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After an unusual and inclement Winter season, Spring is finally here. The time of the year that really gets us excited to spend more time outdoors. Particularly running, and what better way to kick...

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Jaybird RUN XT True Wireless Sport Headphones are the next evolution of the Jaybird RUN, designed for runners and athletes. Now totally waterproof (IPX7) with new color options, the Jaybird RUN XT combines a...

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ASICS has revealed their completely new concept in run efficiency, METARIDE. One of ASICS’ most important innovations in seven decades, and as part of ASICS’ ambition to help all runners to Win the Long...

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Tifosi Swank SL and Svago – Where Sport Meets Life Have it all. Tifosi Optics is ready to wow sports enthusiasts and fashionistas with the release of their new styles, Swank SL and Svago....

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When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, a lot of runners head indoors and hit the treadmill or even hang up the running shoes altogether and call it the off season....

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SOUL Electronics, a global leader in consumer audio designed for the active and fitness-oriented lifestyle, announced its newest product: BLADE, the world’s first true wireless heart rate hearable earbuds with A.I. BiomechEngine. BLADE is...

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Thanks to Partnerships with Sound Expert JBL and Tech Leader Samsung, UA Creates a Seamless Digital Ecosystem for the Runner In 2019, Under Armour is committed to helping runners reach their goals by developing...

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Mobvoi Inc., a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company backed by Google™ and Volkswagen, introduced TicWatch Express 2 (E2) and TicWatch Sport 2 (S2) at CES 2019. Both smartwatches are based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear and...

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Colder weather is here, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. With a little help from some great gear you can be prepared for the colder weather. This...

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Mountainsmith, craftsmen of iconic backcountry equipment and recreational outdoor gear has created the ultimate thru-hiking pack co-designed with elite long distance hiker, The Real Hiking Viking, aka Thomas Gathman. Mountainsmith and Gathman drew inspiration...

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Runners can be very particular about their gear and justifiably so, the right gear can make the difference between hitting a new PR to making the daily run a complete delight. Here are some...

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No two audiophiles’ preferences are exactly alike, but these holiday gift ideas for music and audio buffs are sure to please everyone from hard rock fans to podcast devotees. Wicked Audio Shred 2 Neck...

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Tifosi Optics Launches Enliven Polarized, On-Shore and Off-Shore Color Enhancing Lens Technology Think of sunglasses as your music player. Sunglasses have one control feature, they turn down the volume of brightness of your environment....

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GuideRails empower the foot’s natural range of motion, so you and your shoe work together to keep you in your stride. Brooks Running Company brings its innovative GuideRails support system to the historic Adrenaline...

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If you’re an athlete, outdoor enthusiast, or just want to make sure your eyes are properly protected, sports sunglasses are a must. Cheap sunglasses often use darkly tinted plastic for lenses which don’t actually...

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Garmin announces integration with Spotify allowing customers to listen to offline playlists from their wrist. Garmin has integrated with Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, on compatible Garmin music watches. Garmin customers and Spotify...

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Altra introduces the Escalante Racer – Chicago, to commemorate racing in the Windy City with a red, blue and gray color scheme and a skyline silhouette on the lateral heel. The medial side features...

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Optimal hydration is essential for continued performance on the run. And while we love handhelds, there is no more of a convenient way to carry your hydration and running essentials than a hydration pack....

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Jaybird’s Latest X-Series Design Delivers Improved Comfort and Ruggedness for Versatile Outdoor Performance Jaybird, a leader in sport headphones for runners, unveiled the Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones – the next evolution of the award-winning X-series...

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Boa Technology Inc., creators of the revolutionary, award-winning Boa System, delivers closure and adjustment solutions purpose-built for performance. Featured in products across the golf, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, cycling, utility, and medical categories, the...

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For those who are unfamiliar with the company RaidLight, they have been serving the trail running community since 1999 with products that enhance a runner’s ability to connect with each other, nature, and the...

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Sunglasses are an essential staple for those who spend time outdoors. And rather than grabbing the gas station “get me bys” that are uncomfortable and only shade your eyes, why not treat yourself to...

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 Fit for Rugged Adventure, Styled to Stand Out Garmin unveils the fēnix 5 Plus series, its next generation of GPS multisport watches with built-in routable topographical maps, storage for music playlists, Garmin Pay™ contactless...

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Suunto 9 – Intelligent Battery Technology Suunto unveils the new Suunto 9 – a multisport GPS watch designed for athletes who demand the best from their sports watch. Suunto 9 delivers an amazing battery...

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ONE PAIR. ONE LIFE. Revant Upends Eyewear Market with One-Pair-For-Life Performance Sunglass Collection Out of Portland, Oregon, Revant Optics launches its first performance sunglass collection today to upend the eyewear market. Made in the USA, Revant’s glasses are created with the best possible materials and designed to be repaired and optimized for life so if ...

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Pushing boundaries to redefine the future of hydration, HydraPak creates innovative solutions that stand up to the harshest environments. Easy-to-use and highly functional, these HydraPak products showcase the technical manufacturing expertise that has distinguished the company for nearly two decades. The Velocity 1.5L reservoir, 500ml and 250ml soft flasks cover the spectrum of carrying needs ...

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 Smith Outlier 2 Look Good, See Better. The Outlier 2 is a fresh take on Smith’s best-selling original Outlier frame. They have taken everything customers loved from the original, and modernized it. The Outlier 2 features a durable yet lightweight and eco-friendly Evolv frame that provides an exceptionally comfortable wearing experience, while the megol nose ...

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The Brooks Launch burst onto the running scene nine years ago as an eye opener. It was springy and fast, suitable for longer easy runs or fast paced efforts. It grew an immediate following due to its versatility and feeling. Nine years later the Launch is still striking that balance with slight updates year after ...

