5 pieces of running technology on test

1/ Jaybird RUN headphones

Unlike many wireless Bluetooth headphones on the market, which feature a dangly wire between each earbud, the RUN headphones from Jaybird are absolutely, 100% wire-free. The earbuds come with four ear-fins and four tips so you can ensure they fit snugly in your ears – a must, as the buds are a tad heavier than the standard wired headphones. When it comes to storage and charging, the RUN headphones have both covered in their charging case, a small pod that fits easily in a pocket or handbag. Sound geeks will also enjoy the Jaybird app, which allows users to adjust the bass and treble levels of their music. Easy to set up and with great sound quality, these feel like the headphones of the future.

£169.99, Jaybird


2/ Huawei Watch 2 SPORT

For those struggling to decide between a running watch and a smartwatch, the Huawei Watch 2 SPORT is a mighty fine option. This cutting-edge device has its very own 4G connection, meaning you can access the internet on the go without needing your phone with you. Powered by Android Wear, you can download apps such as Strava and Outlook onto the watch, plus play music using the Google Play Music function (though it’s worth noting that Spotify requires you to have your phone on you).

Due to large number of apps and different functions the interface is a tad more complicated than your average running watch, and its touchscreen functionality can be fiddly on the run. However, its GPS tracking is accurate (it performed brilliantly when tested against a Garmin 735XT) and its auto stop/start function is spot on – plus, it’s smart enough for the office.

£379, Amazon


3/ Garmin Vivosport tracker

While Garmin have made activity trackers for a while, their new Vivosport model is more runner-friendly than ever before. With built-in GPS and auto stop/start for outdoor runs, plus a strength training mode to count reps and sets and a swimming mode, the Vivosport has race and cross-training needs covered.

A wrist-based heart rate monitor tracks your pulse while you exercise, and also measures your heart rate variability to provide ‘stress tracking’ based on this – though one criticism is that the Vivosport doesn’t pair with a chest strap HRM, which would provide more accurate measurements during exercise. That aside, this is a brilliant multi-purpose fitness tracker.

£169.99, Garmin


4/ Upright GO

It’s no secret that bad posture translates to bad running form, so those of you with desk-based jobs may find the Upright GO posture training device a useful gadget to prevent screen-slouch. The small pod sticks to your upper back and vibrates to alert you when you’re slouching – annoying, but effective.

You can carry out training sessions with the device, where you practise sitting with good posture for increasing lengths of time, or simply use it for tracking with all data being sent to its smartphone app via Bluetooth. While it’s important that runners focus on all aspects of their posture, such as pelvic tilt, the Upright GO is a great product to help you overhaul your upper body position.

£79.99, Upright

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5/ Million Mile Light

When people make products that are there to make the world a better place (or at least offset some of the damage done), it’s always tough to review them as from a moral stand point they’ve already got you on side. This is the case for the Million Mile Light; a battery free light that using the movement of running to power itself, making you more visible during those dark winter months.

It keeps you safe, saves the environment and saves you money. So far so good. Using magnets and other engineering bits that we don’t quite understand, each jiggle illuminates the 4 LEDs on the light. These aren’t torches. You won’t light your path home if you get lost in the dark but the way that the light reacts to movements is very effective in making you more obvious to others when on the move. They’re very lightweight too.

£22, Battery Free

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