America's Healthiest Fitness Buys 2009

We tested workout gear from gadgets to running shoes to gym bags. Here are the best.

Brian Henn
If your exercise routine is a little routine, maybe it's time to upgrade your gear. We've done the heavy lifting for you: Health tested hundreds of workout helpers—from clothing to shoes to gadgets—to find the best gear to help you reach your fitness goals. Our expert judges (meet them here) whittled the list down to an exclusive top-24 must-haves. So get moving with the best stuff around!


Best jacket: Lucy Breakaway Jacket ($88) This lightweight nylon-and-spandex jacket wicks away moisture (dries quickly, too), feels buttery-soft, and fits great. Wear it on a power-walk or bike ride, or to and from Pilates. Apparel judge Jessica Matthews especially loves the zippered pockets on the front and back.

Best pants: Athleta Organic Salamba Pant ($69) Soft, comfy, and breathable—thats why youll love these organic cotton pants. They fit well on any body type, especially around the hips and rear. Judge Matthews marvels, “They even help lift your derriere!”


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Best bra: Brooks Sports PR Bra Top ($40) Breathable and supportive (up to a C-cup), this polyester-and-spandex bra has a thick band that keeps it in place no matter how active you are. Matthews loves the cool-you-down mesh side panels and the fact that this top is cute enough to wear alone.

Best shorts: Pearl Izumi Aurora Low Rise Short ($40) These polyester-and-spandex shorts are a supercomfy choice for everything from yoga to running. The fabric lets air through to keep you dry, and the low-rise style is incredibly flattering.

Best top: New Balance NBx Burnout Tee ($45) So lightweight, youll forget youre wearing it, this T-shirt is made of fast-drying and cooling mesh with UV protection—great for high-intensity outdoor activities.

Best bar: PowerBar Energize Citrus Fruit Smoothie ($1.25 per bar) Great-bar alert! This tasty one is high in energy-producing carbs, packs a good amount of protein, and is low-fat—the perfect blend for staying pumped during a long workout.

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Taylor Dahl, Jacquelyne Froeber, and Josh Rutledge
Last Updated: June 22, 2009

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