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21 Cool Gadgets That Every Runner Could Use

You were born to run, but this gear will help you out.

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One of the best things about running is that you pretty much just need a pair of shoes to be able to go out for a run. But there's a bunch of cool gear that'll make your run even better.

1. Pacebands

Knowing what your splits should be is really important if you're trying to run a certain time — especially for longer distances. These bracelets, available in a wide range of distances and goal times, save you the trouble of memorizing every split or trying to do the math on the fly.

4. A multipurpose ID bracelet

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It's usually a pretty good idea to run with some form of ID on you in case disaster strikes. While there are simpler ways to do it, this ID bracelet is made of paracord stringing, and can be used as a tourniquet or rope in case of an emergency. It can also double as a replacement shoelace in case of a much less serious emergency.

5. Arm Warmers

If you've never used them, arm warmers might seem kinda unnecessary but they're perfect for chilly fall days that don't quite merit an entire extra layer. Plus, if you decide you're too hot, they're much easier to take off and hold on to than a full-fledged running jacket. There are much fancier pairs, but these simple ones from Asics do the job.

7. Ion

While most running shoes and a lot of jackets have reflective strips on them, you can never be too visable to cars while running when it's dark out. This Canadian company offers reflective strips in a variety of designs that you can iron onto almost any piece of clothing. They do customized designs too!

12. Transition and Seat Wrap

This towel is multipurpose. It's got a built-in belt so you're less likely to expose yourself when changing in or out of your running shorts in public, and it's big enough to cover your car seat after a run. Few things are as gross as a sweat-soaked leather car seat.

16. Salomon S-Lab Light Jacket

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Super lightweight jackets like this one are beloved by trail runners because they block wind and rain in a pinch, but can curl up into a tiny ball when they're not needed. Trail runners have nicknamed them "condom jackets," but you, uh, don't have to call them that.

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