OMM Kamleika Race Jacket

November 10, 2014 at 8:36
Posted by Rachael Woolston

The race jacket

We’ve said it before and now, with the rain pounding the streets and the thought of long training runs coming up, it seems a great time to say it again…but hands down the very best running jacket you can get is the race jacket by Original Mountain Marathon.

Developed by the organisers of Snowdonia’s Original Mountain Marathon, these jackets are not cheap but they are worth every penny.

I have had the good fortune (well, perhaps running outside in the pouring rain for hours may not be seen as good fortune by some) to try out a lot of performance kit. And nothing compares to the OMM.

Any rain, from a drizzle to a downright deluge, runs off this jacket like water off a duck’s back. But more importantly, you can run and even sprint wearing this and the inside of the jacket remains bone dry rather than getting sweaty.

And that is a very, very rare property in a running jacket.

As you might expect of a company that puts on a race in the variable conditions of Snowdonia, where the elements can suddenly change in seconds, every little detail of this jacket has been brilliantly thought out.

With velcro fastenings at the cuffs to keep out the cold on the arms, a drawstring at the bottom, as well as a two way zip which means you can udo the jacket from the bottom for air circulation.

It is also made of a material that moves and stretches as you move, not like the usual polyester/nylon mix of most running jackets.

And then there is the hood.

Anyone  who exercises or runs regularly will get what I’m saying here. There is nothing more irritating than putting your jacket hood up, only to turn your head and find yourself looking at the inside of your hood.

This hood moves with you, and it doesn’t even flop over your face as you run staying perfectly in place.

The price? The jackets range from approximately £130 to £234 depending on style and colour.

Available at www.wiggle.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk

www.theomm.com



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Review: Moving Comfort Rebound Racer – Plus Exclusive Deal

January 7, 2014 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

Rebound Racer, £39.95 available in B-DD Cup, MovingComfortUK

Hurrah, a sports bra for the generous bust (although only going up to size DD it sadly does not go quite far enough) which does NOT include foam contour inserts. These so called, modesty mouldings just end up making you look like you have had a boob job. Thankfully, there is no such issue with this sports bra, which looks as good as it performs.

Usually, if you want style, you have to opt for a cropped cotton sports bra which may look good but does not provide the necessary support. Otherwise, it’s the hammock style bra in white or black which harks back to women of war time Britain.

Not so with the Moving Comfort, and this is our favourite that we have tested in their range.

It looks great, supports well without making you feel like you are being put into a straitjacket, and comes in a variety of colours from Jade to red, black to purple.

Our only small gripe is that, like many of their other styles, this fastens by way of a hook and clasp at the back with front adjustable straps.  A great idea because it means you can do the back up and then the front, important if you have ever struggled with getting a sports bra over your head and had to dislocate your shoulders to do it up.

But the front fastening straps use velcro and so when you are trying to put them through the hoop at the front, they kept sticking to the material. A minor annoyance and one that we would rather put up with than the alternative – having to get someone to help us do up our sports bra.

And with new research out this week from the University of Portsmouth, which shows how much the breast moves when exercising, wearing the right sports bra becomes even more important.

“We’ve known for some time that the breast moves not just up and down but also from side to side and in and out, and that their is a strong link between movement and breast pain,’ explains Dr Alex Milligan from the University’s Breast Health Research Group. ‘Now we can see exactly where the breast is moving and by how much, this will help us reduce breast pain even more effectively.’

Go without and you may not just suffer from pain but also damage the Coopers ligament, which helps give the breast natural support, permanently.

If you fancy trying out a Moving Comfort sports bra for yourself you are in luck. RunBrighton, Blatchington Road are offering 30% off a range of MC sports bras and 20% off Brooks running shoes.

You must be a member of the Fitbitch running club to get this offer and provide a magic word to get the discount. Email us for the word!

 



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Brooks Glycerin 11, £120

October 11, 2013 at 7:04
Posted by Rachael Woolston

When you are used to running in a shoe that is more minimal in style as I am at Fitbitch,  (my favourite shoe of choice is Brooks Pure Cadence), then it is a bit of a shock when you take the Glycerin 11 out of its box.

