LAST MONTH’S SNEAK PEEK: In a December 2016 Competitor.com article “Sneak Peek: Cool New Running Gear, Apparel, and Accessories Coming in 2017”, authors Lisa Jhung and Sam Winebaum present some standout running–related items they previewed at The Running Event Trade Show last month in Orlando FL. It’s possible a few items will attract your attention as things that might benefit your running, upgrade your look, or increase your comfort on/in the roads or treadmill/gym. At the start of each running season the hype about new gear is highest. Enjoy learning about the latest shiny toys and togs!
There are 22 product slides to the show, which do not link to online sites that provide additional information, possibly because they were not released at the time of the Event, or will be released later this year. They are roughly categorized (some crossover) below, with the slide number ( ) in which they are featured in the slide show.
I was intrigued by the idea of the Saucony Stride App (#3), so downloaded it and went through the evaluation; it was terrific, almost. It took quite a bit of time to complete, as I had difficulty in the small spaces of my home to get the correct image position within the camera frame. I was lucky to have an old treadmill in the garage which was needed for the stride evaluation portion of the program. Unfortunately, the treadmill video segments froze up at the start and would not play, only showing the treadmill without me on it yet!
As a result, I could not choose a frame on which to evaluate various aspects of my stride. It was disappointing as the analysis (I answered the prompted questions just to get to the program end for the analysis, without having a picture of myself mid-stride) was presented and then a corrective workout was offered. Not sure if I would spend more time sorting it all out in another attempt. Perhaps the app worked for you?
The other item that caught my eye was the handheld hydration/phone carrier by FuelBelt (#11). This year I am attempting to decrease or at least limit my dependence on digital devices, so the cool monitoring products not will be making my list of things to acquire or incorporate into a training regimen. If you trial these products, let Earned Runs know if they worked for you.
APPAREL & SHOES:
Brooks Fly-By Hoody (1)
Zensah Grit running socks (4)
Oofos OOMG comfort footwear (5)
Altra HIIT XT cross training shoes (7)
Rabbit long leg running tights (8)
Balega silver (ion-embedded material) socks (9)
Craft Repel Wind Jersey (13)
North Face Flight Trail Shirt and Skort (15)
2XU Women’s High-rise Compression running tight (16)
Altra Reflective Hoodie (18)
Wiivv Wearables custom orthotic insoles (2)
Ultimate Direction FKT (hydration) pack (6)
FuelBelt Tech Fuel Handheld hydration bottle - straps to mobile phone (11)
Yurbuds Inspire 500 for women (20)
Saucony Stride Lab App (3)
Runkeeper App for Apple Watch Series 2 GPS (12)
Amazfit Pace smartwatch (14)
Scosche Rhythm+ heartrate monitor (17)
Zoom HRV waterproof heartrate monitor pod (21)
Plantronics Backbeat PRO 2 headphones (22)
Infinit Tripwire Fuel Shots powder to make a liquid nutrition gel (10)
Nuun Vitamin (19) ta
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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