“How come all you do is surf?”
That’s a phrase I hear from my mom at least a couple times every summer at the beach. She asks me that because around 11:00 a.m. at the beach, I’m bored and ready to go to the pool or do something else. Usually by 11:00 a.m. the wind’s picked up and has completely blown out the waves, making them not much fun to surf. I feel like I’ve played almost every beach game known to man: boccie ball, Frisbee, paddle games, soccer, football, etc. There’s too many reasons to name why I’m not a fan of any of these beach games and only stick to surfing, but I may have found something solve this dilemma.
I met with the designer of the Hit Mit and a few of the executives while I was at the Surf Expo and got the chance to play a quick game with them. They even hooked me up with a sample to take home and use with my friends and family, it’s been awesome!
- Easy to use
- Different colors
- Great for kids
One of the things I always look for in a product is the weight. I always want something to be super lightweight (I guess that’s the backpacker in me). Being that it’s made of a soft foamy material, it easily meets that requirement. Since it’s really soft, when you go for a hard return hit and end up whacking your leg, it won’t hurt or cut you open like other paddle games might. You know, the ones that make you play with a heavy and rigid wooden, plastic, or some form of metal paddle/racquet .
The double-sided paddle fits over your hand like a glove (literally), so it’s just like you’re hitting a ball with your hand. I found it to be a lot easier than trying to return the ball with some sort of paddle. Not having to worry about how you hold it and knowing that your reach extends as far as your hand, gives you a surefire return every time. With 6 colors to choose from, there’s surely a color that you’re going to like and the pastel colors are an eye catcher for kids. Speaking of kids, I entertained my 2 little cousins (ages 3 and 4) for hours a couple weeks ago. When they come over, they love playing with board games, but the games are usually a little too complex for a 3 and 4 year old. They get bored of playing with the pieces after a about 10 minutes, so I grabbed my Hit Mit set and they absolutely loved it.
I gave each of them a paddle and tossed a foam ball over to them and they would hit it right back to me. They were jumping up and down, having a blast and I jumped the ranks and became their favorite cousin all in one evening 🙂 Did I mention we were playing inside? Since the whole set is made of a soft foam material, it was perfectly fine and I didn’t worry about them hitting the ball and breaking something. You can’t play tennis or racquetball inside.
- One size fits all
Just like my preference for products that are lightweight, I always like them to be packable. That’s unfortunately not the case with the Hit Mit. It’s very durable and wide so most any hand can fit inside it to play, but it doesn’t collapse. My fear with that is it’d be the first thing to get left behind if there wasn’t any room left in the backpack, bag, car, etc. Also, the once size fits all thing is good, but only if you have big hands. I’m able to hold onto the Hit Mit just fine, but my little cousins had a bit of a hard time holding them. Eventually they found a way around it that worked for them by just holding onto the top part of it. It’d be awesome if there was a version small enough to fit a hand in the 3-10 year old age range.
In the end, the Hit Mit gets 4.5 stars out of 5 since it’s so much dang fun. It’s great for parents to give to kids since it works on their hand-eye coordination and they can use it in the house if they’re stuck inside for long periods of time like during a hurricane, snowstorm, etc. It’s also fun for teens and adults alike to play a new game outside at the beach, lake, pool, etc. It’d also be a great thing to have for a BBQ in the backyard.
The possibilities are endless for different people, places, and scenarios, where the Hit Mit can be used. Get a set of your own and see for yourself.
*I was supplied with a complimentary Hit Mit of my own by the inventor, but the views expressed in this review are my own.