The hot topic at the recent Interbike show in Las Vegas was the new e-bikes. We review models from Haibike, Pedego and BESV, and a conversion kit from BionX.
Hiking gear reviews: For an all-day hike, a backpack/camera bag, a speedy filtration system, a mini-speaker and a sun-protection hat that can come in handy.
Mind and Body: Resistance ropes, clubs and disks help you work up a sweat while swinging, stretching and pounding your way to strength and flexibility.
Gear: Digital fitness product reviews of Pumatrac running app, Runtastic Adventure app, Pure Move iPhone armband, Milestone Fitness Tracker.
Gear: Tech tools can provide data to keep you fit, or at least aware of your health. New products include the Wellness FX diagnostic service, Omegawave Personal chest strap, Strava Cycling and Run apps, and Bowflex Boost tracking bracelet.
Running shoes: Armed with radical new cushioning technology, these running shoes will take you where you want to go — up ropes, across mud lakes or for a 'barefoot' run.
For bicyclists, the wheels of invention keep turning. Reviews of the BananaHama, Pinarello Dogma XC 9.9 29er, Jamis Commuter 4 and Specialized Turbo bikes.
Tennis rackets: Putting the Wilson Steam 99S, Babolat AeroPro Drive, Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro and Prince EXO3 Warrior 100 to the test.
Home gyms: The Inspire BL1 Body Lift, Inspire PT1 Power Tower, Torque H2 and Precor S3.15 are home gyms that offer a range of exercises without taking up much space.
Winter weather footwear can keep you jogging through to spring. Reviewed: Vibram FiveFingers Lontra, Asics Gel-Arctic 4 WR, New Balance MT110 and Adidas Clima Tempest M.
Wheeled devices can turn a workout into an exhilarating ride. Some of the latest include Sk8pole, Fliker Free Style Rider, Kimatek SkiMotion and Inventist Orbitwheel.
Review of exercise equipment that updates standard routines by adding a ball. Reviewed are the SKLZ Core Push-Up Instability Strength Trainer, the BodyCraft T3 Life Tree, the Rock 360 Rolling Core Kinetics and the Ugi at Home System.
With gas prices high, more people are biking to work. Options include everything from high-end electric-assist bikes to bare-bone models, all with fast-rolling 700C road-bike wheels, upright positioning and clever convenience and safety features.
Bike computers get better and more complex every year. The trick now becomes simplifying the experience. Four new models offer tons of data at different prices, from Wahoo Fitness, Garmin, Cannondale and Timex.
Innovative new bicyles are nothing short of sculpture on wheels. And unlike a lot of artsy inventions that are good only for mounting on a wall, these two-wheeled wonders not only work but also offer some functional capabilities not seen on bikes with the century-old diamond-shaped frame.
Going to the beach can be even more fun with these three games and a multi-tasking towel. Reviewed: Speedminton Fun Set, TowelMate Ultimate Beach Towel, Pacific Sports Smashball, Coop Nitro Football.
A new crop of stationary cardio exercise machines has livened up the indoor workout world. Reviewed are a bike with an iPad holder, the energy-generating EcoMill, a side-motion adjustable elliptical and a leaning stationary bike.
The barefoot-inspired minimalist tide is bringing out more compeition. As footwear companies experiment, they're adding cushioning and enclosures and trying to broaden the appeal to cross-training.
The serious athlete is a picky fellow or gal, normally quite unwilling to delegate the critical task of shopping for high-tech training gadgets to mere holiday well-wishers. But the stuff here is disappointment-proof.
Getting out in nature can offer an escape from the modern world, but that doesn't mean techie innovations should be left at home. If you want to get there or get back faster and safer, these lightweight devices can help.
Reviewed: Modula Instant Heart Rate app, Medicom MP4 Medical Identification Wristband, LifeTrac Mobile Protector, Bion Blink heart rate monitor
When a Mayo researcher developed a $4,000-plus treadmill for desk workers, along came a host of lower-cost, move-while-you-work accessories. Some of the best are reviewed here.
Reviews of AlignMed Posture Shirt, Outlier 4Season OG pants and Blazed Cotton Pivot Sleeve Shirt, REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips and CW-X Revolution Tight.
Makers of bike racks claim that the tough economy has encouraged more people to take up healthy, inexpensive activities like cycling. These innovative new bike carriers are loaded with convenience and security features.
As the minimalist tide sweeps across the running world, a battle rages for the soul of trail running shoes: Thin, low-profile padding versus regular cushioning.
Adding dynamic movement to strength exercises is a good thing, forcing your body to balance, coordinate and challenge a wide range of muscle groups at once. Here are some dynamic new fitness products that encourage creativity and enhance workouts for exercisers of all ages and abilities.
A look at four new hiking boots: the Tecnica Cyclone II Low GTX MS, the Columbia Shastalavista Mid Omni-Tech, the Garmont TXT Tactical CrossTrainer and the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra.
For triathlon training, every second counts. Here are reviews of the Scott T2 Pro hatchback shoe, ArmourBite Performance Mouthwear, the oval Rotor Q-Rings for the bike and the HED Third Brake Lever.
Designed to handle long recreational or commuter rides without leaving body parts aching, the bike keeps a road bike's fast 700C wheels and gearing but replaces the drop bars and aggressive hunched-over position with a mountain bike's straight, higher handlebar and relaxed, upright body positioning.