Whether you are an expert at running or have just taken up the sport, having the right running gear can make a difference when it comes to your comfort, motivation levels, and how you perform in your daily run. Let’s look at some basic running gear that improves performance.
1) Running shoes
As you may expect, the kind of shoes you wear significantly impact your performance levels. Casual runners may be tempted to go for low-cost shoes and end up changing them every two-three months. Not only does this have a major impact on your performance, but you may also end up spending more in the long term.
There are many options for you to consider when selecting a great running shoe, with parameters such as style, comfort, and grip to keep in mind. Spend some extra money and opt for an excellent running shoe that will make your daily run more comfortable and help prevent injuries.
2) Running hats
If you are a serious running enthusiast, you wouldn’t want uncomfortable weather to put you off your daily run. But, it is crucial to protect yourself if you run in hot weather as high amounts of sweat may cause dehydration. Dehydration may lead to heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
All of which can be pretty serious without immediate attention and care. In such a scenario, running hats are a must-have accessory in summers. Running hats are lightweight, made up of moisture-wicking fabric and breathable side panels which help you stay cool in the heat.
3) Running Socks
Good running socks are another essential part of your running gear, and there are a few things to keep in mind while choosing running socks. You should get seamless running socks that can wick away sweat and moisture from your feet. These help in reducing friction while running and help prevent blister formation. You should be on the lookout for socks that have padding in specific areas to help the cushioning effect of your running shoes.
4) Running shorts
The chances are that you’ll be doing most of your runs in warm weather unless you live somewhere with extremely long winters. Hence it would be best to have several pairs of running shorts to keep you comfortable during your daily runs.
Running shorts are generally designed to meet specific running needs and help in improving your performance. For example, good running shorts should be lightweight, use fabrics that let your skin breathe, and have many pockets to keep your knickknacks handy.
5) Running tops
Running tops make a considerable difference when it comes to your performance levels. It is not a good idea to run in ordinary cotton tops that absorb rain or sweat. Loose cotton tops may chafe you under your arms and cause you discomfort during your runs. Good performance running tops allow air to circulate throughout the fabric and help wick away the sweat that will enable you to stay cooler.
A good running top should not be figure-hugging or flap around while you run wearing them. If you prefer running in a long sleeve running top, you need to get one that comes with cuffed sleeves. If a long sleeve running top doesn’t have cuffs, the sleeves may ride up and down your arms while running, which can irritate and distract you from your run.
Buying some specialist running gear doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll break the bank in doing so. Good quality running gear lasts longer, is a good investment, and can help enhance your performance. With running gear appropriate for different weather conditions, you will be all geared up to enjoy your running sessions that much more.
After close to 25 years since Michael Jordan starred alongside the Looney Tunes crew in Space Jam, the sequel is finally here. This time, instead of the so-called “GOAT” (greatest of all time), we have Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James in the lead. Nike commemorates the premiere of the movie with an exclusive capsule. Among these is the LeBron 8 Space Jam basketball shoes.
The colorway of these kicks is predominantly black but also sports accents in various colors. A dark upper uses nubuck and patent leather with a mix of synthetic materials. Given that it’s a tie-in with Space Jam: A New Legacy, there are elements themed around the film.
Two overlays feature a glossy black finish with an iridescent effect at certain angles. These boast orange outlines along with the Nike Swoosh logo wrapping from the lateral side of the quarter. The brand emblem in black can be found on the medial section of the toe box.
Another set of overlays on the midfoot and heel of the LeBron 8 Space Jam come with a printed graphics of circuitry. If you stare at the patterns closely, there are silhouettes of a basketball and other characters. The Flywire branding is then printed on the medial overlays.
Embossed images of Lebron James and Bugs Bunny about to slam it home are on the heel counters as well. Two pairs of eyestays one in yellow and another in orange add contrast to the black laces. The mesh tongue ends with the “Tune Squad” badge
Nike’s $200 LeBron 8 Space Jam sits on court-ready Max Air 360 unit for the midsole and a glow-in-the-dark outsole. As for Space Jam: A New Legacy, critics are calling it a flop as of this writing. Perhaps merchandise sales will paint a different story.
Images courtesy of Nike
Even before cycling surged in popularity amid these trying times, running was the exercise of choice among fitness fanatics. It still seems to be that way as we continue to spot awesome gear for such an activity. New Balance presents its latest model — the FuelCell RC Elite V2 — designed to boost your performance. The manufacturer equips it with the latest technology to help you get a leg up on the competition.
The pair ships in only one color, but not to worry because it looks ready to race. New Balance calls it white with neo flame and the crimson accents live up to the name. Running shoes normally sport brighter chromatic combinations to help keep the wearer visible for road safety.
Still, it would have been better to have more colorways available for the FuelCell RC Elite V2. Anyway, the running shoes are lightweight yet durable with a breathable knit upper. You have the New Balance branding on the medial section just below the eyestays. The color of the text transitions from black to red.
Next is the Flying NB graphics on the forefoot and extends to the lateral side. FuelCell foam midsole helps absorb each impact as you run and returns the energy to propel you forward. This is possible with the help of the full-length carbon fiber plate.
We like how this component is actually visible from the outsole thanks to the midfoot cutout. “The FuelCell RC Elite v2 is designed to give you a competitive edge on race day,” says New Balance. With these on your feet, comfort, energy return, and style are what it brings to the table.
Images courtesy of New Balance
When you’re hitting the links during your free time, gearing up the right way is a must. Depending on the rules of the course, your attire should be taken into consideration. Still, there might be some establishments that are a little lax about the dress code. If you just want to relax and keep your feet ventilated, the Reef Spackler might be what you need.
Now, avid golfers will likely frown upon your decision, but once you show them that perfect swing, they might just change their minds. What looks like your average pair of sandals actually hides a clever little secret. Golf shoes serve a specific purpose, which is to give your traction during the motions.
Thus, Reef arms the Spackler with leather straps and replaceable cleats. Just like on golf shoes these are in strategic sections of the outsole. Some may notice that it looks just like the Mick Fanning model, but it’s definitely not. To improve comfort, it boasts an air cushion on the heel section of the midsole.
You will likely draw some stares, but as long as you’re comfortable, it won’t really matter. Plus, not everybody can claim to open a bottle with their footwear. That’s right, Reef is known for sandals that come with a bottle opener on the sole.
The Spackler is not about to be the first to drop this handy feature, which is great. Unfortunately, those hoping to grab one should do so soon. Reef is only producing 100 pairs of its golf sandals, which at $100 will sell out quickly.
Images courtesy of Reef
BEST INFLATABLE SUPS
First up we’ve got the Expedition stand up paddle board from Isle Surf & SUP which has been designed with longer trips in mind. They’ve incorporated their spectacular own Fusion Lite build to provide you with an awesome board you’re able to carry wherever and whenever you want. It doesn’t matter where you’re intending on taking your trip, it’s been constructed to cope with it all.
So, whether you want to head to the ocean, lake, river or just that little stream, it will handle obstacles that come its way or that are thrown in its watery pathway with the same durability. You’ll find a diamond traction pad fitted to the deck that stops you from slipping while also keep your feet comfortable.
Another nice touch is the fact this inflatable stand up paddle board is 100% pet friendly. Perfect for when you want to take your pooch out to catch some waves. Storage-wise, this also provides in the form of two bungee systems, one at the tail and one at the nose. If you’re looking for variety, it’s limited with this, but it does come in two nice and watery colors, known as moss and aqua.
Our favorite thing about this product is the money-saving package you get. There’s just about everything you could want or need and some things you probably never knew you needed. A coil leash, center fin that’s detachable, high pressure pump, paddle, backpack and even a waterproof phone case are all included for the retailing price.
- Board Dimensions 10.6/11 x 32 x 6-feet
- Weight Limit 240-300lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, paddle, center fin, leash, pump, backpack and waterproof phone case
Given the name the Adventurer, the next inflatable SUP board comes from Tower. In response to the many worries and concerns about where the compromises lie when you invest in these inflatable alternatives, this 6-inch thick board can hold medium to large sized riders easily. Its stability is never compromised, and if you stay within the 400-pound guideline, there’s no chance of it bending.
The thickness is important, particularly if you’re new to stand up paddle boarding or are hitting onto the current craze of Yoga boarding. IT’s also ideal if you’re looking to draft in your little ones to nurture a passion in them for this exhilarating pastime.
From a maintenance point of view, if you’re not looking to fuss around too much before and after you’re on the water, this is a must have. You’ll find across brands and models, there’s one feature of paddle boards of the inflatable variety that’s the same – their all made using drop-stitching and from a military-grade PVC. This is no different and is robust to deal with anything.
So, if you are new to this sporting activity, it’s forgiving enough to cope with the serious number of dents, dinks and dings you might put it through. Similarly, to board above, this comes in an economically-sound package that provides you with a fiberglass paddle in three parts for easier storage, a fin and reasonable quality pump. Everything you need to have a blast on the water!
