Behind The Design Of The Under Armour Harper 6

Behind The Design Of The Under Armour Harper 6

Bryce Harper is a force on the diamond, and he needs a baseball cleat that can keep up with his grind. We sat down with footwear designer Spencer Hawkins to find out what it takes to create a cleat for one of the game’s greatest. As the designer of the Under Armour Harper 6 baseball cleat, Hawkins had to combine fresh style with trusted performance to create a shoe that would be the perfect fit for Bryce and for young baseball players looking to take their game to the next level. 

Here’s what Hawkins had to say about his design process, pushing the limits of style, and keeping things fresh in the Harper line:

Can you walk us through your design process and how you gather inspiration for a new shoe?

Art, science, and culture are the three things I try to think about in terms of what the aesthetic is going to be. What inspiration can I draw from, and is Bryce going to relate to whatever that is? Are the consumers? And then it comes down to the science. What’s the tech or feature that’s going to make Bryce better as well as any athlete who puts it on.

I try to think about how it will be marketed. If the design tells a story, can that story be boiled down to a tagline that Bryce connects to and that a 16-year-old high schooler can also relate to. If it can, then I know I’m on the right track.

What is that design story for the Harper 6?

When I was creating the story, it was to have the cleat provide a clear advantage. That evolved from the aesthetic of transparent materials and Bryce thinking it was cool and something he hasn’t really seen before.

The aesthetic of baseball cleats has a lot of heritage, just like in the sport, so things are held onto a lot longer than they might be in other sports. So having those transparent materials, we thought was a fresh aesthetic to go after. I wanted to tie in why we were using transparent materials. Why are we using it culturally? Why are we using it scientifically to make athletes better? And the art piece, just connecting to the trend of transparency in fashion.

We tried to strip down to the essential parts of the cleat and then either emphasize and highlight them. So, using the transparency in places where we’re adding support or structure as a way to showcase those elements. The transparent materials on the shoe also provide a benefit or feature. Like the overlay piece that is transparent on the toe adds durability and protection and it also comes up and protects the lace.

How involved was Bryce in the creation of the Harper 6?

Normally we’ll meet three or four times in person just going over the story, going over initial inspiration, going over the samples, what to change, the color stories, etc. So, he’s heavily involved with that. This season was different with COVID. Luckily, I’ve been working with him since the Harper 3, so we have a relationship where we can work very loosely without very formal meetings. I can text him certain questions that I have, and he’s learned what I’m looking for as far as that marketing story. He can tell me he likes the look of something and the reasons why and how we can build that into a story he feels good about telling and that he thinks kids will enjoy. So, he was pivotal in terms of the jumping off point.

Then we came with a final design that he liked on paper. Once we both like what we’re seeing on paper, the real work starts in terms of making what’s on paper real and tangible and making sure it passes all our wear test standards and isn’t causing any fit issues. It’s a fine line balancing between “this is something I’ve never seen before” and something that’s still going to perform better than what we’ve made in the past.

So, Bryce has different touchpoints all the way through. And luckily, he trusts our team a lot in terms of what we’ve been able to build in the past and where we take things.

Which tech features in the Harper 6 were chosen to complement Bryce’s style of play?

A lot of things on the Harper 6 are engineered towards what he’s looking for and how he plays. With all the years that he’s been playing, all the standing out in the outfield, he has suffered from a few foot injuries in the past, so how do we make sure this cleat more comfortable, more supportive, keep his foot on the plate. Those are the things we were working with engineering to fix.

Bryce is a player who’s always evolving. When he started playing, he was known as almost brash – very fiery type personality – and that came out in his play. I think that still comes out but it’s much more now as an overarching leader of a team. So, it’s hitting the style, the unique aesthetic for baseball, it’s having the tech features that are making you better, so more comfortable underfoot, more breathable. It’s not overbuilt, but it’s showcasing the layers through transparency. Those were all the things we were thinking about in terms of checking all the boxes for Bryce.

Under Armour Harper 6 Baseball Cleat

When you’re designing multiple iterations of a shoe, how do you balance staying true to that athlete’s signature style with making sure the model stays fresh and interesting?

That’s always the toughest part. Luckily with signature, I think having the shoe be its own personality from the 3 to 4 to 5 to 6 is always a good thing. So, I’m not afraid of drastically changing things. I think with the last two or three we’ve overall maintained a similar silhouette in terms of having it be a low cut, whereas before his models were either mids or highs. So, he’s been on board with that, just in terms of what he likes to play in and what the market has been trending towards, so it’s certain things like that where I’ll pick and choose a few features to stay the same or similar and then drastically change the others. So, for example, if we’re keeping the same silhouette and a similar material play, then I’ll drastically change up the colors and the graphics. Or it could be the opposite.

