The Goods: Road-Race Day

The Goods: Road-Race Day

The Goods: Road-Race Day

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1. BROOKS INFINITI JACKET The billboard-size logo on the back will make you feel like a pro during warm-ups, while reflective touches make it great for chilly dusk workouts. $100;

The Goods: Road-Race Day

The Goods: Road-Race Day

2. TRIGGER POINT PLANTAR FASCIITIS KIT The antidote to flimsy racing flats and sore heels? A postrace foot massage. Included is a roller, two massage balls, and a how-to DVD. $110;

3. ADIDAS ADISTAR SINGLET Slim-fitting and exceptionally sheer, this polyester singlet is as close to running shirtless as officials will permit. $45;

4. JULBO OFF ROAD These full-coverage, photo­chromatic glasses are so light and comfortable, at least your face can relax. $150;

5. SUUNTO T4C Light and slim, this watch tracks cumulative time and last-lap splits while doubling as an HR monitor and coach during workouts. Beware: fine-print display. $240;

6. ASICS GEL-BANDITO This speedy, 8.2-ounce race flat offers just enough ­cushioning and moderate pronation control for half-marathons and up. $100;

7. NIKE PINNACLE RACE DAY SHORTS Short but not too short. Full slits and silky, quick-drying fabric allow unrestricted forward movement. $40;

8. TEKO ECOMERINO ULTRALIGHT MICROS These wool-polyester socks have a second-skin feel, thanks to smoothly blended stitching. $14;

The Goods: Endurance Mountain Bike

The Goods: Endurance Mountain Bike
(Ryan Heffernan)

1. CYCLEOPS FLUID2 TRAINER Warm up before races or log winter miles without risk of frostbite. The progressive resistance gets harder as you shift gears. $330;

2. LIGHT & MOTION STELLA 180-L With a beam that reaches more than 30 feet up the trail, the 10.6-ounce Stella LED is the ultimate helmet-mount backup. $300;

3. LUPINE BETTY 6 The lithium-ion battery is the size of a cigarette pack but lasts three hours at full strength, and the bulb seems brighter than a car’s high beams—just what you want in a main light. $1,000;

4. HOPEY BICYCLE STEERING DAMPER Do you wash out in turns when you’re tired or bouncing through technical terrain? This hydraulic system keeps your front wheel tracking straighter for improved control. $230;

5. SCOTT SPARK LTD Though expensive, the Spark makes no compromise between weight and suspension, packing four-plus inches of travel into a bike that weighs just 20.6 pounds—lighter than many top hardtails. $8,300;

6. NOMAD 12-VOLT PORTABLE WASHER Use this compact pressure washer to clean your bike between muddy laps. $170;

7. LOOK QUARTZ PEDALS There are other pedals as light as the 3.5-ounce Quartz, but none shed mud as well as these large, stable platforms. $100;

8. LOOK PRO TEAM JACKET With a zip of the sleeves, this 10.4-ounce piece transforms into a wind vest. $160

9. CASTELLI PROLOGO JERSEY In cooler temps, this quick-drying jersey does double duty as a wicking base layer. $80;

10. GARMIN EDGE 705 This GPS-enabled unit lets you track rides, download topo maps, monitor heart rate, and even sync up with a power meter. Download the data to your PC after the ride. From $500;

The Goods: Road Trips

The Goods: Road Trips

The Goods: Road Trips

1. YAKIMA SKYBOX PRO 16 This aerodynamic, 80 percent recycled rooftop trunk has 16 cubic feet of space. $520;

2. INTELLIGENTFIRSTAID KIT A calm, clear female voice guides you through the steps with this emergency-supplies stash. $130;

3. ETÓN VOICELINK FR1000 EMERGENCY RADIO If the batteries run down, you can hand-crank to power this weather-resistant AM/FM/weather radio, walkie-talkie, alarm clock, flashlight, and cell-phone charger. $150;

4. ALPINE BLACKBIRD PMD-B200 Dock this rechargeable handheld GPS ($750) in its complementary in-dash media player (not pictured; $1,000) for a touchscreen audio/video/navigation system.

5. CONTIGO AUTOSEAL WEST LOOP Spill-proof travel mug. Nuff said. $20;

6. OUTDOOR RESEARCH EXPED MULTIMAT A tough, waterproof ground cover vast enough for two to spread out on. $38;

7. CHARLYBOX Fill half with two liters of H20, half with dog food, snap together, and go. $60;

8. XTREMEMAC INCHARGE AUTO Car-charge iPods, iPhones, and anything with a USB port. $20;

9. MOUNTAINSMITH TOUR FX Brilliant: a camera-gear hauler in a well-designed and -balanced lumbar pack. $85;

10. KELTY BINTO BAR Separate your mobile mess kit into three bags and stow em under this collapsible organizer s wind-shielded prep board. $120;

The Goods: Hiking

The Goods: Hiking

The Goods: Hiking

1. CLOUDVEIL STASH CREEK HOODED JACKET Stretch panels and a trim fit make this our go-to element-resistant shell. $120;

2. NALGENE HDPE FILTER FOR GOOD WATER BOTTLE Nalgene donates 40 percent of the profits from each 32-ounce bottle (it’s just a bottle; there’s no filter) to the Blue Planet Run Foundation. $10;

3. GSI OUTDOORS BACKPACKING COOK SYSTEM Two cups, two bowls, pot, lid, fry pan, and folding gripper all nest neatly in a stuffsack. $60;

4. CRAZY CREEK HEXALITE LONGBACK CHAIR Lighter (just 18.5 ounces) and, with its higher back, even comfier than the original. $44;

5. LULULEMON CHIEF SHORTS Loose cut, funky details, quick-drying. $80;

6. L.L.BEAN WOOL-BLEND RAGG SOCKS Under-engineered by today’s standards but still as comfy and durable as ever. Two pairs, $18;

7. TEVA ARAVALLI SHOES Breathable mesh + a cinch-chord lace system + ample shock absorption = the perfect light-hiking shoe. $75;

8. EDDIE BAUER SPRING SOFTSHELL VEST This DWR-coated vest quickly became a coveted staple for testers. $68;

9. MSR HYPERFLOW MICROFILTER Light (7.4 ounces) and fast, it pumps enough water in one minute to fill three Nalgenes. Downside: Its end cap screws onto Nalgene-like bottles only. $100;

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