Bonking is never an option.

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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.

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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 high in fiber, low in sugar, and filled with organic, gluten-free ingredients like beetroot powder, matcha green tea, and chia seeds.

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Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Ginger Miso Bar ($3)

Burned out on energy “food”? Let Skratch Labs set you straight. These pre-workout ginger miso bars are refreshingly light, featuring a blend of candied ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Sweet teeth, look away: each bar has just three grams of sugar.

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Patagonia Provisions Lemon Pepper Wild Sockeye Salmon ($14)

Before you knock fish from a pouch, give this salmon a try. At only six ounces, it’s a light and easy way to elevate backcountry cooking: a few pieces drastically improved Top Ramen and mac and cheese.

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Nuun Immunity Tablets ($7)

These effervescent tabs contain ingredients that are chock-full of phytonutrients—the chemicals found in plants that ward off germs and other threats—including turmeric, ginger, elderberry, and echinacea. A tablet a day kept us healthy through multiple cross-country flights (and too many missed connections).

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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 hours at medium-high volume,

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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 shorts—made from 100 percent recycled bottles—wick sweat, dry fast, and come with

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The Best Women’s Workout Kit of 2018

Make gym time more than tolerable. (Courtesy Patagonia) 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. Buy Now (Courtesy Gore) 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

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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, beaming tunes to wireless headphones via Bluetooth. You

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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 Fits; Courtesy United b) Fits Light Hiker Mini Crew ($20) Our favorite has mastered the combination of durability and comfort. The Fits Light Hiker Mini Crew is thick enough for hours of high-wattage abuse without any discomfort—which means it fares perfectly

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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 highly supportive polyester-spandex fabric and brilliant details like

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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 levels. After mastering the body-weight pack, deal in

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