Universal Sports Newtwork presents a list of essential gear that will keep endurance athletes on track during their Summer 2014 (and beyond) training. Take a look at some of our favorite products from brands like The Feed, High Sierra, Asics and Timex. 

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Pro Box by The Feed

 

If you’re looking to take your nutrition game to the next level, but don’t know where to start, the Pro Box is for you. We’ve hand-picked a variety of our favorite products to help you hone in on exactly what you like, and what works best for your life and sport. Inside this box is a mix of great tasting nutrition, hydration and recovery for before, during and after your workouts, as well as some great on-the-go snacks. Try it out, and then we will work with you to customize the perfect nutrition to feed your inner athlete.

• 12 of our favorite pieces sports nutrition to keep you fueled.
• Personal nutrition advice from the experts at The Feed
• Every Pro Box ships with a Free Camelbak Podium Bottle, a $12 value.
• Fully customizable flavors from over 85 brands.
• Save 5% when you subscribe monthly, with free shipping on orders over $49.

 

HIGH SIERRA AGGRO BACKPACK

Aggro Backpack by High Sierra

• Large, multi-compartment design.
• Fully padded CUSHION-ZONE computer sleeve fits most 17″ laptops.
• Integrated TECH SPOT tablet computer sleeve.
• Premium organizer compartment with multiple pockets and key fob.
• Padded bottom panel.
• Deluxe AIRFLOW™ back panel with fully-padded VAPEL™ mesh.
• Zippered media pocket with headphone port.
• Adjustable compression straps.
• Reflective strip for added safety.
• Mesh beverage pockets.
• S-shaped, molded AirTek shoulder straps.
• Convenient grab handle.
• Attach extra gear with a triangle clip.
• Weight: 1.94 lbs.

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Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS 5K4440

 

It’s no longer enough to train hard; you also have to train smart if you want an edge. Enter the Timex Ironman Global Trainer speed and distance watch, which gives elite athletes the performance tools they need to succeed. With the Global Trainer, you can easily monitor your pace, speed, distance, elapsed time, and calories burned, helping you determine how much you’ve improved during your training period. The watch also includes a 20-workout memory with dated summaries. As a result, athletes can record up to 1,000 laps of information and then download the data to TrainingPeaks.com, a free online training log site.

The Global Trainer is more than just a pace tracker, however. Thanks to the GPS technology–which requires no calibration–climbers can use the watch to measure their altitude, along with their ascent and descent distances and rates. If navigation is your thing, the Global Trainer records up to 100 location waypoints, and offers the ability to track back old routes and create new ones. And cyclists will love the Global Trainer’s ANT+ compatibility, which coordinates with third-party bike power meters and sensors to measure a bike’s cadence and speed/distance. Other features include a Multisport Event Mode that records several activities and transitions in a single sequence; a customizable screen display that shows up to four windows of information; a hands-free option that automatically stars and stops data capture functions; and a rechargeable battery.

 

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Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

 

The Pocket hails from Katadyn’s Endurance series, a high-quality line of filters that can produce up to 100 times more water than standard water filters. The Pocket is so tough in fact, that it’s the first choice for extreme adventurers like Mike Horn. Plus, it’s the only water filter with a 20-year warranty. Other features include a measuring gauge that indicates when you should change the filtering element, a cushioned base that makes it easy to pump on all surfaces, a prefilter, and a carrying bag.

• Pocket water filter designed four outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers
• Filters silver-impregnated ceramic element is effective against bacteria and protozoa
• Filters all microorganisms larger than 0.2 microns to produce clear, drinkable water
• Round pump handle for easy pumping; outlet hose attaches to containers with clip
• Capacity: 13,000 gallons / 50,000 liters
• Dimensions: 24 by 6 centimeters / 10 by 2.4 inches.
• Weight: 550 grams / 20 ounces
• 20 year warranty

 

HIGH SIERRA TACTIC BACKPACK

Tactic Backpack by High Sierra

 

• Large, multi-compartment design.
• Fully padded CUSHION-ZONE computer sleeve fits most 17″ laptops.
• Integrated TECH SPOT tablet computer sleeve.
• Premium organizer compartment with multiple pockets and key fob.
• Padded bottom panel
• Primary padded back panel.
• Zippered accessory pocket.
• Adjustable compression straps.
• Mesh beverage pockets.
• S-shaped yoke style padded VAPEL™ mesh shoulder straps with Suspension systems and integrated media pocket.
• Attach extra gear with monster hook.
• Weight: 1.83 lbs.

 

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UP 24 by Jawbone

 

More than a band. More than an app. An integrated system built around you. UP helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. The app displays movement and sleep details from your UP24 or UP band and delivers insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges you to make each day better. Share accomplishments with friends by teaming up in the UP App. UP24 is always connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth Smart, helping you achieve your goals with real-time updates on your progress and notifications when you need them.

 

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Vitalsox Graduated Compression Performance Patented Recovery Socks with Dry Stat

 

For racing or recovery; this is a patented light weight sock with a padded footbed and a thin mesh stripe which runs from the middle of the top of the foot to the bottom of the cuff, on both sides of the sock.

