A Little Spring in Your Step
It doesn't look like a pogo stick, but Nike won't mind if you think that its new Shox athletic shoe ($150) acts like one. Four springlike columns in the heel absorb impact when your foot hits the ground. Shox come in basketball, cross-training and running styles. Go to www.nike.com.
Like all backpacks, the CamelBak Sherpa ($130) can carry whatever you can cram into its pockets, including your leaking, bulky water bottle. What sets this pack apart, however, is its three-liter water reservoir. To drink, simply bite down on the end of the drinking tube to open the valve. When not compressed, the valve is airtight, so there's no spilling. An empty pack with a fully loaded reservoir weighs 8.7 pounds. To find out about other models and styles, call CamelBak at 800-767-8725 or visit www.camelbak.com.