For runners, the new year means a renewed commitment to health, new running goals and, of course, new gear. Here’s a sneak peek at innovative new products hitting stores in 2016.
Photos: Jerry Chen
New Balance Trinamic Long Sleeve, $85
Smooth, stretchy fabric means you get a comfortable and non-restrictive shirt that can double as a stand-alone piece or as a base layer on chillier days. Laser-cut ventilation keeps moisture moving, and looks cool too.
Soleus GPS Pulse BLE + HRM, $229
Yes, it tells time. As well as wrist-based heart rate, pace, distance and calories burned and offers programmable heart rate zones. What’s new is the convenient wireless data upload via Bluetooth.
AlignMe InterActive Bra, $95
Good posture is essential to running form, and, with high-tension bands and comfortably stout fabric panels, this bra delivers your mom’s “stand-up straight” message in a front-zip encapsulation and compression combo.
Brooks Neuro, $130
Now cushioning, energy return and ground feel come together in the same shoe. With a completely decoupled midsole/outsole undercarriage, the Neuro can respond to both strike force and external forces—think uneven ground—for smooth running.
Nike Power Speed Tight,$150
The moderate all-over compression from these tights gets an extra squeeze from eye-catching, screen-printed support in areas that need it the most. The back pocket’s moisture barrier keeps essentials from getting soaked with sweat.
Altra IQ, $199 ($249 for the iFit watch)
Paper-thin sensors embedded in each shoe allow the IQ to serve up real-time gait analysis delivered to the iFit watch (which also tells time, measures heart rate and has a GPS) or straight to your phone via the free app.
Optic Nerve Reactor, $89
Shades with photochromic lenses, an adjustable soft-grip nosepiece and no-slip temple pads add up to lightweight running comfort at a sweet price.
Nuun Active, $7 (12 tablets)
Good just got better, with a new formulation (for Active and Energy), making it easy to fuel smart. Non-GMO dextrose for better absorption, new ingredients (monk fruit extract, stevia and avocado oil) and being certified vegan as well as gluten-, soy- and dairy-free will keep active bodies happy.
Inkblaat Insoles, $17
Not only do these cut-to-fit and washable insoles blast shoe stink (with an anti-microbial shield instead of perfumes), they also come in a variety of bold and whimsical patterns.