 

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JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones

 

Jaybird BlueBuds X Premium Bluetooth earbuds deliver Wireless Music and Calls coupled with superior audio performance rivaling the best in wired headphones. Plus you get a revolutionary eight-hour battery play time, patented Secure Sport fit, Sweat Proof with Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat, and the all-new X-Fit—which lets you lift the cord off your neck for the perfect active headphones. To further enhance our Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat, BlueBuds X feature Liquipel Sweat Repellant Nano Technology. A super hydrophobic process that provides the BlueBuds X with added protection from exposure to sweat and the elements.

 

 

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U Natural Hydration Natural Vitamin and Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs

 

Stay balanced and refreshed during less intense activities with U Natural Hydration by Nuun! U Natural drink tabs are electrolyte & vitamin-enhanced, with half the sodium as Nuun Active (because you can’t sweat your tail off all the time). U Natural drink tabs are portable, taste great, and deliver their fast-absorbing electrolyte and vitamin blend without the sugar or waste of bottled sports drinks. Each tube contains 16 effervescent tablets. Each tablet makes 16 ounces of U Hydration and delivers 180 mg Sodium / 77 mg Potassium / 20 mg Magnesium, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and a variety of B Vitamins to boost immunity and support healthy activity. U Natural is good for your body (100% natural, less than 1g of carbs, fewer than 8 calories, low sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors), and good for the earth – one tube prevents the need for sixteen 16oz plastic bottles from sugar-ADE sport drinks.

 

 

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Asics Men’s GEL-Scout Trail Running Shoe

 

Even though it’s the new guy, the Asics Men’s GEL Scout Running Shoe utilizes the same trusted GEL cushioning technology and ultralight midsole material that made Asics’ road shoes so popular. Trail-specific features like an aggressively lugged sole, gusseted tongue, and rock protection plate make this the perfect shoe for your daily run through the park or long treks deep into the woods. This is the ideal shoe for trail runners with normal to medium-high arches and provides enough support for a wide range of pronation needs.

 

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Superfeet Green Premium Insoles

 

Movement adds stress upwards of 3x to 5x your body weight in impact forces per step or stride. On average active people take 8,000-13,000 steps per day. If the feet aren’t supported correctly, unstable movement can lead a whole host of foot health issues. Superfeet help stabilize your feet so they can work more efficiently.

• Thicker profile offers maximum support for medium to high arches in running, hiking, alpine and industrial footwear with removable insoles
• Friction- control top cover helps reduce blistering
• Encapsulating Stabilizer System [ESS] provides optimal underfoot support through the unique combination of our stabilizer cap and the shape and design of the foam full length
• Agion antimicrobial treatment helps inhibit odor-causing bacteria
• 3/16 Inch Foundation High Density Foam resists moisture and helps reduce shock while offering advanced comfort to the entire foot

 

HIGH SIERRA LOOP BACKPACK

Loop Backpack by High Sierra

 

• Multi-compartment design.
• Dedicated MP3 player pocket with headphone port.
• Attach gear with monster hook and bottom straps.
• Two side mesh beverage compartments.
• Hanging accessory pocket.
• Premium organizer compartment with multiple pockets and a key fob.
• Yoke-style, S-Shaped Vapel™ Mesh padded backpack straps with Suspension System and integrated grab handle.
• Comfortable back panel.
• Lifetime Guarantee.
• Overall Dimensions: 18.5″X 14″X 8.25″
• Weight: 2.04 lbs.

 

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Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator

 

• Endurance Program: Helps you cope with long-duration aerobic activities and increases muscle resistance to fatigue by building slow-twitch muscle fibers
• Resistance Program: An all-around program for endurance and strength, building both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers
• Strength Program: Increases sheer muscle strength better than conventional weight lifting alone, with less risk of muscle-tendon injury
• Explosive Strength Program: For developing short bursts of power without the traumatic or violent movements associated with conventional training
• Active Recovery Program: Facilitates relaxation of muscles and reduces muscle soreness and stiffness following competition or demanding workouts
• Pre-Warm Up Program: Does not contract the muscle. Runs at a frequency specifically targeted to increase blood flow that oxygenates the muscles prior to a workout or competition. This program is recommended if there is any risk of cramp
• Recovery Plus Program: Does not contract the muscle. Helps clear lactic acid and increase blood flow at lower frequencies -perfect for muscles that are fatigued after a vigorous workout or competition
• Massage Program: Electrostimulation develops the blood capillary network of the exposed muscles. This improves irrigation and oxygenation

 

 

HIGH SIERRA ACCESS BACKPACK

Access Backpack by High Sierra

 

• Multi-compartment design.
• CUSHION ZONE padded computer sleeve, with back-access, holds most 17″ (screen size) notebook computers (max size 15.5″ x 10.75″ x 1.8″)
• Front compartment with convenient side access zipper.
• Tuck-away rain cover.
• Mesh beverage compartment on the side.
• Premium multi-pocket organizer with removable key fob.
• Easy access deluxe media pocket holds various sizes of cell phones, PDA’s and MP3 players.
• S-shaped, VAPEL™ mesh AIRFLOW™ padded shoulder straps with Suspension System, adjustable sternum strap and removable media/cell phone pocket.
• VAPEL™ mesh padded grab handle and back panel with tuck-away waist belt.
• Adjustable side compression straps
• Weight: 3.25 lbs.

 Body Dimensions: 20.0″ x 15.0″ x 9.5″