Shoe Review: VECTIVE Enduris by The North Face

              REVIEWER: KATE DZIENIS FOR ANYONE WANTING A SUPER CUSHY RIDE along the trails, the VECTIV Enduris by The North Face will be your go-to shoe in amongst your collection of runners piling up in your closet. Personally, my trail shoes were long overdue for replacement, so when I laced up this plush pair of marshmallows to my feet, I felt like I had a spring in my step before I even got out…

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…

SHOE REVIEW: ALTRA LONE PEAK 5

REVIEWER: KARL FORCEY The Lone Peak is now 10 years old (the same as this magazine!), and it has come a long way in that time. Previous models have been reviewed on these pages before, and this shoe still has a legion of loyal fans. It is Altra’s flagship trail shoe, mid weight and tough as nails. But does this latest iteration, the Lone Peak 5, still deliver the goods? I took them out to see for myself. Before lacing…

Shotover Moonlight adds new Vertical Kilometre event, hosts NZ Sky Running Champs

The Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon & Trail Runs are excited to announce a new partnership with Sky Running Australia & New Zealand (SANZA). In February 2022 the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon will be the New Zealand Sky Running Championships, and include a new uphill only race the ‘Ben Lomond Vertical Kilometre” on the 18th of February where runners will climb 1200m to the peak of Ben Lomond in a short sharp climb of 3.9km.  The 11th edition of the Shotover…

1000 Miles to Light: Dean Karnazes’ mission to inspire Australia’s youth

BY LAUREN FORCEY The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown so many aspects of our lives into chaos. Social distancing, self-isolation and lockdowns have led to so much more than the cancellation of trail races – businesses have shut down, people have lost their jobs, and those close human connections we all need have been severely tested. It’s a confusing time for everyone, especially Australia’s younger generations. 1000 Miles to Light is an endurance relay that seeks to reconnect and inspire our…

Interstate rivalry with past winners lining up for Surf Coast Century

The 10th edition of the Surf Coast Century is cementing its reputation as one of Australia’s must-do ultra trail marathons, attracting a number of past winners from ultra running events across the country. Held on Saturday 11 September 2021 in Victoria’s Great Ocean Road Region, the Surf Coast Century will see previous winners Kellie Angel (nee Emmerson), Ash Watson, Ross Hopkins, David Eadie and Sarah Hedger all from Victoria line up on the 100km start line. The fast five will be up…

RESTORATION OF NSW WALKING HUTS

A new initiative aims to entice runners and walkers into New South Wales’ rugged and wild outdoors by restoring walking huts in NSW’s National Parks. Pony Rider is launching The National Project, which will see the Australian homeware and lifestyle brand donate 1% of all sales from its new National Project range, alongside its initial donation of $10,000, to fund much-needed restoration work on the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Walking Huts. “The National Project aims to help protect and…

SHOE REVIEW: LA SPORTIVA HELIOS III

REVIEW BY KARL FORCEY Someone once advised me that you should never race in a new pair of shoes. Wise words, but to hell with that! My La Sportiva Helios IIIs arrived the day before a night-time 21km race in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, which included the notorious “Dungeon”. It was too good an opportunity not to put these shoes through the wringer! La Sportiva is an Italian brand that started way back in 1928. They originally made hand-crafted wooden…

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