As technology increases exponentially, slicker and cooler gadgets start making their way into our lives. Things have been pretty good for runners in the past few years, and it’s only getting better for the tech-savvy runners out there. Now, they are spoilt with all manner of gadgetry and technology that claim to make running easier, and more efficient. The only problem is how many gadgets is too much? Well, that’s a discussion for another time – though some runners do love juggling cables while hitting the tracks. Right now we’re going to tell you about some really cool running stuff you can get for yourself (or window shop) if you are in the mood to try out some new tech.

The Ombra
As its name suggests, this one is a sports bra with a twist. Not only does it increase the comfort of your run, it also tracks your heart rate, breathing rate, calories burned and makes a note of your running route. So, even as much as we dislike the term, it’s a smart bra! In addition to the bevy of sensors within it, the bra itself is made out of a four-way stretchable fabric that’s said to conform to the body’s shape while in movement. It is made from a blend of polyester, nylon and elastane and serves to absorb to pressure, and reduce stress on the back and shoulders. Mesh panels in the front and back take care of the breathability, while the antimicrobial coating has sweat-wicking properties to keep you dry. A special racerback sends the bra straps’ force to the side instead of the back. This increases its stability on the wearer and you don’t have to worry about it moving upward or out of place.

Ombra tracks your heart rate, breathing rate and calories burned
Ombra tracks your heart rate, breathing rate and calories burned

Altra IQ

Elite athletes get the same data that an Altra IQ provides but rarely in real-time
Elite athletes get the same data that an Altra IQ provides but rarely in real-time

These trainers are like a coach in your shoe. Featuring ultra-thin sensors in the sole area, the Altra IQ will alert runners about a number of factors when running. All of this is done by measuring your impact on the ground and your foot striking position. The shoe tells you how hard you land, your cadence rate, the ground contact time, how your feet are landing, and how much imbalance, if any, is being caused by your unique striking position. All of this is reported in real live to a smartphone app. This allows you to tweak your run on the go.

Blaze by Fitbit
Fitbit loyalists are often the butt of many jokes, purely for the way the slim, oversized device looks. Well, Fitbit is hoping to change that with the Blaze. It looks just like any other smartwatch in the market, and that’s probably a good thing considering the polarising opinions about the slim band. It also has a touch screen display, and gives you details about your workouts on that screen, And it also features GPS to accurately track your runs and cycling sessions. The Fitbit Blaze smartwatch is priced at $249.95 for pre-order, which makes it a dearer investment than most regular trackers.

Nixon The Mission

GPS-toting Android Wear smartwatch by Nixon
GPS-toting Android Wear smartwatch by Nixon

Watch brand Nixon isn’t shying away from joining the smartwatch party. The company has launched a water resistant and GPS toting Android Wear device The Mission, targeted at sports enthusiasts and those who love taking on any adventure sport. The Mission is billed as the ultimate smartwatch for those who live the outdoor life. It offers water resistance to 100m, which is more than most smartwatches, and it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chip to power it. The whole device is framed in polycarbonate and stainless steel, covered with tough Gorilla Glass.


Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

Unveiled amidst much hoopla the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 brings Marty McFly’s iconic self-lacing sneakers to life. The shoes feature an ‘adaptive lacing’ technology that can automatically adjust how snugly the shoe fits on the wearer. That’s right – no more kicking off your shoes without untying your laces – not when you can slip in and slip out at the touch of a button.

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