New Inov-8 Bags & Apparel

There’s an abundance of new gear from Inov-8 arriving in time for the start of the 2015 season, including new ISPO award winning 5 and 10 litre vest packs and a waterproof jacket and pants combination that, whilst perhaps not aesthetically to everyone’s taste, offers functionality at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

“Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, ultra and mountain runners will be able run lighter and faster with the Race Ultra Shell. Weighing just 125g, it boasts superb levels of protection, while its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running. Race numbers pinned on tees/singlets underneath remain visible at all times through shell’s transparent material.”

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA 5 Vest/Pack

“Evolution of the award-winning race ultra™ vest. The Race Ultra 5 vest has been specifically designed to carry five litres of kit while maintaining a close-to-the-body fit that ensures stability and zero bounce when running over even the longest of distances. Available in two sizes (S/M and M/L), the vest has two simple-to-use adjustable clip straps at the front. It boasts a total of eight pockets. The rear can hold up to five litres of kit, while an extra zip allows access to a separate reservoir compartment. Comes supplied with 2x 500ml soft flasks with 30cm tubes.”

Features

  • Large weather resistant zipped pocket to rear
  • Separate reservoir zipped pocket
  • Two 500ml softflask with 12″ / 30cm tube
  • Two large side mesh pockets
  • Two large zipped mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle
  • Rear bungee compression
  • Pole loops to rear
  • Two sizes

Specifications

Volume Capacity

  • 5L / 305 cubic inches

Fluid Capacity

  • 1L in 2 x 500mL soft flasks with straw/tube (included)
  • 2L in bladder (not included)

Weight

  • S/M: 250g / 8.8oz
  • M/L: 255g / 9oz

Back Length

  • S/M: 30cm / 11.8in.
  • M/L: 36cm / 14.2in.

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 31 – 38in. / 78 – 97cm
  • M/L: 38 – 44in. / 87 – 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Nylon / Polyester / Spandex

Included

  • 2x 500mL soft flasks with tube/straw

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA 10 Vest/Pack

“Evolution of the award-winning race ultra™ vest. The Race Ultra 10 vest has been specifically designed to carry ten litres of kit while maintaining a close-to-the-body fit that ensures stability and zero bounce when running over even the longest of distances. Available in two sizes (S/M and M/L), the vest has two simple-to-use adjustable clip straps at the front. It boasts a total of eight pockets. The rear can hold up to ten litres of kit, while an extra zip allows access to a separate reservoir compartment. Comes supplied with 2x 500ml soft flasks with 30cm tubes.

The Race Ultra 10 was voted best in the performance accessories category by a panel of expert judges and named a 2015/2016 ISPO AWARD GOLD WINNER.”

Features

  • Large weather resistant zipped pocket to rear
  • Separate reservoir zipped pocket
  • Two 500ml softflask with 12″ / 30cm tube
  • Two large side mesh pockets
  • Two large zipped mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle
  • Rear bungee compression
  • Pole loops to rear
  • Two sizes

Specifications

Volume Capacity

  • 10L / 610 cubic inches

Fluid Capacity

  • 1L in 2 x 500mL soft flasks with straw/tube (included)
  • 2L in bladder (not included)

Weight

  • S/M: 260g / 9.2oz
  • M/L: 265g / 9.4oz

Back Length

  • S/M: 30cm / 11.8in.
  • M/L: 36cm / 14.2in.

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 31 – 38in. / 78 – 97cm
  • M/L: 38 – 44in. / 87 – 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Nylon / Polyester / Spandex

Included

  • 2x 500mL soft flasks with tube/straw

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA SHELL Waterproof Jacket

“Inov-8’s lightest ever waterproof running jacket, weighing just 125g. Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, mountain and ultra athletes will be able to race as light and fast as possible. This shell is fully transparent, so race numbers worn underneath remain visible at all times. Its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running and packs away into its own hood pocket, ensuring it is small and easy to carry. Breathable, the Race Ultra Shell keeps you dry and protected in the wettest of conditions. Unisex.”