- Board Dimensions 10.4 x 32 x 0.6-inches
- Weight Limit 400lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, three-part fiberglass paddle, pump and fin
Not to be confused with the, in many people’s eyes, vastly superior paddle boards from iRocker, this next one from Roc is hardly an unknown quantity. It’s one of the most popular and best-selling, not just inflatable but SUPs in general of all time. We especially love the coating this features that provides protection against the harmful UV rays from the sun that can normally damage PVC.
You’ll never have any issues with this board and overheating, that’s for sure. To be honest, when you consider the excellent and safe amount of grip it gives you with the exceptional flotation balance it provides, you’d be hard pushed to find fault with it.
One issue we noticed though, and this is a small one, the D-rings you get to use as an anchorage for your leash, are a bit small and can be fragile. It’s also difficult to pump up. However, once you find the sweet spot, it won’t take nearly as long each subsequent time you use the board. We’ve featured it for a reason, though, so let’s not harp on about the minor issues.
Let’s instead discuss the great package you get with this board. As well as the board, in all its glory, you get a rather nifty and sturdy allow paddle, a separate key bag, so you know where they are when you get out of the water, waterproof holder for your pride and joy (phone), pump, leash and probably one of the best ever backpacks. Seriously, there’s so much love for that backpack online.
As well as being generous in size, it’s also comfortable when worn on your back and completely waterproof. Nothing you put in there, when it’s sealed properly and in fine working condition, will get damaged by water. Did we also mention that the Roc paddle board is backed by the company’s 1-year warranty? Now you can see, despite the flaws, why it’s here!
- Board Dimensions 10.5 x 32 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 275lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, high-quality alloy paddle, leash, key bag, premium quality waterproof backpack, leash and pump
You’d think, give it’s made by a bunch of SUP enthusiasts who know the aquatic pastime inside and out, that whenever Atoll released a SUP, it was a big deal. When it comes to this 11-foot inflatable wonder of a stand-up board, it is! There’s so much to love and admire about this board. You’d almost think we’re lying and it’s a traditional hard-body model instead.
However, inflatable it is, so like most it’s extremely lightweight. Does that come at a price? Is it weaker? No, because although they’ve used machine lamination to work on a dual layer of PVC. Is that some fancy-smancy sales talk? Not at all, dual layer inflatable SUPs fare better against the usual wear and tear than even hardboards and less expensive inflatable types.
The stability is another thing to behold and celebrate, as because of its dimensions, it’s got a stability that will suit both beginners and those expert veterans too. It really needs stability too, when you consider how much the manufacturer reckons this can handle and handle it can. We’re talking a massive 350-pounds, making it an inflatable SUP with one of the largest capacities around.
In terms of how well it performs, you get a huge amount of speed and stability. Due to the three-fin design of the board and its precise and refined shape, it tracks, that is maintains course, superbly. Whereas it’s probably one of the largest capacity boards, it’s also one of the lightest in terms of its own weight. With the D-rings on its tail and bungee at the nose, you’ve got lots of storage space.
The package, as you’d expect from a manufacturer like Atoll is also sublime in what it includes. There’s that astonishingly light weight adjustable paddle, removable fins that can be attached and removed without the use of any tools, the backpack, leash, repair kit, bungee tie downs for the nose and tail and the Bravo dual-action hand pump.
You’d need that pump if you tried to rattle that list off too quickly out loud!
- Board Dimensions 11 x 32 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 350lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, coil paddle leash, three-part floating nylon paddle, waterproof phone case, pump and travel backpack.
Okay, so it may not have the most subtle of color schemes, compared to the other cool paddle boards we’ve featured. However, just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge a paddle board by its color. Color does not denote quality, after all. Just as a barista having bright blue hair doesn’t make her better or worse at her job than the cute brunette with pigtails.
In fact, it’s often the opposite, if you’ve been to a trendy coffee house recently! Anyway, we digress. The thing that’s most striking about this Pathfinder inflatable stand-up paddle board, is the price tag. It’s one of the least expensive on the market and one of the cheapest in our guide. So, if you’re not sure you want to invest the 100’s of $ required for most start-up kits, this might be for you!
Despite its price, though, like we said about its looks, it’s still a great allrounder when it comes to performance. Although it’s not made from military-grade PVC like most, it still includes the almost standard these days, drop stitching which helps to reinforce the seams and make a paddle board bulletproof.
Well, it’s not actually bulletproofed. Like, if you find yourself under attack by a hail of enemy bullets, and you’re balding and either a tall muscular dude from Hayward down in Cali or a shorter muscular bald guy from Shirebrook in Derbyshire, we’re not going to suggest you use this to dodge those bullets. But, for dinks, dings, rocks and other stuff – sure, it’ll mostly cope with them fine.
Now we know it’ll have not escaped you eagle-eyed readers that this is slightly thinner than the rest of the gang here. Although that does put it at a distinct advantage in the long run and means you suffer in the stability department, remember it’s around half the price of most of the big guns. Again, while we’re not suggesting a seasoned pro or avid Super would want this, it’s great for beginners.
- Board Dimensions 9.9 x 30 x 5-inches
- Weight Limit 240lbs
- Material Commercial quality PVC
- What is included in the package Board, aluminum adjustable paddle, valve wrench, carry bag and shoulder straps, center fin (detachable) and pump.
As you’ve undoubtedly seen, there are a lot of things we need to discuss when looking at each of these individual inflatable SUPs. A lot of the issues you find with inflatable paddle boards, SereneLife in their wisdom have tackled. Most crucially, they’ve went to a lot of effort to deal with the problem of sun exposure and its effect on the PVC rubber used in.
With this board, the UV-resistant coating provides it with additional durability as well as reducing the damage the sun can have on it. The grit you get with this paddle board is why we’d recommend it for beginners. However, we’d not really recommend the riding style for beginners whatsoever.
You’d have a hard time trying to get balanced because the abilities of the board is very much dependent on PSI. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, because it doesn’t make the board less functional or anything, but it just means boarders with more experience will have a better and more successful time, rather than beginners using it as their first model.
With the design of the board, SereneLife have ensured the board is extremely light in all important ways while keeping a reasonable size. Even the oar has been created with a different tact than other models – to contend with and fight against the water currents rather than bending to them. This means, unlike with some inflatable SUPs, you’ve got an oar that you can use to row.
- Board Dimensions 10 x 30 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 275lbs
- Material Commercial quality PVC
- What is included in the package Board, manual air pump, patch repair accessory kit, oar pedal, ankle-cuff coil safety leash and handy storage bag
iRocker, for the people already in the know, is a name that needs no real introduction. With their All-Around SUP board, they’ve created something that’s appealing for all riders. That’s regardless of skill level and where they intend to use it. It can cope with just about any water environment. Right off the bat, it’s best to point out this board is recommended for bigger riders.
Either that or if you’re intending on taking more than one person out at the same time. One of the things you’ll notice straight away with this board compared to others on the market, is the fact that it doesn’t have one layer or even just two layers of PVCV rubber. Nope, iRocker have went full hog and made it with four different layers of rubber.
What does this mean for the board, though? It means, according to the company, it will always pass the test no matter how rough the waters are. So, that’s one thing it has in favor of it. Another thing that sets it apart is its high maximum capacity limit of 435-pounds and the fact it is much wider than a lot of the other ones, measuring at 32-inches. This increases the stability of the board.
In terms of its performance, it appears to provide a very joyful and exhilarating experience. Although it’s wider than another great iRocker product, the Sport, it doesn’t lose anything in terms of fast movement over and through the surface of the water. A key component to this board, as with most, is the backpack, which can fit everything that comes with this SUP and more still.
- Board Dimensions 11 x 32, x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 435lbs
- Material Quad-layer PVC
- What is included in the package Board, 2 removable side fins and 1 removable center fin, 3-part fiberglass paddle, dual-chamber triple-action hand pump, ankle leash and backpack
Although you’ve possibly never heard the brand name before, it’s a solely hand-made product that has multiple levels of stitching to give it a stable and weight-saving structure. What’s more, the company has been making inflatable paddle boards for stand-up paddle boarding for years, since 2005. This inflatable SUP is another that’s been firmly been designed with touring riders in mind. D-rings are featured on the board, making it possible to attach a comfortable seat, as well as other items.
Items you’d need on longer journeys. So, if you want to go on a nice trek through forests, woodlands and along various bodies of water, this might be a great option for you. It remains suitably stiff even at lower air pressures and will stand the test of time and various tricky situations when you’re having to contend with choppier and exciting waters.
Like the others in our guide, this pack comes with everything you need. It differs mostly in terms of price tag. So, if you’re looking to give paddle boarding a go for the first time, this would be a better investment than those more expensive models.
- Board Dimensions 10 x 32 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 280lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, Bravo hand pump, waterproof phone case, eye-glass rope, center fin, high quality backpack and 3-part paddle.
From another brand you may not be exactly familiar with, Aqua Plus, comes the next great paddle board in our guide. This is an awesome, all-inclusive style package that features just about everything except for the kitchen sink. Unless there’s some code you can give at the checkout when you buy it, we don’t think it features a kitchen sink.
