America's Healthiest Fitness Buys 2009

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


Brian Henn, Manfred Koh

Best gym bag: Timbuk2 Arnold ($120) Slim and durable, this bag has roomy end pockets and a vented shoe area to keep your kicks separate. Elastic top pockets and an inner organizing pocket/computer sleeve take you from work to the gym.

Best reflective device/light: GoMotion Sport Runner Litebelt ($79.95) You can widen and direct the beam from the embedded front light, plus it has a flashing rear taillight, reflective trim, and two small zip-up pockets.

Best hydration: Camelbak Podium ChillJacket Insulated Bottle
($12) The innovative self-sealing bite valve traps fluids in the bottle. Plus, insulation keeps your drink cool. Works with cup holders, bike cages, and hydration belts.

Best pedometer: Timex Fitness Tracker ($90) Found: a wrist wrap that tracks calories, distance, and steps via a wireless pod you wear on your waist. Judges Therese Iknoian and Michael Hodgson love the simplicity of seeing your step count just by glancing at your wrist.

Best watch: Highgear Axio Mini ($125) This lightweight watch, designed for women, wowed our gear judges with its excellent fit. It features a thermometer, barometer, altimeter, and multiple alarms to monitor hydration, altitude, and more.

Manfred Koh

Best trail running: Oboz Ignition II ($95) Inside, a stretch-mesh bootie molds to your foot; outside, a stable “cage” keeps your foot in place. These comfy shoes also offer top traction and stability on dry, wet, or rocky trails.

Best light hiking: Teva Aniso eVent ($100) Ideal for short and long hikes, these shoes have excellent traction and stability, in addition to great cushioning and arch support. The seamless waterproof, breathable upper keeps your feet dry in all conditions.
Manfred Koh

Best walking: Rykä Muse ($70) Firm but well-cushioned, these shoes boast ample toe room and great arch support. Kudos, too, to the breathable mesh top. Plus, theyre deep enough to hold an orthotic insert.

Best running: Asics Gel-Kayano 15 ($140) Lightweight yet supportive, stable but not bulky, these shoes are ideal for runners looking for good, cushioned motion-control. The odor-free sock liner and stretchy-mesh toe area are nice bonuses.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2009

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