The biggest trends at the Running Event, an industry trade show that took place in Austin late in 2018?
Products to keep runners visible in a world filled with distracted drivers, devices to let you listen to music without headphones and gear to sooth your aching muscles and sore feet.
The show, in its 13th year, drew about 2,500 industry professionals, from manufacturers to shop owners looking for the latest and greatest things to put on store shelves. Here are some of our top picks:
1. Noxgear, maker of lighted harnesses for humans and hounds, unveiled a clip-on Bluetooth speaker about the size of two fingers that attaches to clothing via a pair of superstrong magnets. (Yes, you can stick it to the refrigerator or shower after you’re done running.) It allows runners to listen to music without headphones, which keeps them more in touch with their surroundings. Available for about $100 at noxgear.com in early 2019.
2. It looks like a cordless power drill, but Hypervolt massager from Hyperice, with three speeds and four interchangeable heads, glides over muscles on its mission to smooth out muscle knots. Sells for $350 at hyperice.com and hardly makes a sound when it’s on.
3. Iron-on reflective strips from Brilliant. It doesn’t take much heat to adhere this stretchy reflective fabric, visible from a quarter of a mile away, to your shorts, jacket or shirt, and it lasts through 50 washings. Sells for $14.95 for 30 square inches at brilliantreflective.com.
4. Slip on an X Brace, by Medi-Dyne, to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. It’s like taping your foot without the fuss of sticky tape, and you can even wear it when you’re barefoot. Available for about $30 at medi-dyne.com/products/x-brace-with-logo.
5. Runderwear performance underwear prevents chafing, regulates temperature and keeps you dry even if you’re knocking out a 50-mile ultra run. Plus, it’s antibacterial and comes in a variety of styles for men and women. Starts at about $20 for women’s hipsters at runderwear.co.uk.