Zoggs Fans of Zoggs swim eyewear can look forward to increased comfort with a new style named BMT 3.0. In addition to a more flexible nose bridge and a better seal at contact points on the face, polarized lenses will reduce glare in open-water swim situations. The goggles will hit the market in January 2016, retailing for $25.00. Darn Tough Vermont sock manufacturer Darn Tough puts its money where its mouth is with a lifetime guarantee on all of its socks. The new Vertex Running Series caters to the active lifestyle crowd with reinforced mesh, flat-knit seams, arch support, and Coolmax technology. The company also advertises the sock with a cheeky description of RFL Technology – an acronym for “Really F***ing Light.”
The socks retail for $16 to $18 per pair, and will be available in stores and online January 2016.
CW-X As the number-one seller of specialty shorts in the United States, CW-X is known for quality construction of apparel for muscle and joint support. Their new Revolution line is their lightest, most breathable offering yet. The Coolmax/Polyurethane blend fabric offers four-way stretch, UPF protection and superior breathability, while the company’s patented Seamless Support Web targets the calves and knees for stability and shock absorption.
The CW-X Revolution tights retail for $200 and are available in stores and online.
Polar The best innovations are sometimes the simplest, as Polar proved with a small, but important tweak to their popular insulated sport bottles. The latest design touts a removable nozzle to aid in ease of cleaning. 2016 athletes will also be able to show their American pride with new designs commemorating the summer Olympic games in Rio.
Bottle prices begin at $10 and are available in stores and online. Timex Functionality and simplicity are the driving forces behind the new Ironman Sleek from Timex, a digital watch touting a large-screen display and auto-reminders for nutrition and hydration schedules. Interval workouts will be much easier with the watch’s tap-split technology: instead of pressing a button to mark splits, simply tap the screen.
Athletes looking to record more data will appreciate Timex One GPS+. The GPS watch not only records and wirelessly uploads training data (including mileage, speed, heart rate), it also serves as an MP3 player, receives text messages and performs as a tracking device on race day. The device purchase price includes a one-year data plan with AT&T.
Both products are currently available to consumers. The Ironman Sleek retails for $157.99; the One GPS+, $199.99. GU Energy Labs A beloved gel of endurance athletes, GU Energy Labs will expand into the solid-food market in 2016 with its new Energy Stick, a whole-food bar in two flavors: Honey Peanut and Chocolate Almond. The bars will retail for $2.50 each.
GU will also roll out two new gel flavors in 2016: a rich Chocolate Coconut and a refreshing Cucumber Mint ($11.60, box of 8). For those wishing to buy in bulk, a 15-serving pouch of the brand’s most popular flavors will hit the shelves next year ($30), along with a specially-designed collapsible gel flask for long training days ($12.00).
Sugoi Performance apparel company Sugoi will release its first-ever triathlon speedsuit, the RS TRI, in February of 2016. Though some may criticize the brand’s delay in joining the speedsuit trend, Sugoi insists they took their time to get it right. Thoughtful details include a new low-profile, gender-specific chamois with open-cell foam for better ventilation and shock absorption of road vibration. The suit also utilizes mesh paneling for ventilation, laser-cut fabrics to eliminate seams, hydrodynamic pockets to eliminate drag in the water, and a water-resistant Coldblack fabric to regulate moisture and reflect heat. The men’s and women’s speedsuit designs will retail for $250. Speedo Speedo’s latest training gear designs place a strong emphasis on functionality for a better experience in the pool. The new Nemesis fins ($39.99), for example, are modeled after the shape of whale fins to encourage muscle memory for a smoother stroke, stronger kick, and a straight line in the water. The Clutch Paddle ($24.99) is peppered with valves to increase resistance in the water and encourage proper “pull” form, providing a better upper-body workout.
Small tweaks to requisite gear also enhance the swimmer’s experience: new swim caps ($14.99) will contain a inner coating to minimize hair-pulling, along with varying levels of thickness at strategic locations for structure and flexibility; the MDR goggles ($29.99) are more flexible than ever, with specially-designed seals to regulate pressure on the eye socket while remaining in place during even the most chaotic open-water situations. Trigger Point In response to customer feedback, Trigger Point assembled an all-in-one Performance Collection ($129.99) containing athlete favorites for self-massage. In addition to Trigger Point tools, the kit comes with unlimited access to instructional print and online materials to help athletes maximize their skills at deep-tissue massage and myofascial release. Zamst Injured athletes know all too well the pain of removing kinesio tape from skin. Zamst’s line of wraps and braces provides support and structure without the stickiness. A new design for low-profile ankle support uses one piece of super-stretchable polyurethane fabric instead of the traditional design of multiple wraps and straps of neoprene. The material allows for a custom fit and excellent breathability on even the sweatiest of runs.
Zamst’s new designs will hit the market in January 2016 and retail beginning at $30.
4iD Being visible to cars is a key element of staying safe while training. 4id’s new line of light-up armbands, shoe lights, bike lights, and shoelaces allow the wearer to be seen from 4,000 feet away. Super-bright LED lights in multiple colors can be attached to helmets, bikes, shoes or jerseys, then set on stationary or blinking programs depending on user preference. Battery life for lights is up to 100 hours; replacement is simple with a standard watch battery.
