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FITNESS Gear Guide: The Best Running Gear

Battle to the finish line with our head-to-toe top picks for performance running gear.

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Stride Right: The Best Running Shoes

There are as many shoes as there are types of runners, but when it comes to comfort, technology, and performance, it's hard to beat the Asics Gel-Kinsei 3. This shoe sports dual-density foam around the heel collar, a plush upper, and offset lacing to reduce pressure on top. Ah, comfort. ($180, asics.com for stores)

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The Best Running Accessories

Slim Shady
Anatomically shaped to fit a woman's smaller head, the Pearl Izumi Women's Ultra-Lite Visor keeps sun at bay, while the headband wicks away moisture. ($20, pearlizumi.com)

Play It Safe
Create your own electronic Emergency Response Profile, complete with medical info that docs can access via a special code on your Road ID Elite Interactive Bracelet. ($30, roadid.com)

Fluid Motion
On road, trail, track, or treadmill, the FuelBelt H2O Collection keeps water by your side with two 8-ounce bottles. ($40, fuelbelt.com)

Run Free
The Nike Race Day Women's Singlet is so light and sleek, nothing stands between you and the finish line. ($55, nikerunning.com)

Retro Active
While fun stripes on the Saucony Women's PE Revival Shorts bring back old-school styling, looks aren't everything. Breathable and ultrasoft, the microdenier fabric dries quickly, even in the heat. ($34, saucony.com)

Step on It
The latest version of the light, neutral Mizuno Wave Precision 10 provides extra cushioning and support without overwhelming you with too much shoe. ($95, mizunousa.com for stores)

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Hot Pants: The Best Running Shorts

Whether it's the summer sun or your blistering pace that's turning up the heat, super-lightweight, quick-drying Nike Race Day Women's Split Leg Running Shorts will help you fly. ($45, nikerunning.com)

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Top-Notch: The Best Wicking Shirt

The polyester-spandex blend of the Brooks Glycerin T wicks moisture but feels as soft as cotton, and loose-cut sleeves let you pump your arms without chafing. ($38, brooksrunning.com)

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Moving Art: The Best Tank Top

Colorful graphics on the front of the Sugoi Sakura Tank will turn heads, while an interior mesh bra keeps you supported. ($60, sugoi.com)

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Super Sonic: The Best iPod Case

Tired of fidgeting with your iPod holder while you work out? The light, durable material in the Nathan Sonic Boom nano case ensures that the band stays still while you're in motion. ($25, nathansports.com)

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Eye Candy: The Best Running Sunglasses

The no-slip, no-pinch technology of the AdiZero sunglasses by Adidas means these shades sit perfectly still on your nose, even in the stickiest weather. ($160, shopadidas.com)

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Leg Room: The Best Running Shorts

Move with comfort and confidence in New Balance NP shorts, which feature a generous cut around your thighs and a hidden front pocket for your keys. ($25, newbalance.com)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2010.

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hotdogcountry wrote:

Try a flipbelt. Best product I have found hands down. http://www.iphone5cases.com/507/other-iphone-5-accessories/flipping-out-over-the-flipbelt

10/24/2012 02:42:31 PM Report Abuse
deannrose wrote:

Water belts are sloshy/heavy and are a huge pain! If you're doing a 20 miler then I can understand a water belt. A hand-held is much better, or even better planned water stops on your route.

6/28/2010 10:17:05 AM Report Abuse

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