What you do get for your investment in Aqua Plus’s entry to the inflatable SUP field is an incredibly portable and lightweight board that’s capable of handling a rather respectable load capacity of 330-pounds. It’s been made with both ends of the spectrum when it comes to experience and skill in mind. Both beginners and experts will find joy with this SUP.
It’s curiously very rigid design almost makes it feel like a hardbody board, rather than one filled with pressurized air. As ever, military-grade PVC is featured extensively, as is the reliably robust and durable drop stitching to hold it all together by strengthening the seams. Another standard feature is the diamond groove traction pad for comfortable, safe and confident ride.
There are also several D-rings and a bungee cord setup for storing things on your paddleboard securely. With a jam-packed special deal, we’re not sure we can really say much against this supper cool inflatable SUP. If you’re looking to save a little but want to spend enough on a decent paddle board, this would be an awesome choice to settle on.
- Board Dimensions 10.6 x 33 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 330lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, double-action pump, removable fin, TPU waterproof pack, coiled ankle leash, shoulder strap, Navigator iSUP travel backpack and adjustable paddle made from aluminum.
The penultimate in our guide is another smaller brand, but based on the features of this SUP, it deserves some recognition. Following in so many footsteps that came before it, this standup paddle board benefits from a highly robust construction consisting of dual-layer of plastic and the drop-stitch that helps to reinforce everything together and keep the seams tight and well finished.
This inflatable paddle board has been designed with users of all skills in mind and has a reasonable weight capacity of 240-punds. One of the things we really like about this model though, is the fast inflation you gain the benefit of, with it taking just 12 minutes to pump up fully, even by hand. This means there’s less time between arriving at the water and getting on it.
It’s been made to be kid friendly with a safety rope that enables you to take your little one out with you for their first experience of stand-up paddle boarding. Everything, as is standard these days, fits conveniently into the included backpack.
All in all, although this may not be from one of the more prestigious brands, it’s still a great beginner board for those of you who’ve yet to experience the simple, though tricky, joy of paddle boarding.
- Board Dimensions 11 x 30 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 240lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package SUP board, adjustable paddle, repair kit and pump, one removable fin, hand pump featuring PSI gauge, backpack and frontal bungee for storage options
The final SUP in our guide is one you’ve probably seen advertised and mentioned everywhere, because these beauties seem to get…well…everywhere. The Gili inflatable paddleboard gets everywhere for a reason, though. It’s a nice medium-priced board. In terms of its package, you get everything you really need and want.
However, whereas some packages, admittedly are just cobbled together seemingly as an afterthought to sell the board, the Gili one has branded items that have clearly been chosen because they do their specific job well. One thing we’d say though, is that while it’s a good all-rounder and suitable for rides of extended periods of time, keep in mind it’s got no UV-protection.
Given that it weighs just under 20-pounds, you know you’ll not have too much travelling with this in tow. There’s a lot to love with this board…and a few…forgivable errors. When you consider the nuts and bolts of it, though, you start to see why many people highly regard and recommend Gili. A worthy rival to iRocker and Atoll.
- Board Dimensions 10.6 x 31 x 6-inches
- Weight Limit 275lbs
- Material Military-grade PVC
- What is included in the package Board, repair kit, snap-on center fin, coiled leash, 2-stage hand pump, inflatable backpack, travel paddle
Time to Paddle!
There you have its guys, our guide to the best 11 inflatable stand up paddle boards right now. Was there any surprises or names you didn’t expect to see? If you already had one or two options in mind, did this guide change your initial decisions much? Did you find yourself attracted to one of the models by one of the lesser known manufacturers? Whether we confirmed things you already suspected or gave you a fresh set of eyes on a board you’d always ignored in the past, we’re just glad to have been part of the decision process. IT’s why we’re here. To help our readers and visitors by guiding them towards the best (whatever floats you on the surface of the water.
Rather than focusing on the most expensive SUPs on the market, we’ve tried to provide you with a more versatile range of paddle boards. We’ve not tried to make a list of products we know for sure that everyone will like, because that’d be impossible anyway. Instead, we just picked out our favorite models at various price ranges and tried to show there’s good value to be found in the lower end of the market as much as there is at the higher end of the market. We’re happy and been successful if we manage to find that one paddle board that makes you say ‘yes that’s the one for me’ or if we’ve given you lots of food for thought.
We can’t tell you which to buy in as direct terms, but we know which we’d invest in, as outlined by our top picks. If you’re still struggling to pick out one, check out our buying guide for additional help.
BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S
To further help you make your decision about which inflatable stand up paddle board is best for you, we’ve put together a buying guide and FAQs tackling the most pertinent questions people have. You’ll find out which features are most important and the specification you should be paying most attention to when choosing a board as well as the different types of paddle boards there are out there.
How to Choose the Best Inflatable Paddle Board?
When it comes to choosing the best, and that is the best for you, inflatable paddle board, there are several factors to consider. These factors will help you to more quickly identify the paddle board for you from the thousands out there and even from the 11 models we’ve selected in our guide above. The factors that should be of most concern to you are:
- SUP Length
- SUP Volume
- Material the SUP is Made From
- Weather Conditions Where You will Be Using the SUP
- Paddle Selection
- Leash and Tie Down Components and Attachments
- Carry Handles
- Deck Pad
We’ll take each of these individually and discuss them in detail.
The length of an inflatable stand up paddle board is obviously very important. Obviously, as you’ll see in a short amount of time, the SUP length is factored into the volume, but it’s also important to consider it based on your height. This is like when you choose a surfboard, just in a smaller fashion. Basically, it’s important that your height is around 45 to 55% the overall length of the paddle board. For instance, in paddle boards with a length of 10-foot 4-inches, if you were 6-foot 2-inches, that’s around half of the height of the board.
This means, in theory and depending on your skill and ability, you’d have a far easier time riding that board. Your center of gravity comes into play too. Having a board that’s just right will ensure you’re able to concentrate on enjoying yourself from the very beginning.
The volume is very easy to understand, and even easier to calculate. You take the thickness, width and length and find the volume shared by them all. The volume capacity of a paddle board is crucial because it’s connected directly to your, the user’s, weight. Along with the level of comfort you’ll have using it and the results you expect to achieve from using that board.
Materials the SUP is Made From
You can never be sure exactly what you’ll find below the surface in the water when you’re on your stand-up paddle board. However, there is one thing you can trust in – there will always be things under there that could so easily pop, damage or just scrape the inflatable elements of your board. Therefore, it’s vital you pay close attention to what a SUP is made from and the grade of those materials.
As with any product in any industry, if you choose a cheaper product, you can expect that it will be made from cheaper materials. The same can be said of many paddle boards on the market. The type of materials and their grades also has a bearing on where you’ll be able to ride your paddle board in the end, so if you’ve got a specific use in mind or particular bodies of water you want to explore and enjoy, figure out whether the material is going to be suitable or not.
With cheaper paddle boards that have much thinner materials, you’re better using them on oceans and bodies of water where you’re less likely to bang into jagged rocks that could slice through its body. Whereas more expensive and military grade materials used in paddle boards mean they can be used on rivers and lakes where there are more unforgiving and aggressive elements in the landscape.
Weather Conditions Where You Will Be Using the SUP
This is very much a personal thing. If you’re all about the crazy, live hard lifestyle, and wanna paddle through river rapids and rainy weather, do it with the correct amount of caution. Or at least try to. Remember, you’ll need reinforced bungee cables a deck surface with greater amount of grip and gear with greater durability. However, if you’re more interested in the calm waves and a lazy day at the beach or at the lake, you don’t need to rock up with Bear Grylls-style resources and accessories.
You will need the option to choose from a selection of different lengths when it comes to finding a paddle that works. IT depends on the size of the paddle board you are using, your body weight and height. The best thing you can do is invest in a paddle that can be adjusted to different lengths. Many of the stand-up paddle boards we’ve featured in our guide come with adjustable paddles.
This gives you the chance to through trial and error, find your own sweet spot when it comes to paddle length. You also need to think of your physical condition, because you don’t want a paddle that’s way too short so that it causes issues with your lower lumbar, whereas you want to avoid using a paddle that’s way too long as you could start to feel a lot of pressure and tension in the shoulders.
Leash and Tie Down Components and Attachments
This is another aspect of stand-up paddle boarding that is completely down to your own personal preference. Not everyone use a leash, while others always do. The good thing is, though, regardless of what you choose, you will find that most SUPs, including the paddle boards in our guide, offer tie down or leash type accessory in their package deals.
You will find that when it comes to built-in carry handles, not all stand up paddle boards, especially the inflatable variety, are equal. Some don’t have the benefit of carry handles that can perform that role. In those situations, if you still have your heart set on that board, you need to avail yourself of a carry strap or carry sling to help lug it around.
The carry handle normally found on the side of your inflatable stand up paddle board is the component you can use to easily move your board from one are to another. However, it really depends on how much your board weighs, because it’s often not the best way to get things done, certainly not the quickest or safest.