What type of ball player do you think these cleats are best for?

If you relate to Bryce, you’re going to relate to this cleat. It’s for someone who puts in the work to stand out. It doesn’t have to be the one with the biggest personality on the team. It’s about leading by example and standing out for the right reasons.

It’s that balance of creating energy, creating limited edition colorways – things that connect with Bryce – but also creating fresh team colors. It’s the balance of staying on palette of your team’s colors while also bringing excitement and energy in that space.

How important is that style element to the performance of the athlete?

It definitely depends on the athlete. To Bryce, it’s one of his number one things. Obviously, the cleat needs to work. It needs to not cause any distractions, it needs to feel more comfortable, stable, breathable, supportive – all those things – but at this point he takes those things as a given with the products we have. So, as long as we’re not taking steps backwards in that department, his number one thing is style. It’s that saying, “look good, feel good, play good.”

What was your favorite part of designing this cleat and your favorite element on the cleat itself?

This was the first one during the pandemic and what makes it special is what we went through as a team trying to bring this product to life during an unprecedented time.

One of my favorite features is the lace shield. It’s just something I haven’t seen before with that transparent piece coming up a little bit over the laces. So, being able to merge that aesthetic of transparency with the performance benefit while protecting your laces during slides and the different movements of baseball, that’s what my favorite part is.

What do you think sets the Harper 6 apart?

I think it goes back to being that melting pot of all the things that you want. I think it’s easy to have cleats that are super unique or very provocative in how they’re styled, but because of how it looks it’s not as comfortable or it’s super supportive but because of that, it’s maybe overbuilt with a lot of materials and it’s a little heavy. The Harper 6 is just kind of the perfect melting pot of style, performance, and the way it incorporates the story. That’s what set it apart. It has a unique visual from far away in terms of having that dot pattern around the transparent pieces, giving it a unique on-field, on-tv aesthetic. But then when you have it in your hand, it’s simplified and has a lot of details up close. So just being that universal solution in all those areas is what makes it stand out.

Under Armour Harper 6 GIF

Make sure you grab your own pair of the UA Harper 6 today from Eastbay and gear up with all the best Under Armour baseball gear for your season.

Eastbay Performance Explained: Why You Should Buy Eastbay’s New Athletic Apparel

Eastbay Performance Explained: Why You Should Buy Eastbay’s New Athletic Apparel

Eastbay Performance is here! The new apparel line is designed for the 24/7 athlete – those who want to look and feel their best in the gym, on the training field, and everywhere in between. Athletes like Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts, who trusts Eastbay Performance to get him through tough quarterback workouts, travel days, or two-a-days.

The Eastbay Performance line includes a few different collections, including Compression, GymTech, WindTech, and TempTech. Each collection is built to meet the specific needs of an athlete, both in and outside the game.

Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel Compression Collection

Eastbay Compression

Compression is a must-have for every athlete in every sport. Eastbay’s new collection includes shorts, tights, tanks, and tops in a variety of staple colors so you always have the support you need to put in the work. They’re perfect for layering under GymTech apparel when you’re in the weight room or running drills or under your uniform on gamedays, and their moisture-wicking fabric pulls sweat away from your body so you stay comfortable and focused.

Stock up on new Eastbay Compression here ->

 

Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel GymTech Collection

Eastbay GymTech

Eastbay’s GymTech collection is apparel designed to be light and comfortable for any type of workout and every sport. These shorts, tops, and jackets are made from stretchy, breathable fabric cut in a regular fit for comfort and a full range of motion. So whether you’re lifting, lunging, or lounging around before practice starts, you’ll be cool and comfortable. Jalen Hurts swears by the GymTech Short-Sleeve Tee for all his workouts.

Grab new gym gear from Eastbay’s GymTech collection here ->
Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel WindTech Collection

Eastbay WindTech

Designed for warmups, cooldowns, or going to and from practice, Eastbay’s WindTech collection features pants, shorts, and jackets in classic colors so you can easily pair them with any of the Eastbay Performance pieces. Ultra-lightweight with built-in ventilation panels and reflective details, the WindTech pieces are great for when the weather starts getting a little cooler and you want to keep your muscles warmed up and ready to go.

