Make gym time more than tolerable.

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Patagonia Switchback Sports Bra ($49)

Sweat up a storm in the Switchback, a formfitting, minimalist bra made from 85 percent polyester. The soft lining kills odor-causing bacteria, and ample cross straps in back make it supportive enough for sizes up to a D cup.

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Gore R7 Shakedry Hooded Jacket ($300)

Showcasing Gore’s most lightweight, breathable fabric, the Shakedry jacket is deceptively airy. Don’t dismiss it as too thin for when foul weather hits, however—the waterproof, windproof shell kept us warm and dry during a run in a bracing downpour.   

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Kari Traa Marit Shirt ($40)

It looks basic, but this scoop-neck poly tee is anything but, with flat-lock seams and a breathable build. The geometric weave adds pop.  

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Specialized Remix Cycling Shoes ($100)

Rubber bumpers on either side of the Remix’s cleat make walking easier when off the bike at spin class, and the plush footbed helps boost power output while easing hip, knee, and foot strain.

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CW-X Stabilyx Ventilator Tights ($100)

Made from moisture-wicking, four-way-stretch Lycra with vented mesh in the quads, these three-quarter-length tights provide support whether you’re lifting, running, or practicing your downward dog.

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Yellow Willow Yoga Mat ($98)

Speaking of yoga, here are two reasons to feel good about using this mat: it’s made from a combination of pure rubber and recycled products, and the graphics are sublime. The silky-smooth surface felt a little slippery at first, but we got used to it.

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Ridge Merino Natural Pullover Hoodie ($80)

You’ll find no bells and whistles here. Ridge’s classic hoodie is cashmere soft and keeps stink at bay.   

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Polar M430 GPS Watch ($199)

This upgrade to the popular M400 dishes out strap-free heart-rate monitoring, advanced sleep tracking, and hyper-accurate stats like pace, distance, and vert.

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The Best Portable Audio Gear of 2018

Finally, wires are a thing of the past. (Courtesy Bose) Bose SoundSport Free ($250) We’ll say it: these earphones are the best we’ve ever heard. “True wireless”—two individual monitors, with no cord running between them—has gone from wonky and frustrating to game changing. The SoundSport Free pumps out audio that’s deep, robust, and as richly detailed as a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones. That quality comes wrapped in a water- and sweat-resistant package that held up around town, while traveling, and on dozens of runs in both dry and dripping conditions. A charge lasts five

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The Best Men’s Workout Kit of 2018

Make gym time more than tolerable. (Courtesy Spyder) Spyder Vintage Waffle Raglan Hoodie ($79) The cotton-poly blend moves moisture and dries fast, yet feels as soft as your favorite gym sweats.    Buy Now (Courtesy Strongbody Apparel) Strongbody Apparel Pulse Elite Shirt ($88) Sure, you can wear an old tee to the gym. Or you can upgrade to the anti-odor-treated Pulse Elite. Mesh in back dumps heat as well as a zippered vent. Buy Now (Courtesy Outdoor Voices) Outdoor Voices Printed Runner’s High 7-Inch Shorts ($65) These

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The Best Wearable Tech of 2018

Devices that do the thinking, analyzing, and recovery for you. (Courtesy Kuaifit) KuaiFit Earphones ($160) Possibly the smartest stand-alone earphones we’ve ever used, the KuaiFit packs in a workout coach for running, cycling, and gym training without requiring you to pair it with your phone. It also monitors heart rate, speed, cadence, laps completed, and calories burned, and it can even pair with a cycling sensor to deliver more granular bike data. Buy Now (Courtesy Garmin) Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Watch ($450) Garmin finally made a running watch that plays music,

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The Best Socks of 2018

Remember when a sock was just a sock? Gone are the days when your most pressing decisions were cotton or polyester, above the ankle or below. And if your dogs aren’t equipped with the latest in sock technology (it exists!), you won’t be at your PR-busting best, whether you’re running an ultra or banging out burpees in the gym. (Courtesy Feetures) Feetures Elite Light Cushion Quarter ($16) To wit: the Feetures Elite Light Cushion Quarter has a compression zone to stimulate blood flow in the most important areas and nixes the toe seam to boost

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The Best Fuel of 2018

Bonking is never an option. (Courtesy The New Primal) The New Primal Sea Salt Beef Thins ($4) Made with just five ingredients—grass-fed beef, organic coconut amino acids, garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt—these bites make a delicious post-run snack, helping to replenish depleted salt and protein stores. One bag has 13 grams of protein and only a single gram of fat. Buy Now (Courtesy Picky) Picky Oats Performance Oatmeal ($3) It’s possible we love this Bend, Oregon, company’s oatmeal even more than its signature energy bars. The single-portion pouches are

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The Best Performance Underwear of 2018

Your first line of defense against sweat, abrasion, and funk. (Courtesy Icebreaker) Icebreaker Cool-Lite Meld Zone Long Sports Bra ($65) The Meld Zone wears like a crop top, with enough coverage to be worn on its own. It was the most stylish sports bra we tested, and well-placed seams and soft merino wool made it one of the most comfortable, too. Best for smaller-busted women, and not for high-impact pursuits. Buy Now (Courtesy Oiselle) Oiselle Brilliance Bra ($56) This was large-busted reviewers’ favorite running bra by a long shot, thanks to

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The Best Fitness Accessories of 2018

Details matter when it comes to keeping workouts fresh. (Courtesy Vans) Vans Slide On Sandals ($30) Molded footbeds provide ample arch support for all-day comfort, but who are we kidding? Vans’ classic checkerboard pattern is the real draw here, and a source of street cred as you stroll to and from a lap-pool workout. Men's Women's (Courtesy FitDeck) FitDeck Cards ($15) Talk about oblique strategies. Each of the 56 cards included here illustrate a different body-weight exercise, from burpees to bicycle crunches, and there are rep suggestions for a range of fitness

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