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On the heels of their award winning Trail 5 shoe last fall, Salming has released their much anticipated encore, the OT Comp. Short for Off Trail Competition, Salming teamed up with technical soles authority Michelin, in order to create a lightweight agile self-cleaning shoe with incredible traction that caters to the needs of orienteering, OCR ...

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The Garmin vivofit 4 is a daily activity tracker with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary! It has a built in sunlight-readable, always-on color display, designed for 24/7 wearability. The vivofit 4 is swim and shower safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. It is ready to go right out of the ...

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Native Eyewear has released five new styles from its 2018 sunglasses collection, the Wells, Acadia, Sixty-Six, El Jefe and the Catamount. The collection embraces Native’s ‘Roam Free’ lifestyle and continues Native’s core philosophy that fuses function and performance with style. Native has also expanded the availability of a new Violet Reflex Lens in the company’s ...

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A Retro-Value for Modern Times Tifosi Optics introduces Swank, a fun new style with features designed to perform in any situation. Swank combines a lifestyle silhouette and a vibrant color palette with many of the same technical features found in our other high performance sports sunglasses. Swank is sure to become a new favorite for ...

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Luck Comes in Just Your Size To offer runners a little extra luck this year, Brooks Running releases a special edition Launch 5 Shamrock Shoe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Available today, March 1, the limited-edition green kicks feature a clover-print upper as well as gold detailing on its aglets, midsole and outsole. “When we ...

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New for 2018 from Native Eyewear is the Violet Reflex lens. This new Violet Reflex technology sets itself apart from Native’s other lenses by adding unrivaled color and contrast enhancement through color-sorting filtration. The resulting high definition of the violet lens is reinforced by Native’s standard lens features, which include polarization, UV and infrared protection, decentered ...

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Turn any pair of running shoes into ice grabbers. With the Yaktrax Run, ice and snow can no longer be a deterrent to getting outdoors to do some winter running. Slip the Yaktrax Run onto any existing running shoes, and you will be able to take off and run in the iciest of conditions. If ...

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Headlamps are generally the light source of choice when heading outdoors for an adventure in the dark, because they allow for hands free operation, they’re small and lightweight, and they have a long battery life. Expanding the category of hands free lighting Night Trek has given us another option called the Night Trek 270, which ...

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First Things First – Who/what is MyKronoz? MyKronoz is a wearable tech company based in Geneva Switzerland, they design and develop devices intended to improve increasingly mobile, connected and digital lifestyles. They strive to expand and facilitate the mobile-user experience with stylish, intuitive and functional techcessories. Now present in more than 40 countries and carried ...

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The Inov-8 RocLite 315 GTX is out, and it has become my favorite go to winter running shoe. First Impressions The RocLite 315 GTX feels like a tough, no… a bulletproof lightweight trail running shoe. The new X-Protec upper feels impenetrable and ready to deliver the ultimate in protection and durability. The toe box is fortified and well ...

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Brooks Running Company plays an encore and debuts a new, limited edition Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series shoe with a tie-dye design that will inspire runners everywhere. The limited-edition Brooks Rock ‘n’ Roll Launch 5 will be available starting at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Expos beginning with Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona and online at ...

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Garmin International, Inc., today announced the Forerunner® 645 Music, a GPS running watch with integrated music that gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along. Additionally, when in need of a bottle of water or a quick bite to eat, Garmin ...

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Letting yourself get dehydrated is the quickest way to derail your performance and ruin your run. Using a hydration vest is a convenient and easy way to bring along that precious water, without interfering with your hands. Different systems combine varying amounts of hydration capacity with a wide variety of cargo options, meaning you can ...

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When the Winter Solstice starts getting closer, it becomes time to reach for those headlamps to be able to extend or begin those running adventures in the dark. From late evenings to early mornings a bright headlamp is a must have piece of running gear that can help keep you visible in the face of ...

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One essential piece of running gear for any trail runner is the hydration vest. The perfect vest needs to have a comfortable secure fit, a good hydration set up, and plenty of easily accessible pockets for fuel and gear. One company that has been perfecting the hydration vest for years is Nathan Sports and this ...

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In 2003, Tifosi set out to create an eyewear brand that stood for quality, style, function, and value. With the support and passion of their partners and customers, Tifosi has grown to become a recognized, relevant, and trusted brand in cycling, running, outdoor and golf. Their mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of ...

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Just when you think that you have run in every kind of shoe that is out there, Altra steps in and comes up with something to the likes that I have never donned on my feet before. Enter the Altra Escalante, this new Altra Ego equipped road runner is built with a sleek aesthetic, thanks ...

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Tifosi is an Italian word that translates to “Super-Fan”. Which according to their website is, “exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re ...

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The North Face’s Flight Series was designed in collaboration with their team athletes, with the key focus idea being, “Run no matter what”. The Flight series collection incorporates FuseForm engineering, warp knit fabrication and FlashDry technology to keep runners cool, dry and focused on one thing: their run. I was giving the opportunity to test out the Warp Knit ...

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Fleece jackets are typically designed to function as lightweight and breathable mid-layers for outdoor activities in a range of weather conditions. Depending on the Season, they generally work best worn over a moisture-wicking base layer and under a waterproof or windproof hard shell. There are many variations of fleece jackets on the market today; synthetic ...

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My first introduction to Altra running shoes was almost 4 years ago, when I decided to purchase and try out the Altra Instinct 1.5’s, after hearing all of the hype that surrounded the zero drop shoes. While I believe that the human foot is already engineered perfectly for running, it just doesn’t have the protection ...

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