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With spring in full swing, what's the latest fitness gear that has caught our attention? 

Adidas hits the gym

If the gym is your second home, you might be interested in Adidas’ newly updated adipure 360 trainers. We’ve spend some time with these recently and if it’s a low weight, highly flexible trainer you are after, then this is it.

They are comfortable, easy to slip on and come with a mono-tongue construction so that the tongue doesn’t slide to the side. We’re slightly concerned about the Techfit plastic print on the body since it seems like it can wear off easily, while those looking to hit the road afterwards should also browse elsewhere, since these adipure 360s are not built for running.

But if you’re weight training or squeezing in a Twentyfour session, the new 360 is a good choice. RRP: R1 000.

TomTom goes tracking

We enjoyed running with the TomTom Nike+ SportWatch, but now TomTom is going solo with its new Runner and Multi-Sport GPS watches. Both the Runner and Multi-Sport feature a thin 11.5 mm design and one button control that makes it easier to scroll through the menus while sweating on the road.

The Multi-Sport further breaks out a cadence sensor, altimeter and a dedicated bike mount. Starting from R2 000 (Runner) and R2 900 (Multi-Sport) come mid-October.

Puma now in app game too

With Nike and Adidas having solid apps available to runners for a while now, Puma is playing catch-up with its new Pumatrac app.

Puma believes that the app is “designed to motivate athletes to get out the door and discover ways to get the most out of a workout,” although from what we’ve seen it hasn’t got the legs to compete against Nike+ or Runkeeper.

It’s available for Apple devices only, with Android being in development.

iSport Victory for monster training sessions

Monster’s range of iSport earphones are now available locally, competing against the excellent Sennheiser sport range for audiophile athletes’ attention. The iSport Victory is the top of the range, with SportClip earhooks to keep it from slipping out and OmniTip buds to make it fit snugly.

Monster notes that the Victory boasts total noise isolation, which might not be the best idea while hitting a busy road when out training. R2 000 bags you a pair of these.

Article first appeared in TechSmart 121, October 2013. 

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