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The Cloudracer’s rubber springs are no gimmick. Though the Swiss-engineered shoe sports a thin, almost minimalist mid-sole, the rubber pads compress on each impact, so it takes almost all the sting out of the road while still feeling fast and low to the ground.

“I didn’t know what to make of this shoe at first, but I’m sold,” said one tester. The swap of rubber springs for foam cushioning should also boost the life span, and hot-weather runners will love the extremely breathable, all-mesh upper.

The bottom line: A tempo-run tool for the fleet of foot, but pronators and heel strikers should steer clear. 7 oz; 5 mm drop


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8 Summer Yoga Essentials

There’s 420-friendly yoga. There’s co-ed naked yoga. There’s yoga California Chrome could love. There’s even yoga that includes a beer chaser. No matter which you choose, you’re likely to need some gear to practice.

We looked high and low for the latest and greatest in yoga mats, bags, and outerwear (for you prudes who don’t go au naturel). Here are our findings:

Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Tee ($64)

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Similar to the now sold-out Assert Tech Short Sleeve Tee we raved about in a recent review of Lululemon products, the Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve is one of our favorite T-shirts by virtue of the cut alone, which is athletic while not being skin-tight. Put simply, it's damn flattering. And that goes for body types ranging from Cat 2 to Clydesdale. Thanks to anti-stink technology that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, the only funk that flows from you will be from your earbuds.

Manduka LiveOn Mat ($58)

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New to yoga? Released on June 4, the LiveOn is the perfect first mat because it’s lightweight, and at 5mm, it’s relatively thick (your knees will thank you for this in poses like cat/cow and dolphin). Plus, that joint-saving foam is 100 percent reclaimable and recyclable. Looking for something a bit thinner? A 3mm version is slated to go on sale this September.

The North Face Be Calm Tank for Women ($38)

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More affordable than most, this staple from The North Face is a poly-blend built from recycled fabric that wicks. And it’s cut long enough to reach the top of even the lowest of low-riding yoga pants.

yogitoes We Are One Collection Skidless Yoga Towel ($64)

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Whether you’re down with hot yoga or you just sweat a lot, this skidless yoga towel will save you from a saturated and, therefore, slippery mat. Silicon nubs help with grippiness, which you’ll appreciate in trikonasana and warrior poses when you're squeezing your inner thigh muscles and pushing down on your feet.

Much more absorbent than regular towels, it also dries quickly in the sun. Pro tip: the little nibs go face down. Keeping them face-up is the yoga version of wearing a bike helmet backward.

Yoga Sak ($50)

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Minimalist and multi-modal? Check out Yoga Sak. The fourth generation of this bag stows your mat vertically and is complete with a retractable pouch to make sure heavier mats (like the Manduka PRO) don’t slide out the bottom. 

And for hot-yoga-inclined people, the company also offers a wet bag ($10) for any sweat-drenched clothes. One drawback? The cell phone pocket is too small for an iPhone 5, Nexus 5, or Galaxy S4, an issue the company says will be addressed in the fifth generation of this bag, which is slated for release in early 2015.

Prana Sutra Pant ($70)

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Although most running and climbing shorts translate well to yoga, the Sutra is our favorite full-length pant. Available in three lengths (30”, 32”, 34”), they’re built from a blend of hemp, polyester, and lycra. With an inseam gusset, front pockets, drawstring waist, and relaxed fit, the Sutra is the Levi’s 501 of yoga—a classic.

Manduka GO Free Backpack ($120)

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Pedaling to yoga is the best. You get a warm-up and another excuse to ride your bike. But carrying a mat can be tricky: if you put it into a traditional backpack, it’ll hit the back of your helmet, testing even the most enlightened yogi’s equanimity.

Save your sanity with the GO Free that secures your mat with quick-release buckles and is big enough to haul a laptop (in a padded sleeve), a few bike locks, and change of clothes. There are also internal pockets for pens, tools, and a pad of paper, plus several large external pockets.

Lululemon For The People Short ($68)

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Although you can practice yoga wearing an old Radiohead T-shirt, shorts are different. Go with a pair without four-way stretch and you’ll be able to blame your clothing for keeping you out of half-pigeon. Go too baggy, on the other hand, and you’ll show too much when you’re upside down.

The tapered For The People were designed for yoga and are sweat-wicking, breathable, and knee-length. Plus, the breathable fabric feels good on your skin.

