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- 05/23/17--17:32: _The Best Running Ac...
- 05/23/17--17:39: _The Best Running Te...
- 05/23/17--17:45: _The Best Trucker Ha...
- 05/31/17--16:00: _2017 Gear of the Ye...
- 06/01/17--11:00: _2017 Gear of the Ye...
- 05/23/17--14:54: _The Best Summer Sle...
- 05/23/17--17:32: The Best Running Accessories of 2017
- 05/23/17--17:39: The Best Running Tech of 2017
- 05/23/17--17:45: The Best Trucker Hats of 2017
- 05/31/17--16:00: 2017 Gear of the Year: Santa Cruz Tallboy
- 06/01/17--11:00: 2017 Gear of the Year: Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc
- 05/23/17--14:54: The Best Summer Sleeping Bags of 2017
All you need for city streets and wooded trails.
All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray ($22)
This push-button zinc spray rubs in without the greasy finish of some other sunscreens and offers 80 minutes of water- and sweat-resistant shielding.
Fits Ultra Light Runner No Show Socks ($16)
The Runner No Show plays to folks who value ground feel above all else. The thin wool-synthetic blend hugs without being overly constricting.
Spy Hunt Sunglasses ($160)
Any company can make shades with good polarized lenses, but few can keep them in place when the sweat starts to roll. That’s why we love the Hunt’s half-rubber arms, which help the robust plastic frames stick.
Polk Boom Bit Speaker ($30)
Nature’s nice, but sometimes you want to rock out while training. The tiny Boom Bit, which pairs to your phone via Bluetooth, lets you do so without blocking out the sounds around you—like traffic or an oncoming mountain biker.
Osprey Duro 6 Pack ($110)
The Duro 6 made multi-hour runs (relatively) painless, with vest-style suspension that reduced jostle even with a maxed-out main compartment and full hydration bladder.
Buff Pack Run Cap ($32)
Mesh side panels and a moisture-wicking polyester crown kept us comfortable on blistering days. When the sun went down, reflective hits made us visible.
Vuori Trail Shorts ($68)
This Southern California company is all about versatility. The Trail’s mid-thigh-length inseam was as appropriate for running as it was for refueling at the local brunch spot.
Run Gum Performance Gum ($22.50 for 12 packets)
Caffeine is one of the best performance enhancers a runner can use (legally, anyway). A single serving of Run Gum packs the same amount of punch as eight ounces of coffee.
Tracksmith Van Cortlandt Tech Shirt ($68)
Runners burn through shirts like gel packets, but the Van Cortlandt is one worth preserving. Tracksmith slimmed the usual boxy fit for a runner’s lithe build, and the Swiss-sourced mesh is soft and breathable.
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Strava Premium ($60 per year)
In addition to advanced metrics, post-race analysis, and the infamous Suffer Score, Strava Premium now offers an emergency service called Beacon, which lets three designated safety contacts follow your location on a map in real time.
Balega Silver Socks ($15)
Balega makes our favorite socks for blister-free running. The polyester-nylon yarn used in this pair is treated with antimicrobial silver to help ward off foot funk.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Watch ($330)
One of the most intuitive wearables we’ve tried, the Forerunner features Garmin’s über-accurate location tracking, an easy-to-read color screen, up to nine days of battery life, and a heart-rate monitor. Also included is 24/7 activity tracking for steps, sleep quality, and more.
LifeStraw Steel Water Filter ($60)
For trail runners who tackle epics, this 4.4-ounce straw ensures you never run out of water. It filters out bacteria and protozoa but not viruses (so best not to use it abroad). The stainless-steel body is rugged enough to survive a mountainside tumble.
FlipBelt Million Mile Light ($20)
The genius of this 1.5-ounce running light? There’s no battery to replace. Clip it to your belt and sliding magnets harness your kinetic energy to generate 30 lumens.
Oakley Radar Pace Sunglasses ($450)
Think of the Radar Pace as sporty shades, unobtrusive earbuds, and a personal trainer all in one. Its voice-activated system provides real-time coaching, tracks your pace, and lets you know when it’s time to push for a PR. The lenses offer great coverage and boost clarity—these are Oakleys, after all.
Hyperice Hypersphere Roller ($149)
We have yet to find anything that melts tight-muscle pain as well as Hyperice’s massage ball. There are three soothing vibration settings: strong, stupid strong, and completely insane. Two hours of battery life keep the post-workout magic coming.
Altra IQ Road Running Shoes ($220)
Add four accelerometers to a pair of top-rated trainers, sync them with a phone, and you’ve got your own on-the-go coach. The IQ gives you granular feedback data, including cadence, foot strike, impact, and balance.
A time-tested piece of headwear attracts a new cult following
Each year, we test dozens of bikes in Sedona, Arizona, putting them through their paces in a variety of terrain. This year, we found one stand-out bike that can do just about anything. Watch to see why our testers loved the 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy (and its sister, the Juliana Joplin) and why the rigs won Gear of the Year in our Summer Buyer’s Guide.
Each year, we ride dozens of bikes in Sedona, Arizona, putting them through their paces at our annual bike test. This year, we found one road bike that stood above the rest. Watch to see why our testers loved the 2017 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc and why the bike won Gear of the Year in our Summer Buyer’s Guide.
Sacks for a comfortable night’s sleep, wherever you lay your head.