Athletes aren’t as easy to shop for as they used to be — no, a three-pack of gray cotton t-shirts won’t cut it anymore. The athlete of today is a fitness guru who dresses head-to-toe in technical fabrics. He’s a tech-savvy data nerd who is always up to speed on his metrics and knows that whatever makes it into his gym bag has to not only exceed all standards of performance, it has to look damn good doing it.
Stance Five Bridges Crew
Beneath a stylish and unique print the Five Bridges have everything you could ever want in a sock: reinforced heels and toes, reflective accents, mesh vents and an articulated footbed.
Ciele GoCap Whitaker
Based in Montreal, Ciele makes what are known in tight-knit running circles to be some of the best running caps available. They’re constructed from ultra-wicking COOLwick fabric and offer UPF +40 sun protection. They also feature reflective hits on the front and back to keep you safe when running at night.
Untapped Maple Waffles
Stroopwafels are tasty, and often closer to an indulgence than “training food.” Untapped has harnessed pure Vermont maple syrup to produce the tastiest waffle available, and nearly all of the other ingredients on the list are simple and organic too.
Hydro Flask 40oz Wide Mouth with Straw
Cheap, plastic squeeze bottles are great. But a fully-insulated, straw-equipped, 40-ounce bottle that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12) might just be better.
Strava already helps athletes track, analyze and share fitness data and its premium model goes even deeper. Workout analysis is further built out with new Suffer Scores and feedback is delivered in real time so you can give it that extra push and one-up your friends.
Outdoor Voices Merino Tee
The powers of merino are incredible. It’s comfortable, has anti-stench properties and is fast-drying. This crewneck t-shirt is 89% merino — it’s stretchy, soft and best of all, it barely looks like a gym shirt.
Manduka eKO 5mm Yoga Mat
Manduka’s thick yoga mat is heavier than most, but it’s wildly durable as a result. The extra-grippy mat is made from biodegradable, non-toxic, natural tree rubber that isn’t sourced from the Amazon Rainforeset, so your conscious can find relaxation along with your body.
Aer Sling Bag 2
A big, easy-access front-loading pocket, a ventilated shoe compartment and an exterior made from ballistic nylon are just a few reasons why Aer’s sling could replace your standard gym duffel.
Naked Nutrition Vanilla Whey Protein
Naked Nutrition has simplified fitness nutrition by using only three ingredients in its protein powder: grass-fed whey, natural vanilla and organic coconut sugar. No artificial additives, no bullshit.
Wahoo ELEMNT Mini Cycling Computer
Wahoo shaved away many of the technical features that go unused by more casual cyclists, but there’s still plenty left in this little device. It has built-in sensors for speed, distance, time, heart rate and cadence — and the ability to pair with your smartphone.
XD Fitness Kevlar Medicine Ball
XD Fitness built its medicine balls to take a heavy beating. They’re constructed with DuPont Kevlar — a material which is also used in body armor and happens to provide excellent grip — that’s been cut into sections designed to resist impact.
Smith Overtake Helmet
When it comes to cycling helmets, you shouldn’t have to decide between lightweight and protection. The Overtake is built for safety — it features Smith’s impact-resistant AEROCORE technology and MIPS — but it weighs just under nine ounces.
Suunto Spartan Trainer
Full-featured fitness watches can often be unwieldy, so Suunto slimmed down the profile on its most affordable Spartan. The watch still monitors heart rate and keeps track of all your fitness goals with a built-in GPS.
Lululemon Sojourn Jogger
No, these are not sweatpants. They’re slim, moisture-wicking athleisure joggers that have four-way stretch and zippered pockets built-in, which make them perfect for pretty much everything. Just don’t call them sweatpants.
Nike Lunarepic Flyknit Low
One of the best running shoes of 2017, Nike’s Lunarepic Flyknit Low features a sock-like knit upper that’s supremely comfortable and an EVA rubber sole that provides plenty of cushioning for pavement pounding.
Rapha Brevet Flyweight Wind Jacket
At 2.61 ounces (in size medium), the Brevet is lighter than a deck of cards. It packs down to be about the same size, too, which means it’ll easily go unnoticed in any pocket. In fact, the only thing “big” about the Brevet is the stylish twin stripes circumnavigating the jacket’s chest.
POC DO Blade Sungalsses
Diehards who aren’t afraid to take to the roadways in any type of weather need a pair of shades that are equally up to the challenge. POC’s lightweight racing sunglasses repel dirt, oil, sweat, dust and water, and when the light’s no good, the lenses can be swapped on the fly.
Silca SuperPista Floor Pump
Portable hand pumps are convenient, but that’s it. A real job calls for a real tool, and Silca’s SuperPista is top of its class. The all-aluminum floor pump features a wooden handle, a pressure gauge that beats the industry standard and an extra-long barrel that ensures speedy inflation.
District Vision Nagata
District Vision has proved time and again that athletic glasses don’t need to be sporty. The Nagata is its take on vintage aviator-style athletic sunglasses. They’re optimized for running and designed to get drenched in sweat, boost vision and look fantastic while doing it.
Bose Soundsport Free
By doing away with the cord, Bose is simply bragging about the comfort and in-ear stability of its SoundSport Free running earbuds. They’re easy to use and don’t require haggling with a fitness app — just let the heavy bass set your workout tempo.
Tracksmith Nor’easter Jacket
Tracksmith’s understated style dictates that this jacket look unassuming, but it’s designed to wear through the famous New England storms that it draws its namesake from. The Nor’easter is constructed specifically for runners with a Swiss fabric that breathes, stretches and repels nearly everything.
Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator
Whether your goal is to improve endurance and strength or just optimize recovery, Compex’s high-end muscle stimulator can provide that extra ten percent needed to fully realize those high-bar fitness goals.
Apple Watch Series 3
Compared to other Apple Watch models, the Series 3 is a better fitness tracker with continuous heart-rate monitoring, a redesigned workout app and special features for swimmers. And now that it’s equipped with LTE, you can finally ditch that annoying smartphone armband.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 Aero
After years of rumors and anticipation, the German bicycle brand Canyon finally brought its bikes to the US this year. But cyclists won’t have to fight tooth and nail to get their hands on one — they ship direct to consumer and are essentially fully-built.
Gear Patrol Magazine Issue 5
Inside the recently-printed pages of Gear Patrol’s physical embodiment lie a highly-curated guide to the essentials of a home gym, two dependable workouts, a look inside America’s newest cycling brand and much, much more.
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