Inov8 Mudtalon Speed – first impressions
Fell Running Guide
by dave
4M ago
The Mudtalon Speed is the latest fell running shoe from Inov8. As its name implies it is designed for fast paced running in muddy terrain. I’ve had a few runs in them, here are my first impressions. Inov8 have built a reputation for trail and fell running shoes that are designed for the muddiest of conditions. The Mudclaw and X-Talon models have become established favourites of many fell runners, particularly in the UK. Their new offering, the Mudtalon Speed, is designed to combine the best of both shoes. Inov8 Mudtalon Speed shoes Features The first noticeable feature when looking at the Mu ..read more
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Coros Optical Heart Rate Monitor Strap Test
Fell Running Guide
by dave
6M ago
Optical heart rate monitors on the back of watches are known to be unreliable. I wanted to see how the optical, strap sensor from Coros performed when compared to a chest strap heart rate monitor. I’ve recorded my heart rate whilst training for well over 15 years. I’ve experimented with wrist based sensors but found them to be extremely unreliable compared to a chest strap so for the vast majority of my runs I have used a chest strap. I’m currently using the Garmin Run strap paired with a Garmin Fenix 5 watch. I’d heard that optical sensors worn on your arm tended to be more accurate than wris ..read more
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Moonlight Mountain Gear Bright As Day 800 Headtorch Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
7M ago
The Bright As Day 800 headtorch from Moonlight Mountain Gear is a powerful, versatile torch. Here I take a look at its features and discuss who might use it. For some types of running you can get away with a head torch that offers moderate levels of brightness and short battery life. However there are times when you need something significantly more powerful and with a battery that can see you through an extended outing. The Bright As Day 800 falls into the second category. Moonlight Mountain Gear Bright As Day 800 First impressions As soon as you see the B.A.D. 800 you can tell it is a qual ..read more
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Nitecore NU25 / NU25UL Headtorch Review – How does it perform?
Fell Running Guide
by dave
7M ago
Nitecore head torches are becoming increasingly popular with hikers and runners who want a lightweight torch that still offers good performance in terms of brightness and battery life. Here I look at Nitecore’s latest lightweight offerings, the NU25 and the NU25UL. The Nitecore NU25 and NU25UL are essentially the same torch with a different headband. The UL shaves around 10g off by just using elastic cord rather than a cord and strap combination on the NU25. Take the headbands off and you’ve got identical torches. The torch body is plastic which combined with the headband design gives a very l ..read more
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Nank (Naenka) Runner Pro2 Bone Conduction Headphones Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
8M ago
The Runner Pro2 are the latest version of bone conduction headphones from Nank (Naenka). I’ve tried two of their previous models so was interested to see what was different about the latest version. Note that Naenka have changed their name and are now known as Nank (Naenka). My reviews of the original Runner Pro can be read here and the Runner Neo review here Nank (Naenka) Runner Pro2 waterproof headphones So, what has changed? Visually the Runner Pro2 look very similar to previous versions, they share the same basic shape with the flexible cradle looping round the back of the head and over ..read more
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Naenka Runner Neo Bone Conduction Headphones Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
11M ago
Runner Neo are the latest bone conduction headphones from Naenka, featuring wireless charging and with more battery life than their previous models. The Runner Neo are designed for runners who want to listen to audio without compromising their awareness of the surroundings. I recently reviewed Naenka’s Runner Pro bone conduction headphones, (link here) the Runner Neo are the latest offering with lots of similarities but a few key differences. I’ve been testing them for a few weeks, here are my impressions. Runner Neo bone conduction headphones Visually the Neo look very similar to the Pro, I ..read more
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Camelbak Octane 22 Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1y ago
The Camelbak Octane 22 is a lightweight backpack with lots of storage options. Here I look at its features in more detail and discuss what activities it might be used for. Firstly, the name is quite deceptive with 22 referring to the pack’s capacity of twenty two litres. This is quite small for a backpack and not really sufficient to carry enough kit for a lightweight camping trip. However the 22 refers to the internal capacity, once you add the storage of the external stretch pockets and numerous pockets on the harness the Octane offers much more volume and carrying capacity. lots of storage ..read more
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My Fastpacking Kit
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1y ago
Getting out for a run or fast hike, with a small pack and some lightweight kit for an overnight camp, is fantastic! Here’s a description of some of the kit that I use. Shelter – tent or tarp? I have two options: a 1 person lightweight tent and a small tarp. The tent is the Nordisk Telemark 1 LW; the tarp is the DD Hammocks SuperLight S. Although the tarp is lighter and packs down smaller than the tent, it requires use of a bivvy bag to protect my sleeping bag from condensation (even on a breezy night the tarp can develop condensation on the underside which can drip or otherwise wet anything th ..read more
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Naenka Runner Pro Bone Conduction Headphones Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1y ago
Runner Pro headphones by Naenka use bone conducting technology rather than traditional ear pieces. They are designed for sports use where having an awareness of your surroundings is important. Personally I don’t use headphones on any of my runs, I prefer the sounds of nature and to be alone with my own thoughts. I have used them to try to relieve the monotony of being sat on a turbo trainer, but I find that the slightest head movement causes them to fall out. I do however use normal earphones to listen to podcasts and watch videos at home and I get annoyed whenever I catch the wire and pull th ..read more
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Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 280 Review
Fell Running Guide
by dave
1y 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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