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Associate Reviews Editor-in-chief Adrienne considers Garmin’s Forerunner Series the best smartwatch for runners in her guide to the best fitness trackers. The Forerunner 245 HR has built-in GPS to track your runs, and the battery will last up to seven days.
Garmin’s relatively new Venu Sq has overtaken longtime champ – the Fitbit Versa – as the recommended entry-level fitness tracker in the $200 segment of the market. It scored 8/10 and won a WIRED Rec Recommendations Award for its rich list of features, including accident detection, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen monitoring.
Bicycles and accessories
Cycling can be gear-intensive, especially if you use your machine as a commuter or commuter. Check out our guides to the best bike locks, best bike accessories, and best Ebikes.
Propella is my favorite budget ebike for all those I’ve tested on WIRED. The components are high-quality, the bike weighs 37 pounds—that’s light for an e-bike—and its looks don’t scream “ebike.” Review editor Parker Hall gave it an 8/10 and a WIRED Recoses Award in his review of the very similar V3.2 model last year.
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I gave the more expensive Freedom X model 7/10 in my review for its good looks, stronger-than-usual acceleration, and low weight of 39 pounds. The Freedom 2 has all of those things, but without the torque sensor and built-in LCD. Both are good models, but between the two I recommend you save $200 and go for Freedom 2.
The Street is a sharp looking helmet for those who don’t want to look like a weekend racer. Many Nutcase helmets now come with a MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact System). It’s padding inside the helmet allows for some rotation to absorb energy and reduce the risk of rotational brain injury. The Nutcase Vio is also $120 ($30 off). It has 360 degrees of LED light coverage for those of you who don’t have (or want to) install bicycle headlights and taillights.
Arkel has a full line of bags that can be attached to the big shelves, from the carry-on laptop to the grocery shopper. All of them use Arkel’s premium attachment system which prevents the bag from shifting and flopping while riding. These Canadian-made bags are very expensive, so take advantage of this rare sale.
Camping and hiking deals
Swing by our wide range of hiking and camping guides, like all the gear you need to start hiking, the best camping stoves, the best tents, and a gift guide for the outdoors.
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Cutting wood towering over a fire is a lot of fun, but finding plenty of dry wood takes serious time. Solo Stove requires less wood than an open fire and burns more fully, and allows fewer sparks to deflect, which is an important consideration if you’re setting it up in a backyard or a campground that’s prone to wildfires. Assistant Commentary Editor Parker Hall fell in love with the Yukon’s older model.
Canister stoves may be locked into the market for ease of use, but white liquid-fueled gas stoves like the WhisperLite offer more versatility, especially internationally, where isobutane canisters are less available. The WhisperLite is a quieter (but not ultra-quiet) version of the esteemed MSR’s dependable camp stove.
Titanium is a stalwart at the same time, and because of its often high price tag, it serves as a springboard in the hiking community. For about $50, this deal on a Titan Kettle from MSR offers lightweight cookware within the slightly cheaper (but heavier) steel range. The Titan kettle is thicker and sturdier than the (also awesome) competitors Evernew and Toaks.