These shooes look chunky, with a substantial heel on them and indeed, weigh in at 272 grammes compared to 218g of the Cadence.

They are designed for so called neutral runners, in other words, those who have good biomechanics and don’t ‘roll’ too much when they run. (As running coaches here at Fitbitch, this tends NOT to be the case for beginners but always go to a respectable running shoe store who will be able to advise you and should be able to watch you run).

But, how do they feel on the feet and running?

To be fair, a lot lighter than they look, although there remains a feeling of chunkiness and it would not be a shoe that would be recommended for speed or tempo work.

But for longer distance work, if you are a true neutral runner, then these are a good bet particularly with the redesign of the upper part of the shoe.

Stitching has been eliminated and the mesh work is cool and feels good on the foot.

If you like a neutral shoe with some cushioning, the Glycerin 11 is a good bet.  But if you are a ‘roller’ you need more support (or more conditioning work!) and if you like a more responsive feel, this is not for you.

Available in the colour as shown, or in neon and grey.

www.brooksrunning.co.uk



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Fitbitch Selects…Brooks Autumn Apparel

July 16, 2012 at 4:57
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Last week, we were invited to the new Autumn 2012 collection for Brooks running and this is our top three picks for what to get your hands on.

(And yes, we know it’s horrible to mention the A word, but seeing as there doesn’t appear to be  much difference between the seasons this year, we thought you might find a running wardrobe update rather useful).

 

Epiphany Stretch Short II, £25

Perfect for the latesummer that we are going to have (yes we are, because I say so!) these shorts have a breathable mesh panel and hang just right. After all, there is nothing worse than shorts that are either too tight in the body, or which bulge at the hips making you look like a walking version of Jame’s Giant Peach. They also have an inner mesh so if they fly up in a sudden gust of wind, you won’t reveal all. in a fantastic range of colours with a contrast rollover waistband. Our favourite? Fitbitch Royal Purple and white of course.Available XS-XL, colours from azure and purple to plum and black.

 

 

 

 

Infiniti Hybrid Wind Shirt, £55

If you are a runner, you know that you barely feel the rain when you are running but wind? That is a whole different matter.  On a windy run you can end up chilled to the bone which is why we love this wind shirt. It should help counteract any wind chill factor and has but has breathable side panels so you won’t overehat. With a hidden back zip pocket for keys or gloves and thumb holes in the sleeves so you can pull it down to keep your wrists and arms warm.

This is a favourite of the Brooks team themselves, many of whom are keen runners ( their marketing manager is a former Commonwealth Champion at 3000m) and if it works for them then it is a good buy.

 

 L.S.D Lite Jacket III

This windproof and water resistant shell (if you want waterproof, chose the OMM jacket reviewed here) looks good, with a cinched-in waist for a more feminine look, without it preventing you from moving properly as you run. We have not tested this our selves so how good it is at wicking away sweat remains to be seen.

That aside it has some great features, including a hood that can be cinched in when you turn your head it turns with you, and an inner storm guard pocket so you can run with your IPHONE or IPOD and it will be protected from sweat and rain (we’ve ruined two IPODS this way!) And at only 4.3ounces it’s ultra lightweight and packs into it’s own pocket making it perfect for a long run when you don’t quite know what the weather is going to do.

Available XS-XL, and in colours  black, royal puprle/white and tourmaline/Tropic.

 

The only dud note in a great collection were the Brooks EZ T Cupcake, running t-shirts emblazoned with cupcakes.  Er, why?

www.brooksrunning.co.uk

 



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Fitbitch Reviews: Kamleika Women’s Race Jacket

May 1, 2012 at 5:26
Posted by Rachael Woolston

The race jacket

With one of the wettest months in years, many of you have experienced a soaking while exercising outdoors or running recently. And even with a brief burst of sunshine now, in Spring it is always tricky knowing what to wear on a long run.