“If you’re an out and out racer and every gram counts, this ridiculuously lightweight waterproof is for you. It won’t handle day to day heavy use but, packing into its own hood, it’ll deliver just enough protection to get you off the hill, home or, with taped seems, past a pre-race kit check. It’s see-though so you can wear it over your number” (Trail Running Magazine)

Features

  • 2.5-layer waterproof fabric with 10,000 HH and 10,000 B-1 breathability
  • Taped seams
  • Packs away into hood – small and easy to carry
  • Fully Transparent fabric – race number visibility at all times
  • 4-way stretch fabric – allows unrestricted body movement whilst running
  • Deep centre front YKK Aquaguard zip with internal storm flap and dual locking zip heads
  • Thumb loop
  • Elasticated cuffs and hem
  • Multi-angle reflective detailing

Specifications

Weight

  • 125g / 4.5oz

Materials

  • 56% PU / 44% Polyester Soft Tricot breathable fabric (2.5 Layer)

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • XS: 36in. / 92cm
  • Small: 38in. / 97cm
  • Medium: 40in. / 102cm
  • Large: 42in. / 107cm
  • XL: 44in. / 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA PANT Waterproof Trousers

“Inov-8’s lightest ever waterproof running trouser, weighing just 95g. Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, mountain and ultra athletes will be able to race as light and fast as possible. These trousers are fully transparent and instantly stretchable to fit over shoes. Its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running and and can be quickly compressed into its own integrated pocket/stuffsack. Features taped seams and lycra-bound hems. Breathable, the Race Ultra Pant keeps you dry and protected in the wettest of conditions. Unisex.”

“Designed with the same racing philosophy as their Race Ultra Shell jacket, these will mainly live in your pack to pass kit checks. They weigh practically nothing and pack down impressively small. Their fit is good over tights, they deliver a surprising amount of protection but won’t take much abuse. Ultimate weight and space-saving choice” (Trail Running Magazine)

Features

  • 2.5-layer waterproof fabric with 10,000 HH and 10,000 B-1 breathability
  • Taped seams
  • Packs away into integrated pocket/stuffsack – small and easy to carry
  • Fully Transparent fabric
  • 4-way stretch fabric – allows unrestricted body movement whilst running
  • Lycra bound hem
  • Elasticated front, flat back and waist band
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Multi-angle reflective detailing

Specifications

Weight

  • 95g / 3.5oz

Materials

  • 56% PU / 44% Polyester Soft Tricot breathable fabric (2.5 Layer)

Sizing at waist (Unisex)

  • XS: 28in. / 71cm
  • Small: 30in. / 76cm
  • Medium: 32in. / 81cm
  • Large: 34in. / 86cm
  • XL: 36in. / 91cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290

I’ve been a fan of Inov-8 trail shoes for many years now, and rate the Roclite 305 as one of my all-time favourite shoes. The 305s saw me through the majority of my ultramarathons between 2010 and 2013 and I went through 5 pairs, logging some serious training and racing miles before they eventually went out of production.

I moved to the Roclite 315 following this and, despite liking the shoe, never quite developed the same affinity to it as I did with the 305.

As such, I was most intrigued to see the news that Inov-8 have launched their first ultra running specific shoe, the Inov-8 Ultra Race 290, available soon from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

“Inov-8’s first ever ultra running shoe. Race Ultra 290 shoes offer optimal cushioning and comfort for the long distance athlete. A flatter outsole ensures a stable ride when fatigue sets in. A dedicated Inov-8 gaiter (available separately) can be clipped on to the on-the-shoe attachment system to sensure all debris is kept at bay. The addition of an X-Static footbed, means that bacteria which feed on human sweat and cause foot odours is kept at bay.”

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 has already picked up awards, including an ISPO award for 2014/15.

“The ultimate in comfort and grip, this off-road ultra running shoe oozes innovation and meets the needs of this rapidly growing tribe. Be it on trails or mountains, this highly durable, lightweight shoe delivers industry-leading grip, courtesy of the Tri-C endurance outsole, which boasts three different rubber compounds. It also has a unique on-the-shoe gaiter attachment system and an X-STATIC footbed to keep both debris and odors at bay.”