The deck pads perform several duties, heroically without any question or need for reward, they are just happy in their subservient, ass and feet on them constantly, existence. Whether it’s distributing your weight in a balanced and even manner across the whole of the paddle board or ensuring you have adequate and safe amount of traction and grip on the board or simply providing your feet with a soft and comfortable place to stand while you enjoy your madcap sporting activity.
This sport sees you move through the water at high speeds, depending on how fast you can go. However, for much of the time, although your upper body and board are moving quickly, your feet are left standing, maintaining grip with the board, for extended periods of time.
Therefore, the cushioning aspect is not because you think of yourself as oh so precious and a princess, it’s because it helps to avoid rather painful and sore feet and fatigue. Deck pads can be versatile.
However, that versatility doesn’t come easily and not all deck pads, while they may look alike, are like one another. Therefore, even for such a small component, you need to pay close attention to the kind of deck pad that comes with your iSUP. You need to decide if it’s one you can make use of or if you need to look elsewhere. Of course, you could always buy the board and then modify or upgrade the deck pad. It’s up to you. Your feet, your problem dude!
What Board Types Are Available?
Although we’ve covered inflatable stand up paddle boards, if you take to the sport like duck to water. Yes, we’re sticking with that! Then you may want to explore the other kinds of paddle boards out there and the other types of paddle boarding you can do with them. To make things easier for you, we’ve kindly collected the most common below for you to read through:
Okay, this is a given, seeing as we’ve just spent almost 6000 words discussing these beauties. Although they are much better when it comes to storage and transportation compared to hardbody versions, they are less great when it comes to avoiding damage and deterioration. That’s why it matters the grading of the material the inflatable paddle board you choose is made from. Inflatable SUPs are also inexpensive compared to other boards, and ideal for just getting out there and having a go and not worrying about much else.
As you might imagine, brainbox, universal SUPs are designed to be used for any of the other purposes the other types of paddles are used for. They are low in price, but you really need to have your A game in check to handle one of these bad boys. Not for beginners or wimps and drama llamas!
If you’ve been following the ‘guess what the word before SUP means it will be used for’ game, you’ll probably have figured this one out. Tortoises need not apply. These are built to be streamline and aerodynamic, and hydrodynamic too. The manufacturers are interested in two things and two things alone when creating these beasts – go faster and stripes. Only kidding, but speed and efficiency are their main concerns.
Yeah, you’ve guessed it, this is the kind of SUP you’d use for ballet dancing. Seriously though, if you’re looking to get out on the water and fish in a paddle board, you’re the kinda dude we’d wanna meet. These are not known for their aerodynamic design, but they’re amazing for storage capabilities and you’ll never be short on space for tackle box, bait and many have attachments for holding your rod, helping you to untangle your line and many other useful features.
Obviously, when you’re on a stand-up paddle board, you see a wave coming towards you and you want to paddle right into that wave like some kinda Patrick Swayze. These are essentially beefed up and widened out surfboards, as their design and construction is based along that of a surfboard.
Okay, so if you’ve ever been flicking through Instagram and looking and all those people living their best lives, you may have seen some guys and gals doing some crazy-ass yoga on paddle boards. That is basically what a Yoga SUP is – a stand-up paddle board you use to perform your yoga on. Obviously, these boards need to be as balanced as you are, as you’ll be performing a multitude of positions and poses on them and will want to avoid falling off. They are also usable as touring SUPs though, so when you’re finished meditating you can go on a lovely little trip up stream.
See how seamlessly we moved onto this one? Impressed? How would you like a stand-up paddle board you can use to go on a small trip? They have a nice sweet spot between being comfortable for extended and long use and efficient in terms of tracking and movement. If you find a universal SUP a little daunting, touring SUPs make for great beginner ones.
Obviously, unless you’re intending on investing in one of the extremely cool inflatable standup paddle boards, we’ve just went to all that bother discussing for you and your benefit.
If hitting the links are on your schedule anytime soon, it might be a good idea to upgrade your gear. Aside from the regular equipment that you bring along to play, you could also check with your apparel. If you are due for a new pair of golf shoes, why not try the Ignite PROADAPT DELTA from Puma. Add that extra boost to your swings without compromising your comfort.
In contrast to other sports, most folks can play the game at a leisurely pace. While some choose to ride on golf carts to move about, others prefer to walk to each hole. Those who choose the latter should also consider their choice of footwear.
While there is nothing wrong with wearing your favorite sneakers, Puma’s PROADAPT DELTA could help shave off a few swings. When you’re reputation among your circle is at stake, you’re going to need every advantage you can get. As noted by the manufacturer, its latest innovation is the ADAPT Foam midsole.
The German sportswear company says it is “developed with the golfer in mind and designed to perform with comfort and stability.” Thus, the PROADAPT DELTA boasts the comfort and performance of Puma’s running shoes, but with the added technology for a specific sport.
Its tour-proven full-length TPU outsoles and Dual-Durometer Tornado cleats combine for superior traction. This means you can put more power into your swings and smack that golf ball like there’s no tomorrow. You have a full-grain Atlantis leather upper with a molded comfort collar and Adaptive Fit System.
Puma claims the golf shoes are waterproof for up to a year. Owners can also order replacement cleats when it wears down from regular use. You can get the PROADAPT DELTA in four colorways: Puma Black/Quiet Shade, Puma White/Gray Violet, Puma White/Puma White, and Puma White/Navy Blazer.
Images courtesy of Puma
The popularity of Crocs and YEEZY’s Foam Runner, to name a few, puts the spotlight on the inherent ease and comfort that clogs provide. Not to mention, they are aesthetically versatile too. New brand Kane upped that ante with a pair that caters to muscle recovery with the Kane Active Recovery Footwear.
This pair aims not only to “re-energize yourself” but also “re-energize the planet.” It uses sustainably-sourced sugarcane from Brazil. Sugarcane is known to reduce greenhouse gases and thus it minimizes carbon footprint. Aside from its eco-friendly construction, it provides “active recovery” by stimulating the leg muscles while preventing fatigue.
Backed by noted foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Daniel Geller, the Kane Active Recovery Footwear is for athletic transition. Its regenerative design supports you from the ground up by providing the ideal balance of support and cushioning. It features raised footbed nodes that activate blood flow in key pressure points and thick and pillowy cushioning on the midsole.
Moreover, 31mm of foam under the heel and 22mm of foam under the forefoot provide dual-density for balance and stability. The cushioned soles ensure smooth energy return with every move and step. Meanwhile, exterior perforations and interior channels allow breathability.
The Kane Active Recovery Footwear offers the convenience of a comfortable slip-on with the support of a sneaker. It even has oversized channels and siped soles for flexibility and traction, those that are inherent in running shoes. Its overall design comfortably secures heel, arch, and instep so they work harmoniously in stimulating foot health and thus restore body power.
Images courtesy of Kane
February 14 is Valentine’s day, the perfect day to give the love of your life a nice gift, some will bring flowers, others might get a nice piece of jewelry … but one guy walked into H.R.Owen in London and went the extra mile. He ordered a one-off, bespoke build Bugatti Chiron Sport as a gift for his loved one, which, judging by the name found all-over this Bug, is called ‘Alice’.
But don’t get me wrong here, each and every Bugatti Chiron Sport is custom-built for her lucky owner, none of these cars look alike when they leave the doors of ‘the Atelier’ in Molheim, but still, some are more special than others, and come with a long list of truly bespoke options, like this ‘Alice’ version.
The main shade on this specific Bugatti Chiron Sport is white, but on a Bugatti, it’s called ‘Matt Blanc’, and in this case, it has been combined with ‘Silk Rosé’, a special shade of pink, on the rear section, the lower side sills and the lower part of the front bumper. Also, note a touch of Silk Rosé on the top part of the exterior mirrors … the white on rosé two-tone makes her one-of-a-kind, no other Bugatti was even built in this specific color combination. Also note the stunning wheels on this Chiron Sport get a touch of Silk Rosé too, just to match the rest of this amazing-looking Bugatti, the brake calipers seem to be a light grey shade with white lettering.
That light grey shade makes a return on the interior too, where smooth leather and luxurious Alcantara in a color called ‘Gris Rafalé’, are combined with Silk Rosé color-coded stitching on the seats, dashboard, doors, and steering wheel. The very light grey steering wheel might require some care to keep it clean, but such a light interior does look amazing … and the ‘Alice’ script on the headrests has been embroidered for maximum contrast., while a touch of ‘Silk Rosé’ also find it’s way onto the central console … or should we call it ‘arch’?
During the process of ordering this amazing Chiron Sport, the owner went from walking into the H.R.Owen Bugatti showroom in London to flying out to Molsheim’s unique headquarter in France for Bugatti, founded in 1909, even today every customer is invited to the Molsheim Experience, where they can get behind the wheel of the car they are looking to order. And go into a meeting with the Bugatti design and sales team to go through countless options and possibilities to create ‘their’ unique car, to create the dream.
