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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.

    2. The Stick / Via

    The Stick is a godsend for sore legs after a long run or tough workout. It's great for getting the lactic acid out of your tired legs, or for loosening up before a race.

    3. Yaktrax

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    Don't let winter limit you to a treadmill for three months! But don't fall on your ass either! Yaktrax attach themselves to your running shoes to give you some much-needed grip on icy or snowy roads and trails.

    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

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    Asics /

    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.

    6. Re-String It

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    Losing the drawstring on your favorite pair of running shorts can be a horrendous pain to fix. This gizmo makes it a lot easier.

    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!

    8. Knuckle lights

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    If you want to go a step beyond reflectors to be seen (and help yourself see), these LED knuckle lights will do the trick. Plus, you'll probably feel a little bit like Iron Man.

    9. Foam roller

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    Rolling against this big foam log after a run hurts so good. It's less portable than The Stick, but it can hit different muscles to prevent injury and soreness.

    10. Rundies

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    Everyone could use more underwear and these cheeky briefs will help you keep track of your workout schedule.

    11. Stretch rope


    A good rope opens up a whole new world of stretches, making sure you're as loose as possible after a good workout.

    12. Transition and Seat Wrap

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    Orange Mud /

    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.

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    These cool shirts by Viewsport are meant to get gross and sweaty, as they reveal a secret, usually inspirational message when they get wet.

    14. Body Glide

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    Bodyglide /

    Chafing is one of the worst things that can happen to a runner. So don't let it happen.

    15. Cool Towel

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    After you get these towels wet and snap them a couple times, they become cool, which is exactly what you need after a long hot run. They unfortunately don't get icy cold, but they offer a little easy and portable relief.

    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.

    17. Shower Wipes

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    When you've got to squeeze a run into the middle of the afternoon, these portable wipes can help make it so you're not grody for the second half of the day.

    18. The FlipBelt

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    The FlipBelt is an easy way to store your keys, iPod, or pretty much anything else you'd need to bring along on a run.

    19. Recovery sandals

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    Running can be murder on your feet. These sandals absorb more impact than traditional flops, so they're an ideal casual recovery footwear.

    20. Shwings

    Will these actually help your run in any way? Probably not, but just look at 'em! If Hermes and The Flash can run fast with winged boots, you should too!

    21. Drinking glasses

    After a tough run, you deserve it, and why not enjoy a drink out of a glass that lets everyone know what's up? What is a beer or two but a little bit of extra carbo loading anyway?

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