Check out the full WindTech collection here ->
Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel TempTech Collection

Eastbay TempTech

Being an athlete never stops. It’s more than a game – it’s a lifestyle – so even when you’re not training or playing, you need apparel that’s comfortable and flattering while still bringing that competitive edge. Eastbay’s TempTech collection has sweats, hoodies, and full-zips that deliver all three. These pieces are warm with a regular fit that keeps you comfortable and relaxed in class, on the bus, or hanging with the team. Jalen Hurts’ favorite way to rock TempTech is as a full sweatsuit. His go-tos are the Pullover Hoodie and matching Fleece Pant.

Layer up in TempTech here ->
Eastbay Performance Athletic Apparel Game. Train. Live.

We know you’re focused on crushing goals and breaking records this season, so make sure your athletic apparel is up to the challenge. Eastbay Performance is a must-have for every athlete.

Shop the full collection at eastbay.com

Game. Train. Live.

Yeezys Through The Seasons

Yeezys Through The Seasons

Since day one, Eastbay has been proud to offer you the hottest shoes around. We are your destination for Yeezys.

Check out the timeline below to view Eastbay’s journey with the popular kick by Kanye West x adidas Originals.

 

YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 'Light'

 

Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Light’

The Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Light’ drops August 28. It features a tonal grey Primeknit upper with a contrasting orange pull tab on the heel. The lateral side stripe is made with UV-activated yarns that changes color when exposed to sunlight, changing the stripe from grey to orange. Full-length BOOST cushioning and the classic Yeezy outsole complete the look.

 

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Mono Ice’

The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Mono Ice’ is part of the ‘Mono’ pack slated to drop on June 18. The pack consists of three semi-translucent colorways that will each be dropping in different parts of the world. While the ‘Mono Ice’ can be found in North America, the ‘Mono Clay’ can be found in Asia Pacific and China, and the ‘Mono Mist’ will drop in Europe, Africa, India, The Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, and China too.

The upper is made with monofilament mesh which makes it see-through and shows off the inner cage. The shoe is mostly a light blue color, save for the branding strip that is just a shade darker. The matching colors give the shoe a very chromatic feel for a clean look on your feet.

Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Ash Pearl’

The Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 “Ash Pearl” will be launching on March 20, 2021. The shoe features a return to the earth-tone hues that have become fairly standard in the Yeezy line. Three different colors are layered across the upper with a sandy cream on the top, tan in the middle, and dark blue on the bottom. The two-toned gum outsole, a staple, brings the shoe together for a crisp, clean look.

Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Ash Blue’

The first Yeezy of 2021 has arrived. The Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘ASH BLUE’ will be launching on 2/27. In a departure from the recent launches that have featured more earth tones, this shoe indulges in more shades of blue and gray. A yellow, non-transparent lateral side stripe breaks up the flow of the shoe, and the ribbed midsole sets it apart from other Yeezys.

Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Sand Taupe’

The final Yeezy of 2020 will be launching on 12/19. The Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Sand Taupe’ brings back some familiar earthy tones from previous models. The shoe features brown hues with rustic orange weaves running through the lateral vamp. The outsole is a light and dark gum color and there will also be a new lacing system featured.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Core Black/Red’

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 ‘CORE BLACK/RED’ is being re-released on 12/5 just in time for the holidays. The shoe is constructed with an all-black Primeknit upper with a matching TPU midsole that covers Boost cushioning. Red stitching on the pull tab matches the red “SPLY-350” lettering on the side panel.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Natural’

Continue to grow your sneaker collection by adding the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Natural’ to your closet. The upper is split into two variations of the titular color, with the top half being a darker shade and the bottom half a lighter shade. The heel pull from several of the past silhouettes has been removed, giving the shoe a cleaner look. This pair will be available on 10/24.

Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Carbon’

Put together a new look this fall with the adidas Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Carbon’. Sitting atop a translucent outsole is a Primeknit upper with black and gray tones. A solid black stripe runs along the lateral side with matching colored laces.

The adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘ZYON’ drops at 7 a.m. on 7/18/2020. Visit eastbay.com to buy a pair.

Slip on something different with the multi-colored ‘Zyon’ featuring two dual-colored sections of the upper separated by the lateral black stripe. Above the stripe is a grey and off-white pattern while below is dark brown and off-white.


