The Best Running Tech of 2017

Go faster, train smarter. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Go faster, train smarter.

Go faster, train smarter. 

Strava Premium.
Strava Premium. (Photo: 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 Silver socks. (Photo: 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 Forerunner 235 watch. (Photo: 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 Steel water filter. (Photo: 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 Million Mile light. (Photo: 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 Radar Pace sunglasses. (Photo: 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 Hypersphere roller. (Photo: 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 IQ road running shoes. (Photo: 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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From 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Summer Buyer's GuideRunningDesign and TechTechnologyWearable Tech
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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