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8 Gadgets for Techie Runners

8 Gadgets for Techie Runners

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One of the best things about running is that it’s a relatively inexpensive way to stay fit, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t gadgets to make running more enjoyable.

For Your Feet

Treat your soles well and you’ll be running for years.

1. Yaktrax

You might love to run during every season, but winter can be particularly challenging when ice starts to take over. Yaktrax provides a way for runners to get out and run — regardless of the weather — by providing traction for your shoes. They slip over your running shoes without altering the feel of your run. Since you won’t have to worry about slipping, you’ll still be able to work on improving your time — ice or no ice.

2. Venti Pro

Depending on the fit of a sock, seams are more than a nuisance — they can cause blisters. If this is a reoccurring problem for you, Wigwam’s Venti Pro is a solid choice. They’re also made from a super-lightweight acrylic, which makes them perfect for minimal-shoe wearers.

Wearables

From Fitbit to Jawbone, wearables have been taking over the fitness world for several years now. However, if you’re new to using fitness trackers, the brands that are becoming household names aren’t necessarily the best trackers out there for real fitness gurus. A Jawbone or a Fitbit is a solid tracker when you’re getting started but, for real athletes, you might want to take your wearable tech up a notch.

3. Basis Peak

Made by Basis, Peak is an incredibly smart piece of technology capable of automatically recognizing whether you are walking, running or biking. It also tracks your sleep cycles and your heart rate without using a chest strap. The notification settings adjust your weekly goals as needed, which means as your performance shifts, Peak will automatically shift your goals with you. This wearable will keep tabs on you and keep you motivated.

4. Mio Fuse

The Mio Fuse is another option for athletes who want to track their heart rate. In comparison with the Peak, though, this wearable doesn’t monitor your sleep cycles. On the plus side, the Fuse does track your calories burned where the Peak does not. That means you’ll have an easier time monitoring what you need to do to lose those last few pounds.

If you’re interested in this type of fitness technology but don’t want a high cost commitment, there’s nothing wrong with trying out a Jawbone or Fitbit. Regardless, all of these wearables will help keep you on track with your fitness.


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For Your Ears

Some of us struggle to find our pace without a solid soundtrack and, even when we have the perfect beat, our headphones’ cord can ruin things. Thankfully, Bluetooth has teamed up with Jabra to provide the answer.

5. Jabra Sport Wireless+

Don’t let your ear buds ruin your run. Reduce irritation from cords and enjoy your run with Jabra Sport Wireless+, which also works with the app Endomondo. These ear buds are basically military grade headphones, so there’s no need to worry about sweating too much — they’re nearly indestructible.

You even have seven different shaped ear pieces to help you find the perfect fit for your ears. There’s also a built-in FM radio if you don’t like to run with your phone.

6. Under Armour Women’s Ponytail Run Beanie

A running hat or beanie is essential when running in the cold. Your body is already under stress from running, so it doesn’t need the added stress of maintaining body temperature in cold weather. Under Armour makes a beanie using EVO ColdGear® Thermo Lining that’s form fitting and stretches enough to fit almost any shape or size. The best part of this beanie is that it’s high enough in the back for a low ponytail.

Top Accessories

7. Nike Shield Flash Jacket

We all have reflective gear, but nothing matches up to Nike’s Shield Flash Running Jacket. The reflective power of this jacket is only matched by its weather protection. This jacket reflects the smallest amount of light from every angle, ensuring attentive drivers will see you. Also, the worst part of any rain coat is the lack of ventilation, but don’t worry — there’s weather-resistant vents to increase airflow.

8. Nike Cheyenne Vapor 2

Another excellent all-weather item, this Cheyenne Vapor 2 running pack is lightweight and can store up to 70 ounces of water. Reviewers back the claim that the pack doesn’t bounce around, which greatly reduces friction on your shoulders. There’s also plenty of room for a laptop and pockets for your other gadgets, so you can use this at your next conference, too.

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Kayla Matthews is a technology writer and the editor of Productivity Bytes. Her work has been featured on Digital Trends, MakeUseOf, VICE, VentureBeat, The Daily Dot and WIRED, among others. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.

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