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This is Trail Runner’s favorite watch.
The latest iteration of Suunto watches is the 9, and it is a powerhouse. It sports an incredibly accurate wrist heart-rate monitor, excellent GPS tracking and an astonishing battery life. The S9 Baro is a sleek device weighing less than three ounces and fits equally well in the office as out on the trails.
Many of the updates with this device build on accessibility and customizable options. There are over 80 sport modes pre-programmed, with the option to create custom sport modes for specific activities or goals.
The truly mind-blowing thing about this device, however, is the 120-hour battery (while tracking GPS in Ultra Mode).
The long battery life is due to the intelligent battery. When in exercise mode, competitor devices lock into the battery setting you began with. Suunto understands that sometimes a session takes longer than originally anticipated, (or you’re epic-ing) or you might have forgotten to charge the device recently.
This is the Maserati of fitness strollers. Burley, known for their rough and tumble bike trailers, has stepped into the convertible stroller game. This model easily converts from a bike trailer for towing tots into a stroller for running. It also packs down flat for easy travel and storage.
This powerful recovery tool packs a punch. With three speed settings, you’ll be working out your soreness in no time and helping increase circulation and range of motion after long runs and tough workouts. Built-in pressure technology gives you visual feedback throughout your massage, and 5 interchangeable heads make sure you can get in deep where you need it most.
Patagonia’s 8L Slope Runner vest is a low-profile option with plenty of carrying capacity for adventures above treeline. This vest fits like performance apparel for a snug and chafe-free feel that won’t jostle on technical runs. With plenty of pockets, the vest offers room for fuel and layers, and a two-liter reservoir provides ample hydration capacity.
The stretchy, front pockets are perfect for on-the-go stowing and easy access. A zippered phone pocket keeps your cell close by in case of an emergency.
Nathan’s VaporKrar 12L is built to go the distance on big days like R2R2R and other minimally supported adventures, with 12 liters of carrying capacity. The second-skin fit doesn’t bounce or chafe, and pinholes in the fabric for provide breathability and moisture wicking.
The specially designed insulated reservoir is built to minimize obnoxious sloshing on the trail, while front pockets accommodate nutrition, essentials and soft flasks up to 22ml. The rear hydration pocket can be easily accessed in motion. The women’s version, VaporHowe, is specially built for hard-charging trail ladies.