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Get the best shoes, earphones and other accessories to reach your peak performance
INOV-8 MUDCLAW G-SERIES
British brand inov-8 has revolutionised trail shoes (off-road running helps to make your legs and core stronger, and less injury-prone) with its new graphene outsoles. Graphene is amazingly grippy but also highly durable, so these will keep you upright, comfortable, and will last and last. $229.95, inov-8.com
GARMIN RUNNING DYNAMICS POD
A tempting alternative for people who find a chest strap uncomfortable. The Running Dynamics Pod clips onto your waistband and measures your running dynamics – all the key data to improve your form syncs to your Garmin watch. Compared to the HRM-Run strap, you’ll just be relying on wrist-based HR tracking instead of chest-based.
OPTOMA NUFORCE BE SPORT4
Get in the zone with the help of Kenny Loggins in your lugs via these excellent wireless sports earphones, boasting 10 hours of battery life (and two hours from a single 15-minute charge), and astounding audio quality. Importantly, they’re also a secure but perfectly comfortable fit, and are sweat-resistant to boot.
The Strava app is still king. Access personalised coaching, real-time feedback and advanced analytics via Premium membership. Plus, it has excellent options for sharing and viewing your runs. $89.99/year, strava.com
The HRM-Run heart-rate monitor provides the most advanced running metrics available. Measure vertical oscillation (the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion), ground contact time, stride length and more, synced with your Garmin watch. $149, garmin.com