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Fitbitch Reviews…Halo Anti-freeze headband

January 5, 2015 at 4:41
Posted by Rachael Woolston

As we enter the proper season of cold, frosty winter runs and rides, we LOVE this headband which stays put even in fierce winds

I’ve spent over three years training others and myself for marathons, along with MTB and orienteering events. And I’ve experienced cold like you wouldn’t believe.

No matter what I’ve tried, fleece headbands (they slip or fly off in the wind), wooly hats (good but almost too hot and sweaty), jacket hoods (turn right and you can’t see) and nothing has worked.

But over the last few months I’ve been trying out this headband and it is a brilliant, effective, functional piece of kit.

It is a wide headband with covers for your ears which, crucially, stays put, even in the headwind that I found myself running into one day. I’ve also tried it under a bike helmet and it works perfectly.

On the forehead part of the band, it has a ‘yellow seal’,  which helps to redirect sweat away from dripping into your eyes. I must confess, it has been so cold that I haven’t even felt a drip of sweat but perhaps that is because it is so effective.

The only thing I DON’T like about this is a flaw that ALL headbands suffer…they’re just not that stylish when you wear them. Or certainly not on me anyway.

For a more stylish look – and a better range of colours, the Halo headband II, £12.95 comes in 11 lovely colours. But it won’t keep your ears warm!

I’ve long realised that in the toss up between warmth and looking cool when I’m out running or riding for three hours or more, warmth comes first. Hence the overshoes that I’m forced to wear on the bike which look like I have a rubber fetish.

If you’re training for a Spring marathon this year, all I can say is get one. Best headgear I’ve tried in years.

Halo Anti-freeze Headband, £15.99

http://www.haloheadbanduk.com



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Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra, £37

November 12, 2013 at 6:53
Posted by Rachael Woolston

When it comes to sports bras, or any bra in fact, I’ve always avoided those with moulded cups. After all, if have a big cup size, why would you want an extra layer of padding?

So, I admit to being a bit put off by the moulded cups when I first saw the Juno bra from Moving Comfort  although it looked good aside from that.

In stylish purple (it comes in a range of colours) it looked nothing like the hammock varieties that so often seem to the stock choice for any woman who wants to exercise and is over a C cup. I still didn’t like the moulding though which only added to my proportions when I wore the bra. Not something that I want to think about when I’m trying to visualise myself as athletic when I’m running.

Putting that to one side though, this bra ticks all the right boxes on everything else.

It is an encapsulation variety which means it compresses and holds securely so you feel completely confident no matter what exercise you are doing. It has three hook and eye fasteners on the back and a cross over design that is both comfortable and would, I suspect, make even those who are bigger feel secure without feeling like they’ve been bound up.

Best of all, it has adjustable front straps so that you don’t have to suffer the ignominy of trying to squeeze the bra over your head to do it up. Or get it off, which is always hard when you’re exhausted after a long run. Simply thread the straps through a hook and loop enclosure at the front and it’s done.

Because of the straps and sturdy cross over design, the worry was that it would rub when worn during long races. But in error, I took this to the Mizuno Amsterdam Half Marathon and it performed so well, neither rubbing or feeling sweaty, that I wore it to run the Beachy Head Marathon too.

I’m still not a convert to moulding but perhaps some women like the ‘modesty’ aspect, as it is referred to.  I’ve got over that beacuse in all other respects this is a great sports bra.

The Juno bra is available in sizes 30C to 40DD.

For stockists enquiries visit www.movingcomfort.co.uk

 



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Gear Review: Brooks Nightlife LSD Like Jacket, £65

August 13, 2013 at 5:23
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

 

Whether you’re a morning or an evening runner, truth be told the summer sun is beginning to wane and darker nights and mornings are just around the corner. And while another heatwave is meant to be on the cards, I for one have been caught out in a few huge downpours (noticeably up on the South Downs with 25 of our running club last week).

But it didn’t matter because I was trialling out this Brooks running jacket.

By far the very best thing about this jacket is how light it is just 4.3ounces. To put that into perspective, that’s lighter than a pair of ski gloves or even most winter running gloves. It also packs into its own pocket which is why I happened to have it with me when the heavens opened 8miles into a 9mile off road run. I’d clipped it to my running belt and then tucked it in between my waist and the belt so I was hardly aware that it was there.

It also has a easy cinch hood which, unlike many other running jackets, keeps the hood in place so when you turn your head, you don’t find yourself looking into the side of the hood fabric.

While this is wind proof though, it is only water repllent so it won’t stand up to a long run in a constant downpour.

Perfect for autumn or spring running, or short runs where you know you’re  not going to face changeable weather over many hours. Or simply to pack when you go off travelling or on holiday. I’ll be taking it with me that’s for sure.

For your nearest stockists visit http://brooksrunning.eu



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Brooks Running Apparel AW 2013

June 28, 2013 at 6:28
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Base layer


While we HATE mentioning the W word when we are only in June, we only do so here because the Brooks Running new Autumn-Winter range looks so fantastic.
From wind proof, shaped running jackets for women to these fab base layers (which we’d be happy to wear on top) the new range impressed us when we visited their recent press day.

Brook’s slogan is Run Happy, and it is certainly a philosophy echoed at their headquarters surrounded by stunning Sussex countryside.

Do the products stand up to performance scrutiny? Check back here for our reviews over the upcoming months.

Pure range running shoes



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