Seven Cool Tech Gadgets for the Runner in You

Seven Cool Tech Gadgets for the Runner in You
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  • From your head to your toes (literally), there’s a tech gadget for the runner in you. Tracking every metric from the amount of oxygen you consume to the amount of time you sleep, these tech gadgets will help you reach your running goals.

    If you’re ready for sunglasses that coach you, a watch that plays music, or an avatar running alongside you, this is the list for you!

    Here are your seven tech gadgets for your running needs:

    1. Time to Run

    Garmin Forerunner 945: Yes, it’s a watch. But it also has a gazillion other features. Let’s begin by streaming music via Bluetooth, as well as storing up to 1,000 songs.

    Oh, wait – did you also want to run with your Forerunner? Great! Your watch monitors your VO2 max and training status, altitude acclimation status, aerobic and anaerobic training effects, as well as your recovery time – we’ll need to recover from these options!

    Enjoy full-color, onboard maps and 10 hours of battery in GPS mode. But if you do get lost, you can pay for a car service with your watch’s Garmin Pay, a contactless payment system.

    1. Smart Shoes

    UA HOVR Phantom: If all you ever wear is your running sneakers, Under Armour can still track your metrics, freeing you up to focus on your run.

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    The HOVR Phantom running shoe is digitally connected with a Record Sensor, tracking, analyzing, and storing every running metric to your phone, guiding you on your running journey to faster and fitter.

    Along with your sensor, the Phantom provides UA HOVR foam, which comprises the compression mesh Energy Web, returning to you the energy you put into your run. Between the sensor and the foam, your Phantoms will feel like floating.

    1. Sleep Running

    Emfit QS: Your mattress measures your sleep! Well, a little something UNDER your mattress measures your sleep, your heart rate variability, the amount of time you sleep, your sleep classifications, including REM, and your movement while asleep, charted both in the short and long-term.

    The Emfit QS monitor does all of this passively, under your mattress, contact-free. When you go to sleep, the Emfit goes to work, and when you awake, the Emfit sends your stats to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

    Depending on your findings, you can make informed decisions about the day’s workout: go hard – or take it easy. Emfit helps you decide. The Emfit QS is the sleep tracker for athletes, a tool for tracking recovery and readiness.

    1. Night Moves

    Black Diamond Spot Headlamp: Night running! If you’re an early riser or a night owl, Black Diamond’s got you covered!

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    Strap on your Spot Headlamp and pick a mode: full strength, distance, dimming, strobe, red night-vision, and lock. Don’t worry about the rain – your Spot Headlamp is waterproof! Up to 1.1 meters underwater – in case you wanted to jump in a lake to cool off.

    Three hundred lumens from one DoublePower LED lights your path, and “Brightness Memory” allows you to turn your headlamp on and off at your chosen level – no more clicking until you get it just right.

    1. Happy Feet

    Zwift Runpod: Zwift, a cycling app connecting cyclists from around the world, also makes a cute little nugget called a Runpod, which attaches itself to your shoelaces and syncs with devices via Bluetooth.

    In the spirit of Zwift’s community approach to fitness, the Runpod syncs to your smartphone, then tracks and BROADCASTS speed, cadence and distance – in case you are competitive…

    Pick an outfit for your avatar and run alongside him or her. If you’re lonely on your treadmill, watch runners from around the world run along with you and your avatar. As if a worldwide community weren’t enough, Runpod also offers training programs to improve time.

    1. Roll it Away

    Rogue Fitness Hyperice Vyper 2.0: It’s a foam roller on steroids! For your warm-up or for post-run recovery, the Vyper offers three vibration frequencies and a dual zone featuring both smooth and grooved surfaces.

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    If you’re on the go, the TSA-approved, compact and portable Vyper includes lithium-ion batteries with two hours of use before charging.

    In addition to speeding up recovery, the Vyper can increase your flexibility, improve your circulation, as well as reduce your muscle soreness and stiffness and reduce the pain associated with myofascial release.

    1. My Future’s So Bright

    Oakley Radar Pace Polarized Sunglasses: As Oakley puts it, “Meet Your New Coach.” In real-time, your Radar Pace sunglasses coach you during your run, activated by your voice. Ask Radar Pace a question! She answers!

    Radar Pace collects performance data, including your speed, heart rate, cadence, power output, distance, and time, and your sunglasses, as well as your coach, adjust your training zones accordingly.

    Water-resistant and designed to grip despite the sweat, your Radar Pace sunglasses also feature Prizm Road lenses. Your new coach awaits you!

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