The fully waterproof Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker has integrated "tear-resistant" flexible rubber strap, which you can use to clip the speaker onto a bag or just about anything else you want to clip it onto, including your bike's handlebars. For its tiny size, it delivers impressive sound.
The follow up to DribbleUp's Smart Basketball is a Smart Soccer Ball with an augmented reality spin. It pairs with an app (and camera) on your iOS or Android phone to track juggling and feed you interactive drills to help increase your dribbling skills and footwork.
The ball comes with a cheap tripod to position your phone in front of you, but the training exercises work best if you can also connect your phone to a TV in front of you.
Sure, you can track your runs with a fitness tracker. But Altra's Torin IQ Smart Shoe has a sensor built into the shoe itself. It not only tracks how far and how fast you've run but also tracks your how your foot is hitting the ground and lets you analyze you stride and improve your running technique.
New for 2017, K2 is making a couple ski boots with USB-rechargeable Thermic heat technology built right into the liners. The Spyne 120 Heat, the higher-end of the two boots (the other is the B.F.C. 100), is geared to more advanced skiers.
Garmin's Vivosmart 3 activity tracker may not have HR in its naming scheme like its predecessors -- the Vivosmart HR and GPS-enabled Vivosmart HR+ -- but it does include a heart monitor with 24-7 monitoring and adds new, smarter features while returning to the slimmer design and hidden display of the original Vivosmart.
Depending on your point of view, you can call Garmin's new Vívosport a high-end activity tracker or an entry-level sports smartwatch.
The Vívosport has a similar feature set to the lower-priced Vívosmart 3 we recently reviewed, but adds GPS and LiveTrack4, a feature that tracks your activity and location in real time and sends alerts to designated friends and family members, telling them where you are on a web-based map. Garmin says the Vívosport is the only fitness band to include this LiveTrack feature.
Like Garmin's other smartwatches and activity trackers, this model is fully waterproof and can be used while swimming. Battery life is rated at up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode.
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Remove the cord from Bose's popular and highly rated SoundSport Wireless earphones and you're left with SoundSport Free, the company's new totally wireless earphones.
They cost more than Apple's AirPods, but the SoundSport Free are true sports headphones and -- despite the higher price -- could prove to be a compelling alternative to the AirPods, particularly for fans of Bose's StayHear+ Sport tips and a semi-open design that doesn't require you to jam the tips into your ears to maximize sound quality.
The BeatsX is a fresh take on the neckband-style wireless headphone that LG popularised with its Tone headsets and has been copied in recent years by an assortment of other companies. As in the past, Apple and Beats haven't reinvented the mousetrap, so to speak, but they have built a better one.
EarlyAfterShokzbone-conduction headphones sounded so bad it was hard to recommend them to anyone. But the company's designs and technology have come a long way and its new Trekz Air is a compelling wireless sports headphone.
In case you don't know what a bone-conduction headphone is, it's one that delivers sound through your cheekbones. That's right, the headphone driver doesn't go in your ears or cover them, it sits directly in front of them, resting on your face.
The big benefit to the technology is that thanks to its open design, you can hear what's going on around you while listening to music or having a phone conversation through the headphone. That openness allows runners and bikers to hear traffic, an important safety feature. Also, some race coordinators don't allow you to wear anything in your ears, which is where a headphone like the Trekz Air comes in handy, particularly for people who need to listen to music while they run.
New to cycling and want to track your rides with a device other than your phone? Check out the Polar M460, a refreshed version of the popular M450 (we reviewed it last year) that adds support for advanced cycling metrics.
The Zepp 2 is the perfect gift for any golf lover. The small sensor attaches to your glove and can measure metrics such as swing speed, vertical angle, backswing and more. All that information is then transmitted over Bluetooth to your Android or iOS device, where you can analyze the data, view a 3D 360-degree visualization of your swing and receive personalized coaching to help improve your game.
Thanks to a licensing deal with Disney, parents can now buy their kids a Vívofit with Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed bands. Characters include Minnie Mouse, BB-8 and Marvel's Captain America, and each band theme offers a corresponding mobile app adventure where children can complete missions to unlock a new character.
The Vívofit Jr. 2 costs more than the original; however, this new model has a color screen while the original had monochrome display.
The Fenix 5, the successor the the Fenix 3 HR (there was no Fenix 4) is the ultimate smart sport watch for the outdoor lover. It's packed full of features and sensors to track a variety of activities. The waterproof design and sapphire-protected display help it handle anything you throw at it. At its price, though, it's only for serious athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.