Under Armour Speedform Gemini 3 Record-Equipped (£89)
Sometimes, runners just want to sprint free from the faff of fitness bands and smartphones. If this sounds like your free-spirited but data-obsessed friend, get them these: a pair of unisex trainers that come with a Bluetooth foot pod for tracking distance, speed and pace.
Once their wearer is back home, the trainers will automatically fire a record of the workout to the Map My Run app. And, unlike sports watches, you don’t need to charge them either: the sensor will last for the lifetime of the shoes - or around 500 miles of pavement pounding.
Bellabeat Leaf Urban (£139)
Fitness wearables often look like could be part of Alan Partridge’s ‘sports casual’ wardrobe, but not this elegant bit of health-tracking jewellery. The Leaf Urban stealthily monitors its wearer’s step counts, calories burned and sleep thanks to motion sensors and a companion smartphone app.
There’ll be no lost sleep over forgetting to charge it either, as everything is powered by a replaceable coin cell battery that should last around six months. Add water-resistance, a vibrating alarm mode and wireless syncing to the app, and that diamond necklace starts to look pretty dull.
Myzone MZ-3 (£130)
Think heart rate straps are a bit old hat in the age of fitness watches with optical HR sensors? Not so. A chest strap is still by far the most accurate way to do heart rate-based training, and this one goes a step beyond by turning your HR zones into a competitive game.
The MZ-3 measurers your performance across five zones based on your fitness, and awards points based on the intensity of your efforts. Because this acts like a golfing handicap for general fitness, you can compete with people who are far fitter than you, too.
Sol Republic Relays (£22.10)
It’s hard enough finding the right pair of running headphones for your own ears, let alone someone else’s. Thankfully, the sweat-proof Relays are a safe bet for most shell-likes, thanks to an adaptable outer ring that moulds to the shape of your ear. Oh, and they sound great too.
Mobot (From US$39)
If you’ve ever managed to include a foam roller workout in your gym sessions, you’ll know that it’s like chain oil for your muscles. The hardest part (apart from rolling over an agonisingly tight calf) is actually remembering to take one with you to the gym.
That’s where this ingenious bit of convergence comes in: the Mobot is a water bottle combined with a muscle-loosening roller. There’s no connection with Mo Farah, but use it regularly and you might just smash your middle distance PB.
Silva Trail Speed Elite (£95)
Winter runs are exhilarating, but the evening dark also makes parks feel like a terrifying level from Limbo. Here to reveal that, no, that tree isn’t a giant spider and, yes, you are about to collide with a park bench, is this versatile headtorch. It ticks all the right boxes for running: lightweight (162g with battery), fox-startlingly bright (660 lumens with a throw of 90m) and water-resistant.
It’s not just for tarmac trudging, either, with attachments included for mounting it on a helmet or bike handlebars, plus there’s a giant power button for those who simply can’t face the cold without a giant pair of ski gloves.