The Yeezys below are no longer available for purchase.


adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Linen' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The new ‘Linen’ colorway is perfect for springtime. The Primeknit upper is a soft tan color while the ankle collar and stripe around the middle are in a medium grey to provide contrast.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Cinder' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Kanye serves up a monochromatic look with ‘Cinder.’ The Primeknit upper, laces, and heel tab are all a matching shade of faded black, while the dark gum outsole provides a slight contrast.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Desert Sage' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

‘Desert Sage’ is a unique colorway from Kanye featuring a pale green upper and midsole, a bright orange sockliner that adds contrast at the ankle, and a light gum outsole.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Earth' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Playing off its name, the ‘Earth’ colorway features different shades of brown from the light laces and heel tab to the monochromatic upper and Boost midsole to the darker brown outsole.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Yeshaya' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The ‘Yeshaya’ colorway is the first drop of 2020. The light colorway is a fresh start to the new decade featuring grey and white colors in the Primeknit upper, a white Boost midsole and a gum-colored rubber outsole.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Yecheil' colorway

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The ‘Yecheil’ colorway is definitely unique from many of the previous Yeezy colorways with the Primeknit upper showing a variety of primary hues from yellow to red to blue. These definitely deserve a spot on your holiday wish list.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Hello, brightness, my new friend. ‘Yeezreel’ could not be more different than the colorway dropped on Black Friday. These Yeezys feature a two-tone upper in neon yellow and black, a matching neon rubber outsole, and unique lime laces.

'Black' colorway of the adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 sneaker.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The popular Yeezy ‘Black’ colorway (first released in June) makes a return, released on Black Friday.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The Yeezy ‘Citrin’ colorway features tints of light pink in the Primeknit upper that are a nice complement to the gum outsole.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Appropriately named ‘Cloud,’ the new gray scale colorway in the Yeezy family features a two-toned upper with portions of the Primeknit in pure white and the rest in a light grey.

"Lundmark" Yeezy Blog Story Image

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The sheer side stripe is back to give an airy look and feel to the ‘Lundmark’ colorway, perfect for its summertime release. To make these Yeezys even more of a standout, for the first time in a couple years, the shoes are without a heel tab.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The ‘Black’ colorway certainly is a standout with the only pop of color being a thin red stripe on the heel tab.

'Clay' Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The ‘Clay’ colorway from Kanye features an earthy tone with a pale orange hue on the heel tab and midsole. A sheer band runs through the middle of the upper on the outside of the foot.

'Static' Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The grey and white ‘Static’ colorway features a mesh band on the outside of the foot and was released in both a reflective and non-reflective version.

'Semi-Frozen Yellow' Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

A bright addition to the Yeezy collection, the ‘Semi-Frozen Yellow’ colorway has dark grey stripes contrasting on a yellow knit.

'Sesame' Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Released on Black Friday, the ‘Sesame’ colorway features a light tan knit.

adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The White/Core Black/Red colorway is back for round two.

'Butter' Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The soft yellow tones of the ‘Butter’ colorway made this a must-have for serious sneakerheads everywhere.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The light blue, white, and grey Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Blue Tint’ arrived.

11.25 YEEZY

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

A remix of the original ‘Beluga’ colorway dropped.

6.24.17 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The popular and highly coveted ‘Zebra’ colorway returned.

4.29.17 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The very first solid color V2 dropped in ‘Cream White.’

2.11.17 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

A new colorway dropped featuring bold red lettering.

12.13.16 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

A fifth Yeezy Boost 350 V2 dropped in a fresh black/white colorway.

11.23.16 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

For the first time ever, three Yeezys dropped at the same time.

10.15.16 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 750

Our second Boost 750 dropped in a fresh new ‘Light Brown’ colorway.

9.24.16 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

The beloved Boost 350 returned with a fresh stripe in the original ‘Beluga’ colorway.

9.15.16 Yeezy Cleat

Yeezy Boost 350 Cleat

Eastbay was the only retailer authorized by adidas to carry the football cleats.

2.19.16 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350 Restock

The very first Yeezy was restocked in the popular ‘Pirate Black’ colorway.

12.29.15 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350

A third Boost 350 released in a hot new colorway — ‘Oxford Tan’.

YEEZY ALL BLACK

Yeezy Boost 750

The very first Boost 750 dropped in all black, from upper to outsole.

8.22.15 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350

One of the most iconic colorways — ‘Pirate Black’ — dropped for the first time.

6.27.15 Yeezy

Yeezy Boost 350

Our very first Yeezy dropped in the ‘Turtle Dove’ colorway.


Although these Yeezys are now history, stay up to date on upcoming releases via the eastbay.com Release Calendar.

Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

The Green Easton is back!

When Easton first introduced the B5 Pro Big Barrel bat in 1978, it opened the world’s eyes to the largest barrel on an aluminum bat the sport of baseball had ever seen. Now, over 40 years later, Easton is bringing back that classic green, big barrel look and combining it with new, breakthrough technology worthy of the B5 Big Barrel name.

While the look will remind older generations of watching future legends like Barry Bonds, Bo Jackson, and Frank Thomas swing this stick, the new generation of players will be wowed by the larger sweet spot and bigger surface area that make this bat a must-have in today’s game.

