Activity Trackers

I like to think of myself as a minimalist. I hate carrying extra stuff when I’m running, whether in my hand or on my back. I still wear shirts, tights, and jackets that I’ve had for 15 years, and I’m one of those snobs who scoffs at wearing headphones on a run. But that doesn’t…

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My favorite piece of running gear isn’t a perfectly fitting pair of shoes or a well-worn race T-shirt. It’s my running watch. My first running watch was the Timex Ironman: cheap, beautiful in its simplicity, and ubiquitous. A survey of wrists at an early 1990s high school cross-country meet would’ve revealed a lot of trademark…

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I detail the realities of survival situations in the current issue of AMC Outdoors—Are Your Survival Skills Ready for Real Life?—including the essential gear that I recommend carrying to deal with a potential life-or-death scenario in the backcountry. These include a large, heavy-duty garbage bag for making an emergency survival poncho; fire-making equipment, including a…

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If you’ve ever fantasized about upgrading your vision to Terminator-level processing power, the Recon Jet offers a first step toward your future cyborgian self. The Jet is a pair of sunglasses with a heads-up display unit in the lower portion of the right lens. Designed with active users in mind (runners, cyclists, etc.), the display…

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With new Apple watches and whiz-bang wearable devices that monitor your daily activity, you could spend hundreds on devices and programs to stay fit. Or you could just reach for your smartphone—all at once it can be your personal trainer, calorie counter, and route log, as long as you download the right apps. These five…

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Wearable technology is all the buzz in the tech world at the moment. Wrist devices like the Nike Fuel Band are currently making the deepest run into the mass market, but there’s a nascent and potentially much greater development underway: smart fabrics. Simply put, smart fabrics contain tiny flexible sensors and conductive yarns that can…

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You have likely heard of Google Glass, the futuristic, Internet-connected eyewear created by the search engine giant. Thing is, that’s just the highest profile example of a technology soon to appear in the world of outdoor recreation. This spring, Recon Instruments is releasing the Recon Jet, a pair of augmented reality sunglasses that displays real-time…

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