December 7 2017
Our squad of testers put the latest running and fitness gear to the sweat test to determine the winners of our 2017 Tech Awards.
At her job as a personal trainer, Lume co-founder Waira Mungai noticed clients would awkwardly stuff their phones into their waistband pocket only to have the devices fall on the gym floor. This observation sparked the idea for Lume Smart Leggings ($80, lumelifestyle.com). The flattering pants, available in sizes XS through XXL, offer a mesh pocket on the thigh that securely holds your phone, while allowing you to use your screen through the fabric.
Zip pockets on leggings and jackets are so last winter. The Oiselle New Roga Cap ($38, oiselle.com) is shaking things up in the storage department, with its side pocket perfect for holding small essentials while you crank out the miles. Not sure where you put your car key? It’s right next to your brain, so you’ll never forget! Bonus points for the reflectivity of the flock design stitched on the side.
The North Face Stow-N-Go IV Bra ($45, thenorthface.com) is a multitasker: It lends solid support, plus has a handy pocket for carrying stuff! The between-the-boobs pocket is perfect for your phone, an inhaler or a snack—one TNF-sponsored runner even used it to store a sandwich during a long race! This racerback bra comes in sizes XS to XL and provides high-impact support for A/B cup sizes.
Not only is the new FuelBelt Tech Fuel Handheld ($15, fuelbelt.com) an easy-to-carry bottle for hydrating, but it holds any size smartphone and has two loops for gel packs. With your phone so easily accessible, you won’t have to worry about pulling it out or storing it again. The whole thing is top-shelf dishwasher safe too.
So you really want a GoPro but can’t justify the price? The Amphipod Xinglet Pocket Plus ($40, amphipod.com) isn’t just a reflective vest. The pocket will hold your phone, and you can either use the flashlight to increase visibility or turn on your video to be able to share your run afterward, time-lapse style.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever cracked your phone screen! OtterBox puts each of its cases through 238-plus hours of testing to ensure that your Gorilla glass will stay intact even if you fumble your device. The Universe Case ($50, otterbox.com) also has a slot on the back so you can swap out accessories to match your activity. We like the wallet ($25) for holding all of our cards while running, and the Vice Bike Mount ($25) and BeatPulse Speaker ($50) (not shown) come in pretty handy too.
One of the first race belts on the market, SpiBelt has long been one of the most popular accessories to carry your phone, keys, ID and more. Now the company has started offering limited-edition prints for the Large Pocket ($23, spibelt.com), so race-day color coordination is even easier.