With a Tri-C endurance outsole, with softer, sticky rubber on the edges for greater traction, high abrasion rubber at the heel for improved durability, and sticky rubber cleats for outstanding mid-foot grip, a fusion compound midsole to deliver sensory feedback from the trail while still providing protection over ultra distances, an 8mm drop, 3rd generation meta-shank, and minimum friction upper with gaiter attachments, the Race Ultra 290 certainly sounds like a shoe that will be of interest to ultra runners.

Race Ultra 290 for ISPO

Race Ultra 290

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is available in Navy/Lime or Black/Blue (Men’s) and purple/teal or raven/ocean (Women’s) from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest

The Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest, available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com, is one piece of kit that has everyone excited.

Ian Corless ultra-distance and skyrunning journalist Ian Corless, of Talk Ultra goes so far as to say:

“This new product from UK company; inov-8 may very well be the next key moment in pack design stripping away complication and providing a pack that would almost make a perfect accessory for Batman.”

Keith Godden from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com described the Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest as follows:

“You could carry up to 3 litres of water quite comfortably if you wanted too but there would be limited space left for other stuff. It’s the first vest to come with two bottles and a 2L bladder too, so it gives some flexibility to experiment with ways to carry water and other gear.

The flat bottles are nice and close to the body and kept there very snugly by the stretch mesh pockets. The sternum strap clips can be a little tricky to get open and closed with your fingers at first so it takes a bit of practice if wearing gloves for sure.”

The Race Ultra Vest was voted best in the performance equipment category by a panel of expert judges and named a 2014/2015 ISPO AWARD GOLD WINNER

The Race Ultra Vest was also voted Best In Test in Trail Magazine.

From the Inov-8 web site:

“The Race Ultra Vest, which is new for spring/summer 2014, is the best-fitting pack ever brought to market. Made entirely of stretch mesh and fully-breathable 3D Airmesh, the insanely lightweight vest is form-fitting design innovation at its best.

Weighing just 195g and capable of carrying four litres of kit, the vest, which boasts seven pockets, delivers zero bounce when running. It feels more like a second skin on the body, rather than a rucksack. By positioning two pockets much lower than comparable products, a pair of 500ml bottles can sit flatter and more stable to the side of the body. This ensures easy access to bottles and minimal fluid bounce.”

Inov-8 Hydration Pack : Race Ultra Vest

Specifically designed for water bottles and a 2L shape-shift reservoir. An all mesh, fully breathable body-tight vest with stretch pockets ideal for ultra distance racing. Can carry three litres of fluid and features six adjustable straps to ensure a secure fit. Comes supplied with a two-litre reservoir and two 500ml uniquely designed flat bottles which hug the body to reduce unwanted movement.

Features

  • Large stretch mesh pocket to rear
  • Insulated reservoir sleeve
  • 2L shape-shift reservoir
  • Two large mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle

Specifications

  • Volume Capacity: 3.5L
  • Fluid Capacity: 2 x 500 mL bottles and 1x 2L bladder
  • Weight: 195 g (~550 g with bottles and reservoir) / 6.8 oz. (~19.4 oz. with bottles and reservoir)
  • Height: 36 cm / 14 in

Sizing At Chest (Unisex)

  • 31 – 44 in. / 78 – 112 cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Stretch Mesh

2x 500mL Flat Bottles included

Inov-8 Race Ultra pack series put to the test in the mountains:

Trail Running magazine – Inov8 Race Ultra range:

Sport Pursuit

You may already be familiar with the www.sportpursuit.com discount website.

“SportPursuit is the UK’s first members-only sport private sales website, offering our members insider access to winning sports brands every day, always at unbeatable prices.”

Current sales include both Hoka and Inov8, well worth checking out if you are a fan of either brand:

  • Hoka (up to 47% off)“The word Hoka is derived from the ancient Maori language and roughly translates to ‘now it is time to fly’. That’s just how it feels to run in a pair of Hoka One One shoes; with each and every step your foot takes flight.”
  • Inov8 (up to 69% off)“Inov-8 believe in natural running. Their products are designed to be lightweight, minimal and functional, giving runners the confidence and freedom to run hard through any environment and over any obstacle. Step up your running game by slipping on a pair and break free from the mould!”

