Review: Coros Vertix 2 Watch

            REVIEWER: KARL FORCEY One hundred and forty hours. I’m an electronics geek when I’m not out running, and I know how these things work, but still. One hundred and forty hours of battery. One-second GPS. In a watch. That is just incredible. The new VERTIX 2 is an absolute beast of an adventure sports watch with some amazing new features, and we’re about to get into all of them – and whether this new…

Shoe Review: On Cloudultra

              REVIEWER: KARL FORCEY Ultra cushioned, ultra comfortable, ultra versatile. So says the marketing tag from Swiss company On Running about their new max-cushioned, long-day-out trail shoe, the Cloudultra. Sounds promising, right? I thought so, too, and was happy to give these a trial. Do they deliver? Let’s find out. All shoes from On Running have one thing in common: the distinctive Cloudtec sole. This gives the shoes not only a unique appearance, but…

Review: Coros APEX and APEX Pro

              REVIEWER: KARL FORCEY OK, so the APEX Pro has just turned one, and the original APEX is three years old now. Hardly a new release, so why are we reviewing them? Well, firstly because for some reason we here at Trail Run Mag haven’t had a chance to write about the APEX yet. And secondly, it sets the scene for the awesome new release from COROS that I will be reviewing in depth…

RUN LARAPINTA RACE REPORT

WORDS: LONNEKE KEFALAS   IMAGES: MATT HULL PHOTOGRAPHY, LONNEKE KEFALAS Run Larapinta: Malbunka long course, 21-24 April 2021 Run Larapinta! It was a long time in the making and it went by too fast! We registered in November 2019 for the August 2020 event, which, due to COVID-19, had to be postponed to April 2021. It was well worth the wait! What an amazing four days of running in beautiful scenery on rugged terrain (brutal at times), with a group of…

Gear review: RunFaster shorts

Comfort. Stretch. Support. Three critical factors when it comes to women’s running shorts, and I reckon RunFaster has nailed them. I’ve tried all sorts of running shorts over the years – loose, form-fitting, 2-in-1 – and found that most ride up, roll down, chafe, and irritate me to tears. But not RunFaster. These tights-style shorts are made of quality Supplex material that’s stretchy and comfortable with a supportive compression feel (there are also seawater and chlorine-resistant active swim material options)….

Review: Razer Black/Lime Socks

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for socks that keep me cool while I run and prevent rubbing and blisters from forming. While most people seem happy to grab a multi-pack of generic socks, the active among us know that that just doesn’t fly. If you run, hike (or even power walk), then you know you need socks to boost performance and offer protection. Luckily, I found Rockay’s Razer Black/Lime socks. Pros The technical mesh helps control…

Unleashing The Knog Bilby…

Runners, joggers, campers, and adventurers know just how important a high-quality light source is. In an ideal world, that light source would be easy to charge and hands-free. Welcome to Knog Bilby – who have gifted the world with a high-powered head torch which is easy to charge via USB port, lightweight, form-fitting, and waterproof. It doesn’t matter what your adventure is – you can choose it and rest easy knowing it will be lit. It’s always hard to find…

Event review: Eiger Ultra

TRM’s Euro-correspondent heads to the mighty Eiger Ultra to review an event considered a jewel in the Ultra trail World Tour crown. According to Wikipedia (that oh-so reliable source of world knowledge): “An ogre is a legendary monster usually depicted as a large, hideous, man-like being that eats ordinary human beings, especially infants and children. Ogres frequently feature in mythology, folklore, and fiction throughout the world.” It is not surprising, then, that the Eiger Ultra Trail is named after the…

Gear preview: Coros Vertix – mountain muncher

For some people, Game of Thrones is an addiction where the next fix of intrigue can’t come soon enough. For others it’s all about – believe it or not – trail gear and the ‘what next’? We find our tech dude, Dr David Lipman, hanging anxiously in front of a screen – not to see the final GOT instalment – but to see what next from his latest obsession, wrist nav tech from Coros. *Disclosure: David is a member of the COROS Global ‘Advocate…

Shoe Review: The North Face Flight RKT

Did I just kick a skunk? Or eat licorice allsorts and throw up on my feet? Or did someone just inject heroin between my toes?    Without wanting to glamourise drugs of addiction, it must be the latter because 1. I love animals (so I would never kick one, plus there are no skunks in Australia to kick); 2. I hate licorice allsorts (especially the black and white ones that would have resulted in such a vomitus display); and 3. my…

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