Active Gear Scout: 2014 Fall Must-Haves for Endurance Athletes
Night Beam LED Armband1 of 9
The LED Armband from Night Beam keeps you visible during your early morning or late evening runs this fall.
The armband is adjustable, easy to turn on and off, and can be seen from 1,400 feet away. It's water resistant, but after a few wears starts to smell musty. Give it a quick wash and let it dry for 24 hours before wearing it again.
Make yourself more visible with the LED Legband. If you run with your phone, pick up the LED Armpouch.
GoMotion Synergy Hydration Lightvest2 of 9
For your long-distance runs in low light, be safe with GoMotion's Synergy Hydration Lightvest. This running vest stands apart from other running vests because it has a 1.0-liter bladder pack. There are pockets for keys, ID, phone or other items you like to take with you on long runs. The mesh lining is great for ventilation. Although the description says its lightweight, which it is a fairly light vest, it is a little heavier than other running vests because of the LED light and bladder. But this is a functional vest that has more options than other brands.
Nike Dri-FIT Knit Short-Sleeve Shirt3 of 9
This shirt features Nike's zoned Dri-FIT fabric, which helps keep you dry and comfortable while regulating your body temperature during runs. With variations in fabric density, you'll stay warm or cool—whichever is needed. The shirt also provides optimal breathability and wicks away sweat to the fabric's surface, where it quickly evaporates.
Running Shoes4 of 9
A running shoe can make or break your stride, set a PR, or prevent injuries. Finding the right shoe can be a challenge. After all, everyone is different and there are so many shoe choices available in today's market.
Whether you're a neutral runner, overpronator or supinator, Active.com's editor put dozens of the latest running shoes to the test to help you pick what's right for your feet.
Nike Pro Indy Sport Bra5 of 9
Comfort and support finally meet with the Nike Pro Indy Sport Bra. No more uni-boob or annoying straps with this bra.
The removable cups lift and support without the straps digging into your skin. If you're cups A through C, this does a nice job while out on a run. Everything stays in place and doesn't hurt. Larger than a C? You should consider the Nike Pro Rival sports bra, which is wire-free and made with compression to give you the most support and comfort so you can focus on your run.
Running Vest6 of 9
Running vests are great for fall morning runs. Vests allow you to breathe, regulate body temperature, and keep you warm. For women, the Sprint Insulated Vest by Moving Comfort, provides warmth without any restriction. It's not bulky, lightly insulated, has plenty of storage, and fits great. It's a semi-fit design and there are stretchy side panels, which makes this a little bigger than normal. You may want to consider a size smaller if you want a snug fit. If you like a little room, order your normal size.
Nike Aeroloft 800, designed for men, is ideal for athletes running in cold weather. It's an insulated vest that offers tons of ventilation. It's extremely light and not bulky, allows heat and moisture to escape, offers tons of storage, designed to hug your body, and has reflective accents so you can be seen in low light.
Tomtom Runner7 of 9
Get real-time information about your run with the TomTom Runner watch. The GPS is immaculate because it's quick to find satellite signal. It's easy to read and simple to set up and use. It's one of the better GPS watches you can purchase.
Zensah Limitless Compression Arm Warmers8 of 9
The Limitless Compression Arm Warmers provide runners with circulation for fast muscle recovery. The arm warmers also feature a mesh pocket on the upper arm to store gels, phone or any other small item you like to carry. If you start to heat up, simply roll up to cool down. If you don't like the thumbhole, then the compression arm sleeve is a nice option.