Let the music play, wherever your workout takes you.


Gibson Trainer 

The most visible attribute on the Trainer is the stabilizing second headband. And while it does help a little when running, what sold us were all the other features: an LED that alerts after-dusk drivers to your presence, ten hours of battery life, and a muting button for when you need to hear the world around you.  

Price $250

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Optoma NuForce BE6

Optoma’s cylinder-shaped monitors have always been good for everyday use—they’re lighter than they look and sit firmly in your ear canals. Now, with the BE6, Optoma goes wireless, offering up to six hours of play on a charge. Red flag: there’s no fit kit included, so the tips are one size fits all. 

Price $129

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Koss FitClips KSC32i

Sub-$25 earbuds this well made are a rarity. The FitClips are sweat-resistant and have a comfy over-the-ear loop to hold them in place. The soft tips create a seal that blocks out external noise, and an inline mic lets you take calls. Best of all, they rise above the tinny sound that others in this price range emit. 

Price $20

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V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

These are some of the best-sounding headphones we’ve ever tested. The fact that they’re military-grade tough and have a headband and cord that will probably never fail only makes them better. And the cord is optional: the Crossfade holds a charge for up to 12 hours of Bluetooth use. 

Price $300

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Bose SoundTrue Ultra

This compact pair pumps out detailed bass. The SoundTrue is built for all-around use, but it does offer sweat resistance and a cable design that helps reduce wire noise as you bounce along. A mic-remote lets you answer calls without fishing out your phone. (Separate models are available for Android and iOS.) 

Price $150

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Scosche SportclipAir

We’ve had more than a few ’phones short out on us from nothing more than a trickle of sweat. Enter the waterproof, Bluetooth-enabled SportclipAir. They stayed in place during workouts, thanks to a moldable wire that wraps around the top of the ear, and the sound is richer than $100 usually buys. 

Price $100

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The Best Wearable Tech of 2016

If 2015 was the year wearables took off, 2016 is the year they reach cruising altitude. Products are rapidly evolving. Build, design, and battery life have improved. Thankfully, prices are coming down at the same time—all the gadgets included here offer more and better data analysis for your money than what was available last year. Choosing which one is right for you begins with deciding what you want to track—day to day stats or professional-caliber metrics?—and knowing how finely you want to sift your data. Just remember: a wearable won’t change everything. The very best of the category complement your

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The Best Gym Apparel of 2016

Step one: toss those saggy sweats.  (Fjällräven) Fjällräven Gear Duffel  Your gym bag should be organized, well ­appointed, and just big enough for everything you need. This 23-liter duffel delivers, and it includes an internal zip pocket to hold the small stuff.  Price $130 Buy Now (Ten Thousand) Ten Thousand Foundation Shirt Ten Thousand eschews loud and gimmicky in favor of high quality and understated design. The proof is in the detailing, like the sleek underarm vents and tailored fit.  Price $48 (Beats by Dr. Dre) Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones The well-rounded sound and bounce-­limiting ear hooks

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The Grooming Essentials of 2016

Personal care essentials for before and after your workout.  (Jack Black) Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder  Dust this on prior to exercising and the mix of friction-busting silica, moisture-absorbent cornstarch, antimicrobial zinc oxide, and soothing plant extracts will help keep skin smooth and dry.  Price $20 Buy Now (The Konjac Sponge Company) Konjac Sponge Company Exfoliating Loofah  This biodegradable scrubber is made from skin-coddling plant fibers, and bamboo charcoal deters microbe growth. Toss it in with the compost at the end of its three-month life span.  Price $21 Buy Now (Sun Bum) Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 in 1 Leave

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The Best Energy Food of 2016

Snacks to keep the engine running all day. (Bogg's) Bogg’s Trail Butter Nutrient-dense peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit, and honey give Trail Butter its punch. Tuck a few packets into a jacket pocket for a creamy pick-me-up on long off-road journeys.  Price $11 for 6 Buy Now (Taos Mountain Energy Bar) Taos Mountain Energy Bar The toasted coconut bar from Taos Mountain combines non-GMO almonds, coconut, honey, and sea salt for a tasty treat. Bonus points for the chewy, cookie-like texture.  Price $35 for 12 Buy Now (ProBar) ProBar Base Ditch the morning java for the ProBar Base, which packs 55

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