Fresh Loot

Jan 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

You know your fitness watch isn't just for show when the screen starts flashing you are behind. So it goes with the GARMIN FORERUNNER 201, a wrist-mounted, GPS-assisted training tool. Select the distance and time of your workout goal, press start, and pace off of your virtual partner, as he runs alongside or (giddyup!) ahead of you. ($150; 800-800-1020,

Spend halftime at the halfpipe nestled in the BURTON LIQUID LOUNGER, a combination chair, beverage cooler, minibar, and game center that folds up, Inspector Gadget style, into a backpack. On board: mixology essentials, including a flask and stir stick, a deck of cards, and dice, plus there's an insulated compartment for that six-pack of Pabst. ($110; 800-881-3138,

Trails aren't very fun when they get in your sneakers. Enter the NEW BALANCE 1100—sturdy 14-ounce (per shoe, men's size 9.5) off-road runners with integrated neoprene gaiters that barricade against kicked-up debris. Burly toe guards and a thin layer of plastic in the soles protect against sharp rocks, while high-grip rubber and a polyurethane-reinforced midfoot keep you balanced on the scree. ($130; 800-253-7463,

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