The Get Outside Guide

By Jeremy M. Zoss in Features
Friday, July 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Additional Gear

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In addition to the gear I mentioned in the previous pages, I'd also recommend the following gear:


Pyle Sports GPS watch

I used this watch for both my running and biking training, and it is great. A little bulky maybe, but if you're trying to keep track of how far you've run, a GPS watch is a must - the GPS feature in my phone feels flaky compared to this heavy duty sucker. It hooks up to your computer so you can store your records and comes with a heart-rate monitor that syncs to the watch. I didn't use that feature, largely because I'm afraid to know how fast my heart was beating during my training. Pyle also makes a waterproof watch for snorkeling that I received for this article, but sadly I didn't get a chance to check it out.


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G-Form knee and elbow pads

Want to feel like a video game character? Grab these flexible armored knee and elbow pads from G-Form. They don't limit your movement, but are designed to absorb all the shock from blows to your joints from a sudden impact. I used these bad boys during my Run for Your Lives experience, and while they do get a little warm, they definitely helped during the sections that I had to crawl on my hands and knees. I'm pleased to say that I never fell on my knee or elbow during the event, so I can't actually say how well they absorb blows. Sorry, but I'm not going to let someone kneecap me so I can find out. 

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Ballistic Universal Sport Rugged Pouch

There's not too much to say about this one, but that doesn't mean I don't recommend it totally. This tough pouch clips to your belt, waist or what have you to carry your phone, iPod, etc. I used it to carry my iPod during running training. The mesh sides are designed so that you can hear your phone ringing through it, which is a nice touch.


Fitocracy

In the biggest fusion of fitness and gaming of them all, there's Fitocracy. The web and mobile app combines the best elements of gaming with fitness, namely presenting you with challenges and rewarding you upon completion. Track your workouts through the app, and you'll earn achievements and badges. The paid version even has "multiplayer" in the form of duels. Check out the official site and it's obvious how much this fitness app was influenced by gaming. 

And there you have it, the Joystick Division Get Outside Guide. It is definitely about gaming of a different type, but I hope you enjoyed it. I know I did.

This feature is based on reviews of product provided for review by Chrome Bags, Timberland, Pyle Sports, G-Form, Ballistic and Six to Start.


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