These Unexpected Stores Sell Really Awesome Running Gear

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When it comes to your shoes, there’s no place like your specialty running store, where experienced runners are on hand to size you up, watch you stand, walk, and run, and provide plenty of personalized options you can test drive on the spot to narrow down your best match. When you need to restock your supply of socks, tops, and shorts, however, great gear can be found in the most unexpected places.

We scoured more than a dozen popular big box stores and online merchants to bring you the best running finds from more traditional clothing retailers. Because you can’t touch, feel, or try stuff online, we made sure to hunt for brands we know, trust, and have experience actually running in.

In the end, we found some high quality, cool gear any runner would love—and for cheap. Here are our favorite running gear finds.

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Wal-Mart: Nike Women's Dri-Fit Run Fast Running Tank Top-Black
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Wal-Mart: Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Run Fast Running Tank Top-Black

This simple Dri-FIT tank from Nike will keep you comfy on hot days or during indoor treadmill sessions where there’s no airflow to keep you cool. The relaxed fit flatters all forms. Reflective detailing on the back and logo improve your visibility on your early morning and evening runs.

Buy it: $35, walmart.com

Gap: Gapfit Coolmax Performance crew socks
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Gap: GapFit Coolmax® Performance crew socks

The single most important thing between you and your running shoes is your socks. Runners need socks that hug their feet, wick moisture, stay put, and won’t wear through in the heels and toes after just a few runs. These Coolmax quality constructed socks from GapFit check all those boxes and are super affordable to boot.

Buy it: $10, gap.com

Target: C9 Champion Women's Plus-Size Premium Run 2-in-1 Shorts
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Target: C9 Champion Women’s Plus-Size Premium Run 2-in-1 Shorts

Speciality stores don’t always cater to larger sizes on the running spectrum, so we appreciate that Target features premium shorts for plus-size women. The wide, low waistband holds the shorts up without uncomfortably digging in, while a slightly longer inseam helps prevent leg chafing. Stash your cash and key in the back zippered pocket and go.

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All The Gear You Need For Trail Running

BORED WITH ROAD running? Hit the trails. Nothing reignites a runner’s soul like hopping rocks, dodging trees, and darting down mountainsides in calculated free-fall. Just don’t venture out unprepared. You’ll want tougher, shoes, sure—but you knew that already. Here’s everything else you’ll need to rouse yourself from that pavement-pounding stupor.

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Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Weather on the trail can be capricious, so it’s always wise to pack protection. The Houdini Jacket ensures you pack light, as well. Patagonia’s minimalist ripstop shell weighs less than four ounces and stuffs down to the size of a bar of soap, yet deploys in an instant to shed rain and block wind when conditions turn wet and blustery. $99

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Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

Your backpacking headlamp might be great for night hikes, but it’s probably too front-heavy for trail running, which involves more bobbing than your typical footslog. Black Diamond put the bulk of the Sprinter‘s (already featherweight) 3.75 ounces into its rear-mounted lithium-ion battery pack, which helps keep the front light from bouncing when you’re on the move. It’s also waterproof, rechargeable, and comes equipped with a red taillight strobe that’ll make you easy to spot on your late-night group runs. $75

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Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones

Corded headphones will inevitably catch on bushes and brush, but even wireless buds aren’t immune from snags; slack in the line connecting your earpieces is basically a magnet for low-hanging branches. The cable management system on Jaybird’s svelte Freedom Wireless earbuds keeps the connecting wire wrapped closely and comfortably around your head’s occipital bone, completely eliminating cord dangle. The buds, too, are pleasantly low-profile (the fiveish-hour battery lives in the in-line remote), so you won’t have to worry about your beanie or jacket hood jostling them loose. $130

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Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters

Even waterproof footwear takes on rocks, sand, and snow. To keep detritus out, protect your shoes’ ankle openings with a good pair of gaiters. Outdoor Researcher designed its Ultra Trail Gaiters to be lighter than traditional, knee-high varieties, and more breathable, too—but they’ll still keep debris and moisture from collecting in your kicks. $35-$40

