TAILWIND ENDURANCE FUEL

Review by Giles Penfold TAILWIND. A WIND OF CHANGE IN THE WORLD OF TRAIL RUNNING. But what kind of change, you may be asking? Preventing nutrition ‘gut bombs’ from complete and utter sabotage. The longer answer is a little more nuanced, so I’ve been testing their Endurance Fuel to really understand how it affects my body. First thing’s first (and please skip to the next paragraph if you’re squeamish). Tailwind was born out of one person’s necessity to quite literally…

LSKD

HOLY. SMOKES. Have I found the most comfortable and form fitting running pants, like, ever?! Australian activewear LSKD, based in Qld, claims to ‘hug you in all the right places’…and yes. Yes it does. Yes it does hug me in all the right places.  The LSKD Women’s Fusion Full Length Legging has one of my favourite features in a running pants leg – a high rise fold over waistband with pockets. There’s no seam in the front, so the chance…

BECOMING KILIAN JORNET A Q&A WITH TRAIL RUNNING’S G.O.A.T

He is arguably trail running’s Greatest Of All Time. Kilian Jornet Burgada is a Spanish pro sky runner, trail runner, ski mountaineer, ultra runner and explorer of all things outdoors. Dominant in the sport of running since 2007, Kilian’s list of prestigious wins and titles is longer than you could ever imagine. He’s also summited Mount Everest twice, because why not?! Editor Kate Dzienis together with guest interviewer Simon Poli, an avid trail runner who himself has achieved incredible results…

CELL SQUARED

IF YOU’RE KEEN TO ACTIVATE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF, CELL SQUARED SHOULD BE YOUR GO TO. They provide the very best in delivering ‘back to basics’ ingredients in their health and wellbeing products with superior sourcing, superior quality, and conscious agriculture in Australia. I had the opportunity to test out two of their showstopping products – Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules and their ACO Certified Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Powder. Hear me out, seriously. I understand. You hear the…

WE TESTED: The Nebo Mycro 500+ Headlamp & Cap Light

                NEBO MYCRO 500+ HEADLAMP & CAP LIGHT STILL LOOKING FOR THE IDEAL HEADLAMP BUT STRUGGLING TO FIND SOMETHING WORTH THE MONEY?  This particular brand, NEBO, specialises – and I mean specialises – in products of the illumination variety. I’m talking headlamps, flashlights, work lights, lanterns and pocket lights. For trail runners though, hands-free is what’s we’re after and NEBO’s Mycro 500+ is what you want when it comes to delivering 500 lumens…

Shoe Review: La Sportiva Jackal II BOAs

                REVIEWER: GILES PENFOLD THE JACK(AL) OF ALL TRADES REMEMBER WHEN MARTY FROM BACK TO THE FUTURE II WAS STOKED AS HIS SELF-TYING SHOES WRAPPED ABOUT HIS FEEL? I felt the same when I first unboxed a pair of the Jackall II BOA’s, twisting my fingers to tighten the dials on their new lacing system. The La Sportiva Jackal II BOA is a new addition to the range, adding panache(!) and exciting new…

Shoe Review: The North Face Enduris 3

                REVIEWER: GILES PENFOLD THE ENDURIS 3 ENDURES THE TEST OF TIME IN NEED OF AN EVERYDAY TRAINER THAT GETS THE JOB DONE JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE? Meet the new Vector Enduris 3. Hot off the press, this shoe is part of The North Face’s latest line-up, a star studded bunch that was tested at UTMB by top athletes and amateurs alike. I haven’t experienced their shoes until now, but given the brand is…

Shoe Review: The North Face Flight Vectiv

                  REVIEWER: KATE DZIENIS IMAGE: SUZANNE POLI VERDICT ON THE VECTIV DID SOMEONE SAY CARBON PLATES IN A RACING TRAIL SHOE? Well, yes. Road shoes have utilised carbon-fibre plate technology for a while now, and The North Face was one of, if not the first, brand to put the same tech into a trail shoe – the Flight VECTIV. Taking a brand new pair out of their box, the Brilliant Coral/TNF White…

Shoe Review: Scarpa Spin Infinity

                  REVIEWER: KATE DZIENIS IMAGE: SUZANNE POLI TO INFINITY…AND BEYOND! INFINITE [in-fuh-nit]: ADJECTIVE, MEANING ‘IMMEASURABLE OR EXCEEDINGLY GREAT: UNLIMITED OR ENDLESS.’  Well known Italian brand Scarpa, infamous for their high quality ski mountaineering, hiking and outdoor equipment, launched just recently its first range of trail running shoe in Australia. With three ‘ranges’ of shoe for trail runners now available (Spin Ultra and Infinity, Ribelle Run and Golden Gate), I was given the…

Shoe Review: La Sportiva Akasha II

                  REVIEWER: ABDUL-RAOUF MOHAMED-ISA IMAGE: SUZANNE POLI Shoe Review: La Sportiva Akasha II CREATED WITH A FOCUS ON ENDURANCE, the La Sportiva Akasha II fits snug, but not too tightly around the forefoot. It’s a high cushioned shoe built specifically for longer runs on technical terrain, with its aggressive tread providing great traction and its ability to work at its best in wet and muddy conditions. In saying that, I found them…