The Gift of Speed
The entire system, which adds up to about $300, would include the Nike Air Moire or Air Zoom shoes, the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and an iPod Nano (each sold separately).
A sensor inserted into the sole of these sneaker gathers and conveys the runner's speed and distance to a receiver connected to the bottom of the iPod.At the push of a button, the sensor transmits the information to the iPod, which then relays it to the runner in a computerized voice. Pretty cool, huh? In October, Adidas (ADDYY) partnered with Finnish heart-rate monitor manufacturer Polar Electro and introduced a similar high-tech system (for about $680) that provides essential heart-rate information. Adidas shoes and gear can run from $110 and $245, and the Polar Running Computer retails for $470.
Frost FightThroughout the year, there are countless races held in the winter season or in colder regions. For runners to compete effectively, it's necessary for them to seek out gear that will act as a shield against the cold weather -- otherwise they'll find themselves shivering and unable to compete at their best. Sports apparel company Mizuno recently came out with a new insulation fabric called "Breath Thermo," which absorbs body moisture and converts it to dry heat, warming the athlete up at once. The Breath Thermo gear rings in at $40 to $70 per item and ranges from tights and sweat pants to tanks, jackets and gloves.
Jogging for TwoAimed at runner mommies and daddies, my next pick is the BOB Ironman Jogger Stroller, which is designed for the ultimate run.
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