The Snugpak Bivvi Bag

The Snugoak Bivvi bag is extremely compact and weighing only 340 grams is extremely light. I have plans this summer to spend a lot more time trail running and I wanted to invest in a good quality bivvi bag in case of an emergency. The Snugpak is extremely well made with paratex dry fully waterproof fabric with a Hydrostatic head in excess of 5000m you are guaranteed to stay nice and dry even in the worst of weather conditions. It comes in its own handy storage sack and because of its size it’s a product that will easily fit into any race vest or backpack. The bag can be used on its own in an emergency or added as a protective shell for any Snugpak sleeping bag to provide a waterproof layer and some additional warmth. The bag is windproof and extremely breathable and comes in three colours Olive, Black or Coyote Tan. I have used this bag a few times to test it over the last few weeks but due to our beautiful weather conditions have been unable to test it outdoors in the rain.To test the product today I asked for some assistance from my kids who were delighted to get the opportunity to cover daddy in freezing cold water but lucky for me I had the Snugpak Bivvi Bag.You will see in the pictures despite my two daughters soaking the bag for several minutes I came out 100 % dry with a smile on my face. Would I recommend this bag? yes for sure I would, it is my opinion that a good Bivvi bag is a requirement for any running or hiking bag. This one is waterproof, windproof, extremely small, extremely light and if you are in an accident where you have to wait for emergency services you will be delighted to have it.

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Bivvi in storage bag
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Bivvi Rolled out and ready to go
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All ready to get soaked
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The bag even withstands a child with a shovel

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Nice and dry

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HIGHLANDER FALCON BIVI BAG

The Falcon is extremely easy to put up and take down. It’s a lot smaller than a regular tent but one thing you notice straight away, it’s built to last with more comfort and greater durability than you see in a traditional Bivi Bag. When you open up the storage bag the Falcon is supplied in you will see the Bivi tent, Waterproof cover and a storage bag that includes the Pegs and lightweight aluminium poles.

When you setup the Falcon Bivi you will notice hooped poles which you use over your head in the tent. The poles are extremely strong and allow for plenty head room and keeping the built in mosquito net well back from your face. The tent is very well ventilated and at no stage will you feel as claustrophobic as you would in a traditional Bivi Bag. The Bivi tent comes with four pegs, two for the base of the tent and two for the top allowing for extra stability within the tent.

The Highlander Falcon Bivi is a 4 season tent that is constructed of a very durable nylon fabric with a hydrostatic head of 10,000, meaning it will not leak even during the heaviest downpours of rain. All the seams in the tent are waterproof taped so there is no chance of water getting in through them. The groundsheet is also treated with a waterproof and breathable coating allowing for additional comfort, this also assist‘s with condensation as I did not come across any such issues while using tent

The Highlander Falcon Bivi is extremely compact and is the perfect choice for anybody looking to travel light. At a weight of 1.1kg .I would highly recommend the product and think the bag is well suited to trail runners, Hunters or any individuals looking to spend some time in the great outdoors

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Bivy Tent in storage bag
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All rolled out and ready to go
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Plenty Head Room

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If you are looking for more information on this product please go to:

http://www.highlander-outdoor.com/shop/falcon-bivi-tent?___SID=U

Authentic RDX Ladies Gel Gloves Fitness Women Gym Wear Exercise Workout Training

I got these gloves in a small (I’m 5 foot 1 with small hands) and they were a perfect fit. I have used them in various classes including Circuit training, Interval training and TRX

They are extremely comfortable and are manufactured to an extremely high standard. They have a strap that secures the gloves tight to your hand allowing you to feel safe lifting any size weight. The gloves have a strap on the lower palm making it easy to pull on and on two of the inside fingers there is some extra leather to help removing them which I love. The glove is made of Amara Leather with the back of the glove made from Coolmax Lycra allowing the glove to be pretty breathable. The gloves have additional breathability between the fingers with the lycra material, no more sweaty palms, literally. They are cushioned in all the right places making lifting a lot more comfortable and giving a great grip preventing slippage. They are in fact so comfortable I no longer get calluses at the base of my fingers when lifting and almost look forward to weight training.  I also don’t feel the need to remove them in between weight lifts and floor work like I’ve done with other gloves. On top of it all the design is lovely and girly with the colour being very on trend.

These gloves are without doubt the best I have used and I would highly recommend them to anybody looking for a versatile glove to assist with strength training or any form of cross fit. I love them.

Please check out the RDX site for more information http://rdxsports.com/product/authentic-rdx-ladies-gel-gym-gloves-blue.html

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A very handy strap for pulling on your gloves
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Tabs on the fingers makes it very easy to remove the gloves
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Padding in all the right places
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Love my pretty gloves

Authentic RDX Gel Weight lifting Fitness Training Gloves Gym Workout

I got these gloves in XL and there a very nice fit. I have used these during Kettlebell, TRX and boot camp training classes.

I found them to be of great build quality and extremely comfortable. The gloves have a strap that goes across the back of the glove to keep the gloves tight with no sliding or movement when lifting even the biggest of weights. There is plenty of padding throughout the palm of the glove to allow for plenty cushioning, with very handy tabs on top of two of the fingers allowing you to take off the gloves without any effort. The gloves are very breathable and come with a stretch “ventilator mesh” construction greatly reducing the amount of perspiration, even during the most vigorous of workouts. They can be very easily washed by hand and dry in a pretty short amount of time.

I would highly recommend these gloves for anybody interested in any form of strength training. They are the best gloves I have used and are a must have for any gym bag.

