This Month in Gear: August 2014

All the apparel, accessories and equipment we tried this month
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Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee™

Made with moisture-wicking polyester that will keep you dry and comfortable during any sport, this shirt includes a handy hip pocket for storing things like energy gels or your ID, and our favorite feature is the Polygiene® anti-bacterial treatment, which keeps it from getting smelly so you can reuse it a few times before it needs to be washed.

Thera Pearl Ankle, Knee and Shin Wrap Ice Packs

We love these packs for recovery; in need of some ice after a long run or intense workout? Just strap a Thera Pearl wrap to your sore spot. The packs are also great for those who suffer from arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel or swelling from sprain or minor injury.

Opedix Capris

An ankle-length version of the high performance leggings we fell in love with last year, the KNEE-Tec 3/4 tight provides the same great joint support as the full-length version, but with a little less material for a design that works better in warmer weather.

Darn Tough Socks

Comfy feet are an important component of any athletic pursuit, which is why we wouldn’t dare go for a hike, run or bike ride without a pair of Darn Tough’s moisture-wicking, cushioned socks. We slipped our feet into both the Full Cushion Boot Sock (made for hiking) and the No Show Ultralight (made for running) and our feet have never felt so cozy.  

TYR: Wet/Dry Backpack & Swim Shades

The new Wet/Dry pack from TYR will make your next trip to the pool that much more convenient. And for swimmers who take their workouts and races to the great outdoors (we’re looking at you triathletes) the mirrored goggles are must-have.
$80.00 & $19.00;

Massage Track

You can use the Massage Track to massage just about any part of your body; upper and lower back, IT band, glutes, hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders. We love it a lot, though, because of its superior ability to find and very directly target your most sore "trouble spots."

Newton Kismet

The Kismet is one of the most comfortable, truly lightweight shoes we’ve tested this year; perfect for runners who need a slight hint of support but also appreciate a responsive ride.

Reebok ONE Cushion 2.0

Brand new for fall 2014, the updated version of this shoe features extra midfoot support and additional pronation control. We love this sneaker for those longer running workouts where you’ll need a little bit of extra support without feeling weighed down.

BRD Sport Plantar Fasciitis Ankle Brace

Providing compression to the plantar fascia, which helps to decrease inflammation and relieve plain, this brace turned out to be an exceptionally helpful alternative to the more typical plantar fasciitis treatments like ice and stretching.  (P.S. BRD also makes knee and elbow braces.)

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