The latest and greatest in fitness, style, gear, tech, and accessories.
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Wireless headphones that are sweat-proof, stay put, and sound great? It’s not lip service: The UA Headphones Wireless Engineered by JBL deliver on all three, most notably on clear no-interference tunes even when you’re working out hard.
Combining GPS, heart-rate monitoring, and activity settings for multiple sports plus daily fitness and sleep tracking and smartphone notifications in a sleek package is no small feat. Garmin pulled it off with the Vivoactive HR, on sale in May.
What is it about summer that makes you play just a little too hard? VibraCool, developed by a pain-management doctor, provides both cooling from ice packs and gentle high-frequency vibrations to soothe soreness and shorten recovery time—and has FDA clearance to boot.
You don’t drink enough water. Then you go for a run in the hot afternoon sun, and, ugh—muscle-cramp city. When you just can’t get into the habit of sipping on the regular, consider this high-tech solution. The Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid is a smart water bottle that calculates your suggested hydration goal based on your personal data, measures your intake of liquids, charts your daily, weekly, and monthly hydration progress, and syncs with Fitbit. In other words, you may not feel thirsty ever again.
The pool. The beach. The lake. The river. So many more opportunities to drown your phone. The sleek Lifeproof Nuud makes your iPhone water-resistant up to 6.6 feet deep for up to an hour and drop-proof over the same distance—but it doesn’t make your phone look like it is (read: it's pretty cool-looking). Plus, you can snap some awesome underwater shots with your phone's camera.
Whether cycling, running, surfing, or extreme-sporting, the action doesn’t only happen in front of you. The 360Fly camera captures everything around you using a single lens and what they call “surround video,” meaning you’ll have one hell of a panorama to show from your skydive.
Park picnics (hint: it's a great date idea!) and beach afternoons are so much better with a soundtrack. Now hear this: The shockproof, mudproof UE Boom 2 lets you blast tunes wherever you are—even underwater up to a meter deep (though the great sound transmits better from above the surface). The 15-hour battery life and 100-foot Bluetooth range keep the party going and going.
If you refuse to specialize in your fitness pursuits, why should your shoe? The Nike Free Train Force Flyknit is both stable and flexible, and supportive yet molds to your foot, so you can go from running to basketball to a WOD in the same kicks.
The British company Charge builds its bikes based entirely on consumer feedback, so they do what the people want and do it well, without a lot of extra stuff that isn’t that useful. Especially noteworthy: extremely comfy saddles designed by a sneaker manufacturer and low-maintenance parts, such as extra-durable tires and rust-resistant chains. The Grater is the hybrid of the line, ideal for commuting and leisurely weekend rides.
For classes outdoors or in, Manduka Pro is dense and thick for padding knees with ease, and available in an extra-long length so tall guys aren’t falling off the end. Hurry to get one in the slick Limited Edition colors, like Luster Metallic 2-tone (shown here). Check out 9 reasons you should practice yoga here.
Your skin’s not the only thing that perspires in the heat. Freaker’s bottle socks are one-size-fits-all-bottle sleeves to sop up bottle sweat and insulate your sports drink on the field, and your post-game celebratory brews at the bar. The nine new sports styles display the brand’s signature snark.
Chilling in the park is a lot more comfortable with the plush Insect Shield’s Outdoor Blanket, treated with bug repellent permethrin to banish mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, no-see-ums…basically all those unwanted lunch guests.
New designer Sailormade creates an homage to the sea with the Charger Marine Cord Bracelet. The clasp is fashioned after the Brummel hook, used for attaching signal flags on ships. In 15 color combos—three metals and five cords.
Tote your things and be good to the environment with the Rareform Brooklyn Backpack—it’s made from recycled billboards! Two water bottle pockets keep you hydrated, a padded laptop sleeve (TSA accessible from the side) keeps your computer safe, and a plethora of pockets plus a roomy central compartment keep you organized.
Simple and classic, the Knickerbocker A3 Mechanic No. II in cotton twill has a close-fitting silhouette not unlike a military cap, with an adjustable backstrap and a shortened brim. Which is to say it’ll still keep the sun out of your eyes.
Low-cut so you can’t see ‘em in shoes, Lululemon’s No sock sock *silver are woven with silver fibers to be antimicrobial (read: no-stink). Internal heel grippers help ‘em stay put, and (hopefully) not end up rolled up under your arches.
For when a long-sleeve is the dress code, the Original Penguin Linen Shirt is light and highly breathable, and has roll-tabs for stowing cuffs up when rolling is acceptable. Go bold with the fusion coral color—yes, you can rock orange.
Look sharp and stay that way in the clean-cut Kit and Ace Commuter Short, made of a wrinkle- and stain-resistant cotton blend. With buttoned back pockets and front slash pockets that hide a secret phone pocket, you’ll have plenty of places to stash your stuff—and no excuse not to get rid of those cargo shorts you’ve had since college.
The retro-chic Todd Snyder Baseball Jacket is just right for cool nights, or just when you want to look cool. The black chambray linen keeps things breezy, and the bone leather accents provide structure.
The Drift Swim Trunk is quick-drying and easy-wearing with a drawstring at the waist and convenient pockets for keys and cash. But what else would you expect from dependable menswear stalwart Carhartt? Oh, right, they’re durable, too.