The Chiron Sport represents a different character for the Chiron. As the French luxury brand’s interpretation of the ultimate super sports car, the Chiron Sport boldly offers a firmer chassis that provides even sharper handling and exhilarating agility. This comes from the introduction of more performance-orientated lightweight components, all without compromising the Chiron’s uniquely luxurious character. The Chiron Sport retains the iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine and is produced in the Atelier in Molsheim at a unit price $3,212,290 (or €2,650,000).
The Jones Utility Trouper golf bag maintains the minimalistic design and pocketing of its predecessor. But it is larger, on the lighter side and features improved functionality.
A large five-way top gives enough room for 14 cubs and oversized grips. Inside you have eight pockets to store balls, tees, and gloves while keeping them organized.
The Jones Utility Trouper golf bag is a breeze to carry. It has a new integrated easy-grab handle that makes for effortless handling or carrying. It even has a stand function for added carrying comfort and for easy access to the contents. Meanwhile, an added lumbar cushion adds another level of comfort in carrying to prevent possible back or shoulder pain. It features the brand’s traditional centerline single strap but comes with a secondary double strap for optimum comfort.
This simple yet durable golf bag may be bigger but it is 1/2 lighter than the original Utility Stand Bag at five pounds. Outside of golf necessities, it has space for extra items such as cold drinks. It comes with an insulated beverage pocket capable of holding two canned drinks. It also has a swivel accessory clip and a mesh pocket to hold a phone or Bluetooth speaker so you can crank up and listen to your playlist while in the game.
The Jones Utility Trouper is the product of feedback from customers who want simplicity yet functionality in a golf bag. It provides improved functionality with the added double strap an extreme help in keeping the fatigue off from the shoulders.
Images courtesy of Jones Sports Co.
Garmin is a multinational company in the United States that specializes in a wide range of products. It produces state-of-the-art GPS navigational assistance systems for both commercial, professional, and consumer use. Over the years it has been offering reliable and innovative wearable devices the goes beyond our expectations. These are usually focused on sports, fitness, and survival among others. As such, those who love to play Golf might want to check out the MARQ Golfer smartwatch.
This gadget is a premium alternative for users who want more than just basic functions and connectivity. With a name like MARQ Golfer, this becomes a reliable digital tool that will improve your game. The software engineers go the extra mile to code in over 41,000 courses around the globe into its memory. Thus, no matter where you want to play, Garmin assures you that all the relevant information is on your wrist all the time.
Everything in the MARQ catalog is Garmin’s luxury-grade option for individuals who prefer their tech with a touch of class. Hence the 46 x 14.7 mm case flaunts a titanium construction while the bezels include a ceramic insert. Meanwhile, its 1.2-inch 240 x 240 resolution memory-in-pixel (MIP) display sits below a domed sapphire crystal for protection. These are the type of materials normally seen on high-end timepieces.
Overall, buyers who probably want something with basic functionality might want to steer clear of this $1,850 smartwatch. However, users who want the absolute best that Garmin can offer should enjoy what the MARQ Golfer brings to the table. It even boasts up to 12 days of battery life, Each unit comes with a breathable nylon band (jacquard weave) and an extra silicone rubber strap.
Images courtesy of Garmin
BEST MEN’S WAIST TRAINER REVIEWS
To get things rolling, we thought it would be a good idea to start out with one of the most popular waist trimmer belts for men on the market right now. The ActiveGear Waist Trimmer Belt has been earning some impressive waist trainer reviews in recent times and having tested it out for ourselves we can see just why.
For starters, it’s very competitively priced compared to its competitors and we all know that cost plays a big part in things. Secondly, we love how this belt is a good all-rounder in that it can be used as an aid for weight loss but also for additional support to the lower back muscles when working out. In fact, you’ll find that this offers more support than most which will go a long way to helping you avoid any injuries when working out.
As for the material, this is a high-grade latex-free neoprene which is both flexible and comfortable. We’re also impressed at how good it is at moisture wicking. This thing will make you sweat a lot but it’s contained sweat that you will not notice until you take it off. It’s also very odor-resistant but this does not mean that you do not have to wash it – seriously guys, just wash it from time to time, please.
You’re given the option of two different sizes when purchasing this waist shaper for men. You can either go for the medium which can fit waist sizes of up to 42 inches or the large which adds another 10 inches on top of that so a max waist of 52 inches. Wearing and adjusting the ActiveGear is done easily with a Velcro fastener that is tight and secure and its anti-slip design means it should always stay in place despite the sweat that will be generated underneath it.
- One year money back guarantee
- Available in two sizes
- Superior lower back support
- Not the most discreet
- Waist Size: Up to 52”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
In our opinion, if you wanted a waist trimmer to accompany some high-intensity cardio workouts at the gym, the Sports Research Sweet Sweat Premium is the best waist trainer you can get. This is the goto trimmer if you want pure performance at aiding weight loss and muscle toning. It will make you sweat, and when you think you’ve sweat everything out, it’ll make you sweat some more.
Made from a latex-free neoprene, this waist trainer will increase thermogenic activity during a workout and thus you’ll start to sweat a whole lot more. That sweat should not be worried about however as the textured inner grid of the belt will help to repel any moisture absorption and will contain most sweat until you remove it. It also has an anti-slip feature that should limit any movement and keep it right in place despite the additional sweat.
There are five different sizes in total than you can opt for and the price does understandably increase the larger that you go. The smallest will fit waists of up to 33 inches while the largest for all you proud beer-belly owners out there, will fit an impressive maximum size of 58 inches. The neoprene material is designed to contour with your body shape, so it’s important that you get the sizing right.
The Sweet Sweat does provide decent support to the lower back and abdominal muscles but not as much as other products do. For that reason, we recommend this for high-intensity cardio work rather than bodybuilding or weight lifting. This will better be suited for those of you that are trying to lose belly fat and excess weight rather than those that are trying to tone up. If you wanted the latter, this will still help of course but there are better options out there if you wanted improved support.
- Latex-free neoprene material
- Ideal for high-intensity training
- Available in five different sizes
- Limited back support
- Waist Size: Up to 58”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
In terms of pure value, you’re not going to be getting much better than the McDavid Waist Trimmer Belt. This budget-priced waist trimmer might be the cheapest on our list but it actually performs very well too. It promotes a healthy sweat, supports, and cushions your core, and provides post-workout pain relief which makes it ideal for those of you that suffer from back pain.
The McDavid trimmer belt is constructed of a latex-free neoprene and it comes in just the one size. This means it’s basically a one size fits all but it will not be ideal for anyone that has a waist bigger than it’s max of 40-inches. That is just about the only negative with this waist trainer really and it will at least be able to fit most of you. If you do need something larger, however, you might have to look at some of our other plus size waist trainer recommendations.
That neoprene material is designed to contour to the body of the wearer and it both compresses and uses its thermogenic properties to encourage increased healthy sweating as you perform a workout. The inner layer is non-slip, well-insulated and will provide you with a comfortable and discreet advantage when working out. As for securing the belt in place, there’s a Velcro fastener that will allow you to easily adjust the tightness.
As for the support that this belt provides, this is aimed more at aftercare for those of you that might suffer from back pain or arthritis. The trimmer belts help to soothe and cushion your lower back so that you’ll enjoy pain-relief and a reduction in muscle fatigue. This is at the expense of the lumbar support and posture correction benefits that some other waist trimmers will focus on.
- Fantastic price
- Ideal for back pain/arthritis sufferers
- Lightweight & comfortable
- Only fits waists up to 40 inches
- Waist Size: Up to 40”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
When it comes to brand names, there are not much bigger than TNT with regards to waist trimmers and other types of gym equipment. Their TNT Pro Series Waist Trimmer Belt is widely regarded as one of the best and we’ve found it difficult to find anything that would suggest otherwise.
Made from 100% neoprene, this waist trimmer belt for men and women has been designed to increase the number of fluids that you sweat out whether during a workout or throughout the day. The neoprene material has thermogenic properties that will promote increased sweating all around the abdomen of your body. This will enable you to lose weight, tone up your muscles, or burn fat far more efficiently.
Designed to be discreet you can get results with the TNT Pro Series when worn either under or over your clothing. It’ll also add some much-needed support to your lower back even though TNT admittedly claims that this is not the primary purpose of this belt. Slimming and weight loss is that main focus but it does offer a decent amount of core support which can help you to prevent muscle strain or injuries during a workout.
We particularly like the impressive sweat-wicking properties of this belt which also helps to prevent it from moving around during your workouts. That is also down to its anti-slip feature and the strong Velcro fastener that always stays in place no matter what activity you’re partaking in. If we had any complaints at all, it would be that you’ll need to air out the belt when you first get it as it has quite a heavy chemical odor.
- Three different sizes
- Reputable brand
- Initially has a chemical odor
- Waist Size: Up to 51”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
Waist trainers can also come as a vest variant and the first of these on our list is that of the Wonderience Trainer Vest. Otherwise known as a sauna vest, this waist trainer has a zipper fastener and somewhat resembles a woman’s corset. Much like trimmer belts, these vests will compress against your torso and stimulate increased sweating when worn.
