Product Preview: 2013 Fitness Gear We Want Now

We get to see next season’s best buys before they hit stores—and now so do you. Here’s what to look forward to in 2013

December 12, 2012
Moving Comfort Vero Bra
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Eco-Friendly Support

Moving Comfort Vero Bra
$40-$42; movingcomfort.com

The updated Vero bra's cups are made from DriLayer Buzz, a polyester fabric made from recycled coffee grounds. In addition to being eco-friendly, the material provides moisture management, UV protection, and odor control. (Search: How to get the best sports bra fit) Additionally, you get all of the other perks that you typically find in a Moving Comfort bra--support, a great shape, encapsulation and compression, and adjustable straps and back closure. Find more gifts for the fitness buff. Available in January.

Your Total-Body Toning Plan for 2013

1/23
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Mio
Comfy Data Collector

Mio Alpha Strapless Heart-Rate Monitor
$199; alphaheartrate.com

One of the best ways to maximize your workouts is to train by heart rate. But until now, doing so required wearing a watch and a clunky chest strap. By sensing the volume of blood under your skin at the wrist, Mio's Alpha watch is the first monitor to deliver continuous heart rate readings all on its own. It's compatible with your favorite Bluetooth-enabed devices and is accurate at running speeds up to 12 mph, according to company research. Available by early March.

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2/23
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Wahoo Fitness
Realistic Ride

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer
$999; wahoofitness.com

Take the dread out of spinning inside by splurging on a high-tech indoor bike trainer. Not only does the KICKR use a rear-wheel cassette instead of pushing your back tire against a roller (no more ruined tires! Real road feel!), but it's also ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 compatible, with a power meter built into the hub. What does this mean in non-nerd talk? Basically that you can use your iPhone to control and track your ride. Download a video-enabled app like TrainerRoad or Kinomap, which includes simulated race routes and workouts, and you've got the next best thing to riding outdoors. You see the actual route and the KICKR adjusts accordingly--meaning you can be climbing a 15 percent grade one second and flying downhill the next. Available in January.

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3/23
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T20
Star-Powered Training

T20 Cycling Trip
$8,000; t20cycling.com

If you're going to splurge on an active vacation, why not book one with McDreamy? In 2013, Patrick Dempsey wants to make your heart race in a different way: on the bike. The Grey's Anatomy star (and avid cyclist) has combined forces with Tom Danielson--who's got to be one of the funniest pro cyclists in the peloton--to run three Malibu-based bike camps. Besides a week of world-class riding, the all-inclusive price snags you a six-night stay in a private bungalow at luxury wellness retreat The Ranch at Live Oak, all your meals, a professional bike fit, bike maintenance, a daily massage, cycling and nutrition education, and a generous goody bag full of apparel, accessories, and even a Garmin Edge 500 bike computer (retail: $250). Available January 20-26, October 27-November 2, and December 15-21.

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4/23
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Under Armour
Flashy Feet

Under Armour Toxic 6
$120; underarmour.com

Get deadly serious about running with these poison-dart-frog-inspired kicks. Even though the design is hardcore, they promise to be gentle on your feet: The stretchy neoprene upper and low heel height encourage a more natural stride, while asymmetrical lacing relieves pressure on the top of the foot. Available April 1.

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5/23
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Keen
Help for Hikers

Keen Ellwood Daypack
$125; keenfootwear.com

The best bags allow you to carry more without straining your back, and that's precisely why we're excited about the Ellwood. This unisex pack has ample storage, including two padded sleeves for a hydration reservoir or laptop and an iPad. Out the outside, a perforated foam back panel optimized airflow to let your back breathe, while wishbone-shaped straps relieve pain by distributing the bag's weight evenly across your shoulders. Available in February.

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6/23
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Athleta
Modest Beach Wear

Athleta Shirrendipity Halter Swim Dress
$79; athleta.com

If you've ever wished you could wear your cover-up into the water, now you can-- Athleta's swim dress delivers modesty in performance fabric. The ultra-feminine frock is made of a quick-drying blend that boasts UPF 50+ sun protection, and a built-in shelf bra (with removable cups) and briefs. The entire ensemble is fully lined, which means even the white version won't leave you exposed when wet. Available in January.

