Inov8 Trailroc 255

I was lucky enough to try the Inov8 Trailroc 235 back at the inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run and I loved the combination of spacious toebox with super grippy sole. I would love to try the Trailroc 255 with a view to finding the perfect shoe for next year’s ultramarathons.

“Specifically designed for running loose, on rugged and eroded trails. Includes the most under foot protection and cushioning of the trailroc™ range so is suitable for high mileage training and racing. Includes Meta-Shank™ gen3 for increased underfoot protection.”

You may already have read the recent Trailroc review at ultra168.com which highly rated the Trailrocs. Now there’s yet more praise coming their way, this time courtesy of www.irunfar.com. Looks like the Trailrocs are destined for great things!

Marcothon & A Christmas Wish List

December will soon be upon us. It might only be the 8th November but I am already looking forward to taking up the challenge of Marcothon again. It’s simple. Run 3 miles or 30 minutes every day in December. And yes, that does include Christmas Day. It’s a great way of keeping up the mileage at a time when everything else seems to conspire to stop you from running.

Last year my runstreak consisted of November and December and I have to admit that, come the 1st January, I was more than ready for a wee break from the daily run. Hats off to those of you who have maintained runstreaks for longer, and especially to those with runstreaks that are approaching or have exceeded 365 days!

December is a great time to get some new kit and, as such, I thought I would do a Christmas Wish List post. If anyone out there feels particularly generous, feel free to contact me with regard to fulfilling any/part/all of the wish list! ;o)

Inov8 Trailroc 255

I was lucky enough to try the Inov8 Trailroc 235 back at the inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run and I loved the combination of spacious toebox with super grippy sole. I would love to try the Trailroc 255 with a view to finding the perfect shoe for next year’s ultramarathons.

“Specifically designed for running loose, on rugged and eroded trails. Includes the most under foot protection and cushioning of the trailroc™ range so is suitable for high mileage training and racing. Includes Meta-Shank™ gen3 for increased underfoot protection.”

Yaktrax Run

If our summer was anything to go by, we will likely have a crappy winter and, as such, a pair of Yaktrax Run might go a long way to keeping me out running once the snow arrives.

“Yaktrax Run ice grips are designed for use with running shoes. New for 2012 this ice traction device is anatomically designed & will enable you to run or jog naturally on packed snow and ice, the yaktrax run provides the grip you need. With a combination of removable spikes and steel coils, which provide 360° of unbeatable traction. You are able continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces.”

“Yaktrax Run ice grips are designed for use with running shoes. New for 2012 this ice traction device is anatomically designed & will enable you to run or jog naturally on packed snow and ice, the yaktrax run provides the grip you need. With a combination of removable spikes and steel coils, which provide 360° of unbeatable traction. You are able continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces.”

Petzl Nao Headtorch

The Petzl Nao Headtorch – Superlight, intelligent lighting – just what you need as the dark mornings and nights take a hold!

“The rechargeable NAO headlamp adapts its two high power LEDs instantly and automatically to the lighting needs for greater comfort, fewer manual interventions and longer battery life. NAO is the first Petzl headlamp with REACTIVE LIGHTING technology: a sensor measures and analyzes the ambient light.

The OS by Petzl software, free for download at www.petzl.com/OS, allows the NAO’s potential to be maximized with the option to personalize the headlamp and its performance.”

Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest

Still on the quest for the ultimate bag – perhaps the PB Adventure Vest from Ultimate Direction provides the answer!

“The Signature Series was designed by three of the most successful, most well-known ultra runners in the world. Using power mesh for zero bounce and state-of-the art cuben fiber for its unsurpassed strength to weight ratio, our Signature Series vests integrate load carrying, performance, and comfort into one unified system.  With water bottle pockets in the front of the vest for quick and easy access, the Signature Series represents the next generation of ultra running hydration packs for runners.”

“Peter Bakwin wanted a pack that could do anything from running to hiking, climbing to skiing. Featuring 12 L of volume and a variety of features, The Adventure Vest allows you to stay hydrated and comfortable on any size adventure from quick outings to all-day expeditions.”

Montane Minimus Waterproof Jacket

A number of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series races require you to be prepared for all eventualities where the weather is concerned. At just 200 grams and highly breathable, you could do a lot worse than the Montane Minimus waterproof jacket, highly regarded amongst ultra runners.

“The Montane Men’s Minimus Waterproof Jacket is designed to work hard during fast-paced endurance activities in wet conditions. It combines performance, weight and breathability to create a jacket that’s as much at home being put through its paces on the mountain top as it is on a trip out in stormy weather. Weighing just 200 grams, the Montane Minimus is ultra-lightweight and can be packed into the size and shape of an apple so that is barely noticeable when not in use. The Montane Men’s Minimus Waterproof Jacket is made of Pertex Shield fabric which allows for exceptional breathability levels and levels of performance that you would usually find at the high end of extreme mountain shells.”

Drymax Socks

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the occasional present of socks and you can’t go far wrong with Drymax socks. As can be seen from my post ‘Drymax – Dry To The Max‘, they are hard to beat and save all of the faffing of lubricating toes etc.

“Drymax Trail Running Socks are a High Density protective padded sock. Dense padding is used, as opposed to thick padding, as it protects feet without adversely affecting the fit of the shoes. The Trail Running Socks were designed for use to be used in cool to warm conditions, keeping feet dry, comfortable and odor free all day long.”