With the Virgin London Marathon looming ever near, we thought it was a good moment to tell you of some great kit to get you in perfect shape (for the road, but hey, we know some of you enjoy that this time of year.
From left to right, top to bottom: New Balance Fresh Foam 108v8, £125, available from www.newbalance.co.uk, New Balance Accessories Endurance 2.0 Backpack 10, £60, available from www.amazon.com, Garmin Forerunner 645M, £399.99, available from www.garmin.com, New Balance Accessories Daily Driver II Backpack, £40, available from www.amazon.com, New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8, £125, available from www.newbalance.co.uk, Stance Mesa Crew Sock, £16.74, available from www.stance.com, New Balance Accessories Performance Waist Pack (Pacific), £20, available from www.amazon.com, New Balance Accessories Performance Waist Pack (Vivid Coral), £20, available fromwww.amazon.com, Stance Minimalism Crew Sock, £16.74, available from www.stance.com, New Balance Accessories Laser Perf Run Hat, £25, available from Urban Surfer (from February), New Balance Accessories Everyday Gloves, £25, available from Runner’s World, New Balance Accessories 5-Panel Performance Hat (Brain Wave Marble Print), £20, available from Amazon
Stuff you really shouldn’t be without
OMM Kamleika Pant £120
These lightweight pants are made from OMM’s unique stretch fabric, which stretches with you, giving the comfort of a running tight and the performance of a fully featured mountain pant. It has Dyneema panels for extra protection over rough terrain and also contain technology to manage moisture and temperature build-up
Arc’teryx Trino Beanie £20
This beanie is windproof, breathable and weather resistant. The headband is shaped for coverage all the way to the earlobes and the side ports hold sunglasses in place. A pass-through slot in the back accommodates a ponytail.
Smartwool PhD Ultralight T-shirt £60
Breathable mesh panels combined with Merino wool ensures this Tee combines comfort and performance with warmth. It holds its shape during sweaty activities and helps regulate temperature too.
Women’s Runderwear Merino Brief £25
Made with the finest Merino wool with thermocool technology, these briefs respond to changes in body temperature and warms or cools as needed. The fabric absorbs, stores and wicks moisture away from the body to guarantee comfort. They are seamless and designed to reduce friction and irritation, allowing a freer, faster movement.
Odlo light tube, £12
A soft and lightweight neck and head tube which is fast-drying and wicks moisture away from the body. Seamless open-edge construction offers a great, chafe-free fit. Easy to carry when it’s not needed
EDZ merino wool thermal gloves £9.99
Wool gloves are great at this time of year when the weather can be changeable – mild one minute, not the next. Made from pure wool these gloves are soft, thin and have a long cuff. One size fits most.
Helly Hanson Lifa Merino baselayer £80
HH’s warmest baselayers are constructed in a 2-in-1 system with Lifa and Merino wool. This Lifa moves moisture away from the skin to make sure you keep dry and comfortable, whilst the Merino on the outside protects you from the cold. Perfect!
Garmin Forerunner 935 £469.99
This watch won’t keep you warm but it does give you advanced running and multisport features. And it’s easy to wear. It will monitor your training and recovery to better prepare you for a race or progressive training cycle. Not cheap, but it does everything you could need.
Inov-8 AT/C Protec-shell Waterproof Jacket £270
This women’s jacket is Inov-8’s most protective running jacket ever. Designed specifically for use in the mountains and on multi-day, ultra runs although those with less ambition will still find this jacket useful on wet and cold days. It has a three-layer waterproof fabric with 20,000 HH and taped seams – nothing is getting in. It’s also highly reflective.
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Approach socks
These crew height men’s socks are designed to fit seamlessly and offer Smartwool’s 4 Degree fit comfort. They have an Achilles strap to offer protection to that area and help avoid injury. 54% Merino wool.
Ashmei Hooded Sweatshirt £139
The new high-performance sweatshirt is a piece designed as much as a lifestyle garment as one for the road or trails. The merino terry loop backing gives great next to skin comfort while its excellent stretch offers a full range of motion. Lightweight, wicking and highly breathable, the luxurious Merino fabric will easily handle cooler winter temperatures as well as warmer spring conditions.
Looking for the perfect running shoe can be a daunting task and there’s a huge range available, from deep-studded mud specialists to super-light racing flats. Consider how you’ll use them and the terrain you’ll be running on. Great fit and comfort are essential, and having the right balance of weight, cushioning and grip will ensure you have the most running
How they were tested
Jen and Sim are lucky enough to live somewhere with easy access to country lanes, muddy hills, steep rocky trails and gravelled towpaths, to put the shoes through their paces. They ran in each pair of shoes over a variety of terrains and in different conditions, comparing them against each other and their recommended use.