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Summer’s warmer temperatures usher in the chance to use a whole new range of products. For fitness lovers, this inviting change of weather gives us fresh opportunities to step outside and power into new workouts with gear that’s ready for the rays. And because we love that sun so much, we don’t want our training to sideline us from taking in those moments of tantalizing tanning. So, here are the best picks to make every outdoor workout worthwhile this summer, along with some extras to get you recovered faster – and back on that training schedule.
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BEST WORKOUT SHORT
Lululemon Pace Breaker Lined Short
You’ll train and run in these shorts for the sweat-wicking, four-way stretch material, integrated zipper pocket and quick-drying mesh liner … but you’ll wear them every day for the lightweight comfort.
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BEST RUNNING SUNGLASSES
Ciele x Article One GTGlass
Known for its beloved running hats, Ciele teamed up with Article One Eyewear to infuse its attention to detail and superior construction into a pair of hypoallergenic running sunnies that fit well and hang tough.
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BEST GYM BAG
Aer Gym Duffel 3
Aer’s do-it-all duffel bag offers 24 liters of ventilated, antimicrobial storage and bombproof Cordura nylon construction, combining rugged performance and urban style into one sleek bag.
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Kettlebell Kings Adjustable Kettlebell
As the name would suggest, Kettlebell Kings offers the ideal kettlebell for beginner and intermediate training, courtesy of a durable build and easy-to-adjust slide-and-pull system.
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BEST CYCLING BIB
The Arrivals x MAAP Alt_Road Bib
A proprietary 3D thermo-molded chamois for comfort, abrasion-resistant leg panels for durability and integrated cargo pockets for storage make this bib the ideal option for those long summer rides.
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BEST GRAVEL BIKE
Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon
At just over 21 pounds, the Diverge Comp Carbon is fast, forgiving (thanks to beefy Pathfinder Pro tires and Future Shock 2.0 suspension built into the headset), and just damn fun.
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BEST WORKOUT SHIRT
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt
Meticulously engineered to be the perfect workout shirt, the Versatile is anti-chafing, sweat-wicking, quick-drying and available in basically any color you want. It’s also natty enough to wear when not working out.
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BEST CUSHIONED RUNNING SHOE
Hoka One One Bondi X
Do you tend to run on roads, pavement and hard trails? You want well-cushioned shoes that are comfortable and stylish — and no pair better fits that description than Hoka’s Bondi X.
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BEST FOAM ROLLER
TriggerPoint Grid Vibe Plus
The Vibe Plus isn’t your average foam roller. It offers a textured surface and vibrates at four different speeds to work deep into your tissues and alleviate muscle soreness almost.
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BEST RECOVERY BOOTS
Therabody RecoveryAir JetBoots
These easy-to-use compression boots refresh your legs after a long run, ride or gym session while you chill out watching Netflix. Actually, they’re completely wireless, so you can put them to work wherever you want.
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BEST WIRELESS EARBUDS FOR RUNNING
Jaybird Vista 2
The Vista 2s fit snug, offer active noise-cancellation and boast eight hours of playback. And with an IP68 rating, they’re more sweat-resistant than pretty much every other wireless earbud out there.
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