9 Pieces of Gear Perfect for Spring Runs

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Runners who’ve been relegated to the treadmill for racking up their miles all winter long are finally heading back outdoors in droves. Depending on where you live, though, it might be another month or two before you have weather that really calls for tank tops and shorts on your jogs. So we've rounded up nine pieces of new running gear that are ideal for the season’s transitional temps and unpredictable rainstorms.

1. ASICS ACCELERATE JACKET // $140

Asics

A must-have for runs this time of year: a lightweight jacket that you can easily pull off and on when the weather’s indecisive. Enter this offering from Asics, which features zippered vents for added breathability (when you warm up) and a finish that repels water if you get stuck in a spring shower. There are also reflective details, including a thick stripe down the middle of the hood, so you’ll stay visible on early-morning runs or if you’re still covering ground after the sun goes down.

Buy It: Amazon

2. RABBIT BUNNY HOP TANK // $40

Rabbit Running

Layer this lightweight, breathable tank from Rabbit under a jacket on a chilly morning run or wear it on its own once the day warms up. It’s made of soft, wicking mesh and has a fit that’s slim against your skin but not tight, so it’s flattering underneath another layer or alone—serving you well throughout the entire spring and summer.

Buy It: Rabbit

3. THE NORTH FACE BETTER THAN NAKED CAPRIS // $80

The North Face

These breathable capris offer the perfect amount of coverage for cool spring runs but boast a moisture-wicking material that pulls away sweat and keeps your skin feeling dry. They also have plenty of pockets: a zippered one for holding your phone; one along the waistband for a credit card, house key, or cash; and a couple extras for stashing energy gels for longer training runs. Bonus: Reflective details keep you safe and visible when jogging at dawn or at dusk.

Buy It: Amazon

4. C9 CHAMPION POWER SHAPE SPORTS BRA // $18

Champion C9

You can easily spend over $100 on a quality sports bra, but this gem from Champion's exclusive line for Target proves you don't need to break the bank to get the support you need. Its molded cups can help even larger-chested women stay comfortable during a high-intensity workout, and its front zipper makes it easy to take off (even when you're sweaty).

Buy It: Target

5. ALTRA IQ SNEAKERS // $220

Altra

These new smart shoes pack the cushy, comfy soles that the brand is known for with added details that are totally brilliant. Full-length sensors in both shoes give you an inside look at how you run—taking note of your impact (and whether it's imbalanced), ground contact, and cadence. The shoes connect to your smartphone to display all the deets and let you know if some part of your gait is a little off. Best part: There are visual and audible coaching cues as you run, to help correct any issues with your form. All these features are especially smart in the spring because overuse injuries are common this time of year and the intel and coaching can help you sidestep them.

Buy It: Altra Running

6. GARMIN VIVOACTIVE HR // $250

Garmin

This new watch has all the great tracking features of Garmin’s traditional run watches packed into a slim band. Swipe up on the screen to see your daily stats like heart rate, steps, and floors climbed, then when it’s time to go for a jog, just toggle over to record your stats. Its built-in GPS grabs your distance and the course you take. Later, look back to past runs with the calendar screen on its paired app.

Buy It: Garmin

7. RHONE SENTRY BULLDOG TANK // $54

Rhone

This high performance tank is made from a lightweight material that wicks away sweat and dries quickly. It's the perfect base to layer under a jacket or fleece on chilly or raining mornings.

Buy It: Rhone

8. BROOKS BOLT REFLECTIVE BAND // $24

Bolt

If the sun hasn’t quite come up when you head out for your morning run, slap this band around your arm or ankle. It stays snug and comfy and adds a safe pop of reflectivity to your getup. (If you’ve got hair to hold back from your face, try the Bolt headband, too.) It’s a small accessory that makes a big difference in your visibility.

Buy It: Brooks

9. ROAD ID FOR APPLE WATCH // $25

Road ID

Safety comes first with this cool accessory for your watch. A stainless steel faceplate is laser engraved with your personal details, then you simply slide it into place on your regular watch band. It’s sleek but large enough to fit your entire home address and phone number, or the contact info for a few family members, plus a line for a mantra to keep you motivated whenever you glance at your wrist.

Buy It: Road ID

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

Amazon

Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

Amazon

Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

Amazon

Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

Amazon

The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

Amazon

Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

Amazon

What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Warby Parker Created a Spray to Prevent Your Glasses From Fogging Up When You Wear a Face Mask

They're smiling under the masks (because their glasses aren't foggy).
They're smiling under the masks (because their glasses aren't foggy).
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A face mask won’t keep you from getting enough oxygen, but it might keep you from seeing clearly through your glasses. When you exhale, your warm breath usually dissipates into the air in front of you. When you’re wearing a face mask, on the other hand, it gets funneled through the gaps around your nose and turns into tiny water droplets after colliding with your much colder lenses. In other words, it fogs up your glasses.

To prevent this from happening, Warby Parker has created an anti-fog spray that absorbs those droplets as soon as they form on your lenses, before they can cloud your view. It’s not the only product like it on the market—Amazon alone has dozens—but Warby Parker’s version has the added benefit of cleaning your lenses, too.

The perfect solution.Warby Parker

As Prevention.com reports, the spray is part of the company’s “Clean My Lenses Kit,” which comes with a bottle of anti-fog spray, a microfiber cloth, and a pouch for your glasses (or for storing the other two products in the kit). All you do is spritz both sides of your lenses, wipe them down with the cloth, and venture out for your fog-free day.

The spray works with any type of lens, which makes it a useful innovation even for people who just wear regular sunglasses. It can also come in handy during plenty of other fog-inducing situations, like sipping a hot beverage or cooking over a hot stove.

You can order a kit online for $15, or look for one in your local Warby Parker store. In the meantime, here are a few DIY ways to keep your glasses from getting foggy.

[h/t Prevention.com]

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