GQ (Australia) - - CHAMPION -


The orig­i­nal ‘Odysseys’ be­came a streetwear sta­ple in the ’80s but these are an en­tirely dif­fer­ent beast, with Ortho­lite sock lin­ers keep­ing the foot sta­ble and adding plenty of cush­ion­ing for dis­tance run­ners. And the colour scheme en­sures am­ple at­ten­tion. The an­odised alu­minium casing is 30 per cent lighter than stain­less-steel mod­els and the Ion-x fac­ing is tougher than reg­u­lar glass. But the real bonus is the on­board Work­out app, which keeps track of ex­er­cise rou­tines and mon­i­tors all progress. And the Ac­tiv­ity app records all daily ac­tiv­ity, let­ting you know calo­ries burned or when it’s time to do some ex­er­cise. Mu­sic is a mo­ti­va­tor when train­ing and these not only pack plenty of room for your favourite tunes, but also mea­sure heart rate, dis­tance cov­ered and calo­ries burned through the free Jabra Sport Life IOS app. This next-gen range of com­pres­sion gar­ments comes with in-built sen­sors that pro­vide real-time feed­back across form, bal­ance, res­pi­ra­tion and more. It’s all thanks to a ded­i­cated IOS app and com­pact ‘Core’ trans­ceiver, which sits snugly in a side pocket in all gar­ments across the range. This kit al­lows those who play in teams – rugby, soc­cer, hockey – to see how much dis­tance they cover in a game, as well as time spent jog­ging or sprint­ing. Handy if you’ve been do­ing all the leg­work in five-a-side – and want to prove it. One of the more stylish fit­ness track­ers, it has a pro­ces­sor that fig­ures out what type of work­out is be­ing done and files the stats ac­cord­ingly. The ‘Smart Coach’ fa­cil­ity, mean­while, pro­vides per­son­alised ad­vice to keep you fit­ter and more fo­cused. The Walk­man is back – sort of. This nifty pair of head­phones boasts 4GB of in-built stor­age and eight hours play­back, and they’re wa­ter­proof, ideal for keen swim­mers.

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