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The Best Running Tech of 2016

The Best Running Tech of 2016

Whether you want a simple training companion or the sophisticated tracker of the true wired athlete, we've got your wrist—and your feet—covered.

  Photo: Timex

Timex Ironman Run x20 GPS

Best For: Minimalists
Like its more expensive siblings, the x20 accurately tracks pace and distance, counts laps, and sets intervals. And that’s it. It can’t sync with a heart-rate monitor or third-party apps. But what it lacks in bells and whistles it more than makes up for with its attractive, comfortable design and easy-to-read display. 

Price $103

  Photo: Polar

Polar M400

Best For: Newbies
This is the most intuitive running watch here. The GPS tracks flawlessly, the display graphics are clear, and you can choose from several data screens (think lap time, speed, and heart rate). All that in one of the smallest GPS-enabled watches out there. Bummer: syncing with third-party apps is frustratingly tricky. 

Price $250

  Photo: Sensoria Fitness

Sensoria Fitness Smart Socks

Best For: Fixing Your Form
By embedding electronic threads and thin, surprisingly comfortable anklets into socks, Sensoria helps improve your stride by measuring step count, cadence, and foot strike. The socks send data to a phone, where you can view the metrics and analyze your form. 

Price $199

  Photo: Epson

Epson Runsense SF-810

Best For: Data Geeks
If you’re addicted to fitness data, this is your watch. It happily syncs with third-party apps via a nifty online tool, offers some of the best GPS tracking we’ve ever tested, and boasts an astonishing 20 hours of battery life—with the GPS on. The only caveat: the wrist-based LED heart-rate monitor isn’t quite as accurate as those on other top-flight watches. 

Price $350

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Garmin Forerunner 225

Best For: Serious Training
Combine the 225’s superb built-in heart-rate monitor—which proved as accurate as a chest strap—with Garmin’s precise navigation and ten-hour battery life in GPS mode, and you have the perfect wearable for long days in the woods sans phone. The native apps track activity, but we found the 225 too clunky for daily wear. 

Price $300

  Photo: Suunto

Suunto Ambit3 Run

Best For: Triathletes 
The Ambit3 has a sleek display and a stable of cool features. We especially like the midrun access to lap comparisons and the recovery advice based on metrics. Multisport athletes will appreciate its ability to measure cycling speed and cadence. Even better, it can share that data with many popular apps. 

Price $299

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The Best Cameras of 2016

Lucky you, Instagrammers: your epic shots no longer require bulky DSLRs. These six point-and-shoots are sharp and adventure ready. Best of all? They fit in your pocket.   Photo: Nikon Nikon 1 J5 Best For: Aspiring Pros The lightning-fast 1 J5 can reel off an astonishing 60 frames per second in high definition. A touchscreen makes it easy to adjust settings on the fly, and it flips and twists for more angles. Even better, the camera works with more than 12 lenses and transfers files to your phone or desktop via Wi-Fi.  Price $500   Photo: Moment Moment Case and Lens Best For: Instagram Heroes The sturdy Case, for

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The Best Fitness Trackers of 2016

The key to hitting peak performance? As in life, so in fitness: know thyself. Play hard and study your stats with these four fitness trackers.   Photo: Garmin Garmin Vivoactive Best For: Ditching Your Phone This slim, attractive unit has sport-specific functions for activity tracking and an onboard GPS to measure distance and elevation. It works with both Bluetooth and ANT+ devices—like a heart-rate monitor ($50) or cadence sensor—and (swimmers, take note) is water-resistant down to 164 feet. The Garmin Connect Mobile app archives your data and can sync with various health platforms, including Garmin Connect and Apple Health.   Price $250  

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