What are your favorite accessories of 2022 and why? (sunglasses, GPS & Electronics, packs, lights, poles, recovery and injury aids, etc)
Knog lights. The little clip-on front and back lights were great.
Nathan Vests (the Hypernight and the Vapor Air are both excellent vests.
Gnarly Nutrition was a go-to for me this year. I love their Hydrate, they’re Fuel 2.0, the whey protein and the collagen.
I upgraded to the Garmin Fenix 7X this year, and it’s everything I want in a watch. Bulletproof construction and endless battery would be enough – but the little thing I find myself using several times every single day is the flashlight. It’s not the brightest, roughly has the same output as an iPhone flash, but having it mounted on the wrist makes it perfect for the little uses when just a little light in the right spot is everything: fishing cables behind the TV, grabbing something out of the garage, and more. Not kidding I’ve used it several times a day, every single day, since picking the watch up when it launched.
The new COROS POD 2 is quite good at smoothing out paces and routing, especially through areas with GPS coverage. It is a great accessory for people running in urban environments. Downside: it only works with COROS watches.
For another year, I got a lot of use out of and was impressed by the Petzl Swift RL head lamp. It is comfortable, lightweight, bright, and all I could as for in a lighter-weight sport head lamp.
Garmin Forerunner 955 non-solar. It might be that it was an incidental update/upgrade from my faulty Fenix 6 Pro (even my warranty replacement had tracking accuracy issues), but the multi-band GPS, and redesigned activity UX have been small but much welcomed in my running experience.
Coros Pace 2 – Track mode is perfection
Joost de Raeymaeker
I just got the new Stryd in for review and I’ve been a user of theirs since almost the beginning for a reason. This is one of the only pieces of kit I replace immediately when it breaks or gets lost. Not that I’m a power running junkie, but living in a hot and humid place, it makes sense to not go by heart rate and go by Watts. Highly recommended.
I’ve also been an Apple Watch user for the last 5 years or so and I got version 8, which is not much of an upgrade to my older version 6, but battery life is increased and it just works and does everything I want it to. Since I use a Stryd, I’ve been using iSmoothRun (the best iOS running app out there since 2009 or so) and the Stryd app itself intermittently.
Tifosi Swank SL sunglasses. For $25, there’s nothing I’ve found that rivals the quality of these lenses.
Orgain protein powder — easy, delicious post-run nutrition.
Coros Pace 2 -Plenty of running data and features, the battery life is next level.
Coros POD 2-More accurate distance tracking and faster pace updates.
Oakley Sunto Prizm. I use them for running and hiking. Biggest advantage they provide is the facial coverage they offer, protecting your eyes not only from the sun but also wind.
Daniel da Silva
Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, Goodr sunglasses.
Garmin Enduro 2. Finally, amazing battery life on a Garmin watch. Combined with all the functionality, which no manufacturer can match right now, makes it the best GPS watch right now. (battery life: Did the whole 6 day TMB hike without charging it once)
Shokz Open Run Mini: Finally a smaller version of those bone conduction headphones. The headband used to stick out a lot, which made it prone to bouncing at times. With the mini version this is fixed now and it comes on every run now.
Petzl Iko Core: The first lamp with Petzl’s new head strap design. No bounce at all and so comfortable you forget you wear a headlamp. An additional plus, the Core version comes with a rechargeable battery.
Dynafit Ultra Pro Poles. Very similar to my former favorite poles, the Black Diamond Carbon Distance FLZ poles only with improved connection strings of the segments and locking mechanism. (Locking mechanism was updated this year as well on the FLZ poles)
Shokz OpenRun Headphones: I’m late to the game on these but being able to hear traffic and listen to podcasts on slow return-to-running jogs is gamechanging
Knockaround sunglasses: Nothing fancy but these are cheap, don’t fog or scratch, and come in clear which is helpful on the mountain bike
I finally bought a pair of goodr $25 sunglasses. For the price, I can’t imagine buying another brand for running again. I do use a lot of Squirrel’s Nut Butter, and I almost always wear a vest, switching between the Nathan Pinnacle 4L Race Vest and the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 6.0 during 2022.
Petzl Nao RL for amazing brightness, value, battery and weight. Garmin Epix 2 for bright readable amoled screen, battery, accuracy and every feature under the sun. Komperdell poles for quality, sturdiness, weight and easy folding.
LedLenser NEO9R Headlamp: The NEO9R really packs a punch, with 1,200 lumens, all in a reasonable 7.2oz/ 208 gram package. It fits snugly and comfortably on your head and has a really user friendly magnetic charging cable.
Garmin Forerunner 55–everything I need, nothing that I don’t. Tifosi Mira sunglasses–great fit, don’t bounce around, adjustable nose-piece, and they work great in lower light conditions on trails where I have sometimes found other glasses make it difficult to see. OOFOS recovery sandals and slides–outstanding comfort and support for anytime you haven’t got your running shoes on. Lastly, LMNT sports drink–being quite the sweater and with temps over 100 here in the summers, I absolutely love this higher-sodium sports beverage and I hope to see it make even greater headway in 2023.
