One of the best things about running is that it doesn’t require any special gear. You just need a good pair of running shoes, a pair of shorts or sweat pants, a shirt and a road to run on. That’s not to say, of course, that we can’t try out some of the high-tech gear or fun accessories that are available. Some of the products might improve your performance in the process. Whether you’re a minimalist or a tech junkie, you should definitely check out the following 10 products that runners fell in love with this month.
1. Camelbak Circuit – Runners love this weightless vest that offers only the essentials: a 1.5-liter water storage compartment and two small front pockets that are easy to access when wearing the pack. It’s perfect for keeping you hydrated on long runs or hikes.
2. IBEX W2 SPORT ZIP – Breathable and light, this long sleeve half-zip is ideal for those early-morning runs when you need something that will keep the chill off but isn’t too warm. It can be used either by itself or as a wicking base layer. The thumbholes, flatlock stitching and tag-free design lend themselves to hours of chafe-free and comfortable running.
3. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 – This lightweight, responsive road shoe is perfect for speed work, but comfortable and durable enough to handle long runs. With a very reasonable price tag, the Zante v3 is one of New Balance’s most sought after shoes.
4. Protalus T Series Insoles – Runners can’t stop raving about this product because they are so successful in alleviating multiple types of pain, such as foot, ankle and back pain. They are also ideal for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.
5. Tomtom Spark Cardio– This watch tracks distance, counts calories, and measures heart rate. You can see all the data on your wrist and you’ll never have to wear those uncomfortable chest straps because it has a built-in heart rate monitor. It also acts as your personal coach. Depending on what your goal is, you can race against yourself, do intervals, count laps or track training zones. It also syncs with your desktop app so you can track your progress and plan your training schedule.
6. On-The-Go Hair Bands by Active Accessories – For female runners out there, on-the-go hair bands are a hit. They’re soft and stretchy but strong enough to hold hair securely in place while running. They also don’t leave that unattractive crease in your hair that normal elastics do, so they're great for putting your hair up to run and still be able to wear it down later on.
7. All Natural Healing Tree Muscle Rub - This could easily become your go-to topical pain relief for sore joints and muscles. Although Healing Tree Muscle Rub also has a strong scent, it smells refreshing and natural instead of the artificial scent that other muscle rubs leave. There are no parabens, wax or alcohol in the product, and it does a great job providing pain relief to your achy joints and muscles after a long, vigorous run. Some runners even use it before runs to prevent cramping.
8. Soothing Botanical Jelly by Waxelene – One of the unfortunate side effects of running is serious chafing, which can be pretty uncomfortable and even downright painful. Waxelene’s anti-chafe balm is the perfect solution for this kind of discomfort because it doesn't have any artificial ingredients or petroleum jelly. It consists of beeswax and soy oil. It’s a great, eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly.
9. JLab Epic Bluetooth Earbuds – These headphones will keep you entertained for miles. With their immersive and crisp sound, extremely long (10 hour) battery life and ergonomic fit with over-ear hooks, the JLab Epic Bluetooth Earbuds are exactly what you need when you want to zone out during your workout and blast your favorite tunes. If you've had trouble finding the right set of earbuds, you'll want to try these.
10. ICOE (In Case Of Emergency) Bracelet – When you're running, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of collapsing or getting hit, but it’s wise to be prepared for emergencies, however unlikely they may be. The ICOE bracelet is a simple rubber bracelet that is engraved with the information you want on it, such as medical conditions, contact numbers, etc. It’s a great alternative to carrying an ID card, which could get lost and might contain too much personal information. Plus, the band is so lightweight that you won’t even notice you're wearing it. Having one of these bracelets could save your life, but will certainly give your loved ones’ peace of mind when you're out running on your own.