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The Best New Fitness Gear Of 2017

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The buzzword in fitness gear this year is specialization. Upstart brands are engineering new kinds of workout clothing and tools tailored for distinct activities: high-intensity training shorts, mobility devices, sport-specific sunglasses, and more. With specialization, a company can become really, really good at making one thing. We found those things and tested them for performance and style. Now you can look and feel great no matter how you earn your sweat.

1. SAUCONY PEREGRINE 7

With a tread that claws dirt like Wolverine and a springy midsole that cushions rocks, these kicks have superior grip and surprising comfort. This is Saucony’s seventh iteration of the shoe, and the designers have whittled the weight down to 9.4 ounces. $120, Buy It Here

2. HOKA TRACER

Hokas look like clown shoes, but runners wearing them have the last laugh. They’re light, yet cushion every mile. $130, Buy It Here

3. NIKE METCON 3

Switch from lifting to running without changing your kicks. These have a flat, grippy sole and a slim midsole. Armor in the arch protects your dogs. $135, Buy It Here

4. ALTRA HIIT XT

Altra earned its stripes pioneering wide-toebox, zero-drop shoes for runners. This shoe tweaks those principals for high-intensity lifting and sprints. $99, altrarunning.com (available for pre-order; on sale May 25)

5. REEBOK NANO 7

The seventh version of this shoe boasts a grippier sole and a wider toebox so your toes can splay out. Some testers found it too rigid for sprints. $109, Buy It Here

6. NEW BALANCE MINIMUS 20V6

A barefoot-inspired minimalist trainer with a Vibram sole, the Minimus 20v6 has a soft, comfortable collar. Best for guys with strong feet. $80, Buy It Here

7. MISSION WORKSHOP TRANSIT DUFFEL

With a huge 1,900-cubic-inch capacity, four internal pockets, and a laptop sleeve, this bag is built for work and play. The exterior has four more pockets and is made of tough nylon, so it will last longer than your gym membership. $265, Buy It Here

8. WAHOO KICKR

Work out and race friends on famous climbs using this smart trainer and an app like Zwift. $1,200, Buy It Here

9. BEATSX

Speed, strength, stamina: Easy to set up, they run for eight hours, and the bass kicks like Bruce Lee. $120, Buy It Here

10. TRX DUO TRAINER

Dual anchor points enable more hanging exercises—including muscle-ups, dips, and pull ups. $200, Buy it Here

11. VITA-VIBES MINI

A secret weapon for gymnasts, these 12-inch parallettes let you do leg raises, handstands, and more. $30, Buy It Here

12. SUPERNOVA 2.0

Created by Kelly Starrett, D.P.T., MobilityWOD’s groovy ball separates muscle fibers, aiding recovery. $40, Buy It Here

13. MIIR WIDE MOUTH

This 42-ounce stainless steel bottle will keep your shake or cold brew ice-cold for as long as 24 hours. $45, Buy It Here

14. HYPER VEST PRO

Once you strap on 10 to 42 pounds of steel, body-weight moves will build real muscle. It’s a multigym! $182, Buy it Here

15. CROSSROPE

A set of weighted jump ropes that turn a warmup exercise into a more challenging total-body workout. $69, Buy It Here

16. ADIDAS SUPERNOVA TKO

A hoodie provides elemental and psychological protection, so don’t sweat the mesh hood on this water-resistant shell. It’s great for spring and summer dawn and dusk patrols—and packs into its own pocket if you overheat. $90, Buy It Here

17. LULULEMON GRIND DOWN

Run, lift, yoga, brunch. . . these lightweight pants stretch four ways and are flexible enough for any activity. Abrasion-resistant fabric at the knees extends durability. $148, Buy It Here

18. WEEKENDER HOODIE

Fit for the wild, the gym, and everything in between, this Outdoor Voices hoodie is 89 percent polyester and 11 percent spandex so it’s soft and stretchy. $100, Buy It Here

19. ARC’TERYX NORVAN SL

Made from the lightest, most breathable waterproof Gore-Tex fabric, this 4.2-ounce shell keeps you dry in a storm and compresses to tennis-ball size when the rain stops. $299, Buy it Here

20. CEP ULTRALIGHT

German-made, premium-grade compression in a new model that’s 30 percent lighter and has a seamless toebox. $60, Buy It Here

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21. THE NORTH FACE WARP

Seamless design. $100, Buy It Here

22. RHONE GLACIER TEE

Cooling wicking fabric. $69, Buy It Here

23. VOORMI DUAL SURFACE TECH-T

Ultralight wool. $70, Buy It Here

24. KIT AND ACE V TEE

Cotton and cashmere. $68, Buy It Here

25. TREW SUPERLIGHT NUYARN

Nylon and merino wool. $69, Buy It Here

26. TEN THOUSAND INTERVAL

With an ultralight liner and yoga-pant-inspired waistband, the Interval was the most comfortable short tested. $68, Buy It Here

27. HYLETE VERGE II

They look like surf shorts but are really meant for shredding in the gym. Lightweight with stretchy panels, they move like you do. $80, Buy It Here

28. CW-X STABILYX 3/4

Zoned with areas of support in the knees and hips, these tights are designed for running, but they’ll help you kick butt in any lower-body activity. $95, Buy It Here

29. OAKLEY EVZERO STRIDE PRIZM ROAD

The look is aggressive, and what you see more impressive, thanks to Oakley’s new rimless shield. It enhances contrast and protects your eyes, whether you’re running, cycling, or checking out the competition. $170, Buy It Here

30. RUDY PROJECT SYNFORM

Best known for multisport lenses that instantly adapt to brightness, the Synform’s signature is its foldable frame. $300, Buy It Here

31. ROKA PHANTOM C3 GLASS

They look like aviators but stay put, thanks to no-slip grips. Polarized glass lenses ensure the action is crystal clear. $300, Buy It Here

32. KAENON LEADBETTER

Founded by a former Oakley lens guru, Kaenon delivers top-grade polarized optics. They handle ocean glare especially well. $229, Buy It Here

33. GARMIN FENIX 5

Garmin’s proven GPS, wrist-based heart-rate tech, and sophisticated metrics like VO2 max and lactate threshold estimators are all wrapped together in a watch you can wear with a power suit in the office. $700, Buy It Here

34. APPLE WATCH NIKE+

Apple dialed in the fitness functionality on both the hardware and software: GPS, water resistance, simple-to-use timing, a sport band, and OS to support all the best apps from Strava to Men’s Health. $370, Buy It Here

35. FITBIT ALTA HR WITH PUBLIC SCHOOL BAND

Yes, nerds rule the world, but you don’t always want to flaunt your nerdiness on your wrist. The cord band is subtle, yet the device still tracks heart rate, steps, and sleep. Fitbit, $150, Buy It Here; band, $175, Buy It Here

36. UPSTART BRAND: EYSOM

This L.A. brand’s gym gear is so comfortable you’ll want to work out forever. Refined Jogger, $220, Buy It Here

37. UPSTART BRAND: TRACKSMITH

Throwback looks in high-tech fabrics for running. Van Cortlandt Tee, $68, Buy It Here

38. UPSTART BRAND: STANCE

The official sock brand of the NBA also knits 72 different gym socks. Lunar Crew, $16, Buy It Here

39. UPSTART BRAND: SEARCH AND STATE

Durable, stylish, high-performance cycling gear. S1-A Riding Jersey, $160, Buy It Here

40. UPSTART BRAND: YORK ATHLETICS MFG.

No-nonsense footwear and gear for combat training. The Henry Mid, $120, Buy It Here

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