The safety lights are available to customers online for $19.95-24.95. TRX Though many associate TRX with strength work, a growing number of athletes have found benefit in using the suspension trainer as a way to stretch muscles before and after workouts. Partly in response to cyclists who use their setup to stretch before and after rides, TRX developed an outdoor version of its suspension trainer made with stronger, water-resistant materials. The setup can be attached to virtually any strong anchor, be it a car or a tree branch. The TRX Force is available online and in stores for $225. Smith Weighing only 9 ounces, the latest incarnation of the feather-weight Overtake helmet from Smith promises to be the “most complete helmet on the market.” The brand’s patented Koroyd construction, a honeycomb-like design is designed to provide protection and ventilation all at once. Aerodynamics factored heavily into the Overtake’s design, and it shows – in wind-tunnel testing, the Overtake demonstrated competitive results against the current best-in-class helmets on the market today.
The 2016 Overtake ($250) will be available in both male and and female designs early next year.
CLIF Your eyes aren’t fooling you – CLIF Bar really did release a pizza-flavored sports nutrition product. Pizza Margherita is one of four flavors in the brand’s new line of portable energy foods. Other flavors include Banana Mango Coconut, Banana Beet Ginger, and Sweet Potato Sea Salt. The purees, made with real, organic ingredients, hit stores this month and retail for $2.29-$2.99. Ultraspire Instead of the traditional headlamp, which can provide only limited information on dark trails, the Ultraspire Waist Lamp is designed to reveal a full picture of the terrain ahead, allowing for better situational awareness (and therefore, faster and more confident running). A wide waistband with hook closure eliminates bounce, while the rechargeable battery of this 600-lumen lamp lasts 8 hours per charge. Other features include a breathable mesh fabric and two zippered pockets for gels or a phone.
The Ultraspire Waist Lamp will be available to consumers in late fall of 2015 for $179. Oral I.V. Electrolytes are a critical element of sports nutrition. Though many gels, chews, and drinks on the market suffice for replenishing electrolyte stores, some athletes – especially those training and racing in hot conditions – need an extra boost. Oral I.V. designed their small, concentrated “shots” as an adjunct to sport drinks; the brand’s proprietary formula uses a crystallized form of electrolytes to enhance absorption and hydration. Use before workouts to top off stores, during workouts as an adjunct to sport drinks, or after particularly tough days to replenish minerals lost in sweat.
Oral I.V. is available to consumers online and in stores, retailing for $12 per pack of four. ProViz Shine brightly with this hyper-reflective cycling jacket from ProViz Sport. Every inch of the jacket’s shell is made from super-reflective materials, meaning no matter what angle the light hits it, it will glare for all to see. In daylight hours, reverse the jacket for an alternative way of catching the eye of drivers – the liner is a can’t-miss fluorescent yellow.
Jackets will be available for sale in mid- to late August for $169. Catalyst Apple lovers, rejoice: your technology can now go anywhere with Catalyst Lifestyle’s new covers for the iPhone and Apple watch. A lightweight, shock-absorbing, and completely waterproof case allows the Apple watch to come along for any swim workout, and iPhones are protected from rainy runs and sweaty jersey pockets while still remaining fully functional. A compatible handlebar mount will allow users to forego the purchase of a bike computer and use iPhone apps instead.
Catalyst phone and watch cases are available now for $69-$74; handlebar mounts ($50) will hit the market in December 2015. Decibullz Custom molded earplugs and earbuds used to necessitate an expensive, time-consuming trip to an audiologist. A new product from Decibullz now allows customers to create their own with an in-home kit requiring little more than a pot of water. The earplugs provided in the kit are boiled, then cooled before pressing into ears. The malleable shape allows customers to customize the earplugs to individual preferences before removing and letting the material harden into a final product.
Currently, Decibullz earplugs and earbuds are available online for $25-$60. New Balance Clothing in New Balance’s latest line, the Trinamic Collection, aims to keep athletes happy and dry. Training wear made from smooth, stretchy fabric containing moisture-wicking properties is only one part of this line’s emphasis on dry. The real novelty is the laser-cut perforations in strategic locations, allowing for extra ventilation down the backside and collarbone of shirts and behind the knees on tights.
New Balance will release their Trinamic Collection on February 1, with prices ranging from $75 (shirts) to $95 (tights).
Aqua Sphere Be the envy of Masters Swim with Aqua Sphere’s new MP line, designed by swimming legend Michael Phelps. The training and competition swimwear for men and women features bright prints, stylish cutouts, and hydrodynamic design. Phelps recruited competitive swimmers for design input and in-water testing of the suits; up next for Phelps and Aqua Sphere is a full line of goggles.
MP swimwear is available in stores and online for $49-$69. Digisole When thermal shoe covers just won’t cut it, Digisole can keep your tootsies warm on even the most freezing rides. The thin shoe inserts contain an adjustable heating element that can be controlled with a smartphone app. The insoles also double as a step counter and fitness tracker for those wishing to log their daily activity.
Digisoles will be available beginning October 2015 for $199.
New triathlon gear displayed at Outdoor Retailer emphasizes technology and style.
More than 1600 equipment and apparel manufacturers displayed their new products for 2015-2016 at Outdoor Retailer, the world’s largest outdoor sports show. Offerings for triathletes include high-tech wearables, fashionable (and functional) clothing design, and customizable comfort.
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