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The warmer temperatures of summer provide the opportunity to use a whole new range of products. For fitness enthusiasts, this inviting change of weather gives us new opportunities to get out there and embark on new workouts with gear ready for the rays. And because we love that sun so much, we don’t want our training to get in the way of those tantalizing tan moments. So here are the top picks to make every outdoor workout worthwhile this summer, plus some extras to help you recover faster — and get back on that workout routine.
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BEST PRACTICE COURT
Lululemon Pace Breaker Lined Shorts
You’ll train and race in these shorts for their sweat-wicking 4-way stretch fabric, built-in zip pocket and quick-drying mesh lining…but you’ll wear them every day for their lightweight comfort.
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THE BEST RUNNING SUNGLASSES
Ciele x Article One GTGlass
Known for their beloved racing hats, Ciele has teamed up with Article One Eyewear to infuse their attention to detail and superior construction into a pair of hypoallergenic racing sunglasses that fit well and stay strong.
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BEST GYM BAG
Aer 3 Duffel Bag
Aer’s do-it-all duffle bag offers 24 liters of ventilated, anti-microbial storage and bombproof Cordura nylon construction, combining rugged performance and urban style in one sleek bag.
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Kettlebell Kings Adjustable Kettlebell
As the name suggests, Kettlebell Kings offers the ideal kettlebell for beginner and intermediate training, thanks to durable construction and an easy-to-adjust glide and pull system.
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BEST CYCLING BIBS
Bib The Arrivals x MAAP Alt_Road
An exclusive 3D thermo-molded chamois for comfort, abrasion-resistant leg panels for durability and integrated cargo pockets for storage make this bib the perfect option for long summer hikes.
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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 rugged Pathfinder Pro tires and helmet-integrated Future Shock 2.0 suspension) and downright fun.
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BEST WORKOUT SHIRT
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt
Meticulously crafted to be the perfect workout t-shirt, the Versatile is anti-chafing, sweat-wicking, quick-drying, and available in virtually any color you want. It’s also stylish enough to wear when you’re not working out.
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BEST CUSHIONED RUNNING SHOE
Hoka One One Bondi X
Do you tend to run on hard roads, sidewalks and trails? You want shoes that are well cushioned, comfortable and stylish – and no pair fits that description better than Hoka’s Bondi X.
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BEST FOAM ROLLER
TriggerPoint Vibe Plus Grid
The Vibe Plus is no ordinary foam roller. It offers a textured surface and vibrates at four different speeds to work deep into your tissues and quickly relieve muscle pain.
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THE BEST RECOVERY BOOTS
Therabody RecoveryAir JetBoots
These easy to use compression boots cool your legs after a long run, bike ride or gym session while you relax watching Netflix. In fact, they’re completely wireless, so you can use them wherever you want.
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THE BEST WIRELESS HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING
Jaybird Vista 2
The Vista 2s fits perfectly, offers active noise cancellation and offers eight hours of playback. And with an IP68 rating, they’re more sweat-resistant than virtually any other wireless earbud.
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