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22 July, 09:01271

The Best Running Tech From CES 2019

10 hot new products that make us want to run faster, recover better, and rock out more often.

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STAFF

CES was held in Las Vegas this week, showcasing the newest consumer-tech products that promise to change the world in which we live, or at least make it a little tastier, healthier, or just a little cooler. And we found quite a few products, gadgets and technology aimed to make running better, too. From new breathable fabrics, to smarter Garmin smart watches, to sweatproof wireless earphones and advanced heart-rate monitors, here are 10 of the best products for runners.

OptiShokz Revvez

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OPTISHOKZ

We’re big fans of AfterShokz bone-conduction headphones because they allow us to rock out on long runs while still hearing traffic and people around us. Now, the company is launching the same tech in a pair of sunglasses called OptiShokz. The vibrating pad that creates the sound is positioned behind your ears, instead of at your cheekbone like the headset. It’s neat tech that can help keep you safer than fully sealed headphones.

Garmin vivoactive 3 Music connected by Verizon

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GARMIN

It was only a matter of time until Garmin crammed cellular connectivity into one of its GPS watches—the Apple Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy already have it. The vivoactive 3, which will only work with a Verizon data plan, is basically the same watch as the Vivoactive 3 that’s already available but you don’t have to carry your phone to stay connected. With the new model, you can download music via LTE rather than WiFi. It’s not as exciting as the streaming option you get with the Apple Watch, because you have to actually download the music before you can listen to it, but this means you won’t have to be at home on your WiFi to get new tunes. The connectivity also lets the watch leverage Garmin’s Live Tracking service, which could be incredibly helpful for your family and friends to find out where you are on marathon day. Garmin has yet to set a price.

Withings Move ECG

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WITHINGS

When Apple launched its Series 4 Watch last year, the hype was centered on its ability to do an ECG to detect atrial fibrillation at any time, without a visit to the doctor’s office. Withings just added the same functionality in a watch that costs just $129. Test results are stored in the Health Mate companion app and can be shared with your doctor if needed. Of course, the Move ECG doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a fully blown smart watch, but beneath the stylish analog face is an activity tracker and 12-month battery.

Instant Pot Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker

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INSTANT POT

“OK, Google, make me some clam chowder.” While it might not be quite that simple to get dinner done, the Instant Pot will work with Google Assistant soon. That means you can use your voice to check in on your meal or tell the Instant Pot which cooking program to set—handy if your hands are covered in food and you don’t want to get your phone filthy.

Under Armour True Wireless Flash

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JBL

Under Armour partnered with JBL on another pair of sport headphones that deliver the best from both worlds—excellent sound quality meets a rugged pair of buds that can handle heavy doses of sweat. These totally wireless buds are chunky, to be sure, but the three silicone wings let you customize the fit so they stay put. Music cranks when your ears are completely sealed, though there are two options if you want to hear your surroundings—Ambient Aware adds external sounds to your music mix, while Talk-Thru reduces the music volume so you can talk to somebody easily.

Otterbox Otter + Pop

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OTTERBOX

I get the irony of suggesting an iPhone case when devices like the Garmin vivoactive now allow you to leave the phone at home entirely. But, hey, maybe you want to snap selfies for Instagram. In that case, don’t drop it. The Otterbox case will protect your phone from bumps, of course, but the exciting part of this collaboration with PopSockets is the integrated PopGrip. When it’s expanded, you have a better hold on your phone; when you aren’t using it, the grip collapses nearly flush with the case.

Halo Sport 2

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HALO

These seemingly ordinary headphones are anything but normal. The headband contains rubber electrodes that “neuroprime” your brain, jumpstarting your muscle memory according to the company. At the most basic level, you wear them for a 20-minute brain zapping session before you work out and they excite your brain so you respond better to training. This update to the original headset sees a reconfiguration of the primers for a better connection with your noggin, plus the headphones now have better audio quality. And Halo ditched the cord in exchange for a Bluetooth wireless connection.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

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SENNHEISER

For sound quality above all else, look to these Sennheiser buds. The Momentum line of headphones has been stellar for years, with excellent audio from over- and on-the-ear models. These small wireless buds have 7mm audiophile drivers for top-notch sound. If you do take them along for a run, they have a “Transparent Hearing” feature that pipes in sounds from outside—so you can hear cars or have a conversation with somebody without removing a bud.

Flexit

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JIMMY CAVALIERI

This startup is disrupting the monthly gym-membership racket. It’s partnering with gyms around the country and allowing you to pay only for the time you spend working out. Download the iPhone or Android app to find gyms and get the code you scan when you enter and exit the club—you’re billed by the minute. Currently, there aren’t a lot of gyms, so you’ll be out of luck unless you in cities like New York, Chicago, Phoenix, or Washington, D.C. Rates vary by gym. On a Thursday night dinner-time search, we found some gyms in New Jersey charging as little as $.17 per minute while popular Manhattan clubs were $1.50 or more.

The North Face FutureLight fabric 

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THE NORTH FACE

The problem with waterproof apparel is that you typically end up drenched anyway because your body heat and sweat can’t escape. Or rain jackets that are heavy and stiff because of the membrane. The North Face is trying to change that with this new waterproof treatment using a technique it calls “nanospinning.” Essentially, a microscopic layer of fibers creates pores small enough to keep water out but let heat pass through. The fabric is being touted for its use in extreme conditions currently, but if it’s as lightweight and breathable as The North Face claims, we’ll likely see it in running jackets soon.

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