Available at www.rei.com and REI stores.


Headlamps aren't only for hikers and backpackers -- people who exercise outside can benefit from a little illumination, too. Runners, walkers and cyclists can also use them to light up their immediate surroundings and as a reflective device for oncoming traffic.

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Petzl makes various styles of headlamps, from small and compact models to slightly larger ones with more functions. The e+LITE is one of the company's newer models, and its small size and light weight set it apart from the rest. Although small, its three white LED lights produce a beam that goes to 19 meters as well as a single red LED light that's better for seeing in the dark. There's even a flashing strobe option. Need the light elsewhere? The light can come off the headband, allowing it to be clipped to a belt, bag strap or affixed to a stationary object.

Price: about $29.95.

Available at www.rei.com and at REI stores.


Southern California runners have a lot to deal with, weather-wise. The beginning of a run may be cool, but things can heat up quickly when the sun gets high and the sweat starts pouring. A simple T-shirt may be too little, a jacket may be too much. The answer? Brisk Arm Warmers from Lululemon Athletica. (These are designed for women; similar products are available from other companies for men.) Unlike other arm warmers that start at the wrist, these have fold-back "cuffins" that extend over the fingers for especially cold days. They're made from a nylon-Lycra blend and have silicone strips that keep them in place as you move. When the weather shifts, simply scrunch the warmers down.

They could be used for other outdoor activities as well, such as boot camp, in-line skating, even walking the dog.

Price: about $28.

Available at www.lululemon.com and at Lululemon Athletica stores.


Women, some insist, don't sweat, they glow. Whatever the case, perspiration -- especially buckets of it -- can make a workout uncomfortable. While most people suffer through a long run, bike ride or group exercise class bathed in sweat, the Swiftly Tech T-shirt from Lululemon Athletica for women is all about keeping cool. It has built-in mesh panels that allow air to flow, plus X-static silver fibers that are antimicrobial and antistatic -- way more high tech than most workout gear. What's so special? In short, this shirt has it all. Seam-free construction means no chafing, especially good for long runs and epic-length spinning classes. It conforms to the body without being too tight, which is a nice compromise.

Price: about $58, available online and in stores.

Available at www.lululemon.com and at Lululemon Athletica stores.