FEEL THE BEAT

Maxim - - CONTENTS - By RYAN STU­ART

The fu­ture of pulse­track­ing fit­ness gear has ar­rived.

JABRA SPORT PULSE WIRE­LESS

These buds are im­per­vi­ous to sweat, come packed with pow­er­ful Dolby sound, and read your pulse: Tiny light sen­sors de­tect your heart rate via the blood flow in your ears. The buds are com­fort­able and ac­cu­rate, and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing app chron­i­cles your stats, tai­lors pro­grams to fit your needs, and plays nice with such fit­ness apps as Runkeeper. $200; jabra.com

LIFE BEAM HEL­MET

It’s al­ways been tricky fig­ur­ing out just how hard you’re re­ally work­ing out on a bike. Us­ing tech de­vel­oped for fighter pi­lots and as­tro­nauts, the Lifebeam hel­met fea­tures op­ti­cal and mo­tion sen­sors that, along with a suite of pro­ces­sors, track your vi­tals. As you pedal, it logs beats-per­minute and calo­ries burned, send­ing them both to ANT+ and Blue­tooth de­vices. $229; life-beam.com

MIO LINK

Al­ready have a go-to fit­ness de­vice? The Mio LINK is the ideal com­pan­ion. A face­less, one-but­ton wrist­band, it tracks your pulse, dis­play­ing heart rate zones via an ar­ray of flash­ing lights, and trans­mits the data to Blue­tooth Smart ( 4.0) as well as ANT+ com­pat­i­ble cy­cling com­put­ers and watches. It’s an ac­cu­rate and in­cred­i­bly sim­ple way to re­place an ex­ist­ing chest strap. $99; mioglobal.com

TOMTOM RUN­NER CAR­DIO

Run­ning watches are of­ten too smart for their own good: too many tiny but­tons here, too many menu op­tions there. The Run­ner Car­dio of­fers se­ri­ous met­rics but is a mas­ter class in sim­plic­ity. The GPS watch, which tracks pulse, pace, dis­tance, and calo­ries burned, has a stream­lined in­ter­face and brightly lit screen that’s easy to read even when you’re run­ning at a full sprint. $270; tomtom.com

ADI­DAS MICOACH FIT SMART

Sure, the Fit Smart may look like just an­other fit­ness cuff, but there are plenty of smarts un­der the hood. Like ri­vals, it counts steps, stride rate, dis­tance, and pace, but it also fea­tures a built-in sen­sor that reads heart rate. It op­ti­mizes that info to help fit it into your per­sonal goals; all data is sent to Adi­das’ Train and Run app, which of­fers hun­dreds of train­ing plans. $199; adi­das.com

OM FIT­NESS SHORT SLEEVED

Not into fit­ness bands? Slip on this shirt. Wo­ven into its fab­ric is a suite of sen­sors that record a neu­rotic amount of data: res­pi­ra­tion rate/ vol­ume, move­ment (in­clud­ing steps and ca­dence), and beats-per-minute. It even keeps an eye on your mus­cle-con­trac­tion in­ten­sity. And don’t worry about per­spi­ra­tion: The shirt can be washed with the rest of your gear. $199; omsig­nal.com

Pulse track­ers, those near-ubiq­ui­tous work­out savers, are get­ting smarter than ever—and ex­pand­ing way past the wrist.

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