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How the TSA Makes Flying More Expensive

If your wallet feels a little lighter after paying for a slew of plane flights, don't blame the TSA agents who gave you pat-downs; their parent organization is responsible. The Transportation Security Administration fee increase approved in December takes effect today, affecting all passengers with flights originating in the United States.

The TSA used to charge $2.50 for nonstop flights and $5 for connecting flights, but all flights now come with a $5.60 fee. The fees go toward a general treasury fund that, in part, supports the TSA's effort to keep air passengers safe. The increase might help the TSA raise $16.9 billion more than current collections to offset $12.6 billion of the federal deficit. 

When you're prepared to drop $500 on a round-trip ticket, single-digit increases might seem annoying but negligible. However, the document outlining the change redefined the idea of a single flight: Any time connecting flights are separated by four or more hours (or 12 or more hours if you're flying intrastate in, or starting in, noncontinental states such as Alaska and Hawaii), each leg is classified as a one-way flight and charged individually. Flights originating internationally cannot be charged the fee. 

So, if you're heading round-trip from Cleveland to Seattle with a stopover in Chicago both coming and going, that's four individual flights. The fees start to add up for frequent fliers, and those connecting flights might not be significantly better deals anymore.

The fee is a sure thing, but feel free to tell the TSA how you feel about it through August 19 by sending comments through the department's contact page.

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Molly Huddle Shatters U.S. 5K Record

At the Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday, Molly Huddle broke her own American record in the 5,000 meters, running 14:42.64 to finish sixth overall. The time is more than two seconds quicker than her previous mark, set last summer in Belgium.

"I am happy I was able to chip away at the record and take advantage of the famously fast Monaco track," Huddle told the Star-Gazette, the major newspaper in her hometown of Elmira, New York.

The 29-year-old, who was a 10-time All American when she ran for Notre Dame, told that race conditions were ideal for her to run a PR.

"Fortunately for me, it was the the perfect race for me," Huddle said. "I just tried to get into a comfortable spot and pay attention to my splits. I knew it would be a gut check with five laps to go and then again with two laps to go and then again with one lap to go. I just pushed until I went past it."

The American also benefited from very fast company. The winner of the race was Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who ran 14:28.88, the fastest time in the world this year.

If you're into breaking records but think a 14:42 5K might be a little brisk, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farrah just set the world record in the 100-meter sack race last Monday; 39.91 is the time to beat, should you feel up to the challenge.

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James Bond Will Revolutionize Diving

Despite decades of scuba sessions and submersible trips, about 95 percent of the world's oceans are still waiting to be examined. A new technology called the Exosuit will have us swimming in undersea exploration possibilities as soon as the end of this month.

One of the biggest hindrances to research has been the isolation of submersibles. When you're in a submarine, it's difficult to interact with and examine your environment. Most no-decompression scuba suits—those that enable divers to avoid the hurdle of acclimating to pressure differences as they descend and ascend—can be used only within 100 feet of the surface and for short periods of time. The $1.3 million, 530-pound Exosuit, which can descend to 1,000 feet and remain underwater for 50 hours, removes most of that hurdle. 

"In a normal submersible, you're kind of just sitting inside a sphere, and you can’t really reach out into the environment other than being some kind of robotic arm or something," said John Sparks, curator in charge at the American Museum of Natural History's department of ichthyology, in an interview with the Guardian. "This is much more tactile and much more maneuverable than that would be." Sparks tested the suit at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts earlier this month. 

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The result of 35 years of research by Canadian firm Nuytco Research, Exosuits greatly extend researchers' range of motion and ability to get close to their subjects. Reminiscient of JIM suits (of James Bond fame), the suit's 18 rotary joints enable motor movements fine enough to pick up dimes from the ocean floor—and, more important, sea creatures. 

Sparks hopes to pilot use of the suit in research on the Stephen J. Barlow Bluewater Expedition at the end of July, when he will look for new medically relevant bioluminescent molecules, as well as fish, off the coast of New England.

"[The suit will be great for collecting] on real deep reefs, getting the face of the suit right up against the reef, almost lying down in the rubble and kind of picking through it for fish," Sparks said.

The dive will be the first with an atmospheric suit working in tandem with a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). The Exosuit pilot will be able to trap the specimen in a chamber, and then enable high-resolution images via a camera on the $600,000 DeepReef-ROV operated by researchers at sea level.

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