Wearable tech is still a buzzword and for good reason. There is something astonishing about the idea of clothing actually improving your fitness routine. From insoles to shirts, clothing is getting smarter as time goes on.
Here are a few of our top picks for what’s out there right now:
Yes, this is a bit pricey for a pair of socks, but the tech behind them just might stack up. Infused with sensors and synced with a Bluetooth anklet, these socks not only promise more accurate activity tracking – think step length, calories, altitude – they also provide personalized information on your running technique, such as how your foot lands and weight distribution. Wear it while running and you might just learn new things about your stride.
Try it now: Sensoria Fitness Socks and Anklet, $200
This is truly a smart shirt. Synced with its own app, the Hexoskin device tracks your performance and allow you to program your workouts into it. Embedded with sensors, you’ll gain information on your breathing movement and heart rate. It’s also a good alternative to a bulky heart rate monitor.
Try it now: Hexoskin Tank, $400
This is the guy’s version of the above tank. Compatible with various smartphone brands, this shirt provides biometric data about the wearer, including breathing depth and balance. It includes a Bluetooth enabled detachable device that fits into the shirt while still providing a comfortable fit.
Try it now: PoloTech Shirt, $300
These pants leverage 12 bio-sensors to inform you of how hard your body is actually working during a given workout. The high-compression fabric is also said to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, so you’ll be moving better all while getting the benefits of actually knowing it.
Try it now: Athos Capris, 150
Smartphone connected, these insoles do more than provide support. The related app syncs with an activity tracker and also provides caloric burn. You can also use them to keep your feet warm by adjusting the built-in thermostat from your phone (each insole can be adjusted to its unique temperature).
Try it now: Digitsole, $200