These are ideal to wear when working out but they will also be effective even when worn as you go about your daily routine. The additional sweat that your body produces will ensure that weight loss and fat burning is done in a more efficient manner. They will also provide lumbar support to your spine, lower back muscles, and will promote a more healthy posture when worn frequently.
The material that is used to promote increased sweating is that of neoprene, a material that contours to your body and has thermogenic properties. The great thing about it is that you’ll hardly notice that you’re even sweating until you remove it. The sweat is contained beneath the vest so you’ll not have any embarrassing leakages throughout your day. Once you use the zipper fastener to open it up – you’ll be amazed at just how much you have sweat.
All in all, this is a great product and certainly among our favorites. We like how discreet it is compared to trimmer belts. You’re able to wear it underneath your clothes without anybody being able to notice. This cannot be said for some belts that will make you look like the worlds first pregnant man. If a vest appeals to you more than a belt, we certainly suggest that you take a look at this offering from Wonderience.
- 7 Sizes available
- Competitively priced
- Very discreet
- Only available in two colors
- Waist Size: Up to 49.2”
- Type: Vest
- Material: Neoprene
Another neoprene waist trainer that is earning good reviews is that of the GoldenStarSport Men’s Waist Trainer Vest. This is one of the more comfortable waist trainer vests on our list but you shouldn’t think that this is at the expense of other more important areas. This thing will certainly make you sweat bucketloads, will promote a better posture, give you added spinal support, and essentially, help you get rid of some of that annoying belly fat.
While this does everything that you might expect from a waist trainer for men, it actually has its own unique selling point. There is a dual zipper fastener on the front which adds, even more, allows you to make it far smaller than it would without them. The fabric between the zippers can be removed once you’ve lost a ton of weight and you can then use a single zipper to fasten it going forward.
With a discreet design, this waist trainer vest for men can be worn underneath your clothes throughout the day to encourage weight loss, or on its own during a workout to get even more benefit. It fits your body snugly and will compress in all of the right areas so that you not only get an instantly better shape but will also be able to reap the benefits of increased perspiration.
With a total of seven sizes to choose from ranging between Small and 4XL, you’ll be able to fit waist sizes of up to 49.4 inches with this product. Admittedly, those of you with larger waists will have to look elsewhere but their sizing does at least mean that most of you will be able to wear it and use its performance to increase the sweat that your body creates.
- 7 Sizes to choose from
- Unique twin zipper fastener
- Impressive sweat stimulation
- Sizings run a little big
- Waist Size: Up to 49.4”
- Type: Vest
- Material: Neoprene
Next up we have the Fitru Waist Trimmer Belt, another product that we were impressed with having tested it out on our own glorious abdominal muscles. Alright, so those abs might be beneath a few layers of fat but they are still there and we’re still immensely proud of them. All jokes aside, our flab has actually been slightly de-flabbed thanks to this waist trimmer and that’s more than good enough for it to get our recommendation.
Made from a durable, thick, and flexible neoprene material and with an inner layer that utilizes anti-slip technology, this waist trimmer will allow you to sweat profusely without having to worry about it moving around or falling out of place. The Velcro fastener will also make sure that it fits as tightly as possible so that you can get the very best of benefits out of each workout.
While the obvious focus of this trimmer is to, well…trim, it does bring additional health benefits as well. It provides additional support for your lower back and your abdominal muscles. This will helps you to avoid injuries and will also mean that you’ll experience a little pain relief after every workout. A final benefit is the one that it will have for your posture. It will keep you upright and straight for as long as you wear it.
If you have a belly as large as up to 60 inches and really want to find something for an affordable price that can give you an extra edge at the gym, the Fitru waist trimmer is something we really suggest you look at. It’s certainly one of the most effective on our list but if you’re still not sure, we still have plenty more trimmers for you to consider yet.
- Latex-free neoprene material
- Good build quality
- Repels moisture
- Has a smell of petroleum at first
- Waist Size: Up to 60”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
Looking to tighten up your love handles or flatten that tubby stomach? Then the NonEcho Sauna Waist Trainer Sweat Vest is going to be right up your street. This waist trainer vest will raise the temperature of your bodies core so that it has to produce more sweat in an attempt to cool itself down. While this is happening, your body will be burning at least 50% body fat depending on the activity that you’re doing when wearing it.
Like many of the other vests on our recommended list, this is made from a stretchy but durable neoprene material that will make you sweat like no other. Whether you’re wearing the vest under your normal clothes at home or at work, you’ll be sweating away and trimming the fat as you go about your day. Of course, to get the absolute optimum out of the benefits, this should be worn at the gym during a workout.
This will cover your entire torso tightly and will also provide additional to support to your back and muscles. This will not only help you to avoid injury but will also keep you in a healthy posture while you going about your daily routine. Additionally, this vest doubles up as a thermal vest that can help you to keep warm in the winter months.
Summing up, this vest is more than worthy of a place on our list. It has received good reviews wherever we’ve seen it and having tested it ourselves, we can say that it certainly does what it claims to. You can even turn it inside out and wear it as it’s a reversible vest with a different color on either side.
- Plenty of sizing options
- Is reversible
- Latex-free neoprene
- Zipper could be better quality
- Waist Size: Up to 49”
- Type: Vest
- Material: Neoprene
Another option if you want to do something about all that belly fat hanging over your jeans is the Healthcom Pro Men’s Waist Trimmer Belt. Available in three sizes with the largest being able to fit a waist of up to 45.9-inches, this belt will contour to your body shape and stimulate an increase in the heat that your core has to withstand. This will lead to a big increase in sweating and thus you’ll start to lose more calories and fat than you would if you weren’t wearing it.
Weight loss and muscle toning are the primary reasons for wearing a belt like this one but you’ll also enjoy a number of other benefits as well. For one, it offers great lumbar support, will encourage a much better posture, and provides a good level of pain relief to anyone that suffers from back pain or arthritis.
The Healthcom Pro Trimmer Belt has attained some good reviews and we’re equally as impressed as many others are. It might be a little more expensive than others but when you consider the quality build, it’s lightweight and discreet design, and how effective it is at increasing your perspiration, it’ll certainly feel worth that slightly larger price tag.
This trimmer is also unisex as well so if you have a wife or girlfriend that could do with a bit of a tone up, you can both use it. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you start commenting on their weight as this is never going to end well. You can at least hope that they’ll see your own results and give it try though.
- Budget waist trimmer belt
- Impressive lumbar support
- Unisex trimmer belt
- Only one color option
- Waist Size: Up to 45.9”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Polyester & Spandex
The Rocked Abs Workout Waist Trimmer Belt is another that is more than worthy of a place on our list and we have to say that for its price, performance, and quality of build, there are not many others that offer as much value for money as this one. As long as your waist is no bigger than the max size of 42-inches, this one-size fits all belt will be able to make you sweat and lose more weight than ever before.
This is constructed of a flexible, easy to clean, and moisture wicking material called neoprene which is designed to provide compression around your midriff that will stimulate an increase in sweating. The more you sweat, the more weight you’ll lose no matter whether you’re working out in a gym or mowing the lawn at home. The great part is that you won’t even notice that sweat until you take the thing off due to its moisture wicking.
As well as the obvious benefits this belt can have for weight loss, fat burning, and the toning of your abdominals, you’ll also be able to improve your posture and minimize back injuries due to the exceptional levels of support that the belt provides. You’ll also look the part too due to its stylish red design. Of course, you can always hide it under your clothes if you wanted to be a little more discreet.
What we also like about the Rocked Abs Wasit Trimmer is the fact that they have plenty of confidence in their product. They offer a no questions asked 100% money back guarantee to anyone that’s not satisfied with their trimmer belt. Judging from the reviews that we’ve read, that do stick to this promise as well.
- Comfortable & lightweight
- Affordably priced
- Easy to clean
- The belt can roll up on occasion
- Waist Size: Up to 42”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
Still not found the ideal waist trimmer yet or perhaps you just wanted to read about all of them? Well, in either case, the final one that we’ve reviewed might just be what you’ve been looking for. Now, this is only for waists of up to 43-inches so if you’re a bigger boy than most, you’ll have to go for something bigger. However, if you can fit into this thing, we think you’re going to be impressed.
As with most other waist trimmers, the Bracoo SE22 Advanced Waist Trimmer Belt works by insulating your core, raising its temperature, increasing your heart rate, increasing the amount you sweat which in turn allows you to burn calories faster. This is made possible by the thermogenic properties of the neoprene material that the belt is made of. That material also keeps any sweat when under wraps via its moisture wicking properties.
A Velcro fastener allows you to securely adjust the belt as tightly as needed and its discreet design allows you to conceal it underneath your clothing. Good lumbar support helps to prevent muscle injuries, support the lower back, and provide after-workout relief for those that might suffer from back pain or arthritis. That support also helps to support and train a good posture for your body.
Due to an effective anti-slip lining, this belt will always stay in place whether you’re running, jogging, cycling, or doing intense cardio work at the gym. With a one size fits all sizing of up to 43-inches, it’ll also be ideal for the majority of people. There are some other brands that can fit larger waistlines if you’re one of those that need a bit more help at reducing the size of your gut.
