Kate Murray

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  • The best knee brace
    The Best Knee Braces


    After putting seven top-rated knee braces through their paces, our testers chose the Bauerfeind - Sports Knee Support as the best knee brace for superior support and comfort.

  • The best sports bra
    The 13 Best Sports Bras

    Lululemon - Energy

    We asked 12 women with cup sizes ranging from A to DDD-plus to test and rate 11 top-rated sports bras, wearing them during weight lifting, running, HIIT and yoga sessions

  • The best running shorts
    The 10 Best Running Shorts

    Patagonia - Strider Pro

    We interviewed experts and tested 10 top-rated designs to find the best running shorts. For men our favorite pair is the Patagonia - Strider Pro, and for women we picked the Oiselle - Toolbelt Roga.

  • The Best Weighted Vests


    We consulted with a personal trainer and run coach and tested five highly rated weighted vests. We chose the ZFOsports - Short Weighted Vest as the best weighted vest for strength training, Henkelion as the best for running and MIR as the best weighted vest for women.

  • The Best-Tasting Protein Powders

    Optimum Nutrition

    We tested nine highly rated protein powders and determined that Optimum Nutrition - Gold Standard 100% Whey was the best-tasting protein powder. We also liked BSN - Syntha-6 Whey as the best-tasting vanilla and Vega Sport as the best-tasting vegan protein powder.

  • The Best Protein Bars

    KIND - Bar

    Our panel of judges blind-tasted 19 highly rated, nutritious protein bars and chose the KIND bar as the best tasting protein bar, the Mighty Meat Bar as the best for weight loss, the RXBAR as the best for muscle gain and the Rise - Pea Protein Bar as the best clean bar.

  • The Best Stress Balls


    We gripped, squeezed and fidgeted with 12 highly-rated stress balls to pinpoint the ones that actually help relieve stress, sharpen focus and improve hand health. We selected Serenilite - Hand Therapy Ball as the best overall and the Revive Stress Ball as the best for helping ease anxiety.

  • The Best Rolling Duffel Bags

    FŪL - Tour Manager Deluxe

    After testing top-rated rolling duffel bags for capacity, packability and rolling capability over various terrains, we determined that the best full-size rolling duffel is the FŪL - Tour Manager Deluxe. The best carry-on duffel bag is eBags - TLS Mother Lode Mini.

  • The 8 Best Carry-On Backpacks Under $100


    Table of contents The eight carry-on backpacks we tested How we selected How we tested Best overall: eBags – eTech 3.0 Best for light packers: AmazonBasics – Carry-On Travel Backpack and our runner-up. Ultimately, the AmazonBasics backpack won out in a few key areas: its comfort level, laptop compartment and compression straps. With an ultra-cushy […]

  • The Best Backpacks for College

    InCase - Icon

    We put five highly rated backpacks to the test and determined that the InCase - Icon was the best backpack for college. Coming in at a close second is our runner-up, Fjallraven - Raven 28.

  • best cooling towels
    The Best Cooling Towels

    Chill Pal - PVA Cooling Towel

    Compare the cooling towels we tested How we selected To put together our lineup of test-worthy cooling towels, we first looked over the top-rated best-sellers on Amazon and searched for user recommendations on Reddit and YouTube. We also read through buyer reviews on Amazon to determine what cooling towel features were most important to users, […]

  • The Best Weighted Blankets

    Baloo - Weighted Blanket

    We tested four highly acclaimed weighted blankets to determine which one was the best for comfort, breathability and soothing effect. We selected the chemical-free Baloo - Weighted Blanket as the best overall and the best for keeping cool at night is YnM - Cooling Weighted Blanket.

  • The Best Bikini Trimmers

    Philips Norelco - GoStyler

    Our team tested eight highly rated bikini trimmers and bikini razors and selected the Philips Norelco - GoStyler, a men’s body trimmer with an easy-to-maneuver body and small trimmer head, the Veet - Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler and the Gillette - Mach3 Men’s Razor as the best bikini razor.