Product test: some Helly Hansen “Norviz” stuff 

Hey, remember this thing I posted last year?  We all shared a little laugh about how I’m completely incapable of writing product reviews in anything that vaguely resembles a timely fashion, and how I’m basically kryptonite to any sensible marketing campaign. Well, it’s almost Spring, and I’ve had the bloody thing since October, so it’s…

(Vaguely sort of) Shoe Review: Asics Gel Glorify / Gel Luminus

A QUICK WORD ABOUT MY PRODUCT REVIEWS: There are millions of people out there better qualified than me to review running shoes. Possibly billions. Hell, there are penguins shuffling around Antarctica (and not those fancy university-educated penguins either; I’m talking about the ones who routinely get their heads stuck in stuff) who are probably more…

Product review: Fire Up Your Run

Last week the postman turned up with a box of products from Nathan (as in the running brand, not Nathan Finnemore who threw my PE bag into a load of stinging nettles at junior school1), and I found myself sifting through a pile of LED clothing and gadgets from their Fire Up Your Run range.…

These are a few of my favourite things (part two)

And here’s part two. If you haven’t read part one yet, it’s over here. 6. Saucony Kinvara 3 Although they don’t quite match the Nike 4.0 Flyknit for comfort (although they’re a close second), these shoes win hands down for versatility. Despite their lightweight design and low heel drop, these shoes took whatever I threw…

These are a few of my favourite things (part one)

I’ve tried out tons of different clothing, shoes and other products since I started running. Some have been used once or twice and then consigned to a drawer (or to a small hangar on the outskirts of town, in the case of that giant hovercraft I bought. The Parkrun organisers really need to make the…

Another (brief) look at magnetic sports wristbands

A while ago I wrote a blog post about the phenomenon of magnetic wristbands, of the kind often worn by athletes, golfers and people who just really like magnets. You can read the whole thing here if you like, but if you prefer I can sum up my findings as follows: “um… it might work.…

Product review: TomTom Cardio

Product review: TomTom Cardio For the past few weeks I’ve been busy trying out the TomTom Cardio, a new GPS running watch sent to me by the folks at TomTom. It’s being promoted by my old chums at The Running Bug, who have arranged for the watches to be road-tested by a load of bloggers…

Shoo Revoo: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Shoo Revoo: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit I’ve spent the last few weeks trying out a new lightweight running shoe – the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit. Despite my clumpy gait and less-than-svelte frame, I’ve found myself favouring the more minimalist footwear, and found that this type of shoe works for me just as well as any…

Product test: Mr Lacy “Runnies”

(This post follows on from this one here) I don’t understand it. I’ve tried everything. I’ve experimented with different knots, I’ve tried them in different shoes, I spent hours trawling the internet for an instruction manual. But nothing. I just can’t for the life of me get these things to work. I must be doing…