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Adventure Medical Ultralight/Watertight .3 First-Aid Kit

Sometimes you eat the trail, and sometimes the trail eats you (or your running buddy). When it does, be prepared to take care of yourself. Adventure Medical’s lightest first aid kit is perfect for single-day excursions, packing painkillers, bandages, antibiotic ointments, and moleskins into a waterproof pouch the size of a sandwich bag. The whole shebang weighs just 2.4 ounces, so there’s no excuse for leaving it at home. $9

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Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

Trekking poles provide extra points of contact on steep, uneven terrain (something your back and ankles will thank you for on grueling mountain runs), and the Distance Carbon Zs do it at a best-in-class weight of just 10 ounces per pair. The shafts even separate into thirds with a push of a button, and fold like tent poles for efficient stowage. $160

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Survive Outdoors Longer Emergency Blanket

Emergency blankets can shield you from chill winds while helping contain your body’s radiated heat, reducing your risk of hypothermia if you find yourself injured, lost, or stranded in the cold. They’re ridiculously light and inexpensive, to boot; a fancy one costs less than your lunch. $4

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Salomon Advanced Skin 12Set Hydration Vest

By now you’ve realized that a safe day on the trails requires some extra kit. So where do you stow it all? In Salomon’s awkwardly named but impeccably designed hydration vest. It’s got room for everything on this list plus three liters of water, delivering the carrying capacity of a daypack in a deceptively low-profile package. Soft, stretchy materials allow the vest and its contents to move with you with minimal bounce, while an array of well-placed pockets grant you easy access to your stuff while you huff and puff up the mountain. $175

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76% of Apple’s mobile devices are now running iOS 10

Apple has released its latest iOS adoption numbers, revealing that the version 10 of its mobile operating system now powers 76% of compatible devices.

That’s a rise of 13% compared to the last time these figures were released, which happened in November. In October, the adoption rate stood at 60%. Coming to other versions, iOS 9’s share now stands at 18%, while earlier iOS versions claim just a 6% share.

The Cupertino-based company recently rolled out iOS version 10.2, which brought along a host of changes, including over 100 new emoji as well as new wallpapers and iMessage screen effects. A new TV app, as well as changes related to the Emergency SOS feature, Music app, and Camera app were included as well.

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Samsung Introduces Hybrid All-in-One Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2

Samsung is set to introduce some new tablets and laptops, including one that works on both a Windows 8 and Android operating system simultaneously.

The company introduced the expansion to its Ativ PC line this week at a “Premiere” event in London. There, Samsung wowed the crowd gathered with Ativ Q. This is fully-functional laptop with a hinged monitor that turns it into a slim tablet. Perhaps the most interesting feature on the Ativ Q is its ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2.

If your business is constantly transferring files from smartphones to business computers, a machine that acts as both could be an answer to those problems. Ativ Q users can pin Apps from their Android system onto the Windows 8 Start screen and transferring files between the two systems is easy, according to an early review of the expanded Ativ line from TechLive.com.

The Ativ Q also features the new Intel Haswell processor and a long battery life of nine hours. This hybrid laptop has a 13-inch display (serviceable for a laptop and impressive for a tablet), is just more than a half-inch thick and weighs less than three pounds, so it’s definitely portable.

One drawback to the Ativ Q comes when it’s being used a laptop. The keyboard does not have a trackpad. Instead, it uses a cursor nub and if it’s been awhile since you’ve used one, there could be some time adjusting to using the nub over a trackpad.

Samsung says its other introduction in the Ativ line, the Tab 3, is the “world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet” available, according to the TechLive.com review. It’s about one-third of an inch thick and weighs 1.21 pounds. The Tab 3 features a 10.1-inch display and the Intel Atom Z2760 processor inside.

In addition to those two new products, Samsung also introduced its Ativ Book 9 Plus and Lite laptops. Both feature a touchscreen display but the Lite version is also available with a non-touchscreen. The Lite, despite the name, is actually heavier than the Plus model.

Samsung did not announce release dates or prices for any of its new products at the recent “Premiere” event, according to TechLive.com.

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