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Hit the trails (or the yoga mat, or whatever you're into) and take along these fitness finds

By Diane Peters

On Thursday March 21st, 2013



Hot and cold
Klean Kanteen was making stainless steel drink containers long before they were available everywhere — and they’re still the best, featuring a wide mouth and no metallic taste. The company’s new Insulated line lets you bring along green tea for a chilly final run on the slopes and then, after a quick rinse, fill up with water for the drive back to the city. These double insulated bottles keep food or drink hot for six hours or cold for 24. Get the 12-oz version with both a regular loop cap and a café cap for $29.

Fame game
Canadian fitness guru Harley Pasternak has made many stars who were already svelte, like, über svelte. Why not you too? His Hollywood Workout video game (for numerous consoles, including Wii) puts you on an interactive 25-minute, five-days-a week schedule. The game corrects your moves, offers diet tips and lets you chart your progress over a five- or 10-week program. Will you be catsuit-ready by the end of the session? At the very least, your favourite suit will fit a little better. $30.


The wonder bit
One-up your FitBit-addicted fitness pals with the fourth generation of this tech-heavy take on the pedometer. The new FitBit Flex wraps around your wrist to track your steps, stair climbing and calories. Wear it to bed and it’ll give you a quality-of-sleep score. Set it to vibrate in the morning to wake you up (at the crack of dawn for your morning run, no doubt) without disturbing your bedmate. All your fitness info uploads wirelessly to your PC and mobile devices with ample stats to pore over and compare with others — you can even earn electronic badges for reaching your goals. $100.

Time Sensitive
With Suunto’s Ambit GPS watch, you could parachute into the middle of nowhere and navigate your way home, keeping track of the weather and your own heart rate all the while. It’s designed for off-road types and combines tracking gear such as a GPS, 3D compass, altimeter and barometric sensor with personal performance functions that track your exertion levels and let you know if you’re in your peak training zone. You can wear it underwater (to 100 m before it leaks), get 50 hours of battery life in GPS mode and put the screen on dim for “stealth mode.” Suunto also runs an app zone on its website with customizable apps to track yourself training for a marathon or tackling a mountain. $525.


Pack it in
While the Dulles sports bag from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is not cheap ($595), you can use it for both the gym and weekend getaways. Plus, it’s so classily gender neutral you can loan it out to your significant other (who might never give it back — so offer with caution). Made of durable organic cotton with leather details, this Canadian-made bag has numerous nooks for your shoes, workout clothes and phone. Lug your stuff with the double leather carry handles, or sling it over your arm with the removable shoulder strap. Too gorgeous to store your stinky post-workout shoes in? We don’t care, we just want one.

Fancy Footwork
Runners used to come in white or black. No more! Colourful trainers are now all the rage and the Asics Gel-Blur33 does a superb job of blending fashion with function. This running-oriented shoe supposedly allows each of the bones in your foot to move naturally. Light and flexible but with a bit of cushion, this shoe is great for hitting the sidewalks this spring and wearing to the coffee shop afterwards. Goes for $100 and comes in fun colour combos such as titanium and blue for women and black and orange for men.