Ever head out for a run and tie a key to your shoelace or drawstring? The Kickstarter project PocketBands aims to end that nonsense. Perfect for going to the gym, running, swimming, surfing, biking, and more – PocketBands are lightweight wristbands with a secret compartment to stash a key and/or some cash without interfering with your activities. Why has nobody thought of this before?!?
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If your new years resolution was to get in shape, it’s time to get up and do it. The purchase of a new cross-training shoe may help your inspiration, and it’s easy to forget what a difference new workout shoes make when you’ve been wearing your old beat up pair for some time. The New Balance Minimus Cross-Trainer is a thin and light shoe sturdy enough for the gym, but also great for running. With a minimal drop from heel to toe, they also enable neutral running.
GET IT: $110
Tracking your running results can help you achieve goals, motivate for your next run, and stay on track – but keeping tabs on your progress doesn’t need to be complicated. With the Nike+ Sportwatch (which is powered by TomTom GPS) you’ll be able to track your time, distance, pace, heart rate (with optional sensor), and calories burned. You can also view your mapped route with pace data/changes in elevation on Nikeplus.com.
GET IT: $169
The weather is warming up and it’s time to get back in shape. While running on treadmills or the street are often the convenient forms of cardio….running on grass, dirt, or trails provides not only a more scenic form of exercise – but also relief on your joints. If you have access to such terrain, check out New Balance trail shoes. With a grippy outsole and responsive mesh and synthetic upper, New Balance’s 572 trail shoe is like all-wheel drive for your feet. This sturdy, yet lightweight lace-up will tear up trails for more comfortable, enjoyable runs thanks to compression-resistant cushioning and a specialized lacing system.
GET IT: $50-$75