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    Best Wearable Tech

    For your wired workout.

    —Will Palmer

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    Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS watch

    It’s like having a coach on your wrist—a total geek of a coach. The touch-screen displays everything from VO2 max to time spent in contact with the ground, plus all the stuff you expect from a GPS watch ($400). Syncs with your phone or computer to transmit data to the Garmin Connect website, or uploads directly via Wi-Fi. Spring for the chest-strap heart-rate monitor ($50).

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    GoMotion Synergy LightVest hydration pack

    The chest-level light on this featherweight vest ($80) doesn’t move when you turn your head, but the lower angle is worth the trade-off for better illumination from the 100-lumen beacon. Includes red safety lights on the back; $95 with a one-liter bladder included.

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    Recon Jet sunglasses

    Just like Google Glass, the Jet ($599) syncs with your smartphone and can display everything from speed and location to text messages (in this case, on a small screen below your right eye). A touch-sensitive pad lets you swipe between screens, and there’s an HD camera. It’s a bit bulky, and the prototype we tested wasn’t totally functional, but the technology is legit.

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    Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha earphones

    They’re pricey, but these durable magnesium ’buds ($250) are water-resistant, with a burly cord and over-the-ear cable routing. Yet it’s the audiophile-grade engineering inside that makes them special. Powered by proprietary microdrivers, they produce rich, warm sound.

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    Zensorium Tinké fitness tracker

    Sixty seconds and your thumb: that’s all you need for a daily status check on your well-being. Using a free app and a dongle that plugs into your iPhone (or, for an extra $10, select Android devices), the Tinké ($119) measures overall fitness (resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood-oxygen level) and also what it calls your Zen level. Seriously.

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    Mio Alpha heart-rate monitor

    The Alpha ($199) is the first device of its kind to take a reading from your wrist using LEDs on the back of the watch. It lets you set zones, with alerts to keep you on track, and summarizes workout data, which it beams to your phone. Accuracy was stellar, instantly tracking up and down as we climbed and descended hills.