Review Tags: trail running gear

Manta Foam Roller Review

By Kate Allen When the Manta Foam Roller first arrived in the post I had mixed feelings about it. It looked very smart and came in smart packaging, but the ridges on it made me feel faint at the thought of rolling my delicate quads. In the past I have suffered hugely with a bad …

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The Kendal Mint Company

Last updated: 02-Oct-20 By Stuart Leaney. My first (and only experience) of Kendal mint cake was my Dad giving it to me whilst on a family walking holiday in the Lake District. It was wet and I was a grumpy teenager and I’m not sure if he gave it to me as an energy boost …

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Tried and Tested: Gear that Lasts

Last updated: 03-Dec-20 By Dan Stinton Whilst you’re rummaging through your running cupboard is there something that you end up picking again and again? RunUltra is packed with product reviews and I’ve done a fair few myself on these very pages.  Whilst there has never been any pressure to push out a quick review, generally …

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Review

By Luke Jarmey Coming in all shapes, sizes and consistencies, a key ingredient to a delightfully deep night’s sleep in the wild is a good mattress. Therm-a-Rest are arguably the most recognizable name in the inflatable market. So we were excited to put their NeoAir XLite on test and deduce its suitability for overnight running …

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Altra Superior 4.0

By Seth G The Altra Superior 4.0 is more than a significant update to the Superior line. With an extremely comfortable upper and good traction, I would recommend these shoes for trail races less than 50 km. These are worth considering for those who love the zero drop feel and like a lot of room …

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Inov-8 ROCLITE 345 GTX Review

Last updated: 02-Mar-20 By Luke Jarmey Graphene wonder material in the outsole, a potentially scrumptious hybrid mashup up of trail shoe/hiking boot and all this packed into a tool thoroughly designed for grim weather. Well, I for one was certainly curious to give these kicks a good kicking around over the Winter and Spring here …

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Inov-8 ROCLITE 275 shoe review

Last updated: 30-Dec-19 By Fiona Outdoors The inov-8 ROCLITE 275 shoe is the newest addition to a collection of shoes that are created with graphene soles. Graphene is acclaimed as the world’s strongest material and is 200 times stronger than steel. Inov-8 has infused graphene into the rubber outsoles, making the studs stronger, more elastic …

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Osprey Duro 15

By Seth Grotzke Finding the right pack is like trying to find the perfect porridge… except there are no bears threatening to show up. If you are looking for a pack in the 10-20 litre range, the Osprey Duro 15 is a great option for all-day treks in the mountains or multi-day running excursions. The …

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Global - Virtual

Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.