Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Mountain Fuel review

Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | Reviews, Video

Mountain Fuel is a British endurance nutrition brand making products for runners, cyclists, triathletes and endurance racers at large. In this video, I’ll review their jellies (an alternative to energy gels), Extreme Energy drink, Ultimate Recovery drink and flapjacks to see how they stack up against Science In Sport, Torq, High5 and other brands.

Sealskinz lobster claw review

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

It’s not quite a glove and it’s not quite a mitten: the Sealskinz split finger glove, also known as the lobster claw, is my go-to glove when the weather gets really cold. But it also broke really easily. Here is the video review:

Bianchi super micro pump review

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

There are mini pumps, then there is the Bianchi super micro. It’s really, really small for a bike pump.

I took me a while to get hold of because I wanted someone to recommend it but all of the shops said it was too small. Finally, an officially licenced Bianchi retailer said it was great (surprisingly), so I bought it from them. If there was any justice, at this point, it would turn out to be crap. But they were actually telling the truth and it’s a really good pump.

Here’s the video review:

Crankalicious Gumchained Remedy review

Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

Crankalicious is a British-based bike cleaning product brand and their Gumchained Remedy chain cleaning wipes are amazing. Mostly because they make it easy enough for me to actually bother cleaning my chain. Check it out:

Here is the video review:

Garmin Speed Sensor 2 review

Friday, July 17th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

Garmin have finally released a speed sensor with Bluetooth and it’s good. Here is my review.

Garmin HRM-Dual review

Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

The Garmin HRM-Dual heart rate monitor finally adds Bluetooth to their range. Is it as good as the HRM-Tri, and how does it stack up against the Polar H10? Find out in the video below.

Mugiro neck protector

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

If you are experiencing wetsuit chafing on the back of your neck and lube isn’t doing much for you, you may want to upgrade to the Mugrio neck projector. It’s a thick rubber collar that sits between your skin and your wetsuit and does a great job of protecting my precious skin.

Karhu Synchron running shoe review

Monday, February 10th, 2020 | Reviews, Video

Karhu is a Finnish running shoe brand and the Synchron is their support shoe. I wanted to love it but I don’t.

The shoe pinches my midfoot and digs into my plantar fascia underneath. It’s not as bad as the Karhu Fusion, but it is still uncomfortable. It’s not as tall as the Fusion, which makes it difficult for me to get my foot into it. The toe box suggests I am wearing the right size; the shoes are simply not tall enough.

It feels like quite a heavy shoe and after any period of time running, my toes start to get hot. They have a chunky sole but it does not give much back. Hoka have an annoying large sole but at least it gives something back; the Karhus not so much.

It is a shame because they look nice, albeit not quite as nice as the Karhu Fusion. But, alas, the Synchron is not the running shoe for me.

Karhu Fusion running shoe review

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | Reviews, Video

The Karhu Fusion running shoe is a story of heartbreak. Visiting Finland regularly and speaking some Finnish, the minute I saw the word karhu, I wondered if it was a Finnish brand. And it was. A legendary Finnish brand with over a hundred years of running heritage.

The shoes look great and the Fusion is tall enough to fit my foot in.

However, it is also uncomfortable. The mid-foot rocker digs into my plantar fascia and I came off a treadmill run in some discomfort. They feel heavy without providing much cushioning, so it is like running in a big shoe without the benefits you usually get from them. In fact, they pinch my midfoot the whole way around, from the bottom to across the top as well.

So, unfortunately, these are not my new running shoes of choice.

Spatz Roadman overshoes review

Sunday, September 15th, 2019 | Reviews, Video

In this video, I will review the Spatz Roadman overshoes.

I dislike cycling in winter because my feet get wet. And when my feet get wet, I become miserable. There is a solution: overshoes. Waterproof covers that go over your cycling shoes to keep your feet warm and dry.

Unfortunately, most overshoes fail to do this. They have two problems. The first is that they are not made tough enough to survive going outside in them and thus get holes in the bottom. The second is that your socks and leggings get wet and the water soaks down to your feet.

Spatz tries to solve this by making them knee-high. This completely covers your socks. The Roadman has the additional benefit of 4.5mm neoprene to keep your feet warm and reflective strips so that cars can see you when commuting in the dark.

I do not commute every day but I do get some long rides in over the winter weekends. Results are mostly good. They keep my feet warmer than regular overshoes. Below 5 degrees Celcius my feet still get cold after two hours but it beats what I was getting before. They also keep me dry. After half a dozen rides, they have developed holes in the bottom of the toe box, though.

To put them on, you need to put them on before your shoes, then put your shoes on and pull the overshoes down. I demonstrate that in the video. Spatz says you can wear them over or under your leggings. I recommend putting them under your leggings as that stops the water soaking down.