I tested the inov-8 180 Thermoshell whilst running and winning my first 100M event in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand, Northburn 100M. Otago is located in the roaring 40’s and is known for it’s gale forced winds and its sub-zero freezing temperatures. In 2012 there over an inch of snow found on runners whilst they ran across the alpine ridge lines at the Summit of Dunstan Mountain at over 1600m.
I am from Australia and I was petrified of being cold. I have never encountered snow so I was keen to make sure my body was going to stay at working temperature whilst running through the night for the first time. I made sure that I packed all my “Good Gear” for Northburn 100M.
The inov-8 180 Thermoshell is light. The size 10 UK weighs on my kitchen scales 216 Grams in its carry bag and 206 Grams out of it’s inov-8 stuff sac.
I just can’t go past the inov-8 f-LITE Range for my choice of good all round road running shoes. The inov-8 f-LITE 185 are the Precision Women’s Version of my favourite inov-8 f-LITE 195.
If you have a wide foot you may want to look at the inov-8 f-LITE 239. It is exactly the same shoe as the 185 but a wider fore foot fit.
The f-LITE range is traditionally a Cross Fit Shoe but I love wearing this range on the road, dirt, grass, treadmill. They are my Sydney City training shoes.
What makes the f-LITE 185 so special is that they only weigh 183 Grams on my kitchen scales yet they give my feet all the protection they need for the many kilometers I put into them a week racing around the streets of Sydney with my Personal Training Clients. I have had stress fractures in 2010 and since wearing inov-8 shoes I have not had any injuries. inov-8 shoes have taught me how to run lighter and more efficiently on my feet. Continue Reading
I was given the new Ay-Up All Rounder Ultra Lite prototype of the Ay-Up All Rounder Ultra Lite
Runners specific kits to try by Ay-Up for training for the GNW 100 Miler. I have decided that it will be my choice of lighting system for the Great North Walk 100 Mile event GNW 100 mile November 10th 2012. It is my choice of light for Northburn 100 Miler March 2013.
I’ve trained and raced with Ay-Up All Rounder Ultra Lite for winning Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 No Roads Expeditions Team by borrowing the superior lighting system off my injured team mate Beth Cardelli. While I was racing with my other branded head torch with my team mates during Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney I realized that I was only going to be able to keep up with my elite running team mates of Andrew Lee, Jonathan Worswick and Paul Robertson if I could see clearly where I was running. So I asked my Team Mate, Beth Cardelli if I could borrow her head torch for the event. Continue Reading
I was given a pair of inov-8 trailroc 245 by my sponsors Barefoot Inc to try (They can be a uni-sex fit if needed). I was keen to give them a go. I tested them to the max, wearing the inov-8 trailroc on a rocky hill session on the Tuesday around Watson’s bay, then a Friday Night a 28km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack), Saturday 18km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) and a Sunday 32 km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) all along the ruggered GNW and my feet felt nice and protected. I could train on the Monday in my f-lite 190 without any problems. Continue Reading
I was in the Footpoint store in Mosman checking out there products and I spotted the UltrAspire running belts out on display. Straight away I was impress by their quality of the manufacturing. The UltrAspire are in a class of their own when it comes to the make of the belts. They are really beautifully designed. The UltrAspire Running Belts are the best running belt that I have seen on the market so far. I’ve worn the UltrAspire packs before and I love them. I was keen to try their running belts and see how they stand up to the riggers of trail running. Continue Reading
I won the Source Spinner Pro 2 Backpack Review as a prize for winning the Footpoint Trail Series 2012. Thank You Footpoint Trail Series. The Source Spinner Pro 2 is a Mountain Bike Hydration Pack.
Detachable Outside Compartment and waist strap.
Side Mesh Fuel Pockets
Source Hydration Pack is of great quality
Easy Bite Flow Mouth Piece.
Waterproof internal valuable pockets.
The Shoulder Straps are stiff and sit out on my body.
Source Spinner Pro 2 is better suited for a male shape than a female shape.
It is heavy weighing 622 grams 500 grams with the outside compartment removed.
It comes with it’s own Source Widepac 2L bladder. The bladder has a bright orange easy slider opening. The bladder fits snuggly into the right side zip compartment.You can turn the mouth piece on and off, and it has a nice bite flow of water. It will not leak under pressure and it flows with all mouth orientations. It comes with an adjustable dirt shield on the shoulder strap. The hydration pack is Taste- Free, Bacteria-Free. The Source Widepac comes with crush and leak proof technology. The hose is insulated to help keep your fluids cool. This also helps add to the durability of the hose by cutting down UV degeneration.
On the back left side compartment you would store a water proof jacket and water proof pants. Also on the main body of the pack is 2 mesh gel flask size pockets in an accessible position. You could also use these pockets for gel flasks, gels, power balls or any other fuels you like to use.
The Source Spinner Pro 2 has an easy access water proof compartment to store your valuables in with 2 elastic mesh pockets for keys, ventolin, first aid supplies, and 1 large zip pocket which would be perfect size for your wallet. This exterior compartment is big enough to hold a thermal top and bottom, emergency blanket, beanie ,gloves and maps.
On the outside of the exterior compartment has an elasticated mesh pocket with a elastic tie to secure your hydration water bottle, or for fast stashing of a Thermal top. A nice feature of this compartment is that it is totally detachable.
The zips are strong, visible and easy to use.
The chest straps are adjustable horizontally and vertically as too is the mouth piece for the hydration pack. The mesh shoulder straps are adjustable. They sit out from my body, (I’m only 5 foot 2 inches) but fit my medium build husbands shoulder nicely. The Source Spin Pro 2 comes with a waist strap which is totally removable.
The Source Spinner Pro 2 under side is heavily padded with foam and a double mesh layer to prevent chafing on your back. It has a deep cross gully to allow for air flow down your spine.
The Source Spinner Pro 2 is stylish, practical and durable. The quality and attention to detail is fantastic. It is a great all round pack for training and with the option of removing the outside compartment a great racing pack too.