The Best New Gear for Summer


18 Fresh Picks for Your Next Run or Ride

Whether you run or ride your bike, count on this new, tested gear to help you power through the miles. While these items are available online, consider shopping local and supporting your neighborhood bike and running store whenever possible.


Smith Uproar Sunglasses

Smith Uproar Glasses

These aren’t your typical running sunglasses. The Uproars feature street styling, grippy nose pads, and polarized, ChromaPop lenses you swap based on conditions. $143

Brooks Dare Run Bra product.

Brooks Dare Run Bra

Get that locked in feeling with a bra designed specifically for running. Uses encapsulation to reduce motion with molded cups that lift and separate your girls. Customize the fit with front-adjustable straps that never dig in. $75

Outdoor Research Women’s Vantage 7/8 Leggings.

Outdoor Research Women’s Vantage 7/8 Leggings

We love leggings that stash it all. The Vantage’s large pockets hold a smartphone, snacks, and even a shell. Plus, the stretchy knit fabric wicks sweat and dries fast on hot days. $89

Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks

Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks

No-show socks are our favorite (no tan lines), but we hate when they slide down into our shoes. The Aspire’s firm compression holds them in place and reduces foot fatigue to keep you running strong. $15

Hoka Arahi 4 Road Shoes.

Hoka Arahi 4 Road Shoes

Hoka’s inventive J-Frame™ stability technology cradles your foot to provide slight, stable overpronation correction, but is revitalized in its fourth iteration with a new lighter weight, more breathable upper. For men and women. $130

UA Hovr Machina Shoes.

UA Hovr Machina Shoes

Ditch smartphone trackers and accurately monitor your stride length, cadence, and distance with a built-in sensor that provides real-time tips. Plus, this fast, new shoe has a racing spike-inspired propulsion plate and stable cushioning for neutral runners. For men and women. $150

Nathan QuickStart Plus Race Vest.

Nathan QuickStart Plus Race Vest

Stay hydrated without bouncy backpacks using this slim vest that holds a 1.5 L hydration bladder, smartphone, nutrition, and extra layers. $70

Nathan VaporHowe Women’s Waistpak.

Nathan VaporHowe Women’s Waistpak

Minimalists rejoice: this super sleek waistbelt doesn’t bounce and includes a soft, 20-ounce water bottle. The front pocket fits your smartphone and a back zippered one holds nutrition essentials or a light jacket. $60

Zealios Race Relief.

Zealios Race Relief

Once the run’s done, rub this cooling formula with 12 natural herbal extracts and 4% menthol. Designed to relive pain, reduce swelling, and speed recovery using natural, healing ingredients. $18

Mountain Biking

Kali Interceptor Helmet.

Kali Interceptor Helmet

Safeguard your noggin’ with this trail-ready helmet designed with more protection for the back of your head, exceptional venting, and enhanced impact resistance. Bonuses like Boa adjustment and built-in light or camera mount enhance its appeal. $180

Clif Coffee Bars.

Clif Coffee Bars

Kickstart your ride with CLIF coffee bars that pair an espresso shot worth of caffeine with vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, and mocha flavors. An easy morning meal—no coffee shop stop required. $18 for 12 bars

Lezyne Connect Smart Pair Bike Lights.

Lezyne Connect Smart Pair Bike Lights

Ride safely after sunset with this front/rear cycling light combo. Sync your front and bike lights and operate both wirelessly with the LED Ally phone app. Once paired, the front light will automatically turn on the back light. Four mode sets let you set the pair to day or night mode. $100

Archer D1x Trail E-shifter System.

Archer D1x Trail E-shifter System

Shift fast and accurately with this affordable system that transforms any mechanical drive train into an e-shifter using your existing components. Fine tune your shifting with the Archer app, and ride confidently thanks to its 80-hour battery run time. $389

Swiftwick Flite XGT Socks.

Swiftwick Flite XGT Socks

This technologically advanced sock features cool technologies like GripDry™ fiber to prevent slipping and AnkleLock™ Technology to support your ankle. Plus improved compression fabric that wicks away sweat. $20

Scott MTB Comp Boa Shoe.

Scott MTB Comp Boa Shoe

Thanks to its Boa® Fit System upper, this clip-in SPD-compatible shoe has a slim, precise fit that delivers solid energy return on technical rides. A reinforced toe box protects from rocks and the rubber outsole grips on loose terrain. $120

Hustle Bike Labs Magnetic Clipless Pedals.

Hustle Bike Labs Magnetic Clipless Pedals

Whether you’re a newbie to clipping in on a mountain bike or looking for quick-release pedals—Hustle’s innovation delivers. Rare Earth Magnets (REM) paired with REMplates mounted to SPD shoes offer a clipped-in feeling but release effortlessly. Expect stronger, more efficient pedal strokes without the chance of your foot getting locked in on sketchy switchbacks. Price TBA

Superfeet Aftersport Recovery Shoes.

Superfeet Aftersport Recovery Shoes

Slip into these cushy slides after running or riding to re-energize your feet with cloud-like cushion and Superfeet’s signature support. Designed to prevent injury and keep your feet feeling fresh day after day. $60

Amp Human PR Lotion.

Amp Human PR Lotion

Ride faster and longer with this acid-neutralizing lotion designed to reduce post-activity muscle soreness and boost lactate levels to fuel your muscles. Made in Utah, the lotion’s secret weapon is sodium bicarbonate, which is shown to help buffer acid without the stomach issues of sipping it in a drink. $35 per bottle


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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