We’re almost halfway through the year (that went fast!) so it’s a good time to take stock of our fitness goals and how far we’ve succeeded in following those New Year resolutions. It may also be a good occasion to review your gear, fix or replace old running shoes, and update your accessories, especially if you have an important race lined up. In case you’re on the lookout for what’s new this season, here are some of the top picks in apparel and other running gear.
CW-X Stabilyx Tights
The Stabilyx tights from CW-X, available for both men and women, are designed to provide optimum and targeted joint support to the hip, pelvis and knee joints for greater overall stability and endurance as you run. Variable compression facilitates circulation during and after activity, minimizing lactic acid build-up so that you can be active longer and recover faster. The Coolmax moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool, while reflective elements on the logo and sides make for greater visibility in low-light conditions.
We all know how much running form depends on good posture, but sometimes it’s easy to forget and slouch, which often leads to back and neck pains. This posture shirt from AlignMed is specially designed to help give you better posture by activating different muscles in the back, which, in turn aligns your back, shoulder, and neck joints for a better overall posture. It also helps in dispersing your weight across the proper muscles and joints, thus relieving back pain and encouraging good muscle and joint function.
Adidas Energy Bra
Featuring strategic ventilation, a sleek crossover back and climalite® fabric to sweep away sweat, the Adidas Energy Bra works best for running, high-intensity cardio and contact sports. The design includes adjustable straps cross in back to prevent slips, maximum coverage with built-in underwire, padded shoulders, perforated molded cups and reflective details.
CEP Run Ultralight Socks
CEP’s compression socks are designed for endurance athletes. With extra compression for maximum performance, the Ultralight socks encourage improved coordination and a faster recovery times. There is optimum heat and moisture management thanks to the use of moisture-wicking polypropylene, while the minimally padded foot section affords a perfect fit in tight-fitting sports shoes. Designed to a perfect anatomical fit, the socks are also equipped with antibacterial, odor-reducing properties.
Julbo Zephyr Photochromic Running Sunglasses
Designed for extreme conditions and long races, Julbo’s Zephyr range of performance sunglasses feature bendy earpieces with metal cores to keep them fixed on your face no matter how trick the terrain may be, while the lens shape allows plenty of airflow to prevent fogging. It’s most innovative feature though is the photo-chromatic function, which automatically adjusts the lens shade to suit the intensity of the sun—the lenses are clearer in dark conditions to enhance visibility, but become darker in direct sunlight.