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Salomon Sense Mantra Review

A friend of mine said that the measure of a good shoe is that it goes completely unnoticed. If that is true then the Salomon Sense Mantra fills this criteria very well (If you can ever say that Salomon’s go unnoticed). Thanks to seamless construction of the upper my feet felt comfortable, no hot spots whatsoever. The fit felt good for my narrow feet as a result of the endofit™. This internal stretchy sleeve wraps […]

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LED Lenser H5 vs Petzl Tikka XP2 Review

At their high and low beam limits, these two headlamps deliver light of very similar quality, using three AAA batteries. Apart from both being fantastic lights we can heartily recommend, their single LED light quality is the only thing that they have in common. Whereas the Tikka XP2’s five distinct light modes of 1. bright, 2. energy saving, 3. SOS morse code flashing, 4. red and 5. flashing red are accessed by clicks of the […]

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Merrell Mix Master 2

We tested Merrell’s minimalist Trail Glove in 2011 and what impressed with that zero rise* barefoot shoe, apart from the seriously tasty proprioception**, was how generous space in the toe area was. Merrell have hit the sweet spot again with even more space in the Mix Master 2’s toebox, coupled with a sturdy hard toe protector. If you’re prone to kicking your tootsies against rocks, as especially newcomers to trail are, the Mix Master comes […]

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Blackburn Atom SL 6.0

This is Blackburn’s top of the range wireless cyclometer. The 6.0 comes with a cadence and speed sensor, which sends info to the stylish computer which can be mounted on either the handlebar or stem. Our tester mounted the 57g unit on the bike’s stem and there were no issues with it coming loose, it stayed rock solid. It took a while to mount the sensors with the provided cable ties but once everything was […]

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Inov-8 Trailroc 245

Our first run in the 245 was on bad-arsed tar. Although it was just 2km, it confirmed what the Brit company had promised: a low-drop shoe to run on hard, broken trail surfaces. With a light-footed running style, you could easily use this shoe both on and offroad. However, there’s very little cushioning in the midsole and the drop is just 3mm, so build distance gradually if you’re really keen on a semi-barefoot experience. The […]

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FiT CarboSupreme

If you’ve ever bonked in the sporting sense, you’ll know it’s something you want to avoid at all costs. Sports drinks are there to prevent this and keep you ahead of your muscles guzzling their glycogen stores to shreds. Usually it’s really hard coming back in anything less than 2-3 days after proverbially hitting the wall. Sports drinks are not soft drinks and FiT makes this quite clear on the comprehensive instructions on the outside […]

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Eric’s Canoes XP2

Eric’s Canoes XP2 THERE IS A QUIET REVOLUTION GOING ON UNDER OUR NOSES in the kayak manufacturing world, as the die-hards, who fervently believed that the only way to make a canoe was to hand shape it by adding or taking away from a tried and trusted shape, wake up to the massive advantages of computer-aided-design. And there is no better example of this than the new XP2 double produced by Eric’s Canoe Shoppe.

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