July 17 2018
Shalane Flanagan led a group run in Tokyo for the launch of Nike's latest shoe, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo.
It’s easy to get behind on fluid intake. That’s where the Spark 2.0 comes in—it has a sensor within the 24-ounce bottle to record how many ounces of water you’re taking in and glows to remind you to drink water if you’re not on track to meet your personalized hydration goal.
Testers reveal: Testers were surprised by their own drinking inconsistency—the bottle helped them stay more hydrated throughout the day. It takes some adjusting to remember to set the bottle down right before and after refilling (otherwise, it’s very inaccurate).
Geek-out factor: It syncs up with fitness trackers, such as Apple Watch and My Fitness Pal, via Bluetooth. When the location services are turned on, the app knows the last place it paired with the bottle so you can retrieve it if you left it somewhere.
When it comes to wireless speakers for listening to music between workouts, Bose has thought of everything. This pint-sized, waterproof Bluetooth speaker is easy to take on the go and delivers high-quality sound in 360 degrees.
Testers reveal: Easy to set up and use, this speaker absolutely lived up to expectations. The 12-hour (all-day!) battery life was a big plus.
Geek-out factor: Even if you don’t have your phone on you, you can use the button on the top of the speaker to access Siri or Google Now and send a text. Simple as that!
The biggest recovery perk for the Charge 2 is its sleep tracking feature—it uses your heart rate to track which state of sleep you’re in (light, deep or REM). It also tracks steps and activities, estimates your VO2 max (and shows how you compare to people your age) and allows you to enter water, calories and weight into the app so you can have a holistic view of your current fitness level.
Testers reveal: The sleek watch had a high-end feel, and its simplicity was a big hit—setup is a breeze, and there’s only one button. The movement reminders (250 steps per hour!) were handy for those with desk jobs.
Geek-out factor: One feature guides you through breathing sessions based on your heart rate to help you get your stress levels and blood pressure under control.
Kick your foam rolling up a notch with a vibrating foam roller. This compact roller utilizes the brand’s signature GRID foam on the outside and features a vibration frequency designed specifically to make foam rolling hurt less so that you can roll longer and deeper.
Testers reveal: The vibrations do seem to relax muscles more—if you stopped over one spot, it really felt like a massage, minus the stranger touching you. Second-floor apartment dwellers should put down a yoga mat when they roll so as not to disturb downstairs neighbors (the vibrating against hardwood floors gets loud!).
Geek-out factor: The rechargeable battery lasts for two hours, and the size is compact enough (12 inches long and 3.5 inches in diameter) that you can keep it in your car or travel with it.