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MP3 players may have changed the way we work out, but who hasn't gotten the wires tangled and watched her Nano go flying? To the rescue: Exercise gear that seamlessly incorporates the gizmo in strategically placed pockets, so you can get through your workout with free hands. A few of our faves:
For the time-pressed: Mari Dade's super-flattering emerald bootcut iPod Pant features an iPod-size hip pocket that's great for the gym or the street. ($93, maridade.com for locations)
For super-cold days: Jansport's ultra-hip water-resistant Women's Wired Puffer with removable faux-fur trim boasts a special outer chest pocket that allows you to control your MP3 player without removing gloves or unzipping. ($224.99, jansport.com for locations)
For cardio-machine queens: The Nike+ Seamless Cap-Sleeve Top features an iPod Nano-size front pocket and user-friendly headphone holes that let you work up a sweat without getting wound up in wires. ($65, at nike.com)
For hopelessly devoted runners: Brooks's wind- and waterproof LSD (Lightweight Shelter Device) Jacket weighs a mere 3.1 ounces and easily folds into its own handy carrier pouch. It features a front pocket for your MP3 player, so you can easily crank up the volume when the going gets tough. ($85, at specialty running stores or brooksrunning.com)
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, December 2006.