Trainer Transitions

Someone recently queried my trainer preferences and it is right enough that I have undergone some transitions on the footwear front these past 12-14 months. My footwear requirements are essentially two fold:

  • I require minimalist trainers for both running and everyday use
  • I require trainers suited to both training for and racing in ultramarathons

Of late, these two requirements have converged and I have found myself looking for a minimalist, ultra capable shoe.

When it comes to footwear I am on a journey of discovery, trying to ascertain what works best for a given situation, terrain and/or mileage. Given that the range of shoes on offer is constantly evolving, it is only natural that my preferences similarly evolve.

For a while I couldn’t see past Inov8 Roclite 305s, my favourite trainer for a long, long time and, by the time Inov8 stopped producing these (why, why, why???), I had gone through 5 pairs!

This time last year, my focus was very much on completing 7 ultramarathons and, in particular, on getting to the finish line of my first ever West Highland Way Race, a 95 mile race with 14,760 feet of ascent. As a larger runner, I was looking for a shoe that fulfilled all of the typical requirements of a trail shoe but, also, that might assist me in getting my bulk from point A, at the start in Milngavie, to point B, at the finish in Fort William.

To this effect, I began training and racing in Hoka One One shoes, to many people the antithesis of minimal running and yet a shoe that is both super lightweight and with only a 4mm heel to toe drop. As such, it shares many similarities with your typical minimalist shoe. This ends with the rather distinctive midsole that contains 2.5 times the usual midsole EVA, leading many to christen them ‘clown shoes’ and/or ‘platforms’.

I received my first pair of Hokas to try out in November 2011, the Hoka One One Mafate and, after some initial success, I purchased a pair of Stinson Evos in time for the 2012 ultra season, breaking them in at the D33, the inaugural race of 2012.

Aesthetically, the shoes may not be to everyone’s liking and I did find that opinion was generally quite polarised. Fair enough, not every shoe is to everyone’s liking. What did surprise me, however, was just how vocal some of the haters were, with some going so far as to even accuse Hoka wearers of ‘cheating’! Despite the anti Hoka backlash, their popularity has grown and they can now commonly be seen at ultras and other events.

At the same time as I was training in Hokas, I was also embracing minimalism in my running. You might not think that the two could sit together easily but, as mentioned previously, the Hokas had only a 4mm drop. The Hokas were worn for all my long slow runs and I spent pretty much the remainder of my time in minimalist shoes, more often than not Merrell Trail Gloves. This extended not just to shorter runs but also to daily life.

I have well documented my finish at the West Highland Way Race in apocalyptic weather conditions and with the additional complications of stomach ‘issues’ and projectile vomit. However, I did it. I got to the end. It wasn’t fast and it certainly wasn’t pretty but I crossed that finish line in Fort William and joined the West Highland Way ‘family’ – and I did it in Hokas.

I finished the race with what looked like the start of trench foot. Given the weather conditions I don’t think any footwear really fared well that weekend. If anything, I possibly benefited from the slightly raised sole of the Hoka. I also finished the race with acute pain in my hip which was diagnosed as ITB at the post race massage. I didn’t think too much about this at the time. In all honesty, I was just relieved to find that I hadn’t somehow cracked the joint as this was what was going through my mind at the time!

At the following race, the Clyde Stride, one of my Hokas split, resulting in some nasty blistering where my foot was attempting to break out from under the constraints of the shoe. I retired the Hokas as I waited for a replacement to arrive which, due to high demand, meant that I didn’t have them for the Devil O’ The Highlands or the Speyside Way Races. What I did find at both of these races was that I finished the events without the by now usual tightness in my ITB.

I decided to test the theory that the Hokas were in some way aggravating my ITB issues and kept running in more conventional trainers. The lack of continued ITB issues led me to permanently retire them and to add to my 2013 goals – Not only was the intention to complete the 2013 West Highland Way Race with a new PB. I now wanted to do it in more minimalist shoes.

One thing in particular stands out. It was great to once again feel more connected to the terrain. I had to revert to picking my line again rather than running roughshod over whatever lay beneath me but there was something preferable about once again having that level of connection.

