Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gear Reviews

Elivar - Prepare, Endure & Recover

If there’s one thing there’s no shortage of, it’s sports nutrition.  Everywhere you look there’s everything on offer from protein powders to (legal) performance enhancing (or so they claim!) supplements.  But what I hadn’t seen until recently was a sports nutrition range aimed purely at the MAMIL (well, actually the MAFIL as well, but that spoils the line…).

Elivar is a new name on the sports nutrition market, but it is making a niche for itself by targeting the ’35 plus’ market, where the Elivar founders believe that the nutritional needs are markedly different from athletes in their teens and twenties.

Kask Bambino

When it comes to going faster on your bike, most authorities agree that one of the most cost-effective (i.e. speed increase for money spent) investments you can make is in an aero helmet.  Estimates vary on exactly how much time you can save over the course of a triathlon bike course (or, of course, a TT), but compared to spending £1000-plus on an aero wheelset, a couple of hundred pounds on a helmet seems like a bargain.

Skechers GOBionic Trail

Yup; it’s the time of the year when runs start to get cold, wet and - if like me you live in a rural setting - pretty darned mucky! So with that in mind I thought this would be a good time to take a look at Skechers’ GOBionic Trail shoes.

The GOBionic Trails replace Skechers previous GORun Trail shoes (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and feature a slightly different approach, more akin to the GOBionic run shoes the firm introduced a while back. The idea of the GOBionic Trails is that they offer a ‘barefoot feel’ but with the obvious weather and sole protection you’d expect from a shoe designed for off-road runs.

Skechers GORun Ride

It has taken me quite a while to get round to writing this particular gear review. Not because I'm lazy (although some would argue I am!), but instead because it's actually taken quite a long time to form a definitive opinion on the Skechers GORun Ride.

Part of the problem has been that I've become such a fan of the Skechers GORun2 that I don't often wear anything else! But without negating the rest of the review, it's fair to say that the GORun Ride is a shoe that grows on you.

Skechers GOTrail

If you’re like me and are lucky enough to live in an area where the best running is off-road, then you’re going to need a good pair of trail running shoes (especially if you live in the UK, where ‘Summer’ seems to mean cold, wet and windy days!).

The GOTrails are the second shoe I’ve tested from the Performance Division at Skechers (you can read my initial review of the GORun2 shoe here).  The GOTrail is, as the name implies, designed to be a slightly more rugged shoe designed for off-road running.  As such, it has a different upper construction, a tougher and more rugged sole and a bit more support in the heel area.

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