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Strava Premium. (Strava)

Strava Premium ($60 per year)

In addition to advanced metrics, post-race analysis, and the infamous Suffer Score, Strava Premium now offers an emergency service called Beacon, which lets three designated safety contacts follow your location on a map in real time.

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Balega Silver socks. (Balega)

Balega Silver Socks ($15)

Balega makes our favorite socks for blister-free running. The polyester-nylon yarn used in this pair is treated with antimicrobial silver to help ward off foot funk.

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Garmin Forerunner 235 watch. (Garmin)

Garmin Forerunner 235 Watch ($330)

One of the most intuitive wearables we’ve tried, the Forerunner features Garmin’s über-accurate location tracking, an easy-to-read color screen, up to nine days of battery life, and a heart-rate monitor. Also included is 24/7 activity tracking for steps, sleep quality, and more.

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LifeStraw Steel water filter. (LifeStraw)

LifeStraw Steel Water Filter ($60)

For trail runners who tackle epics, this 4.4-ounce straw ensures you never run out of water. It filters out bacteria and protozoa but not viruses (so best not to use it abroad). The stainless-steel body is rugged enough to survive a mountainside tumble.

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FlipBelt Million Mile light. (FlipBelt)

FlipBelt Million Mile Light ($20)

The genius of this 1.5-ounce running light? There’s no battery to replace. Clip it to your belt and sliding magnets harness your kinetic energy to generate 30 lumens.

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Oakley Radar Pace sunglasses. (Oakley)

Oakley Radar Pace Sunglasses ($450)

Think of the Radar Pace as sporty shades, unobtrusive earbuds, and a personal trainer all in one. Its voice-activated system provides real-time coaching, tracks your pace, and lets you know when it’s time to push for a PR. The lenses offer great coverage and boost clarity—these are Oakleys, after all.

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Hyperice Hypersphere roller. (Hyperice)

Hyperice Hypersphere Roller ($149)

We have yet to find anything that melts tight-muscle pain as well as Hyperice’s massage ball. There are three soothing vibration settings: strong, stupid strong, and completely insane. Two hours of battery life keep the post-workout magic coming.

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Altra IQ road running shoes. (Altra)

Altra IQ Road Running Shoes ($220)

Add four accelerometers to a pair of top-rated trainers, sync them with a phone, and you’ve got your own on-the-go coach. The IQ gives you granular feedback data, including cadence, foot strike, impact, and balance. 

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The Best Summer Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Get low, ride high, and stomp everything in between.  New Balance Vazee Summit V2 (Courtesy New Balance) New Balance Vazee Summit V2 ($100) Gear of the Year This year we had our Gear of the Year trail runner from mile one. No other shoe came close to keeping up with the Vazee Summit. It’s everything a fast, technical trainer should be: snug and supremely confident on fast downhills and slope traverses; responsive and tacky on turns; consistent, springy, and smooth on slow, mellow hardpack. Testers loved the way it balanced a close-to-the-ground feel and precise, low-riding

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The Best Summer Road Running Shoes of 2017

In the age of big foam, the ghost of minimalism lingers— making for versatile kicks.  Saucony Freedom ISO (Courtesy Saucony) Saucony Freedom ISO ($160) Gear of the Year Freedom indeed. “By far the most liberating shoe I tried,” one tester said of this lithe new trainer. The Freedom epitomizes this year’s broader trend, blending the energetic style of minimalism with the cushioning and foam of the fattie era. Saucony ditched as many modern-day luxuries as possible without sacrificing comfort or requiring a delicate, tenderfoot gait. The soft, flexy midsole is just thick enough to cushion average

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The Best Women's Running Gear of 2017

Suit up, go long, and get after it.  Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks (Courtesy Darn Tough) Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks ($16) The thin merino-nylon fabric in these socks does a lot with a little: it dries fast, staves off blisters, and makes foot and shoe feel like one.  Buy Now Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes (Courtesy Altra) Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes ($120) With a stiff shank in the midsole that keeps your foot from buckling, this meshy 8.5-ounce shoe helped both road and trail runners avoid ankle

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The Best Running Accessories of 2017

All you need for city streets and wooded trails.  All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen spray. (All Good) All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray ($22) This push-button zinc spray rubs in without the greasy finish of some other sunscreens and offers 80 minutes of water- and sweat-resistant shielding. Buy Now Fits Ultra Light Runner No Show socks. (Fits Sock) Fits Ultra Light Runner No Show Socks ($16) The Runner No Show plays to folks who value ground feel above all else. The thin wool-synthetic blend hugs without being overly constricting. Buy

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The Best Trucker Hats of 2017

Runners wearing trucker hats? Yeah, it’s a thing. You may have noticed Ryan Hall or Jenn Shelton rocking one. Truckers are a hell of an improvement over the alternatives. Previously, our headgear was limited to a stained cotton baseball hat or a low-profile, running-specific cap. The former quickly smelled bad, and the latter just looked dumb. So runners’ adoption of this particular lid—once reserved for crusty blue-collar dudes or Brooklyn hipsters—is a good thing, not least because it injects a bit of swagger into some otherwise dorky kit. Here are our favorites.  Blowfish

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