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The Best Tech Tools of 2016

The Best Tech Tools of 2016

Make the most of your memories with these six gadgets to protect and power up your photo gear. 

Brunton All Day 2.0 power bank
  Photo: Brunton

Brunton All Day 2.0 Power Bank

With a massive lithium battery, the All Day quintuples the energy stores of your GoPro—just leave the camera’s battery in, replace the back housing with the All Day, and lock up. You can even simultaneously recharge your phone via a side port and the included two-in-one cord (Lightning and micro USB). 

Price $70 

Optrix by Body Glove pro kit
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Optrix by Body Glove Pro Kit

Made of clear polycarbonate, this case adventure-proofs your iPhone 6 so it can survive being submerged in 33 feet of water or suffering a 20-foot drop. On land, the four included lenses, including a 165-degree wide angle, 2x telephoto, and macro, let you capture a huge variety of shots. You can buy an additional fisheye or 4x tele for $40 each. 

Price $170

Trace Tracker
  Photo: Trace

Trace Tracker

Map My Air, anyone? Surfers, riders, and skiers need only mount this tough, mint-patty-size puck to their boards, pair with the app, and ride. When you move, the Trace records speed, vertical, air time, and more. Store 50-plus sessions on the device (which lasts ten hours per charge) before uploading the data to a phone or computer. 

Price $200

Kenu Highline leash
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Kenu Highline Leash

Fumbling with a phone, gloves, and poles while riding a chairlift is the perfect recipe for what we’ll call the ultimate dropped call. Thus the simple beauty of this 10.5-inch-long stretchy band, which locks into the provided case (via Lightning port and a securing notch) and, on the other end, attaches to your belt loop. Available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 

Price From $30

Goal Zero Flip 20 recharger
  Photo: Goal Zero

Goal Zero Flip 20 Power Bank

Recharge your phone or headlamp twice with this solidly built energy-storage block. At a barely-there 4.6 ounces and no bigger than a jumbo pack of Doublemint gum, it’ll slip into your jacket so you can charge on the go—a huge bonus if you forgot to plug in the night before. Then replenish the Flip 20 from any USB port. 

Price $50

GoPro three-way mount
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GoPro 3-Way Mount 

With a 20-inch-long hinged selfie arm, a handheld camera grip that lets you take shots free of errant fingertips, and a clever tripod stored in the handle, this smart GoPro accessory facilitates better on-snow footie. POV is still better accomplished with a helmet or chest mount, but the 3-Way allows for more variety—especially when passed among friends. Travelers, take note: it weighs only 6.4 ounces and folds down to 7.5 inches. 

Price $70

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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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: MinimalistsLike 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: NewbiesThis is the most intuitive running watch here. The GPS tracks flawlessly, the

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