- Wide fitting
- Anti-slip lining
- Discreet design
- Only fits waists of up to 43-inches
- Waist Size: Up to 43”
- Type: Belt
- Material: Neoprene
Now that we’ve taken you through what we feel to be the best male waist trainers we thought we’d bring you another product that is an ideal accomplice for them. Sweet Sweat Workout Enhancing Gel works by increases your circulation, energy, and sweating when working out. Its primary focus is to target the slower responding or injured areas of your body but it also works just about anywhere that you apply it.
Made from completely natural ingredients such as White Snow Petrolatum, Organic Coconut Oil, and Brazilian Carnauba Wax, this gel will not only work whether you’re working out or swimming, it’ll even give off a fresh scent as well. That means that despite the additional sweat, you’ll still come up smelling sweet. No longer will you have to embarrassed about excessive sweating and the obvious odors that come along with it.
Now while this gel can be used on its own to stimulate sweat and in turn bur body fat, it’s highly recommended that it’s used alongside a waist trainer for men. Now, Sweet and Sweat would prefer that to be their own trimmer belt that we reviewed earlier but it will be just as effective with any of those that have made our list of recommendations. When you combine the powers of both a belt and the gel, you’re going to be able to enjoy the platinum in weight loss, fat burning, and muscle toning.
A tub this size will last you up to two months in total should you use it twice a day but obviously this length of time will vary depending on how big the areas are that you’re using it. As standard, you should be using it the flabby areas such as the belly but you can use it anywhere that you like if you so choose.
- Very effective
- 90-Day money back guarantee
- Ideal when used with a trimmer belt
- A little expensive
BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S
What is a Waist Trainer and How Does it Work?
Originally, waist trainers were designed with women in mind. They took the idea of the corset a little further in that rather than just squeezing the life out of a waist to give off an instant hourglass figure, they would also work to supplement any fitness goals that women might have.
Now, we’re not suggesting that any of you are trying to get an hourglass figure. Some of you might but that’s a conversation for another day. Waist trainers for men were instead designed to be used alongside a workout to enhance results. Belly fat can be reduced, abs can be toned more effectively, and you’ll basically get your sweat on more easily when wearing one.
They work by stimulating thermal activity in the core of your body which in turn increases the amount of sweat that your body produces. This is done due to waist trainers for men usually being made of materials such as neoprene that have insulating properties. This means that when working out, you’re going to be sweating more than usual, losing more water weight, burning belly fat, and toning up your abdominal muscles.
In short, a waist trainer for men can be used to:
- Abdominal Training
- Weight Lifting/Bodybuilding
- Burning Increased Calories During Cardio
- Core Training
- Increasing Metabolic Rate
Furthermore, there are additional benefits to using a waist trainer. They can reduce the risk of injury during a workout due to the support the waist trainer provides for the abdominal and lower back muscles in your body. Due to being designed to be worn tightly around your waist, they will also help to reduce your appetite and thus increase the chances of losing weight.
Simply put, if you’re trying to lose that beer belly you have invested so heavily in over the years or are looking to tone your abdominals at home using some of the best 50 home gym equipment around, or at the gym, a waist trainer will provide you with what you need.
What Type of Waist Trainers for Men are Available?
When you’re considering purchasing a waist trainer, it’s important to understand that while they might all look similar in the main, they will all be different. What we mean by that is that some will be designed with a focus on providing a good level of core stability, others might be designed with more focus being placed on enhancing lower back support, and others will prioritize comfort.
There’s also going to be differences in the materials used although most will use either neoprene, latex, or spandex. You’ll also notice differences in how they are fastened around your waist with zippers or Velcro being the most commonly used method.
With all that said, they all essentially try to do do the same thing, decrease the size of your waist when combined with frequent use and working out. It’s just that they might all go about it in slightly different ways.
In terms of the different types of men’s waist trainers, you’re generally going to find that some are belts while others are vests.
- Belt Waist Trainers – Waist trainer belts are essentially what they sound like. Rather than being a full-on corset that compresses your entire torso, they will be a wide belt that simply wraps around your abdominal area. These are ideal if you want to lose belly fat fast, tone up your abdominal muscles or want a bit more flexibility during your workouts.
- Vest Weight Trainers – Waist trainer vests, on the other hand, are closely related to corsets as they are generally compressed vests that are zipped up. They will cover most of your torso and are therefore better equipped for working on a wider range of muscles and body fats. These can limit your flexibility but are certainly the best bet if you want increased sweating across a wider area.
You’ll also find that many of the waist trainers on our list are actually unisex. No this doesn’t mean they’ll be pink or covered in glitter, just that they will also be able to fit a woman as well. We do recommend that should you be sharing one with your other half, that you do at least have the decency to wash it after you’ve used it. That is, unless she really does deserve to smell you’re the odor caused by your excessive body sweat and wear a damp and sticky vest or belt.
How to Use a Waist Trainer?
Firstly, it’s important to understand that a waist trainer is not going to magically make your waist shrink and become toned within a few weeks after some minimal exercise. This is not some kind of magic device – you’re going to have to put some work in with for at least several months before you start to see the results that you want.
- What are your goals?
Before you even start to use a waist trainer for men, the first thing you’ll need to do is identify what it is that you’re specifically seeking. This will make a difference in your decision as to which waist trainer to purchase. If you’re hoping to reduce your belly fat, you’re probably going to be better off getting a waist trimmer belt. On the other hand, if you wanted to focus on your whole torso or wanted to tone up muscle rather than lose weight, a waist trainer vest will probably be your best option.
- Strap it on!
Your next step is nothing more than putting on your waist trainer. Now some of these can be worn over your clothes, others can be worn under, and some will work better with no clothes at all. Make sure you read the instructions regarding wearing your waist trainers and belts and you should learn everything that you need to know.
- Get Moving (or not)
Now as most of you will know when you’re trying to lose weight, you’re going to have to do some exercise. Well, with many of these belts, this can at least be a little more lenient than normal. This is because some off these things can get you sweating from doing nothing more than wearing during a normal daily routine.
That said, if you really wanted to see fast results, you should consider getting a little more active. A session down the gym with some high cardio work is a good shout here. Do something that is going to get your heart pumping and that sweat flowing. We suggest that you start out slowly, and incrementally increase the level of activity that you’re doing when wearing a waist trainer. This is at least until you get used to it, how it works, and the extra work it’s going to make your inner body do.
The great thing is that you can wear these anywhere and for as long as you like. Want to wear them all day? Go ahead. Want to wear them even when you’re in the office? Then pull out your under desk treadmill when the boss isn’t looking and go get your sweat on.
Waist trainers are all generally designed to do the same thing and that is to heat up or stimulate your body to produce more sweat. The only thing is that some are far more effective than others at doing this. For that reason alone you shouldn’t be rushing out and buying the first one that you see. Instead, you should be listening to our own expertise in losing fat (or not in some of our cases) and doing a bit of your own homework before coming to a decision.
Additionally, some are designed to help you to lose weight, others to tone you up, and some are there to provide support to the back and provide post-workout pain relief. It’s important that you get one that not only has plenty of great reviews and is from a reputable company but one that is going to serve your own purpose for having one in the first place.
If you haven’t made a decision from the products we reviewed above, why not take a look at the three that we picked out for our budget, premium, and editor’s choices? These are our favorites for differing reasons and we’re confident that each will give you what you’re looking for.
Choosing the right baseball helmet is important for players. To help them pick the best one, they need to understand the pros and cons of their top choices. Baseball players started wearing helmets during the year 1950 to avoid serious injuries, especially head trauma.
The baseball helmet is worn mostly in the game. It serves as protection to the player’s head from pitches. Due to wild pitches that can hit the player seriously, and even fatally, a baseball helmet is required as an essential gear in the game of baseball.
How To Pick The Best Baseball Helmet
It is not easy to choose a baseball helmet, especially if you are a newbie in this game. But safety is very important in sports, including baseball, so the search for the best baseball helmet becomes crucial too. Bat Sleeves helmet comparison helps buyers find the right helmet for their kids or loved ones who are into baseball. Here are a few factors to consider when scouting for baseball helmets.
It’s one of the most vital aspects of buying a helmet. You need to measure your head to purchase a helmet that fits you. You can’t go for a bigger one because it can easily whip off your head and cause injuries. If you pick a small helmet, there is a possible cut off circulation in the player’s head. That can be very dangerous as well. So, size always matters.
- The Quality
What we need to keep in mind in buying a high-quality helmet is the reconditioning option. You can see it in the label or packaging of the helmet. Make sure to find it in the label first before buying it.
- The Faceguard
It is the best feature any helmet could ever have. The faceguard will protect your whole face, especially your nose and mouth from injury while performing the game. It is designed with a bracket made of metals for more security purposes.
If you properly maintain your helmet, it will take care of you too. But in buying the right one, make sure a protective case is also included to store it in a safer place. You must not leave it anywhere, especially under the sun, because it might get overheat, harden and break.
