The F.K.T. (short for “Fastest Known Time”) takes a novel approach to cooling summertime runners. Rather than simply wicking sweat, the UPF50 half-zip employs a new, proprietary technology called Omni-Shade Sun Deflector. Tiny titanium dioxide—a common ingredient in sunscreens—dots coat the top half of the shirt, reflecting the sun’s rays like thousands of tiny mirrors. Lab tests show it reflects 25 percent more of the visible spectrum than standard fabrics. Thus, protecting your skin and keeping you cooler. Bonus: The disco ball look translates well to post-run dance parties.
Most coolers—even the soft-sided ones—are heavy and awkward to carry when fully loaded with ice and drinks. However, the new Unbound Series pack hauls easily, thanks to padded backpack straps and a comfortable, compression-molded back panel. Flexible, lightweight foam is strategically distributed to boost insulation where it’s needed most, reducing bulk and making this the lightest cooler in its class at 2.5 pounds. And, most important, it’ll keep drinks chilled for up to 48 hours—long enough to hydrate an entire weekend’s worth of hiking.
Earlier this year, adidas revealed its environmental conscience to the world when it unveiled its first Parley shoe made out of reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic. Now it’s expanding the line to include three shoes, which is just the brand’s first step toward its admirable goal of being 100 percent recycled by 2020. The Terrex CC Voyager Parley features a sock-like lightweight knit upper—made from approx. 8.5 recycled 1.5-liter bottles. It has a breathable climacool midsole, a quick-drying drainage system and grippy Stealth rubber outsoles that make it perfect for SUP, rafting, and other water-based sports.
The North Face
Developed with trail running beast Rob Krar, this 2.8-ounce hoody is The North Face’s lightest-ever running jacket, and a worthwhile insurance policy for your next backcountry foray. Made with a paper-thin 10-denier ripstop nylon that’s both windproof and water-resistant, the Flight RKT will save your ass when Mother Nature unleashes her fury miles from the trailhead. It also packs down into a fist-sized ball that’s so small it doesn’t make sense not to bring it.
Specialized wasn’t officially exhibiting at OR, but they still managed to make a splash with a fleet of these flashy neon-yellow e-bikes zooming around downtown Salt Lake City. Outfitted with a powerful belt-driven 350-watt motor that’s hidden away in the bottom bracket and a 604-watt-hour battery pack seamlessly integrated into the downtube, the top-of-the-line Vado reaches speeds of up to 28 mph on the flats, and has an effective range from 30-80 miles, depending on drive settings and local terrain. Beyond its ability to flatten hills and get you efficiently from A to B, it has all the bells and whistles. This includes 800-lumen headlight, taillight, 55mm suspension fork, burly rear rack, industry-leading Dry-Tech fenders, and 2.0-inch tires that absorb road chatter. All to keep a commuter happy and in control of the daily ride.
$4,800, available fall 2017, specialized.com
You don’t have to look too hard at this trail runner to see what sets it apart—thick cushioning (28mm in the heel) reduces stress on long runs, an integrated gaiter keeps rocks and grit at bay, and a rockered sole smooths heal-to-toe transition. Despite its plush ride, the Horizon 50 is lighter than you’d think (11.1 oz) thanks, in part, to its “zonal” rubber outsole, which decreases weight by having rubber only where you need it for solid traction.
Here’s a 7-inch short that feels softer and more comfortable than anything else we’ve ever run in. It’s almost like running in silk pajamas (only, we imagine, less sweaty). That’s because SAXX, the men’s underwear company that’s famous for its BallPark Pouch brief construction, built the Pilot’s breathable brief with a proprietary knit-woven material that’s both lightweight and super stretchy. An ultralight shell layers on top, with a wicking waistband and zippered stash pocket for storing gels, keys, and other small necessities.
For its first foray into (notoriously stiff, uncomfortable) climbing shoes, Black Diamond focused on fit and all-day comfort. The entry-level, gym-specific Momentum features a sock-like engineered knit upper that’s tighter on the sides where you need more support, and looser on top to boost breathability.
One of the best mud racing shoes just got better. Salomon, the world’s top trail running shoe company, reduced the Speed’s weight, added a hydrophobic layer to the anti-debris mesh upper that prevents it from retaining water (a “wet” shoe weighs only 10 grams more than dry), and updated the tread design to maintain grip in more conditions, so weather shouldn’t slow you down.
One of the biggest complaints about nylon windbreakers and rain jackets is how crunchy they sound when you move. Also, how clammy they feel against your skin, especially if you’re doing anything remotely active. The Coriolis, by contrast, puts a naturally soft, wicking and odor-resistant merino lining between your skin and the Pertex Quantum Air nylon face for long-lasting comfort. Plus, laser-cut vents help keep you cool, whether you’re hiking, biking, or climbing at the local crag.
Article taken from Menshealth.com