Monday, November 25, 2013

Fitness Gifts that ROCK: Polar, Sketchers & XT46

Workout companions that make great gifts: Polar RC3GPS with Heart Rate Monitor and Sofee Extreme Training XT46 Clothing Line
Cyber Monday! If you are looking for some top flight gifts for cross training and just keeping the pounds off this winter, take a look at this new fitness gear. They can be used indoors or out with a special nod towards being water resistant and cold weather ready. Some even glow in the dark for those gloomy winter nights on the road! Here are some of the top finds of the season:

Polar RC3GPS  with Heart Rate
This wrist worn unit listens to your body and tracks your progress via GPS technology. Easy setup and operation with screen light and intuitive instructions. Keep track of trends over time as well as daily/hourly stats as you upload the data to interface with your laptop via WebSync software.

The Polar RC3 GPS in Red/Orange. This model comes with a Heart Rate Sensor. See more models and features at
Polar RC3 GPS Essential features in one compact package.

  • Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
  • Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
  • Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
  • Running Index scores your performance
  • Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from
  • Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
  • Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on

Soffe XT46 Extreme Training Wear
I like this line for its edgy design and garment details like zippered pockets and weather friendly fabric. These XT46 Cold Weather pieces like the tee below are great for both indoors at the gym and outdoors for roadwork in the elements.

Soffe Cold Weather Battle Ready Tee
Soffe All Weather Training Pants

All Weather Training Pants Features:
• Inside key pocket
• Digital camo inserts and mesh pocket liners show your support for your military branch
• Reflective Soffe Training logo
• 2.5-oz. 100% polyester
• 33"" inset
XT46 All Weather Training Pant Zippered Pocket Detail

Polar Loop Activity Tracker
NEW! This unit is waterproof and non-intrusive enough to be worn throughout the day 24/7. I like the sleek design as you can have your fitness monitoring in stealth mode while doing other things like working or running errands. Has a cool Inactivity Alert and offers a FREE mobile App and web service unlike others that only give you a 30 day trial period. Since it is waterproof, use it for indoor winter fitness activities like swimming.

Polar Loop Activity Tracker Features
For anyone who wants to track their activity 24/7 and get guidance to reach activity goals.

  • Activity Guide helps you stay active all day long
  • Activity Benefit gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity
  • Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day
  • Free guidance with the Polar Flow app and Polar Flow web service
  • Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensors
  • Waterproof

Sketchers Nite Owl GORun Ride 2 Running Shoes 
If you are concerned about nighttime training on dark roads and pathways, take a look at these new athletic shoes from Sketchers. These come in models for both the guys and the girls but they both GLOW in the dark. Crazy right? Yes but really smart. Expose them to sunlight or even a very bright lamp before you go out. One charge lasts for hours. I experimented with mine and they were still glowing at 4 am in the morning!

Nite Owls passively soaking up some rays during the day to glow all night.
Nite Owl Details:

  • Ideal for low light or night runners
  • Photoluminescent technology produces an intense glow effect in low light or darkness
  • Short exposure to any light source causes the shoe to glow in the dark
  • The more powerful the light charge, the greater and longer lasting the glow effect
  • GOimpulse sensors offer traction control and responsive feedback
  • Engineered to promote a midfoot strike
  • Resalyte® cushioning with memory retention
  • Agion® scent protection built in to combat odor
  • 4mm drop keeps the foot in a nearly neutral position
  • Lightweight: 6.1 oz in a women's size 6
  • Breathable 4 way stretch mesh allows for toe splay
  • Custom Fit insole: Wear without insole for a more minimal experience or wear with insole for additional protection and support
Men's Sketchers Nite Owl GORun Ride 2 Running Shoes. See what else is new at

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