Posts Tagged ‘running jackets’

New Shoes & kit from Brooks Running

June 25, 2016 at 12:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

A few weeks ago, I was invited to view the upcoming new shoe launches from Brooks Running – and there are some interesting new running shoes in the range. Pick of my favourites was the Hyperion, £90, their lightest and fastest road shoe. It has a stretch woven upper for a seamless sock-like fit and so I’m intrigued about trying it for triathlon as it should mean I can move straight from bike to running keeping transition to a minimum. It also looks fantastic. It is not a shoe for a beginner though as it relies on you being biomechanically strong. Or at least over a short distance. I’d use these for 5km and 10kms but no  more. Not that they can’t be used for longer distances but you’d need to be a stronger runner than I.

 

Hyperion

Hyperion

 

Their big new launch is the Neuro, £115, which looks like very chunky and yet when you pick it up, it feels as light as anything. Aimed at those who want to run fast, the ‘pods’ on the sole are aimed at promoting neurological feedback so that the body adapts and creates improved biomechanics while also creating rapid energy return. It also has a hammock system that helps to wrap the underfoot to help better foot alignment. It looks kind of funky and sounds good in theory but the jury is out until I review them.

 

Neuro, second down

Neuro, second down

On the clothes side of things, I am a HUGE fan of their LSD Running Jackets, £49. These are absolute genius pieces of kit and I think EVERY female runner should have one. They are super light-weight, windproof and water resistant. Best of all, they pack away into the pocket and you can wear it round your arm. They are invaluable for taking on runs where you don’t know what the weather is going to do and even better for race start lines. I’ve worn it to loads of races and then tied round my arm and been completely unbothered by it, it’s so lightweight. It is one of the best pieces of kit that I own and they’ve no launched it in more funky colours.

And my other firm (excuse the pun) favourite is the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer, from £34, a fantastic running bra that keeps you feeling secure and goes up to a DD cup. it has front adjustable straps as well a a hook and eye back and looks good too.

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer



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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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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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