Cool New Products From CES 2017

Suunto
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Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

Expanding on the Spartan line, the Sport is thinner and lighter, but is still a powerful touchscreen smartwatch. To save space and size, the watch sacrifices a barometric altimeter and instead relies on GPS to give you an elevation reading (like most running watches). The Sport Wrist HR gets an optical heart-rate monitor built by Valencell, a biometric instrument maker, ensuring extreme accuracy. $599, suunto.com

Arion
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Arion

This running analysis system uses a pressure-sensing insole to monitor your running form—impact forces, foot strike locations, cadence, and the other little details that make up your running gait. That information is relayed by a small footpod to your smartphone. (That footpod also has GPS built-in, so you can leave the phone behind and still track your run.) If you run with your phone or smartwatch paired to headphones, the device’s companion app will give you cues on how to change your form. Unlike being overly prescriptive like some other devices we’ve seen, Arion gives you five levels like “very far away” from your target zone, so it’s easily understood by runners of all levels. ato-gear.com 

Halo Sport
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Halo Sport

They look like an ordinary pair of Beats headphones, but there’s a series of motor cortex-stimulating electrodes along the inner edge of the headband. Worn for a 20-minute session before your workout, these stimulate your brain—it excites your motor neurons for about an hour and speeds up the muscle memory process—so you can respond better to the physical training to come. $699, haloneuro.com

Aftershokz
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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium 

Safety rules. These Bluetooth-enabled headphones use bone conduction to send sound waves through bones at your temples, leaving your ears completely uncovered when out on a run or working out in the gym. This means you can hear cars and other potential hazards around you when running on open roads. The lightweight titanium construction is comfortable to wear and stays put when bouncing down the road. $130, amazon.com

Sensoria
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Sensoria Smart Sock 2.0

A stretchy athletic sock with built-in pressure sensors to measure landing forces, which in turn could help you improve running form. The second iteration of this device gets upgrades in sock quality with thinner, stretchier fabric, plus a smaller communication pod that can also be attached to a new smart shoe built in partnership with Vivobarefoot. $199, sensoriafitness.com

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