Please check out the RDX site for more information http://rdxsports.com/product/authentic-rdx-gel-weight-lifting-training-gloves.html

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Extremly good padding
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Very Comfortable
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Well ventilated

Authentic RDX Smartie Focus Pads and RDX Leather Gel Boxing Glove

As a runner I wanted to mix things up a bit this year and focus more on cross training. Boxing is known to improve your strength, speed, coordination and Improved Body Composition.

My first step was to get my hands on a good pair of gloves and pads to practise Sparing with, the RDX Smartie Focus Pads and RDX Gel Boxing Glove ticked all the boxes and I am delighted with them.

I have been using the 14 OZ and 16 OZ gloves and have been very impressed with the build quality of the glove. They come with ‘IMT’ three layers of Gel integrated padding for heavy duty shock absorption allowing you to train harder for longer. They are made of Full grain cow hide leather construction, so not only do they look great but they are built to last. The Wraparound adjustable wrist strap with D-ring and hook-and-loop closure to provide a secure fit so there was no slipping sliding or unexpected movement while using these during classes. They also come with a handy pouch for storage.

If you are looking for a great quality pair of boxing gloves and are a beginner or experienced boxer these are the ones for you. RDX is known for great quality products at good prices and this certainly is the case when it comes to these gloves. One word of advice would be to select the weight of glove carefully, I found the 16OZ to be a bit heavy for me but I have been assured by a colleague the 16OZ will be the better option when I gain more experience.

I paired the gloves with the RDX Smartie Focus Pads. I really like them they are extremely compact only 6” in length 3.3” thick. They are hand sized pads that are designed to assist you improve your speed and accuracy. They sit extremely comfortable in your hand, have great absorption so they can really take a punch, they are extremely light and come together as a pack of two. If you are looking for a hand sized pair of pads that are built to last these are the ones for you. I am delighted with both products and would highly recommend them to anyone who has an interest in building their cardio and core fitness.

Please check out the RDX site for more information http://rdxsports.com/product/rdx-leather-gel-boxing-gloves-fight-punch-bag-black-.html AND http://rdxsports.com/product/authentic-rdx-smartie-focus-pads-for-boxings-mma.html

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A great fit
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Handy storage case to keep gloves safe
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Pads are perfect size for speed work

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UltrAspire Alpha Race Vest

The UltrAspire Alpha is a great running vest. I recently used it during the 25km Wicklow Way Trail in Ireland and was very impressed with the product.

The Alpha has a 2 litre water reservoir.  Two lightweight mesh pockets at the front allow extra capacity to carry gels, food or additional water that can be made nice and snug by compressing the pull strings. The pack comes with UltrAspire’s patent pending electrolyte pocket with magnet closure for storing your electrolyte and salt tablets. There is an additional pocket with a zip on the front of the race pack, great for holding your car keys, and can be accessed very easily, even when wearing gloves. There are two very handy mesh pockets great for putting your trash in when you are out on the trails.

Everything on the pack is accessible while running, so the pack does not have to be removed to get to the items you have stored at the back of the pack. It comes with UltrAspire’s passage pocket on the back of the pack which can be accessed from the left or right hand side of the pack, this also comes with magnetic closure. I found this great for holding my Buff, Gloves, tissues, etc. The back pouch holds your 2 litre water reservoir and is very easy to access but if you are using a handheld bottle you can use the back pouch to hold your rain jacket and extra food.

I loved the pack it was very comfortable so much so I hardly knew it was on my back.  The large hole, breathable microfiber mesh allows for extra breathability and a very light and airy feel. The pack also has two dual speed hooks at the front making it sit perfectly on the body with no restriction.  There is some nice reflective detailing on the front and back so running in morning or at night is not a problem with this product. The two litre pack comes with the UltrAspire signature push/ pull infusion valve to deliver a high flow of water. The reservoir is slightly raised which allows quick and easy access at water stations.

This may be the Ultimate race pack; extremely light, Comfortable and because everything is with in arms reach you will never have the vest off during your long runs. The customer service you get with UltrAspire is excellent, from the minute Tina in Customer service replied to my email I felt like a valued customer. I highly recommend the UltrAspire Alpha, it’s a very good race pack

Please check out the UltrAspire site for more information http://ultraspire.com/product/alpha/

BUFF® Original

I got the BUFF® original June 2014 to stop me getting sun burned during my long summer runs. They are soft breathable and made of 100 percent Microfiber Polyester, completely seamless, Quick drying and extremely comfortable.

It’s a very flexible product with over 12 ways to wear it. I have used it daily over the winter and the summer while out for a run, Cycle, and during my commute to work. In the summer I used it as a Bandana, Pirate Hat, sweat band and during the winter I used it as a neck Gaiter to keep the cold away.

The fabric is very comfortable and it really lives up to its promise of wicking the moisture and is very breathable.

BUFF® products come in a variety of designs and colours and can be customised for your needs.

The Buff did a great job keeping my head cold during the summer and keeping the sweat from running into my eyes. I used it to run my first marathon this year and find it to be an essential piece of kit for running.

This winter I came across one unexpected benefit, the BUFF® is also great at keeping the cold off your neck when running Cycling or during my journey to work. I have used the BUFF® Bandana, High UV and Reflective BUFF® and found them all to have the same high standards. I highly recommend the BUFF® products for value and quality, you will not get better.

For more information on the BUFF® please check out there website http://www.buffwear.co.uk/