Gear Upgrades To Give You That Extra Edge


Your athletic apparel can improve your performance — that’s a fact. It’s no coincidence, for example, that at this year’s New York City Marathon, two of the top three women and three of the top four men, including both winners, all wore the same Nike shoes. But not everybody is a long-distance runner. And depending on the sport, there’s so much more that impacts performance than the shoes. An athlete knows all of this. And they put a lot of time and energy into picking out the gear that they train, recover and compete in. It could be the difference between winning and lingering regrets.

VKTRY Gear Insoles

VKTRY Performance Insoles insoles are made from aerospace-grade carbon fiber and promise to improve your speed, jumping ability, and overall explosiveness. They also provide additional support, stability and shock absorption, which helps guard off injuries like plantar fasciitis, turf toe, stress fractures, tendonitis and shin splints. VKs are customized for your body weight and optimized for the sport you play, whether that’s football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse or track. Professional and college athletes swear by them. So do many of their coaches and trainers. If you’re serious about getting an edge on the competition, these insoles are the real deal. Interested? Enter GearPatrol at checkout to save $50. VKTRY offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so no risk to try.

Suunto Spartan Sport HR Baro GPS Watch

Technology has pervaded every aspect of daily life, and athletic training hasn’t been excepted. In fact, it’s been enhanced; comprehensive performance metrics that can be used to analyze training sessions and guide improvement are no longer exclusive to pros working in fancy labs. Suunto has made a mission of bringing this information to an athlete’s wrist with its Spartan Sport watches and its latest model builds on an extensive list of features with detailed barometric altitude information. Some of the watch’s already-proven abilities include route navigation via GPS, wrist-based heart rate monitoring and activity tracking for more than 80 sports.

NikeLab Gyakusou Hooded Dri-FIT Running Top

Nike may be one of the biggest names in sports but it’s still capable of putting together unique side projects and collaborations that reimagine what athletic apparel can be. From NikeLab’s partnership with the Japanese fashion brand Undercover comes a remarkable take on an otherwise unremarkable item: the athletic hoodie. Designed with different fabric thicknesses to manage heat and breath where your body needs to, the Gyakusou hoodie is an ideal layer for running and any other activity an athlete might take on outside in chillier temperatures.

CEP Men’s Progressive+ Compression Calf Sleeves 2.0

Compression has been scientifically proven to increase performance by aiding in recovery. The calf muscles take a beating in many activities, especially where running and intermittent sprinting are involved (read: nearly every team sport) and getting them back to one hundred percent between races or games can be a challenge. CEP’s calf sleeves provide targeted compression and perfect anatomical fit that stimulates blood flow and aids in preventing injury — they’re also low-profile for hidden wear underneath a pair of jeans.

Brazyn Morph Foam Roller

In lieu of keeping a personal massage therapist on retainer, a foam roller is an active athlete’s best friend. The Morph, unlike every other option, is a solution to the tubular massager’s bulkiness — it collapses and expands with the help of an apparatus made super-strong cords and plates, making it supremely packable and, therefore, portable. That may seem like a structural flaw waiting to be exposed but the Morph has been tested to support up to 350 pounds.