New Delhi. Details: 011 43607780

    Go clubbing

    Maruman Golf Majesty Prestigio
    A titanium carbon shaft, gold-plated accents and lazer engravings — the Majesty Prestigio clubs from Japanese brand Maruman, are as exclusive as they come. This good looking set will cost you approximately Rs 3,29,700 on global.rakuten.com

    Text: Ryan Peppin

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