Health & Fitness

Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • Higher summits for today's backpacking gear
    Higher summits for today's backpacking gear

    OK, California didn't get any snow again. Water rationing is now mandatory. Spring is the new summer. But look on the bright side: It's a great time to go backpacking. On top of that, the basic gear you need, the big four — boots, tents, poles and backpacks — just keep getting better. Just remember...

  • Five new running shoes that aim to go the extra mile
    Five new running shoes that aim to go the extra mile

    A day before the 30th anniversary of the L.A. Marathon is no time to change your shoes — if you are running. But a couple of days later, when the experience is fresh in your mind and your body starts healing, the planning for No. 31 should begin. This review of innovative shoes, which will appeal...

  • Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes
    Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes

    The end of winter is the official start of sunglass season, as the sunlight lingers and people stay out and play longer. This year sees a number of innovative lightweight polycarbonate models available for the athletically minded outdoors person, from surfers to cyclists.

  • Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time
    Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time

    Can techy new gear buy you more speed? I hoped so when I lined up at the start of the recent La Paz Triathlon in Mexico's Baja California Sur state with some of the most innovative bike and swim gear I'd seen in a while. When the day was done, I was stunned: I'd made a quantum leap. Feeling remarkably...

  • Little innovations make a big difference for riders
    Little innovations make a big difference for riders

    All bikes tend to look alike at first. But a closer look reveals some clever design innovations this year that give world-class triathletes, gonzo mountain bikers, traveling tandem aficionados and raw rookie road riders alike exactly what they want: a little more speed, a lot more versatility,...

  • Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game
    Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game

    There's only so much real estate on your wrist. "Activity" straps are great, but what if most of the time you just want to know the time — and need something that looks presentable in street clothes? The products reviewed here all function as bona-fide watches — and then some do a whole lot more.

  • Smart sports devices aim to step up performance
    Smart sports devices aim to step up performance

    The wearables revolution that's transforming watch into smartwatch is also bringing the microchip to sports gear, with fascinating results. Smart rackets, smart basketballs, smart bike helmets, even a smart music-and-dance composer augment your workout with real-time feedback and advice that was...

  • Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work
    Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work

    To keep your New Year's fitness resolutions, anything will do. Strength or aerobic, it doesn't matter, as long as you get moving. Here's some easy, effective and fun ways to jump-start your 2015 exercise plan.

  • Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold
    Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold

    We're a little arrogant about our fitness here in Southern California. While millions of other Americans bundle up against the Arctic chill blasting a swath of the country, we happily keep on cycling and running and skating in shorts and tank tops. But now it's December; nighttime temperatures...

  • Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track
    Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track

    Do you need to be coerced into working out by paying a non-compliance fine? Would you like to find a cool mountain-bike route on your business trip to Milwaukee next week? Or how about running with a music mix automatically synchronized to your pace, or having a yoga instructor come to your house...

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