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08-Jan-19

The Ultimate Kit Guide - Packing for a Mountain Stage Race

By Alice Morrison

I know that is a big claim in the title there and I am immediately going to caveat it with the provisos that every runner and every race are different, but what I am aiming to do is give a comprehensive list of what you might need on a mountain stage race.

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26-Dec-18

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Mafate shoe review

By Dan Stinton

There has been a buzz around the Hoka One One EVO Mafate ever since Jim Walmsley broke the course record at the Western States 100 in 2018. Whilst a great endorsement for any shoe, I don’t think donning a pair of EVO Mafates alone will get us there, but we can only dream.

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19-Dec-18

MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

By Luke Jarmey

Certainly not an everyday running item, there are however scenarios that call for a blooming light shelter in order to have a good night’s kip. Yes, for truly light and fast missions, a bivvy bag or tarp can sometimes sleepily suffice; but whether you’ll be out for the count is debatable.

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13-Dec-18

Brooks Cascadia 13 trail running shoe review

By Alice Morrison

Brooks once saved my life, or at least my feet. I was doing a world first trek from the Atlas to the Atlantic in 2015 and as it was hiking with tent, supplies etc was wearing my much-loved Scarpa boots.

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04-Dec-18

PHD Hispar 500 Down Sleeping Bag K Series Review

By Alice Morrison

PHD are leaders in the field for making excellent weight-to-warmth ratio sleeping bags and sleeping systems. How much warmth you need at night is a personal thing although some races do specify a minimum weight/specification.

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30-Nov-18

Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ pole review

By Alice Morrison

If I did it again, I’d take poles,” were Gavin Barrett’s words as he finished the Everest Trail Race, a 6 day stage ultra in the Himalaya. I certainly wouldn’t have liked to attempt it without them. In a mountain ultra, poles can help with everything from speed to stability.

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29-Nov-18

PHD Ready Made Wafer Down K Series trousers review

By Alice Morrison

I had often heard of the mythical down trouser, a piece of kit so magical that it could save you from freezing your ass-ets off at even the lowest temperatures, so imagine my delight when the opportunity to try out a pair in suitably chilly (-10ºC) conditions arose.

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28-Nov-18

Rab Microlight Summit Jacket Review

By Alice Morrison

When you need a really warm, light layer to put on after a run, or during if you are in extremely cold conditions, nothing beats a down jacket. They represent instant warmth and can make all the difference to your overall state when you need to keep your core temperature up.

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27-Nov-18

Craft and Rohan base layers reviewed

By Alice Morrison

Winter is coming and it is time to really think about getting all those base layers out and stacked one on the other. I have been checking out one of our often featured brands, Craft, and also Rohan, which I haven’t used for running before but which, of course, are very well established in the hiking and outdoors market.

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05-Dec-18

Virgin Forest Ultra Trail (VFUT) Race Report

By Martin Ilott

The Virgin Forest Ultra Trail (VFUT) is a relatively unknown race outside Greece but offers an extremely challenging trail race through the virgin forests of Northern Greece as far as the Bulgarian border.

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