Patagonia Capilene Cool Merino Shirt ($ 59)
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This wool-polyester top is cooler on the skin than its fully synthetic top and is so absorbent that our tester stayed dry even on the longest, hottest runs and bike rides. Unlike some merino shirts, it did not lose its shape or color after being washed several times.
Protekt Primer Workout Supplements ($ 40)
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Our bodies felt less sore after cardio sessions when we drank water with these watermelon-flavored tablets added during exercise. They contain vitamin C and BCAAs, which help delay muscle fatigue.
Saucony Ride 14 running shoes ($ 130)
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With 9.9 ounces, a 32-millimeter heel stack, and an 8-millimeter heel-to-toe slope, the Ride 14 provided firm cushioning that was easy on our knees during the long training weeks on the sidewalk.
Lululemon More Miles Active Backpack ($ 128)
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Lululemon’s elegant 17 liter bag holds more than it looks. Outer mesh bags swallow socks and shoes, and a large inner pocket with a top loader fits for changing clothes and everyday items. An internal water bladder pocket is handy for hiking.
Ten Thousand Interval Shorts (starting at $ 58)
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A four-way stretch poly-spandex upper makes the interval shorts ideal for weightlifting and leg-intensive sessions. We love the 5-inch stride length with the optional liner that never bunched up, caught or chafed during our most sweaty HIIT laps.
Aloha Plant-Based Protein Drink ($ 15 for four)
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Of all of the high protein foods we tried, this was the only one that made us look for more. Aloha’s herbal powder doesn’t have the bitter, medicinal taste sometimes found in recovery shakes. The coconut flavor contains 18 grams of protein per serving, so you can recharge your batteries after strenuous workouts.
CamelBak Tritan Renew Eddy + water bottle ($ 15)
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In a world dominated by stainless steel ships, the Tritan Renew line is refreshingly simple. It’s light, made from 50 percent recycled plastic and has a flip-up straw for easy sipping between sentences.
Saxx Hot Shot boxer shorts ($ 38)
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This exercise underwear was the most breathable in our test. Thank you for the panels made of extremely moisture-wicking polyester-elastane mesh along the back and inner thighs.
Main photo: Inga Hendrickson