Item: Nike + iPod Sport Kit (which lets runners listen to music while tracking their progress via an iPod Nano).
Why: "Nike + has been a driver for one of our biggest categories: running," said a Nike spokeswoman. "At the point of our one-year anniversary in July more than 22 million miles had been logged, runners had competed in over 110,000 challenges and burned almost 1 billion calories. In a recent survey of nikeplus.com members, 97 percent said they would recommend Nike + iPod to a friend."
Item: The "wellness" pant, capri and tank.
Price: $65 (pant), $56 (capri), $45 (tank).
Why: "Softer than standard nylon, Supplex Lycra won't wrinkle, shrink or fade and holds its shape and color," said a Fila spokeswoman. "The breathable fabric also is odor-, wind-and water-resistant. Supplex Lycra will move and stretch with the body, thus the material story creates a sense of wellness, of comfort, which is essential in yoga practice."
Item: Half-zip workout top.
Why: "Our half-zips are great layering pieces under outerwear or over camis," said a Lucy spokeswoman. "The half-zip allows for ventilation control and is versatile enough to wear from studio to street."
Item: Shape-up jacket.
Why: "The shape-up jacket is a great multifunctional piece," said a Lululemon spokeswoman." With such a wide range of colors and a full range of sizes, it is perfect for any athletic enthusiast."