The upper materials have been updated to a super soft and airy textile, so light and smooth it feels like being barefoot. The water pickup is minimal, the drainage is excellent and hence the wet weight is almost as low as when it’s dry. The midsole is very flexible and keeps the weight down. The height of the heel cup is slightly reduced in order to reduce pressure at the Achilles tendon. Terrain feel is remarkable thanks to the low profile of the sole.
In this first test, I just checked the GPS and pace quickly, but really was geeked up to test out the wireless headphones. Setup was simple & straightforward, the menu is as simple as humanly possible, just click the square button below the screen in one of the 4 directions, you can figure just about any function out with no instructions necessary.
I've been testing Mudgear Compression Socks and 1/4 Trail Socks for quite some time now, and they've become my go-to sock for everyday activities, training, & racing. Heck, I'm even wearing them now while writing this!
If you have been around Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) for more than a year, you probably have seen the advertisements for Hylete. Hylete makes fitness apparel for functional athletes, including most popularly the Crossfit athlete to the OCR athlete.
There is a level of energy that people exhibit when training, working out or racing that is inspiring. You may see that person running in the rain or heading to the gym before work on the coldest day of the year. Alpine Dam takes inspiration from those people and moments. Whether someone is on a surfboard or a bike, that energy is almost contagious when you see their joy and their level of concentration. Oh, and I didn't die
If you haven’t noticed, Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) seems to get more competitive every year. Athletes become better trained and race directors think of new challenges. In order to try and stay ahead of most of the field, you may want to look at adding some of Sinergy Sports products to your home gym. I tested some of them out and this is what I found:
In 2016, LegendBorne landed a huge contract in the obstacle racing industry. They were the official apparel designer for the OCR World Championships country jersey's offered. Many in the obstacle racing industry assumed that the company was new and even voted the country jerseys as a finalist at the end of the year OCR Awards for best new product. However, LegendBorne has quietly been a staple for many teams or regional groups in the obstacle racing industry for years.
Brett tests out the new insoles from ShoeCue, featuring a textured heel to restore important sensory feedback from your feet to your brain. If anyone could use a better foot-brain connection, it's Brett.
If you’re married and running an obstacle course race, one great piece of advice that people give you is to take your wedding ring off. As a happily married man, I don’t like the idea of taking my ring off because it implies that I’m choosing between my marriage and my love of OCR. Since I spend a good deal of time training and doing events, I am very conscious of any subtle suggestion that I’m more committed to training than my marriage, so I always leave my ring on during training and events. Here’s how: I wear my QALO ring.
One thing that almost all racers can agree on is cool tech to track training is always fun to learn about. I stopped by the Suunto booth to find out more about the Suunto Spartan Sport line of watches. Watch below to learn about the new upgrades for 2017.