Inov8 315s were the initial replacement but, in the last few months of 2012, I was fortunate enough to receive Merrell Mix Master Aeroblocks and then Merrell Mix Master Tuffs to test, both of which really impressed me. The Mix Master Tuffs are currently my go-to trail shoe for any distance of run and there’s a high chance that these will be the shoe that I toe the line in at the 2013 West Highland Way Race.

When it comes to minimalist running and every day use I am spoilt for choice. I still spend a lot of time in the Merrell Trail Glove and I am looking forward to seeing what the new Bare Access and Vapor Gloves have to offer. I have also taken to the Skechers GObionic and Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon shoes and am fortunate enough to have recently  been selected as part of the Mizuno EVO UK test team. These zero drop shoes are getting a lot of really positive reviews so it will be interesting to see how I fare with them.

So, that’s the story of my transition and takes us up to the current stage of my aforementioned ‘journey’. What works for me might not necessarily be suitable for someone else and I know a number of other runners who are, for example, running in Hokas without any issues whatsoever. It’s all just a question of seeing what works best for you as an individual.

2013 is going to be as exciting as ever with all the various running and non running challenges that I am going to face and, with a bit of luck, I will be able to add another West Highland Way Race goblet to the collection, albeit this time in a more minimalist shoe.

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!

Inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run Summary

A collection of photos showing future Merrell Product, Inov-8 Trailroc 235s, and the route of the Scottish Barefoot Run & Conference, mostly in and around Salisbury Crag.

New post at The Running Bug, ‘Inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run Summary‘.

An excellent, highly informative day was had by all at the inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run and we even got a glimpse of what summer should have looked like, albeit a slightly windy version from our viewpoint over Edinburgh from the crags underneath Arthur’s Seat.

The event got underway at 11am with registration and the opportunity to view current and future product from the likes of Merrell, Vibram Five Fingers, Vivobarefoot, Inov8 and Pearl Izumi.

Vibram Five Fingers and inov8 offered participants the opportunity to try out some product while out on the run and I opted for a pair of the new Inov8 Trailroc 235 with a 0mm drop.

The run was from Bruntsfield Links down to Holyrood Park entering by the Commonwealth Pool, up on to Salisbury Crag and along the top, providing excellent views of the Castle and the rest of Edinburgh, then down to the Palace and on to the Royal Mile at The Scottish Parliament. The route then headed up to the Castle and dropped into the Grassmarket. From there, it was up some old town steps to Lauriston Place past the spectacular Heriots School, into Middle Meadow Walkway and back to Bruntsfield Links.

With a perfect mix of terrain, taking in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh (pipers on the royal mile for that traditional Scottish sound) and a distance of just over 5 miles (not including the slight ‘detour’ my wayward group took!) the run had something for all tastes and served to promote Edinburgh as a potential running destination. I think there were more than a few of us left wishing that we had somewhere as cool as the Crags to run on a daily basis, especially given the close proximity to the city.

I ended up running for a while with top Vibram Barefoot Coach Helen Hall and her partner, and benefited greatly from advice offered both directly to myself and to others. I immediately felt the benefit of some of the tips, including:

  • Adopt a similar zig-zag approach on descents as you would while skiing as this saves the legs and lets you better control your descent
  • Stand tall and push from the rear – avoid slouching forward
  • Rotate the upper body
  • Aim for a high cadence with lots of little steps. Your feet should land underneath your body rather than far in front of it which helps to avoid heel striking

After a leisurely lunch out on the Links, the group decanted to the Eric Liddell Centre for the afternoon’s events, the conference element of the day. The conference was excellent, with 2 great presentations, each with a slightly different focus. Both Ben le Vacant from Vivobarefoot and Matt Walden from Primal Lifestyle, official distributor of Vibram Five Fingers in the UK, delivered informative, engaging presentations that kept the audience interested and, more often than not, amused. I particularly liked the point that 3.6 million years worth of evolution can’t be wrong!

All participants received a pair of TEKO Socks and there were various other freebies on offer from buffs to keyrings.

The event finished with a Q&A session which, I am sure, could have run on a lot longer had time permitted.

This looks likely to be an annual event and a Facebook group has been set up to promote minimalist running in Scotland.

Thanks to event organisers Colin McPhail and Donnie Campbell for an excellent day, and also to all of the helpers on the day. Thanks also to all the companies who came along to instruct and to let participants see and use both current and future products.

