Friday, January 19, 2018

Gear Reviews

Revant replacement lenses

When it comes to Oakley sunglasses I'm a sucker. I admit it, I'm addicted. I think at the last count I have about ten pairs, including two pairs of Flak Jackets (both custom, naturally!) and Fives. Add some Racing Jackets, Split Jackets and, well you get the idea...

One of the main attractions of the Oakleys for me is the ability to build them exactly the way you want to, choosing the frame colour, contrasting "socks", lens tints etc. And so like I lot of Oakley owners, I like to have a number of lens options for each set of frames. Hey, everybody knows that the route to being a faster cyclist or runner is to get your colour coordination just right! ;)


The ‘trickle down’ effect applies to all areas of life these days, whether it’s technology developed for Formula One finding its way onto road cars or Virtual Reality games designed for soldiers hitting your new Playstation console. And sport is no different.

One area that’s seen a massive explosion in the sports scene recently is (legal!) supplementation for recovery and performance. A number of products have hit the market in recent years claiming to prolong performance, delay fatigue or overcome lactic build-up.

Mini-Review: Activeman Oatein

Activeman is a new range of fitness foods and supplements and they describe Oatein as a "delicious and satisfying high protein, low fat Oatein. Ideal with semi- skimmed milk or soya milk, or as part of a smoothie."

Opening the attractive battery-styled container (representing energy, geddit?) the product looks distinctly like rolled oats, which is hardly surprising as that's essentially what it is! But with a trick; there's also whey protein and whey protein concentrate in there.

Bodyglide Chamois Glide

Bodyglide is best known to us triathletes as an essential for guarding against painful chafing from wetsuits. I’d wager the majority of triathletes have a stick (or two) in their kitbag somewhere!

This new Bodyglide Chamois Glide is an extension of their range and is, you guessed it, designed for keeping your sensitive areas pain and chafe free on the bike. Unlike most chamois creams, the Bodyglide product comes in a stick form (like the Bodyglide lube you know and love), rather than a liquid or cream. Bodyglide calls it a ‘balm’.

See.Sense motion-sensing bike light

The See.Sense is a genuine British innovation, designed in Northern Ireland and marketed as an ‘intelligent’ cycle light. What makes the See.Sense light stands out is its ability to change the frequency and intensity of the light pulses depending on what’s happening to the bike.

The idea is simple, lights that pulse at a regular frequency (and don’t deviate from that frequency) are easier to ignore (whether intentionally or not). See.Sense units flash rapidly when the unit detects that the bike is on the move, slowing down to a more leisurely pulse when the bike comes to a halt – for example when stopped at traffic lights.

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