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Stuff UK February 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
12 Issues

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Incus Nova With Alistair Brownlee involved, you know this backmounted wearable means business. It tracks swimming stroke rate, pace and body roll; the follow-up promises full triathlon stats. from £200 / incus performance.com JBL Reflect Mini NC These running buds offer 21-hour battery life, waterproof build, ANC for gym peace and ambient pass-through for road running… and best of all, they don’t fall out. £130 / jbl.com Forrest This oddly useful Strava-compatible running and cycling app pits you against a virtual race buddy. You set your goal and the ghost racer will compete with you (through audio updates) for the gold medal. £free / iOS…

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drones & action cams

1 HOT BUY NEW DJI Mini 2 £419 / stuff.tv/DJIMini2 Just light enough to avoid having to be registered with the CAA, DJI’s latest pocket drone is a little beast that grabs stellar aerial video. It’s also categorically the most intuitive drone Stuff has ever used, with a controller that’s a multi-function marvel: the basic stick controls are all you really need to get started, with everything the camera sees displayed in real time on your phone using the DJI Fly app. Best of all, unlike the old Mavic Mini, it’s capable of shooting in 4K. Stuff says Fly, shoot, repeat: DJI’s latest dinky drone soars above the competition 2 DJI Mavic Air 2 £769 / stuff.tv/MavicAir2 DJI has built on the platform of a simple entry-level drone and thrown in a heap of pro features, so those dipping a toe…

2 min
gymmy hench tricks

Hassles made of hand The dual-mode LED/LCD display is clear and concise, and includes a satisfying calorie-killer totaliser. The only downside is that heart-rate readings only show up when switching from the handles to the in-built receivers. App from the skies Trainer-led guided workouts can be tailored to time, but switch to the Explore the World app and you can tour iconic locations – hello naked rambling without leaving the house – and race against your own shadow avatar. £1999 / stuff.tv/BowflexM8 The Max Trainer M8 is a kind of elliptical step machine and treadmill in one – which basically means you’ll feel like you’re constantly walking (or running) upstairs, rather than strolling on flat plains. That should equal quads and calves of steel, but swinging arms work the upper body too. First…

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?wtf is stream locator?

Don’t tell me this is some sort of smart dowsing gadget for finding water? As with most attempts at discovering life-preserving liquids with a forked stick, you’re miles away. Instead, StreamLocator is a dedicated hub for tapping into top-flight sporting events and hit shows without paying full whack or waiting for a British broadcaster to air them. It acts like a VPN, blocking geo-locations so you can sign up for services like HBO Max or watch Premier League games via a Canadian channel for a fraction of the cost. Not dodgy at all, then… Its creators claim that unlocking foreign streaming services is above board – and compatible with a variety of devices, including Roku streamers, Apple TV, PlayStation and more, so you’re not forced to squint at your phone or tablet. Simply…

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fitness tech

1 HOT BUY BARGAIN BUY Mi Smart Band 5 £30 / stuff.tv/MiBand5 With no installable apps, Xiaomi’s dinky wearable can’t stack up to smartwatches or reply to notifications, but it can relay alerts and track everything from sleep to workouts. It’s better than the Mi Smart Band 4, thanks to a bigger and brighter screen, smarter software and a charger that’s much less annoying. The slightly reduced battery life really isn’t an issue – and with the addition of activity, stress and menstrual cycle tracking, this is a £30 gift that keeps giving. Stuff says Fantastic value and decent features make this an easy fitness tracker to recommend 2 Peloton Bike+ £2295 + £39/m / stuff.tv/PelPlus A fitness phenomenon based around a connected bike with a Full HD touchscreen that streams live and on-demand training sessions 24/7. The ‘+’ version brings…

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dancing in the sleet

Canyon Grail CF SLX 8 eTap The perfect go-anywhere superbike, Canyon’s latest carbon frame weighs in at 830g and offers a phenomenal stiffness-to-weight ratio. It has the class-leading SRAM Force eTap AXS wireless electronic groupset, a flexible carbon seat-post, and double-decker handlebars that give you four hand positions. £5299 / canyon.com Bose Frames Tempo The original Frames gave us a disconcertingly good Bose sound system in our spectacles, and this forward-thinking tech has now been applied to a series of functional sport frames with three interchangeable polarised lenses, non-slip silicone nose-pads and voice-control smarts, all without blocking out traffic noise. £240 / bose.co.uk Alpkit Silvertip Thermal Wetsuit Wild swimming was fun in July, but in February cracking ice on the pond is hardly appealing. What you need is a fleece-lined thermal wetsuit that’s been designed for icy…