I’m a big fan of the GU Roctane Recovery Drink – Vanilla Bean. I like the taste that is not too sweet and strongly believe that it helped me recover faster during peak marathon training.
Suunto 9 Peak Pro for GPS. I have a big bias towards the Finnish brand, but their attention to details, sustainability approach, and carefully thought features really resonates with me. Plus I still find their app to be the best for analysis, be it on a specific session or long term with TrainingPeaks load inclusion, and I’m not even talking about the route planner, head and shoulder above the rest.
Wahoo Elemnt Rival has a “je ne sais quoi” that makes me use it far more than the spec sheets might suggest. Maybe the straight to the point approach, easy access to every essential features, no fuss, almost no health tracking (I still co wider this to be so-so, no matter the brand), very curated list of features (I like that, actually, even if that looks anachronistic these days), ability to easily control my trainer, or multisport handover with my bike GPS (also a wahoo device)…it’s GPS is far from the best, I still have unresolved issues (Stryd integration doesn’t work as advertised for more than one year!), but…I really like it.
Oofos sandals are probably my best recovery apparel of the year. I think I’ve spent almost all my time wearing them since early summer. The squishy feeling is a real relief after a hard session.
Salomon Adv. Skin 12: The Adv. Skin series are the best running vests on the market in my opinion; the balance of weight and comfort as well as arrangement of pockets and soft flasks are top notch.
LEKI Ultratrail FX.One Superlite: Outstanding & lightweight carbon poles for the trails; the patented grip system provides optimized power transmission by means of gloves latched into the pole (Trail Shark).
Garmin Epix 2: With the Epix 2, Garmin (finally) brings an AMOLED display and the feature set of the Fenix 7 to the market. If you need an even longer battery life, go for the Fenix 7 or Enduro 2. Especially in terms of navigation features, Epix 2, Enduro 2 & Fenix 7 are currently the benchmark on the market.
Apple AirPods Pro 2: Good sound and significantly extended battery life of up to 5 hours, make the AirPods Pro 2 a very good option even for longer distances and excellent everyday usability.
Garmin Epix (gen 2) & Garmin Enduro 2: Both superb and totally fully featured sport and adventure watches. Epix 2’s AMOLED screen is the best ever in a sport watch- high resolution and any light condition legibility with very strong battery life. Enduro 2 adds yet more battery life, i never think about charging or just about never Enduro 2 has Next Fork a massive continent wide database of most trails and all roads that indicates distance to a next “fork” often named and as a data field without having to look at the map screen or loading a route.
Apple Watch Ultra: at long last an Apple Watch that is both run worthy and usable. About 3 days of battery life vs the prior battery of barely a day and 12-14 hours of GPS tracking life. With its built in cellular, superb apps, and full 2 two way connection to your phone it is now at long last practical for most basic run tracking and for decent length runs.
BioLite 425 headlamp: super light, very comfortable and low profile it has great lighting front with a rear blinker out back.
Camelbak Zeyphr Pro Race Vest: Incredibly full featured and comfortable, the Pro has 2 front zip pockets to go with its flask pockets with reach in the side pockets and small over pockets. Out back there is a stuff mesh pocket and zipper compartment that can hold a reservoir. The vest mesh is 3D and airy and the pockets clothing like soft, a great combination which goes a bit more structure than the clothing like Salomons. Coming 2023.
Smith XC Sunglasses: a “retro shield” 1980’s design. I wear sunglasses over my prescription specs and the XC is the first sunglass that fits over perfectly (and I have tried dozens and dozens) and may in fact be designed just for me (and folks like). Plus the lenses flip up when you don’t need them. Perfect!
Smartwool GoFarFeelGood Runner Cap
I am a total run cap geek, having dozens, and this Smartwool takes a different turn. It is made of a light and stretchy fabric with a super thin extra layer of Merino Sport 150 around the lower rim and up the front of the forehead This is about best “feel good” on the head cap I can recall with the Merino not only providing that comfort but also managing moisture, odors, and temperature super well. Ideal for those winter fall runs where a beanie is too much and I expect it will also be fantastic in warmer temps as well.
Leki Ultratrail FX.ONE Superlite poles – These were a game changer for me, especially in my 100M races. Love the wrist straps and the ability to click in and out easily. Also feels like I can get more power as well as control with each stroke.
Hypervolt Pro 2 – fall 2022 injuries have made a percussion gun a key investment, and this one is fantastic!
Coros Vertix 2. Price and metrics plus amazing battery life.
Stryd Pod. If you want to train with power.
Stamina Pro Patches. Easy to use for ankle pains, back pain and running injuries.
Nuun Hydration. Easy to carry and easy to use for traveling and staying hydrated.
Apple Watch Ultra: This is the year that I felt Apple started targeting the outdoor use case for the Apple Watch more aggressively and specifically. The battery life makes it a much more capable device outdoors, the titanium and sapphire construction is incredibly durable yet still lightweight and comfortable, and the GPS accuracy and screen brightness are improved. The built in workout app and compass app (now with backtrack navigation and waypoints) hasn’t fully caught up to Garmin, but with recent updates to routing, running power, etc, it’s gotten so close that the trade offs are minimal.