Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gear Reviews

Kali Phenom

While I think it’s safe to say that the Kali Protectives brand is currently relatively unknown in British road cycling / triathlon circles, they actually already have a strong pedigree and following in the BMX and Downhill MTB markets, with world-class riders trusting their ‘lids’.

The Kali Phenom spearheads the company’s drive into the road cycling market for 2014, with a lower-priced Loka model also available.

Huub Archimedes

In the triathlon world, Huub seems to be the equivalent of an overnight sensation. In the space of just a couple of years they’ve gone from obscurity to one of the recognized leaders in triathlon wetsuits (they have a growing range of other kit too, but I think even they’d agree they are best known for their wetties). Their sponsorship strategy of working with the fastest swimmers in triathlon (at all distances), certainly hasn’t hurt, but then neither has their unique design.  

Casco Speedster

A few things led me to write this review of the Casco Speedster semi-aero helmet (that’s my term for it, not the manufacturer’s). Last year, I wore the Kask Bambino helmet (review here) and for the most part I thought it was a pretty good lid for triathlon. The biggest drawbacks were getting it on in T1 (I messed it up as often as I got it right) and fogging of the lens in humid conditions (resulting in me losing a £40 tinted visor at the tri world champs last September). But the Bambino is comfortable and there is no doubt it is aerodynamic.

Endurance Junkie Olympic Tri Suit

Endurance Junkie is probably best known for its innovative ‘Sportwool’ trisuit which incorporates a blend of merino wool into the upper body of the trisuit (available in sleeveless and short-sleeved variants) to help with moisture wicking and heat regulation in longer races.

Skechers GORun Ultra – first impressions

As someone who doesn’t tend to run more than a half marathon, I feel a little bit fraudulent reviewing a training shoe with the word ‘Ultra’ in its name! But with 150km under the soles, I can at least give a perspective of how the GORun Ultra from Skechers compares both to the other shoes in the Skechers range as well as other high mileage shoes.

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