Splash Your Way Slim

7/23
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Adidas
Moisture Management

Adidas Terrex Swift Short Sleeve Tee
$40; adidas.com

This lightweight performance workout top promises to wick sweat and keep you dry. It's made with Cocona technology, which permanently embeds activated particles from natural volcanic minerals into the fabric, increasing its surface area 800 percent. The benefit? Increased breathability, UV protection, odor management, and a garment that the company claims dries up to 200 percent faster than leading brands. Pair it with a Cocona-infused mid layer and outerlayer and the three work together to accelerate results even more. Best of all, Cocona doesn't wash off or wear out. Available in February.

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8/23
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Skirt Sports
Stylish Support

Skirt Sports Kelly Bra
$60; skirtsports.com

Skirt Sports is making its way into the sports bra market with three size-specific options. We love the Kelly bra, which is designed for C and D cups. Four rows of triple hook-and-eye closures and fully adjustable padded straps--wear them straight, crisscrossed or replace them with a patterned option--make this bra great for nursing moms or anyone who needs versatility. Plus, the combination of encapsulation and compression means this bra will keep your chest supported and under control during high-impact exercise. Available in mid February.

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9/23
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Ice Dot
Tech-Savvy Safety

Ice Dot Crash Sensor
$200; icedot.org

It's every action sport enthusiast's worst nightmare: You're skiing, cycling, or skateboarding and suffer a crash that leaves you unable to call for help. What do you do? If you're wearing an Ice Dot, nothing--help will come to you. This slim sensor attaches to any helmet and pairs with a smartphone app. When it detects unusual motion, changes in force, or an impact, it triggers a countdown (the duration is adjustable). If you fail to stop the countdown before it hits zero, the app will alert your emergency contacts with your GPS coordinates via text message. Available by April.

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10/23
asics versatility short
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Double-Duty Drawers

Asics Versatility Short 3"
$42-$48; asicsamerica.com

Get two shorts for the price of one! The lightweight running shorts come with a detachable inner pair of form-fitting boy briefs that you can wear as a quick-drying lining, or all by themselves. If you love the adaptability of these bottoms, you'll also want to check out the Asics Versatility Seamless Bra, which gives you two sports bras in one package. Available in January.

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11/23
Brooks PureDrift
Courtesy of Brooks
Fits Like a Glove

Brooks PureDrift
$100, brooksrunning.com

You've probably heard about the barefoot running trend, which has spawned a number of minimalist or "barefoot" shoes in the past three years. Brooks has delayed its entry into the barefoot game until now. The company's version has been designed in accordance with biomechanics research to be a direct extension of the runner's body. The shoe's shape closely hugs the contour of the foot, so it literally fits like a glove, and features a removable insole that allows runners to choose whether they want to be 4mm off the ground (with the insole) or a more extreme 0 mm. The midsole responds to the runner's gait, creating customized cushioning. A sleek, breathable upper mesh may make you feel like you're wearing nothing at all.  Available in January.

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12/23
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Oakley
In Living Color

Oakley Breathe In Bra
$44; oakley.com

The bright, eye-catching design of this bra is what initially caught our attention, but the construction is what eventually won us over. It's made of a soft, supple nylon that provides four-way stretch and feels great against the skin. At the same time, wide straps and molded cups ensure proper support. And don't be afraid to wear this sports bra solo: it's woven with black Lycra, which means it won't get shiny and see-through when stretched. Available January 1.

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13/23
2XU Ice X Singlet
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The Big Chill

2XU Ice X Singlet
$50; 2xu.com

You no longer need to fear overheating on mid-July jogs. 2XU has upgraded its running singlet with Ice X polyester technology. Xylitol, a plant-derived substance that produces a cooling sensation by evaporating your sweat (and, believe it or not, is also used in food as a sugar substitute), is woven into the special fabric. IR blocking technology, which stops infrared rays from reaching your skin, also helps keep you cool. Available in February.

Sun-Safe Workout Gear

14/23
K-Swiss Blade-Light Run II
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Second Take

K-Swiss Blade-Light Run II
$95; kswiss.com

The second edition of this running shoe is lighter than its predecessor, clocking in at a mere 8.1 oz. Like the original Blade-Light, it features a breathable, seam-free upper for comfort and a design that encourages a more natural mid-foot strike.

