Running

Marathons

Call it the comfort factor: as marathons have moved into the mainstream, organizers have added perks, everything from swag bags to massages. Many races now resemble 26.2-mile bacchanals as much...

Eat to Win

At the 2009 Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona marathon in Phoenix, Josh Cox’s attempt to break the world record in the 50K was thwarted by restroom stops. “My legs felt fine, but I...

Wrightsock SLC Socks

We’re particular about socks: we like them well cushioned but not too squishy. Made of airy polyester, Wrightsock’s SLC socks strike the balance,...

Brooks Sunshield Visor

We want our visors to do three things: soak up sweat, dry quickly, and sit so light and comfy on our heads that we forget we’re wearing them. The Brooks Sunshield visor delivered on all...

Garmin Forerunner 610 Watch

With a simple tap of the screen, the Garmin Fore­runner 610 watch—its first touchscreen GPS model—switches between a mileage counter and a virtual racing partner...

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral Trail Running Shoe

Though it’s touted as a road-and-trail hybrid, we liked the Crossmax Neutral better on dirt. Lively cushioning helps on roads, but testers were more impressed with how the outsole kept...

Oakley Fast Jacket Sunglasses

A simple release clip makes swapping out the lenses on Oakley’s Fast Jacket ­sunglasses a snap. (They come with two light-specific pairs.) Ultralight...

Saucony Vortex Sleeveless Top

Nothing too fancy here. The mesh paneling along the sides of Saucony’s Vortex sleeveless top adds ventilation to the already barely-there...

New Balance NBx Five-Inch Shorts

The flat, nonconstricting elastic in the waistband of New Balance’s tissue-thin NBx five-inch shorts keep them from riding up, while silver fibers in the...

Brooks Cascadia 6 Trail Running Shoe

Just like all-mountain skis that can handle flats, steeps, and ungroomed conditions, the Cascadia is suited to a broad range of runners—from casual joggers to all-day ­adventurers...

Pearl Izumi Streak II Running Shoe

Most shoes weighing less than eight ounces sacrifice cushion and long-haul comfort. Not the Streak II. It’s like a racing flat with a touch more structure and impact protection. The light...

North Face Better Than Naked Jacket

At 6.7 ounces, the North Face’s Better Than ­Naked ­jacket is wispy and agile, thanks to ultrastretchy polyester. It also achieves that perfect...

Adidas Response Cushion Twenty M Running Shoe

Neutral runners looking for enough cushion and comfort for a quick jaunt or a double-digit training run, this shoe is for you. More firm than squishy, the cushioning properly dampens pavement...

Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 Running Shoe

We liked how the proprietary gel pads in previous Kinsei models delivered speed and stability. This version does the same solid job in a lighter package. At just under 12 ounces, it’s not...

Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe

Wearing a pared-down trail shoe like the Rogue means being aware of your form and where you put your feet. It has a surprisingly tough rock-blocking plate in the midsole and a modest toe bumper,...

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