- Ear Guards
The best baseball helmet features ear guards to protect the player’s upper body as much as possible. The flaps can cover your ears each time a ball hits you. You must get used to it because you might not hear clearly with the ear guards, but your safety is essential above anything else. But some helmets have one ear guard only so you can communicate with your team. You must check the rules of the league to ensure that you are following the regulations about wearing ear guards.
The size can help you find the right fit. The best way to know if the helmet fits on you properly is to place it over your head and shake your head alternately in turns. If it’s starting to move around while you are shaking it, it’s best to pick a small-sized helmet for a sure fit.
Additional Features – Why Do You Need Them?
Each helmet is different, so are the features they offered too. The additional features included in a helmet can give players a maximum degree of comfort, safety, and personal touch. Some features added are facial protection, color options, and chin straps. Some also included visors feature and more patterned designs. It’s important to look for these additional features and ensure that you are getting the right pick you will love.
Hopefully, this article helps you pick the best baseball helmets for you. Always choose your safety because it’s the only way to enjoy the baseball game you love
Folks lucky enough to have a sizeable outdoor space at home should welcome the summer months in style. Just recently, we were featuring some great items to enhance your isolation experience. There was this huge 85-inch Samsung Terrace – a weather-resistant TV – for entertainment. Another was a minimalist charcoal grill from Spark Grills. Up next is something awesome for those who plan to hit the beach soon. This here is the YuJet Surfer, which the manufacturer describes as an electric jetboard.
While the concept is not exactly new, YuJet hopes to cater to the needs of adventurous souls who love to carve through water. While most watersports rely on the wind and the waves, the Surfer hopes to deliver enjoyment anytime and anywhere. Roughly the size of a regular surfboard, experts will feel right at home. Meanwhile, newbies can also enjoy the ride with its user-friendly controls.
The Surfer promises a lightweight yet versatile platform courtesy of its carbon fiber construction and hydrodynamic design. This allows the powerful electric motor to push you up to speeds of 24 miles per hour. To ensure that the fun does not end prematurely, YuJet equips it with a waterproof and rechargeable 36-mAh lithium-ion battery.
A full charge should be good enough for up to 40 minutes or a 16-mile range. Its user-friendly nature makes it easy for owners to swap out the batteries, or attach and remove the quick-release FCSII fins. Pros can toggle Sport Mode to unleash its full potential, while casual users can go for the Beginner Mode instead. Finally, the YuJet Surfer connects to a wireless remote with a variable speed trigger.
Images courtesy of Yujet
The world is in a big mess right now as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect various markets. International and even local travel are at a standstill while manufacturing facilities are unable to operate. Nevertheless, Men’s Gear wants to help cheer up our readers with exciting news across various industries. Take for example this awesome news from Nike as the company celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of its most iconic shoes. To commemorate the milestone is the arrival of the Air Max 2090, and boy does it deliver.
Nike is apparently drawing inspiration from the Air Max 90, which is already a fan-favorite model among collectors. To highlight the brand’s annual Air Max Day 2020, what we have is a slightly futuristic take on a classic. From what the sneaker industry sources tell us, at its core, this modern pair of kicks is still a solid running shoe.
The original model that influences its design features an upper that uses traditional materials. Meanwhile, the Air Max 2090, keeps the silhouette but opts for something a little flashy. We see its blend of opaque and transparent fabrics with bold stitching patterns in bright colors. Overall it gives the sneakers a distinct aesthetic that begs for attention.
In addition to the snazzy look are enhancements that users will feel and experience once they slip these on. Pure ergonomic bliss is what owners can look forward to as the Nike Air Max 2090 comes with outstanding comfort. The internal lining and heel cushioning will make walking and running feel like your floating on air.
Images courtesy of Nike
In the past, BMW has partnered with other brands to create amazing products that flaunt outstanding performance and impressive design. This iconic German marque does not limit itself to automotive endeavors only. As such, consumers can enjoy collaborations that ship with top-notch quality and attractive looks. Teaming up with 3T, the company is lending its skills to enhance the Exploro road bike. So far, from a visual standpoint, things are looking great.
The Italian company is already a renowned brand when it comes to reliable bicycles. Thus, the addition of BMW to the list just makes it even better. As its name suggests, the Exploro is an all-terrain model for those who seek adventure off the beaten path. Therefore, the special edition versions will take the quality and performance up a notch to the delight of their owners.
3T already has a robust and dynamic design with the original, but additional enhancements are always welcome. The material of choice is unidirectional pre-preg carbon fiber for outstanding durability despite its lightweight nature. It is shipping with Fulcrum Racing 7 DB with DRP double-seal hubs. Likewise, these alloys come with Schwalbe G-ONE SPEED Evo tires.
Then there’s the Brooks Cambium bartape and Brooks Cambium C17 H saddle for superior comfort and ergonomics. Next are several Shimano components on the rear derailleur, brakes, cassette, and the shift/brake levers as well. The BMW Exploro from 3T is looking like an even more premium option of an already high-end bicycle. The manufacturer is offering two colorways for this deluxe model: Grey/Grey/Mint and Grey/Blue.
Images courtesy of 3T
No matter how we want it to be all okay, we can’t turn out back to what’s happening to our planet. Our worst fears are already here as climate change is devastating the world. All living things are affected, and it will only get worse if humanity does not put a stop what’s causing it. Therefore, several industries are implementing new ways to lessen environmental impact. Each segment is exploring new ways to reduce emissions, while others are finding new methods for sustainability. This time, we’re highlighting Reebok and its Forever Floatride GROW.
Plastic is one of the biggest contributors to landfills and marine pollution as these are generally non-recyclable. Reebok, along with other sports apparel brands such as Adidas, Converse, and Nike are showcasing a lineup of footwear that are practically renewable. Through innovative recycling methods, these manufacturers are putting waste plastic to good use. Meanwhile, there is another way to avoid adding to the waste dilemma. That’s where the Forever Floatride GROW comes in.
According to Rebook, its new model is a 100% sustainable product. It’s not releasing anytime soon, but it is something we are eager to have on our feet. The brand is not the only one to make the claim. Native Shoes previously gave us the Plant Shoe, which as the name suggest is as eco-friendly as it gets. The materials it uses are all sourced from various flora. Meanwhile, the Forever Floatride GROW is using a mix of algae, natural rubber, castor beans, and eucalyptus. We are seriously hoping that more companies adopt a similar approach.
Images courtesy of Reebok
Sneaker culture is growing exponentially over the years. It used to be that people bought sneaker purely for athletic purposes. Now, consumers are more flexible and prefer to buy pairs that are fashionable and offer comfort over performance. Striking the right balance between aesthetics, ergonomics, and functionality can be difficult for manufacturers. Yet, sometimes the stars align perfectly and deliver just enough inspiration to craft an attractive set of kicks. One such example is the On Cloud Hi Edge.
On is a Swiss Brand recognized for footwear that caters to individuals who love running. Now, it’s making a small shift to give its fans a reliable running shoe that also makes the owner look good during leisurely engagements. The Cloud Hi Edge does not only appear stylish for urban excursions, but it is ready to adapt the moment you shift to a sprint.
The manufacturer is currently offering four colourways to suit anyone’s tastes. We have Sand/Brown, Sand/Acacia, Ink/Mustard, and Juniper/Glacier. In our opinion, all variants look remarkable. There enough contrast between the shades and just the right amount of bright tones. The latter is a common feature among running shoes to keep users visible in low-light situations.
According to On, the Cloud Hi Edge is a limited-edition release with street-ready style in mind. It may be an experimental venture, but we can’t help but want more of it in the future. Details about the materials are quite scarce, but we do know that the upper mesh comes with a mix of different textiles. It sits on Heloin superfoam with CloudTec outsole. Moreover, the Speedboard polymer gives owners superior support and assistance during their runs.
Images courtesy of On
It’s time for another awesome collaboration between an iconic sports apparel company and a British fashion designer. The Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP Camo is another pair of kicks that flaunts an outdoor or tactical vibe thanks to the camouflage print. This limited-edition item is only available via the 1017 ALYX 9SM website. This is the latest of many footwears designed by Matthew M. Williams for Nike. It retains the familiar elements of the older previous variants, which is actually a good thing.
Let’s begin with the most noticeable feature of the Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP Camo, the removable crampon accessory. It might like your average rubber outsole material, but the designer doesn’t want to settle for anything other than Vibram. The material is sturdy, reliable, and delivers exceptional grip to enhance traction on varying surfaces. This allows the user to configure the sneakers for both outdoor and indoor use. The Velcro strap that holds it securely in place makes it easy to detach the outsole.
Upon removal, users can still enjoy the superior cushioning and performance of the Free Run outsole. The upper is a mix of synthetic fabric and leather with a side zipper to give it a snug fit for the user. The laces allow you to make the necessary adjustments to ensure comfort as well. Meanwhile, the moulded overlays not only add some contrast to the patterns but add another layer of durability. The Nike x MMW Free TR 3 SP Camo is currently an exclusive sold only by 1017 ALYX 9SM.
Images courtesy of Nike