Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 280 Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
3w ago
The Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 280 is a highly cushioned trail shoe with a wide fit. The Trailfly, as its name suggests, is a shoe designed for long distance trail running. Its unique selling point is the high level of cushioning and energy return offered by the nitrogen infused foam in the sole unit. That sounds impressive but do they measure up to the hype? Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 280 Features Inov-8 offer a wide range of trail and fell running shoes, the feature that makes the Trailfly Ultra G 280 stand out from the others is its cushioning. The “FLYSPEED” midsole uses foam infused with nitr ..read more
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WakiWaki Water Purifier Bottle Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
Do you filter your water whilst out in the hills? Often when you are out in the hills there is plenty of water to be found in streams, lakes and ponds. In the higher mountains it’s usually safe to drink out of flowing streams but what about on the lower fells? Rather than take a risk it’s probably best to filter any water before drinking it. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to water filtering systems, a brand I’ve only just heard of is WakiWaki. Here I look at their Blue Purifier water bottle (also available in orange and purple) blue bottle with filter installed Features The system co ..read more
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Harrier Helvellyn Pro Carbon Poles
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
The Helvellyn Pro Carbon are Harrier’s top of the range collapsible poles that are suitable for both trail running and hiking. Although not allowed in fell races, running poles are becoming accepted and more widely used in longer distance trail running events. It is not unusual nowadays to see people using them on the Bob Graham Round – much to the disapproval of some of the traditionalists! On longer multi-day events such as the Spine Race, Dragon’s Back and Cape Wrath Ultra most of the runners will use poles at some point, including the elite runners at the front end of the race. The Helvell ..read more
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Voom Nutrition Energy Bars – Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
VOOM Pocket Rocket energy bars are an alternative to gels, giving you an easily digestible energy boost to fuel your training and racing. Energy gels are an efficient way of taking in sufficient carbohydrate to fuel your long training runs and races, but they have a downside – you are left with a sticky packet that seeps its remaining contents into your pocket or pack – yuk! Wouldn’t it be good if you could have a quick energy hit without the mess. VOOM Nutrition offer an alternative in the form of their Pocket Rocket energy bars. VOOM bars The barsThere are three different bars in the ..read more
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Inov-8 X-Talon Ultra 260 V2 Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
The Inov-8 X-Talon Ultra 260 Version 2 is a wider fitting shoe offering aggressive grip for muddy conditions. Inov-8 X-Talons have long been a favourite shoe for runners seeking good grip in muddy conditions but most of the versions are tight fitting and maybe don’t suit the runner with a wider foot. The Ultra 260 is a wider fitting shoe and as its name suggests is designed for longer runs where aggressive grip is required. X-Talon Ultra 260 V2 Features Whilst branded as an X-Talon the Ultra 260 V2 doesn’t share the same appearance as other X-Talons. Noticeably the tread pattern is diff ..read more
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Should you “size up” your running shoes?
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
I’ve often heard runners say that they buy shoes that are slightly too big to allow for their feet to swell whilst running. This idea of “sizing up” and buying a shoe that is half or maybe even a full size bigger than you would normally wear doesn’t quite make sense to me. Here’s why: Firstly I’d question if your feet do actually swell during running. Whilst there is some evidence that over hydrating can cause feet swelling (link) and that oedema can occur during prolonged exercise such as ultra distance events, it isn’t guaranteed to happen to everyone. Secondly, even ..read more
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Cimalp Blizzard Thermal Jacket Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
The Cimalp Blizzard is a running jacket specifically designed for use in cold conditions. Although not widely known in the UK, the French company Cimalp have been producing specialist outdoor clothing for over 50 years. With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent days it seems like a good time to review their Blizzard jacket. Our winters tend to be mild and wet and for most of my runs I’ll wear a long sleeved base layer plus a waterproof jacket if needed. However, occasionally we get very cold days where staying warm is more important than staying dry. What to wear on days ..read more
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Nitecore UT27 Headtorch Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
The Nitecore UT27 is a lightweight Dual Beam head torch ideally suited to trail and fell running. Following on from the UT32, Nitecore have produced another lightweight, dual beam head torch; the UT27, available from November 2021 Design The UT27 is simple in its design with the battery housed in the same unit as the lenses. Having the battery on the front of the head rather than in a separate rear housing can sometimes make head torches feel “top heavy” and unbalanced but not this one. The UT27 weighs in at a remarkably light 75g including battery. This is one of the lightest head torche ..read more
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Nitecore UT32 Headtorch Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
The Nitecore UT32 is a dual-light head torch designed for trail running. The UT32 is an interesting torch with a unique feature in that it has two lenses; a standard white light and a warmer, yellow coloured light which is designed for use in poor visibility such as fog or drizzle. The theory is that the warm white light is better able to penetrate in poor visibility. Design The Nitecore UT32 feels well made; the compact aluminium housing is reassuringly rugged without being heavy and two large buttons turn the torch on and control the settings. You need to press both buttons togethe ..read more
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Route 40 Graduated Compression Socks
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1M ago
Route 40 claim that their graduated compression socks are the world’s most advanced! The socks, with their different levels of compression throughout, are purported to increase circulation, reduced soreness and lead to faster recovery. I must admit that I’m always pretty cynical when I read claims like this, for a couple of reasons. Firstly I’d like to read the scientific study that backs up the claims and see it reported in a recognised Sports Science or Sports Medicine journal. Secondly, if true I’d expect to see all of the world’s top runners wearing them! Route 40 Graduated Compression So ..read more
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