Must-Have Fitness Gear in 2015
You might have sentimental feelings about that pair of worn-in running shoes or yoga pants. But old shoes and clothing can start to lose their performance value. Plus, you can always buy new favorites.
We've rounded up and reviewed some of the newest shoes, gadgets apparel to hit the market to help you make the most of 2015.
Shoes: SKECHERS GOrun Ride 41 of 8
Skechers was named 2014 company of the year by Footwear Plus. After running in the company's GOrun Ride 4, it isn't a surprise. SKECHERS Performance has been building momentum in the world of running shoes, showing they're a real contender against some tried and true brands such as Saucony and Nike. The GOrun Ride 4 is lightweight, flexible and breathable, making them a worthy shoe for almost every distance. Skechers understands the importance of your shoes transitioning from workout to lifestyle.
Insoles: currexSole2 of 8
If you're looking to replace old insoles and enhance the fit of your running shoes, currexSole might be for you. This insole, the most awarded brand in Europe, has a model designed just for runners. The RunPro, as it's called, is custom fit for individuals. The insole has a zero mm drop and a de-coupled heel, so it doesn't interfere with the construction of your favorite running shoes. The German Sport University in Cologne, which operates a leading running research lab, studies five top over-the-counter insoles. The currexSole brand was rated the most comfortable and the only one that didn't increase or cause additional stress to the arch due to it's dynamic design. Caroline Steffen—one of the best Ironman triathletes—swears by them, and wears the RunPro on her runs and the BikePro with her cycling cleats.
Yoga Apparel: Ahnu3 of 8
Outfit yourself in stylish yoga-chic apparel next time you go to yoga—or to coffee with friends, errands or more—with Ahnu. The apparel, named after the Celtic goddess of balance and well-being, truly gives you versatility. Some of Ahnu's apparel worth noting are the V ankle pants and Harmony tank, which both provide support and breathability that can be used to dance, runn or Pilates. These products are made in the United States, which furthers their mission of offering prosperity to others. With the addition of an entirely new collection of yoga-inspired footwear and updates to their apparel, Ahnu is a company to keep an eye on in 2015.
Fitness Trackers: Garmin vivoactive4 of 8
The vivoactive from Garmin will replace the company's previous vivofit and vivosmart models and is designed to give Fitbit a run for its money. The vivactive is more than an activity tracker with smartwatch capabilities; it also has GPS-enabled sports apps. With a 3-week battery charge for activity tracking and up to 10 hours using GPS, you won't worry about charging the device. The vivoactive has an ultrathin band you'll hardly notice.
Headphones: Red Fox Wireless Bluetooth Headset5 of 8
The EDGE Bluetooth Wireless Headset from Red Fox Wireless offers solution to those who are sick of wireless headphones that won't stay put or are fed up with wires. The lightweight headset allows you to transitions from runs and rides on the road and trails to calls at the office. Answer calls and shuffle through paperwork with the easy-to-touch built-in microphone. Set your phone down at the gym or at the office, this gadget offers a 30-foot range. Control volume and music with the easy-to-use buttons, which include Siri and Google voice integration. Oh and did we mention 9-hour battery life? This is another reason why the EDGE is a must-have item this spring.
Recovery: OOFOS6 of 8
For those athletes who love to slip on sandals after a workout, OOFOS Footwear is the answer to your recovery needs. Made to assist the recovery process, the footwear is designed with 'OOfoam' technology, which the company says absorbs 37 percent more impact than traditional foams. Sandal lovers can wear the slide or flip flop styles. Athletes who live in areas too cold for sandals, might try the clogs, which can be worn with a pair of compression socks. More colors are releasing as the year continues. Your feet will love every step post workout with OOFOS on.
Energy: Clean Energy Patch7 of 8
The Clean Energy Patch is a new product that will replace the coffee and energy drinks/shots athletes often take before a workout. The patch—made with kinesiology tape—is worn during the workout. It's easy to apply and can be peeled off when you're done with activity. The Clean Energy Patch provides up to 8 hours of energy without the jitters and upset stomach that can come from coffee and other energy drinks, making it a nice alternative for athletes with sensitive stomachs. Made with natural ingredients and low caffeine content (35 milligrams), it provides the perfect 'hum' to your workout or daily activities.