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15/23
Lululemon Run Reflective Jacket
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Glow in the Dark

Lululemon Run Reflective Jacket
$298; lululemon.com

An early sunset can't keep you from a run when you're rocking this futuristic piece of outerwear. The jacket, part of an upcoming collection of reflective running gear, features 360-degree reflectivity, as well as Lululemon's Nakedseam technology, which reduces chafing, back vents to keep you cool, and a music storage pocket with cord guide, so you can stay plugged into your tunes. Available in January.

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16/23
Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris
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Minimum Exposure

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris
$120; mizuno.com

The oldest bipedal fossil ever found inspired the design of these kicks (thanks, archaeologists!). The ultra-light shoe (the men's shoe weighs 7 ounces, and the women's weighs 6.2 ounces) has a 0 mm heel-to-toe drop, and still offers the brand's signature Wave Technology, which uses a rolling midsole to reduce and redirect impact as your foot hits the ground. Plus, wider forefoot helps provide a more stable run for midfoot strikers. Available in January.

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17/23
New Balance 1765
Courtesy of New Balance
Not Your Grandma’s Walking Shoe

New Balance 1765
$110; newbalance.com

Strut in style with New Balance's upgraded fitness walkers. The sole is amply cushioned and promises a durable and lightweight ride. The post built into the sole offers support while keeping your gait on track. A breathable seamless upper adds comfort, and a variety of colors ensure that you'll look good while ambling in these kicks. Available in April.

Blast fat--by walking!

18/23
Outdoor Research Enchanted Tank
Courtesy of Outdoor Research
Falling into Fitness

Outdoor Research Enchanted Tank
$59; outdoorresearch.com

In 2013, the adventure-wear brand expands its apparel offerings from outdoor sports, like backpacking, skiing and paddling, to more general fitness apparel. The Enchanted Tank is one of the many versatile tops from the brand-new line. The lightweight, quick-drying poly-spandex fabric allows for a full range of motion, while keeping you cool, making it perfect for a run on a warm day or a vinyasa session.

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19/23
Reebok ZigKick
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Padding for your Pups

Reebok ZigKick
$85; reebok.com

The undulating sole on these running shoes isn't just for looks--the ridges provide cushioning at the point of impact. The latest from Reebok also comes outfitted with a low-cut design around the ankle to promote mobility, an upper that promotes lateral support and stability, and an outsole designed for durability. Available in January.

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20/23
REI RangeClimber Jacket
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Best of Both Worlds

REI RangeClimber Jacket
$229-249; rei.com

This hybrid jacket provides an abrasion-resistant hard shell in high-wear areas, and also uses soft-shell material elsewhere to boost mobility. The hood, shoulders and outer arms are made from a three-layer eVent fabric, which is windproof up to 60 mph, waterproof, and still breathable. Additionally, the shell features pit zips for additional ventilation, a cord port in the chest pocket, and adjustable cuffs.  Available in January.

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21/23
Sugoi RSR Jacket
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Airy Armor

Sugoi RSR Jacket
$130; sugoi.com

Designed for elite performance, Sugoi's latest addition to its RSR line is tricked out with laser-cut perforations and mesh in the back for moisture management. Its feather-light stretch fabric offers a shield from the weather without weighing you down or sacrificing mobility, and reflective details keep you visible in low light. Available in February.

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22/23
Teva Tevasphere Speed and Trail Shoes
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Well-Rounded Kicks

Tevasphere Speed and Trail Shoes
$120-$140; teva.com

Featuring a completely new profile, Teva's cross-trainer is intended to address all types of foot strikes. Unlike other athletic shoes on the market, the TevaSphere has a spherical heel, rather than a squared off or rounded one. This design brings the runner closer to the ground (the heel is 24 mm from the ground, compared with an average 40 mm on square-heeled shoes) and provides a more natural point of impact, offering a smoother transition from heel-to-toe--especially for heel-strikers. Additionally, you'll notice that "support pods" surround the arch of the shoe, which may help prevent overpronation and supponation. Available in February.

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