SHOE REVIEW: Brooks Cascadia of dreams

TRM reviews the tenth iteration of Brooks‘ persistent, consistent performer, the Cascadia. This review appears along with more shoe and gear guides (and plenty more trail porn) in the current edition of Trail Run Mag (17) available for FREE DOWNLOAD, here.  In Nigeria, a tenth birthday is considered an extremely special event. It warrants a huge party and a feast of an entire roasted cow or goat. Well, bring out the goat! For here’s a tenth birthday worth a herd of them,…

Shoe Review – La Sportiva Bushido

The Bush Warrior Bushido – the way of the warrior – or Bush-I-do? Choosing between an Italian shoe company appropriating a Japanese cultural concept and my misappropriation, I’d prop for the latter. And it’s an apt because the La Sportiva Bushidos do all kinds of bush, from sandy coastal scrub to high alpine snow gums and everything inbetween – the rockier the better. The Bushidos are a ruggedly handsome, aggressive midweight trail running shoe that look chunky at first glance…

Shoe Review – The North Face Ultra Trail II

Ultra refined: a review of The North Face Ultra Trail II. For this review and more shoes gets, see the latest edition of Trail Run Mag, downloadable for FREE here.  Another second-iteration shoe in this edition’s shoe slots, and yet another study in the art of refinement, although in this case The North Face has upped the incremental improvement ante over it’s Nike compadre. WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF ULTRA TRAIL 2s? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW!   The Ultra Trail II…

Trail Shoe Review: Raidlight R-Light 002 

Ever see Transformers? Be that the old cartoon on telly or the modern day slick flicks (prefer the former myself). Either way, in the Raidlight R-Light 002, you have the French trail running shoe equivalent. Looking at these you anticipate that all those slightly eighties-esque color patches will start to disassemble and reassemble themselves into another fighting form. And in a way they do. Unlike their robot counterparts, however, the physical profile of these remains intact, but the expectation of…

REVIEW: Blister Bomb anti chafe

You can stick Blister Bomber up your bum. Literally, I mean. As in, if you’re on trail and the rub is getting raw between your cheeks, Blister Bomber is perhaps the best-qualified anti-chafe product to whip out there and then and salve the situation. Of course, here’s where I recommend some caution: perhaps you slip off into the bushes first, for privacy-sake, and the fact that if someone comes hoofing around the bend just as you’re akimbo, shorts at half-mast,…

REVIEW: Brooks Pure Grit 3

GRIT FOR GRIME >> Brooks Pure Grit 3 Ask and thy shall receive. Not necessarily because anyone is listening. Just because sometimes the Gods of Iteration get it right. In previous reviews I’ve been complimentary about Brooks Cascadia and Pure Grit models, with some minor gripes.  If you combined the general gist of my opinion on past outings of both models, the thematic would be that they needed to be whacked into a blender together, and hopefully the alchemy that…

SHOE REVIEW: TNF Ultra Trail

Ultra Dependable One award gets you noticed, more awards gets you credibility and The North Face Ultra Trail’s have quickly garnered some serious kudos in mag land winning gongs the likes of Outside Magazine’s 2014 Gear of the Year Award in the trail running category and Runner’s World Magazine Best Debut Award Winner. That’s not a bad looking trophy cabinet for under half a season of being on the playing field. You can see the marketing bods – chuffed at…

Gear: Suunto Ambit2 R Review

Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone  Ain’t that just the case? One week I’m happily logging Kms, blissfully unaware of the glorious Ambit2 (A2) strapped to my wrist and then Suunto Australia send an Ambit2 R our way and all of a sudden I’m asking myself whether my next few runs are likely to need more than 8hrs of battery life. If not, ye’ olde’ wrist anchor is getting left…

Review: Camelbak All Clear water purifier

It’s not your regular on-the-back hydration source, but for those longer multi day runs where you’re in the middle of potentially contaminated nowhere, this bit of water kit may just keep the in-out body fluid equation in your favour. TRM Assoc. Ed, Simon Madden, reviews the Camelbak All Clear Water Purifier. Clean, clear, beautiful, abundant, quenching, life-giving water. We, the privileged few, take it for granted, but it is not always so abundant and, worse still, when it is fouled by…

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