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The Best New Fitness Products of September 2020

Recently, Tracksmith released a backpack for run commuting, Ten Thousand unveiled a durable workout short, Jaxjox showed off smart dumbbells and more.

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Traditionally, autumn represents a return to normalcy. Students return to school, offices return to regular hours. Many of us return to fitness practices that may have gone neglected during the summer months (low-cal hard seltzer was supposed to make it all okay, right?). But routines are different this fall. Despite gyms opening, half of all members say they won't go back. Public transportation ridership remains low, and the bicycle boom booms on. It's only natural that much of the new athletic gear released this month is for breaking a sweat at home or outside.

Brooks Hyperion Elite 2

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At 7.6 ounces, the Hyperion Elite 2 is made for logging lightweight miles. Everything about the shoe is designed for energy savings, from its bouncy, nitrogen-infused midsole to its rockered outsole, shaped to roll you from one stride into the next. There's also a springy carbon fiber plate for race-day performance.

Buy Now: $250

Black Sheep Cycling Adventure Collection

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It's the beginning of springtime in Australia, where Black Sheep Cycling has established itself on the lighthearted side of a sport too often seen as overly serious. With casual profiles and all-weather materials like merino wool, the Adventure collection is built for any season and occasion, especially gravel riding.

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Tracksmith Mission Backpack

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With schools and businesses reopening in many places, city dwellers may find themselves looking for alternatives to their old public transport commute. Sure, e-bikes and electric scooters are taking off, but run commuting offers a cheaper method that includes a cardio workout. The key to getting it right is a great backpack for plodding along with a laptop and change of clothes, and Tracksmith teamed up with Mission Workshop to make one.

Buy Now: $238

Saysky Running Commuter Backpack

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European cities have long bested American ones when it comes to commuting, so it's no surprise that Copenhagen-based Saysky is also debuting a run-to-work pack for fall. This one is waterproof, fully adjustable, has space for a 15-inch laptop and looks pretty dang slick.

Buy Now: ~$112

Theragun Duo Adapter

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Already have a Theragun? There's a new way to upgrade it in the Duo Adapter, which, according to the company, offers "twice the treatment, twice as fast." The adapter lets you use two massage heads at once and is ideal for targeting contoured areas of the body.

Buy Now: $49

Article One x Ciele GTGlass

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Sport shades that look this good need no explanation, but it's worth noting that this particular pair draws inspiration from the '70s and '80s while using state-of-the-art materials. That technical collaboration is underscored by the one that brought it about, a team-up between Article One and Ciele, maker of our favorite running headwear.

Buy Now: $275

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

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To make a short that can handle workouts that border on masochism, Ten Thousand tapped a crew of over 50 former and current members of the Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders and other Special Forces groups. That brain trust dreamed up the Tactical Short, which can handle hikes as well as HIIT workouts, thanks to a unique ripstop fabric that's both durable and lightweight.

Buy Now: $72

Jaxjox DumbbellConnect

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Following up on its digitally adjustable kettlebell, Jaxjox revealed a new pair of free weights with a range of eight to 50 pounds. Selecting the amount you need is as simple as pressing a button and waiting a moment. With Jaxjox's app, these dumbbells also count reps and sets, calculate average power, volume and more.

Buy Now: $449

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