Wear too much and you get hot and have to carry your jacket around your waist. Not enough and you run the risk of getting cold, or more likely at the moment, bone-shiveringly soaking wet.

And then there is the whole issue of wearing something waterproof only to find yourself soaking because your jacket doesn’t wick away sweat. Even when it says it does.

Which is why this jacket, by the organisers of Snowdonia’s Original Mountain Marathon, is worth every penny.

Any rain, from a drizzle to a downright deluge, runs off this jacket like water off a duck’s back. But more importantly, you can run and even sprint wearing this and the inside of the jacket remains bone dry.

And that is a very, very rare property in a running jacket. And believe me, I’ve tried loads in my years during which I’ve skied, run, mountain biked and just plain hiked in them.

As you might expect of a company that puts on a race in the variable conditions of Snowdonia, where the elements can suddenly change in seconds, every little detail of this jacket has been brilliantly thought out.

With velcro fastenings at the cuffs to keep out the cold on the arms, a drawstring at the bottom, as well as a two way zip which means you can udo the jacket from the bottom for air circulation. And then there is the hood.

Anyone  who exercises or runs regularly will get what I’m saying here. There is nothing more irritating than putting your jacket hood up, only to turn your head and find yourself looking at the inside of your hood.

This hood moves with you, and it doesn’t even flop over your face as you run staying perfectly in place.

At £150, this jacket is more expensive, and then some, than your average running jacket. But then it is so superior in terms of quality and performance, it is not your average jacket.

I don’t think I’ll be trying any other running jacket brand for quite some time.

www.theomm.com



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Three of the best performance running shoes

April 20, 2012 at 3:49
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fancy stepping up a gear in your running? Step into some minimalist running shoes.

Although don’t go near them until you’ve first read ourreport on whether you’re ready for them.

Best for the entry level racer

Nike LunarRacer+, £87, www.nikestore.co.uk

Weight: 6.7ounces

Weigh these in one hand with an IPhone in the other and the trainers feel lighter which is pretty incredible. Bright pink is not necessarily a colour I would associate with a serious racing shoe but this small quibble aside (they come in yellow too) these are perfect for someone making the transition to a racing shoe as they have more support than most without sacrificing weight gain. They make for an incredibly comfortable, cushioned ride and this last part is crucial. If you are trying lighter shoes for the first time then great, but if you are used to race shoes these could feel a little too cushioned.We loved them though – a Fitbitch favourite.

Best for the conditioned race runner

Brooks T7 Racer, £65, Www.brooksrunning.co.uk

Weight: 6.4ounces

These were the lightest shoe we trialled and worn by the likes of Chrissie Wellington, we were expecting these to be super fast and they are. It feels like you are wearing nothing on your feet although they have just enough protection to make the difference between allowing you to feel the texture of the road without it being painful.

In addition to feeling lighter than pair of blister resistance running socks, these shoes are designed with an asymmetrical upper which means they lace up on a diagonal to work with the natural anatomy of the foot. Shame that for all that, the laces came undone a few times which is not great if you are going for a personal best. Other than this minor flaw, easily fixed by switching laces these are fantastic and look pretty snazzy too. This is a shoe that will help you get your personal best.

 

Best for the racing trail runner

Salamon Speedcross 3, £90, www.salamonrunning.com, 01276 404800

Weight: 9.9ounces

Prefer trail to roads? Well don’t worry because there are performance shoes for you too.

These are super light weight (around 3 ounces lighter than usual trail shoes) and feel like a second skin. They have quick release/tie laces, just requiring you to pull a toggle although tuck them between your laces otherwise they flap about. Their only design flaw, is partly a plus point too and that is their grip.

I tried these on very muddy, steep terrain and they were 100% secure in traction but picked up a lot of mud, which stuck resolutely making them rather less than lightweight. But can you get a shoe with good traction that also ‘releases’ the mud from the soles as you run? That aside I will be racing in these shoes, particularly now they’re not so gleaming-ly neon lime.




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