Play to Win
Seven performance-boosting devices to give you an edge.
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A SMARTER PHONE
Reduce your gadget footprint. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 Mini Pro is one of the first smartphones that can pair with your heart-rate strap, cadence monitors, power meters, and the gym’s treadmill—thanks to its ANT+ wireless chip—so you don’t need separate gizmos for every activity. That means you can incorporate things like heart rate or pace into one of the hundreds of fitness apps on Google’s Android platform. $350; sonystyle.com
Garmin Edge 800 Cycling ComputerGarmin Edge 800 Cycling Computer
This is the last cycling computer you’ll ever buy. Garmin’s Edge 800 tracks all the standard stuff (speed, distance, laps, climbs) and connects with ANT+ wireless add-ons, like the optional heart-rate and cadence monitors. It also has a glove-friendly touchscreen and can be stocked with Garmin’s detailed navigation maps and satellite imagery. Intuitive? You won’t even need the manual. From $450; garmin.com
Laps It Up
The Finis SwimSense tracks the distance, number of lengths, and stroke count of your pool workout, and the included software (for both PC and Mac) makes it easy to upload data and parse your results poolside.
Bonus: Finis is working to integrate the SwimSense with TrainingPeaks, so triathletes will be able to monitor run, ride, and swim data with one program. $200; finisinc.com
Worth Its Weight
Step on Withings’s sleek Wi-Fi Body Scale and your weight, BMI, and body-fat percentage upload wirelessly to the MyWithings software on your Mac, PC, Android phone, or iPhone. It can also sync to a host of other software apps, including TrainingPeaks and Garmin Connect, so you can track your weight alongside every other metric of your workouts. $160; withings.com
Why drop two grand on the CycleOps PowerTap SL+ wheelset? For one, they make training by wattage—the most reliable riding metric—easy. Just swap in these aluminum hoops for your current ones and they’ll wirelessly transmit data to the included Joule 2.0 computer (or any power-compatible ANT+ head unit, like the aforementioned Garmin Edge 800). You also get a set of great everyday wheels that are light enough to race in a pinch. $2,000; cycleops.com
Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS WatchTimex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Watch
Don’t be put off by the enormous face. Timex’s Ironman Global Trainer GPS watch deserves a place on every serious runner’s gear list. It’s dummy friendly, it finds and holds a GPS signal as ably as any other, and the jumbo screen displays four easy-to-read data fields (like pace, mileage, split time, and overall time). $360; timex.com
With special silicone tips that hold securely to the ear, Bose’s IE2 headphones stayed locked in even on the roughest singletrack. The sound quality? Full-bodied and booming. But be careful near roadways: the surround-sound experience is almost too impressive. $100; bose.com
Got an iPhone? Plug in the Wahoo Fitness Fisica Sensor Key ($80; wahoofitness.com) to connect to almost any ANT+ device. Then download the Digifit Full Functionality app ($15; digifit.com), which, in addition to tracking heart rate and power, syncs with a host of other devices, like Withings’s Wi-Fi scale.