The Scottish Barefoot Run High Speed

The following video, prepared by Colin McPhail, shows the route that was taken on the day.

The Inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run

The inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 15th September at 12.00. The event, incorporating not just barefooters but all minimalist runners, aims “to gather a bunch of like minded runners together and help promote the natural running movement”, and is based on the NYC barefoot run with no fees and no competition, making it very relaxed.

Starting at 12 with a run of approx 6.5 miles, the event will include a BYO BBQ (weather permitting) in the Links and the chance to try new products in the barefoot world, including Teko Natural Running Socks, before a conference element in the afternoon.

The Run

The route for the run is from Bruntsfield Links down to Holyrood Park entering by the Commonwealth Pool, up on to Salisbury Crag and along the top, providing excellent views of the Castle, then down to the Palace and on to the Royal Mile at The Scottish Parliament. The route then heads up to the Castle and drops into the Grassmarket. From there, it is up some old town steps to Lauriston Place past the spectacular Heriots School, into Middle Meadow Walkway and back to Bruntsfield Links.

Runners can do as many laps of the course as they want. Faster and more experienced runners will be encouraged to do a second lap with the aim of helping slower runners to achieve the goal when they catch them up.

The Conference

The afternoon will include a presentation from Matt Walden of Primal Lifestyle, the UK distributor of Vibram Five Fingers. Heather Hall, one of the leading barefoot coaches in the country, will also be there to offer seasoned and newbie barefooters tips and advice from her wealth of practical experience. Inov-8 will be on hand to advise on their range of shoes. Vivobarefoot will hopefully be in attendance.

(Updated 23rd August 2012: Inov-8 will be bringing along some try on shoes from the new range of 3mm and zero drop to let you have a go on the day.)

More Information

The event has been put together by Colin from local Edinburgh shop www.footworks-uk.com, a specialist running store with a large range of barefoot and minimalist gear and a commitment to the natural barefoot running cause.

It is hoped that this may become a regular event so please do attend and support the event if you can. Final details including times etc. will be revealed closer to the event, and will be dependant upon total numbers attending, so get your acceptance in early so that all the arrangements can be made in advance.

Find out more via:

Inov8 Roclite 315 & iFit

We are heading to the Cairngorms again this weekend. With various weather warnings in place, I think it is safe to say that I could safely have left the Salomon sleeveless vests out of the kit that I packed but you have to live in hope! By all accounts, there is a chance we could see a months worth of rain by Monday. Funnily enough, after running through the apocalyptic weather conditions at the recent West Highland Way Race, I am not at all bothered.

“Weather. There will be some.” (WHW Race briefing)

Living in Scotland you have to assume for the worst and hope for the best. This summer has certainly gone out of its way to disapoint us all weather wise so far!

I am looking forward to my first post WHW Race run, even more so because it will be on some of my favourite trails, and will be looking to break in a shiny new pair of inov8 Roclite 315s. I had a pair of 315s in the past but used them more for walking than running. However, with my favoured 305s (went through 5 pairs!) now impossible to pick up, I had to find a suitable replacement and the 315s look like they come pretty close.

By the time I leave for the Cairngorms, I should have taken delivery of an iFit enabled treadmill which I am getting on a months loan courtesy of Nordic Track. I will be reviewing the treadmill for The Running Bug and, I have to say, am looking forward to seeing what the iFit technology adds to the machine.

“You won’t be needing a boarding pass this year! iFit® Technology allows you to travel the world in the comfort of your own home! iFit®, Powered by Google Maps™, puts the world at your fingertips. Train everywhere, in your old neighborhood or around the Eiffel Tower! With Google Maps™ Street View, iFit® will take you to the heart of the town! You draw the maps with Google and iFit® will take you there!”

Using iFit, the treadmill will adjust the incline/decline or resistance to simulate the elevation changes of the selected route, while you watch Google Maps Street View. This should certainly add something to the treadmill experience and I am looking forward to hopefully trying out some testing routes and also to ‘visiting’ places, both old and new, from the comfort of my back room.

Thanks to The Running Bug and Nordic Track for organising this. Watch out for the review in approx 1 month.