There’s a lot of gear out there for runners. Products will come and go from your running gear bag, but something that stands the test of time (and miles) is golden. Here are the Top 5 items that have never let me down:
Earphones: Yurbuds Focus
Running is a tough sport for headphones. They’ve gotta be comfortable. They’ve gotta stay in your ears and not fall out, and they’ve gotta stand up to being stuffed in your running gear bag, tossed on the car seat, rained and sweated on. These Yurbuds can handle all of that, and come in sweet colors to boot.
Music player: SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player
Tunes are important to me, and as you pile on the miles you don’t want to carry a whole lot of extra weight. So I use this tiny, super-lightweight music player. It’s almost lighter than my earbuds, and with the Micro SD card, it can hold a huge number of awesome running songs.
Water bottle: Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Thermal-Lite
This water bottle has been with me on runs from 3 miles to 26.2, and it has never let me down. You’ll see plenty of runners with the belt-style water carriers, but in my opinion this is a smarter option. You’ll never have to deal with bouncing or chafing from heavy water bottles on a belt around your hips, and the handheld has a big enough capacity (20 oz) for a longer run. The neoprene sleeve keeps your hand dry and comfortable, and it’s got a zippered pocket just big enough for your keys.
Watch: Garmin Forerunner 310XT Gray/Orange
I started out with a cheapie off-brand watch that was on sale from Bi-Mart. It worked, but just barely. So when I moved up to this full-featured Garmin, I could really appreciate all the thoughtful details that went into its design. It’s simple to use right out of the box, but has nice, intuitive menus if you want to dive into the options. It has a nice design and feel, the battery lasts for several runs, and it’s made for Triathlons – so it’s fully waterproof. OH AND GET THIS: It comes with a tiny ANT stick you can plug in to your computer. So when you walk into the house from your run, the watch talks to it, and transfers your run data and map to your computer. Automatically. Wirelessly. Like magic, without you doing a single thing but getting within several feet of the computer. That’s some 007 gear, right there.
If you really want to be seen at night, wear these puppies along with your reflective clothing. They light up bright red. I’ve got two of these, and when I run after dark, I wear ‘em both. You can wear them on your upper arms, your wrists, even your ankles (hello cyclists!)
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