Essential tech for runners

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If your New Years Resolution is to get fit you can’t go wrong with running – free, effective, easy to progress and good for the mind. So if you’re taking up running this January, check out these gadgets that will help on your way…

You’ve got the perfect pair of running shoes, your new sportswear and an ergonomic drinks bottle you forget you’re even carrying. Is this really everything you need to take up running as a regular hobby? Many runners choose to listen to music while they’re out pounding the pavement or striding along a trail – it helps to keep them engaged, establishes a rhythm and prevents boredom from setting in. Some runners, meanwhile, choose to invest in sports watches – specialised pieces of equipment designed to optimise training, performance and navigation. In this article the Flubit team takes a look at some of the best headphones and sports watches for runners – all available for a bargain price from our expert sellers.

Running headphones

So what makes a good pair of running headphones? Can’t you simply head out to the trail with the earbuds that came with your iPhone? Well, runners will know that standard earbuds and cans simply don’t cut it over a long-distance run. Conventional headphones can become uncomfortable due to the motion of your body while running, while headphone cables get in the way, interrupt your stride and can easily become damaged as you run. A good pair of running headphones, then, will be lightweight, ergonomically designed and wireless – or at least built with a sturdy cable that won’t break after a few 5k runs.

We’ve selected four fantastic running headphones for you to choose from. Jabra’s Sport Plus Bluetooth Stereo Headset is completely wireless, offers unbeatable sound quality and comes with integrated controls that allow you to skip tracks, control volume and even take calls with a simple tap of the headset. Plantronics’ BackBeat FIT Headphones, meanwhile, are sweatproof and allow you to hear the world around you while offering fantastic sound quality. They also come with a reversible armband that can secure your smartphone during a run and stow your headphones when you’re finished. Sony’s Bluetooth Sports Earphones boast a lightweight, ergonomic design and 4.5 hours of battery life, suitable for even the longest runs. If you aren’t a fan of earbuds, however, Philips’ Action Fit Sports Headband is a lightweight pair of traditional can headphones designed with the runner in mind. It’s washable, non-slip and boasts a Kevlar-reinforced cable, but the whole design weighs just 99 grams.

Sports watches

Sports watches are ideal pieces of kit for runners and others with an active lifestyle. A good sports watch will offer GPS tracking functions to help you plan your routes and find your way home when you’re done, track your heart rate to measure the effectiveness of your training and gauge progress and may feature a number of other useful sports apps.

Sports watches can vary drastically in price, with entry-level models offering fewer features than their more expensive counterparts. Magellan’s Echo Smart Watch is an elegant piece of wearable tech that’s designed to withstand knocks, scrapes and splashes. The Garmin Forerunner 220 offers pace and distance tracking functions and is available with or without a heart rate monitor. The Garmin Fenix 2 Multisport Watch is optimised for an array of outdoor activities and boasts comprehensive outdoor navigation capabilities. Finally, the top-of-the-range Garmin Forerunner 620 comes with a full colour touchscreen display and can even measure your run cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time, helping you to improve running form and technique.

If you’re thinking of investing in running tech this year, come to Flubit. We can offer great deals on all of these gadgets and more, so demand a deal from us and find out how much you could save.

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