“This is a really important bat launch for us because it combines the history of Easton as a company with the technology and engineering that we’ve been able to advance over the years,” said John Loeffler, the Category Manager of Bats at Easton Diamond Sports.

“We’re really excited to be reintroducing this bat to the next generation of baseball players,” Loeffler said. “I personally think it’s cool for a college or high school player to swing the same bat that their dad, uncle, or grandpa might have swung.”

But Loeffler also made it clear that it’s not really the exact same bat from the 70s and 80s — it’s loaded with the latest technology that Easton has been perfecting for decades.

The 2021 B5 version is BBCOR certified and features thin ATAC Alloy that maximizes barrel performance. This one-piece aluminum bat also utilizes a ringless barrel design with different layers of alloy spread across the barrel to create a bigger sweet spot and smoother feel. Finally, the VRS™ handle insert reduces vibration and the Natural Pro Balance results in a balanced feel, making it the perfect bat for both speed and power.

Even after all the innovative tech improvements, Easton’s design team didn’t want to stray too far from the original look, giving this bat a very minimalistic and retro feel.

“When starting to redesign the B5 Big Barrel, we wanted it to align with the original one’s look, but with a bit of a modern twist to it,” Loeffler said. “It’s a really sleek, traditional, and simple design. You see companies in other industries, like Vans or Chuck Taylor, keep that old school look. So, I think it’s cool to bring that vintage feel back into baseball because you never really see that in today’s age.”

Whether you’re fascinated by the revolutionary performance this one-piece aluminum BBCOR bat brings to the table or attracted to its modern remix of the Green Easton’s classic look, make sure to hit up eastbay.com right when it drops on 10/1 and pick one up!

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The Nike Vapor Edge 360 Football Cleat: A New Level of Speed and Agility

The Nike Vapor Edge 360 Football Cleat: A New Level of Speed and Agility

There’s no question that football is evolving. Rules of the game are changing, players are getting faster and stronger, and schemes are becoming more advanced. In an era where everything is tipped in favor of the offense and speed is a coveted trait, you need a cleat that’ll perform beyond the standard and help you reach new heights.

Introducing the Nike Vapor Edge 360 football cleat, engineered for speed and agility.  Following up the Vapor Untouchable from 2019, the newest edition of Nike’s Vapor line was inspired and designed using feedback from actual professional football players. The Vapor Edge series utilizes a secure, 360-degree Flyknit upper that’s reinforced by a durable NIKESKIN overlay. This cleat also features a stylish and practical ghost lacing system for faster lacing and minimal distractions on the field. With multidirectional movement in mind, Nike also widened the distance between studs on the outsole to help with quick cuts and explosive traction upon takeoff.

The Nike Vapor Edge football cleats are available now at eastbay.com. Pick up your pair today!

Looking for more ankle support? Check out Nike’s Alpha Menace cleat featuring a higher ankle strap with a hook-and-loop closure system.

How the Nike Pro Collection Can Enhance Your Workout

How the Nike Pro Collection Can Enhance Your Workout


If you liked the Nike Pro Collection before, we’ve got some great news: it just got better.

Woman in a gym doing exercises with a medicine ball.
Model wearing Nike Pro Warm Starry Night Metallic Tights and Nike Air Bella TR 2.


1. You don’t have to choose between function or fashion.

With the updated Pro collection, you get both! Just because you’re working up a sweat doesn’t mean that you can’t look good while you exercise. The clothing designs incorporate deliberate lines of text to accentuate your movements during training exercises. The updated line also features a new color palette. Sure, black is great and matches most everything, but sometimes you want to switch up your style. With this collection’s lighter color options, you can look as cool as you feel.

2. The pieces are made to last.

The updated Pro collection was thoroughly tested in Nike’s labs to ensure that it would last in gym settings. It’s made 15% more durable in order to handle the friction of intense workouts. And the longer your clothing lasts the less time you have to spend shopping for replacements, which means more time for working out. It’s a win-win situation.

3. It’s no longer just a compression base layer.

With more styles and types of Nike Pro wear, you can have a whole closet of Pro clothing. Not only is there a full array of shirts, shorts, tights, bras – but with an additional line of Pro Therma apparel you can find jackets and hoodies too.

Male athlete lifting weights in the gym while wearing Nike Pro apparel and Nike Metcon shoes.
Model wearing: Nike Pro Fitted Short Sleeve Top, Nike Pro 3/4 Compression Tights, Nike Epic Training Shorts and Nike Metcon 5.


Designed for style and performance, the new Nike Pro collection has it all. Now that you’re convinced, check out the full selection at eastbay.com.