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…

Gear: new Suunto Ambit2 R

It wasn’t that long ago that Suunto launched its new range of Ambits. Okay, so it was April 2013, which in technology time is a few light years back. And while our running has probably not advanced that much since then (speaking for myself at least), gadgetry waits for no man nor his faltering training plan. This latest release, the Ambit2 R, is  particularly pertinent to the running fraternity with features honed for our breed. Personally, I take note of the…

Gear review: Compressport Trail Shorts

Compressport  isn’t new to the compression garment game having already made its mark in the triathlon scene with its flagship calf sleeves. More recently, and driven by the personal passion of the brand owner, Compressport has ventured into the trail running sphere, working with European trail running legend, Seb Chaigneau, to design a range of functional trail-specific compression garments. According to Caine Warburton**, the trail running shorts are one of the range highlights. Design: It’s evident out of the box that…

Latest Trail Run Mag blazes new trail

You know that feeling when you run a trail for the first time? It’s all new, fresh dirt, exploding the senses – makes you wanna steam through the jungle… Well, get ready to feel the same bolt of change when you open up the pages of the latest Trail Run Mag, Edition 10, hitting the e-shelves right now, because you’re in for a surprise. Last edition we checked in with new editors (welcome Rachel Jaqueline as our Asia Bureau Chief…

Review: Vigilante Racer Puff Jacket

What? Don’t you get cold after a winter run? Oh, you’re one of those shorts-in-an-ice-storm kinda peeps..? Well, bully to you but there’s no numb-nuts hero bluster on this end: I’m pretty serious about being warm before and after my crisp season trail outings. In fact, I revel in rugging up once my mud mauling is done. So when the Trail Run Mag crew headed for a multiday sojourn to the winter alps to run day in, day out, the…

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