Sports apparel is mostly about style over performance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have both.
ANTA has a variety of tops and bottoms available for every athlete on the move that not only stand out from an aesthetic sense, but are also designed to get you training at your best. Their A-Cool Faster and A-Sports Energy technology are especially perfect for the hot summer months, especially if you plan to break a sweat outdoors. Slip on one of their t-shirts with A-Cool Faster and you’ll feel sweat drained off as the inside remains dry.
It beats running around with a water-logged shirt weighing you down. The coolest part though, is the mini thermometer on the sleeve, which means you can actually keep track of the outdoor temperature so you don’t dehydrate. Pair the t-shirt with ANTA’s trousers or shorts. The wrinkle-free fabric of the trousers stays true to its shape and also wick moisture away. The shorts, meanwhile, feature four-way stretch fabric to maximise movement.
PRICE: Ranging from Dh90 to Dh195
WHERE TO BUY: ANTA stores across the UAE
Dynamism is at the heart of the collection, which features three new additions to the vault and is inspired by the refraction of light during light speed experiments. The boots are available in solar red, solar yellow and shock blue colourways. The X16+ Purechaos is designed for the fastest players in the world, coming in as the manufacturer’s lightest and most aerodynamic shoe. Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is just one of the stars set to race through defences in the solar red boot during 2016/17. It features a state-of-the-art Purecut Sock System which covers the boot laces to give all players the ultimate fit.
The Ace 16+ Purecontrol is one of the most innovative boots on the market. The laceless boot features a Primeknit upper and Non Stop Grip (NSG) technology, meaning France superstar Paul Pogba will possess unrivalled close control in them next season. The final addition is an homage to football’s greatest player. The Messi 16+ Pureagility has been given the shock blue treatment. Its Sprintframe has been designed to provide stability and traction in the lightest possible weight.
We had the pleasure of trying out the Ace 16+ Purecontrol (pictured with Al Wahda’s Sebastian Tagliabue) at the adidas activation zone at Dubai Sports World, which you can experience until August 27 as the company seeks out to find the fastest footballer in the Middle East. The lightweight boots helped us glide across the five-a-side pitch without ever feeling flimsy, supreme comfort being provided by the sock-like fit. Our confidence also grew exponentially as our touch became ever-more assured in them. Pogba’s place is not under threat, but you can feel the difference the construction makes to your play. All three boots are not cheap, yet quality comes at a price.
#FirstNeverFollows is the hashtag for the range and if you are serious about taking your game to the next level, they are worth buying.
We rate it: 9 out of 10: You’ll look great and play even better in them.
WHERE TO BUY: Available in all adidas stores across the UAE
PRICE: X16+ Purechaos: Dh995; Ace16+ Purecontrol: Dh1,045; Messi 16+ Pureagility: Dh1,095.
For runners who log heavy usage, finding the right pair of trainers is essential to not only improve your performance, but to keep you comfortable as you constantly hit the pavement. Fortunately, Skechers have the solution with their line of GOrun shoes designed for both men and women to make sure your feet never stop moving.
The GOrun Ride 5 for women features the latest technology for elevated running. The 3D printed overlays, combined with synthetic and mesh fabric, form a breathable upper that feels almost nonexistent.
The outsole, meanwhile, has GOimpulse sensors that allow for a smooth transition and a seamless running motion. One of the more appealing aspects of this trainer is the removable insole, which means you can customise your fit, as well as its weightlessness, coming in at about 6.4 ounces for a women’s size 7.
The GOrun 4 for men, on the other hand, brings its own benefits to the table. A soft, sock-like GO knit upper and the 5Gen cushioning makes this shoe not only ultra responsive, but ultra light as a men’s size 9 weights about 7.8 ounces.
While the GOrun 5 runs slightly narrower, the GOrun 4 has ample space for a roomy forefoot, while still offering plenty of support with the one-piece upper and the Resalyte Midsole and Power Pillar.
As far as aesthetics go, both the GOrun 5 and the GOrun 4 bring modern style and come in a variety of colourways. The Skechers’ ‘S’ on the side has also never looked cooler.
It’s no wonder then that the GOrun 4 was the recipient of the Editor’s Choice award from Runner’s World.
WE RATE IT: 9 out of 10: Responsive and comfy shoes that we would feel just fine wearing for a long, long time.
PRICE: Dh375 for the GOrun 4 and Dh395 for the GOrun 5
WHERE TO BUY: Skechers stores across the UAE
3M Futuro Sport Custom Dial Supports
If you’ve ever played sports, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced some form of tennis/golfer’s elbow. 3M Futuro have found a way to combat the common injury through their custom dial technology, which can support, heal and prevent re-injury from occurring.
Using the custom dial strap, you can put pressure on the affected tendon to provide firmer support without compromising comfort or range of motion. There’s also a product that similarly helps knees, as well as one for wrists.
WHERE TO BUY: Pharmacies, retail outlets and Dubai Duty Free.
Nike Pro Bra Collection
Whatever your body type, the Nike Pro Bra Collection is designed to offer better-than- ever support for all athletes. With more than two years of research, including biomechanics testing and development, Nike has come out with five different styles: Indy, Classic, Fierce, Rival and Hero.
For those wanting less support for activities such as yoga and gym workouts, Indy is the way to go, while Classic and Fierce are great for dancing and running, and Rival and Hero are perfect for HIIT training with maximum support.
PRICE: Dh219 to Dh249
WHERE TO BUY: Nike.com and Nike stores across the UAE
The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya
Written by David Miller, the Scotsman offers a unique insight into the mind of a professional cyclist during his last year before retirement, relating to a number of experiences on the World Tour.
Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya
Find out how the Catalan outfit became one of the giants in world football, reliving all the key moments in their history. The informative text is brought to life by dramatic action images.
I Am Ali
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon
Directed by Clare Lewins, watch Ali’s extraordinary story, as a fighter, brother and father — all told from the inside for the very first time, featuring testimonals from the sport’s greats and personal archives of voice recordings and interviews.
Street Soccer: New York
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon
An exciting and touching story of a team of four New York-based players, who have to deal with different challenges when competing in the Street Soccer USA Cup, an annual 16-team tournament for the homeless.
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon
Based on the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship, enjoy the realistic gameplay by racing yourself on different tracks, learn what it takes to build a bike, and for the first time, ride in two brand new indoor stadiums.
WHERE TO BUY: iTunes and Google Play Store
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