Misfit's Flash Is a $50 Fitness Tracker That Packs a Punch

We first wrote about Misfit Wearables' first activity tracker, the Misfit Shine, back in 2012. Not only did it look absolutely gorgeous, but it never needed charging, and it was waterproof. It had some flaws, but for 100 bucks, it wasn't bad. Well Misfit's second wearable, the Flash, is here, and it just undercut its… » 9/16/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Garmin Fenix 2 Watch Review: Jack of All Trades, Master of Many

The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing... well, just about anything outdoors. It's not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it's for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good news is… » 9/10/14 2:02pm 9/10/14 2:02pm

Garmin's Vivosmart Is a Fitness Tracker With Smartwatch Tendencies

When last we checked in on Garmin's fitness trackers early this spring, we saw the Vivofit present some good ideas but ultimately fall short of being a good product. Well here comes take two: The Vivosmart, which packs in the good stuff of an activity tracker, plus the notifications of a smartwatch. It definitely… » 9/04/14 7:00am 9/04/14 7:00am

Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Clothing Will Protect Cyclists From Road Rash

Donning a full suit of motorcycle leathers for your morning bike ride to work is probably overkill, but cyclists can still be subjected to road rash should they fall while wearing less-than-protective gear. So athletic gear manufacturer Scott is developing shorts and jerseys strategically reinforced in key areas using… » 8/28/14 4:14pm 8/28/14 4:14pm

The Vyper Hands-On: This Vibrating Foam Roller Is Freaking Incredible

It's no secret that foam rollers have been a key part of physical therapy for years. Athletes use them not only to heal from injury, but also to increase flexibility before training and to speed recovery after strenuous exercise. The Vyper is the first foam roller to add vibration to the equation though, and holy… » 8/27/14 11:22am 8/27/14 11:22am

The Beef Jerky-Potato Chip Hybrid Is Real, and We Taste-Tested It

When we first wrote about Cherkees—the beef jerky potato chip hybrid—we called it "the pinnacle of human innovation." Granted, we may have gotten slightly carried away, but the concept of getting our required daily dose of jerky and chip simultaneously? What an amazing time-saver! Unfortunately, delays plagued these… » 8/19/14 12:20pm 8/19/14 12:20pm

Sony SmartBand SW10 Review: Swings For the Fences, Misses By a Mile

In the great pantheon of activity trackers (and it's quite a crowded pantheon at this point), there are those that focus on style, those that focus on metrics, and those that focus on bells and whistles. And then there's Sony's new SmartBand SW10, whose modest ambition is simply to track every little thing you do… » 6/13/14 3:20pm 6/13/14 3:20pm

The Science of Losing Belly Fat

A quick internet search will yield countless claims of ways to remove the unwanted fat from around your mid-section. From over-hyped diet pills promising to reduce levels of cortisol to cutting-edge workouts. The truth is that there is no scientifically proven diet pill or exercise that will specifically target your… » 5/21/14 6:15am 5/21/14 6:15am

Bike to Work Day is Coming Up: A Newbie's Guide To The Cycle Commute

If you're a regular rider, you're already familiar with the soul-lifting thrill of spending some quality time in the open air before after the daily grind: heart beating, blood pumping, sweat gently flowing, and the world flying by your handlebars. If you're not—and we've all been there!—it can be a little… » 5/07/14 4:00pm 5/07/14 4:00pm

Happy Trails: How a Record-Holding Long-Distance Hiker Plans Her Trips

The warming weather and lengthening days are luring hikers to long trails—some to very long trails. This week, the first of the few hundred hikers who attempt to complete the Pacific Crest Trail each summer begin heading to the Mexican border to start their 2,663-mile journey to Canada. » 4/24/14 3:00pm 4/24/14 3:00pm

An Insanely Detailed Map of Where People Bike and Run Around the World

Earlier this year, Nathan Yau visualized some of the world's most popular running routes, but with a fairly limited data set. But the information logged to Strava provides a wildly detailed map of people's workouts across the entire planet—and now you can explore it to your heart's content. » 4/24/14 8:00am 4/24/14 8:00am

Garmin's Edge 1000 May Be the Smartest Bike Computer Yet

While the phones in our pockets have been getting smarter and smarter at an alarming rate, bike computers (despite having the word "computer" right in their name) have been lagging way behind. But as sensors, radios, and chips have shrunk smaller and smaller, we've seen more and more intelligence come to the… » 4/09/14 7:00am 4/09/14 7:00am