Top innovative gear reviewed

Our testers looked at some of the more technical kit available right now

Icebug Outrun

by Trail Running |

Proviz Reflect 360 Neckwarmer

Proviz Reflect 360 Neckwarmer

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Made from soft, breathable, sweat-wicking polyester, this multi-functional neck warmer doubles as a hat, wristband, bandana, head/hair band and more. Available in black, light blue or red, it looks great during the day, while at night two wide strips of reflective detail light up brightly under headlights for great visibility. Verdict: Versatile, head/neck/hair wear for warmth and safety. 9/10

Terrex Agravic Tech Pro Shoes

Terrex Agravic Tech Pro Shoes

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Designed for technical trails in cold, wet conditions, these feature a zipped, water-repellent, ankle-height sleeve for warmth, protection and keeping out snow and debris. With a cushioned, responsive Boost midsole, Continental outsole for top grip, and protective rockplate, they suit a wide variety of terrain. Verdict: A great choice for technical trails in snow or mud. 8/10 Weight: 390g (UK 6.5M) Women's shown

Runderwear Original Support Running Bra (v4)

Runderwear Original Support Running Bra (v4)

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Runderwearu2019s bra genius lies in creating different types of support for different breast sizes. From the super-comfy low impact Crop Top through the Original style for smaller sizes to the more structured Easy On bra, which fits up to an H. Carefully considered features, great adjustment and incredible comfort: already a firm favourite. Verdict: Brilliantly-thought-through bras for comfort and support. (9/10)

Patagonia Strider Pro Pants

Patagonia Strider Pro Pants

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Brilliantly versatile, these super-lightweight, breathable, loose-fit pants from Patagoniau2019s HEK range are good on their own but excel as packable overtrousers for rapid deployment when itu2019s cold and windy on the tops. Ankle poppers and stretch fabric allow for easy on/off. Fair Trade Certified, sewn from 100% recycled polyester. Verdict: Versatile, light, windproof and perfectly packable. 10/10 Weight: 130g (S)

Gore R5 Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket

Gore R5 Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket

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Incredibly warm for its weight, this jacket is designed to work as a windproof shell and midlayer in one. Quick-drying Polartec Alpha insulation is sandwiched between a transparent outer and a Windstopper liner, innovative in both looks and function. Features include a snug hood, two zipped pockets and high-visibility details. Verdict: Lightweight warmth and comfort, perfect for winter. 9/10 Weight: 215g (38EU) Women's shown

Klattermusen Ansur Windproof Jacket

Klattermusen Ansur Windproof Jacket

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Made using ground-breaking heat and pressure-treated 100% organic cotton, this smart-looking lightweight, breathable jacket is windproof, water-resistant and PFC-free. Far more pleasant to wear than a plastic windproof, features include a full offset zip, soft, durable binding, zipped pockets and adjustable hem. Verdict: Light, breathable jacket for everyday adventures. (9/10) Weight: 215g (S) Women's shown

Osprey Talon 11

Osprey Talon 11

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The latest evolution of the Talon range is ideal for fastpacking or run-commuting, the more structured design carrying weight better than a soft race vest. All of Ospreyu2019s new packs are PFC-free and the Talon (as well as the womenu2019s Tempest) range is constructed from durable, Bluesign-certified recycled Nylon.
Verdict: Ideal for run-commuting; tough, protective, good ethics. 9/10 Weight: 835g

Inov-8 X-Talon G235

Inov-8 X-Talon G235

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Lightweight, super-grippy and very comfortable, the deep lugs are outstanding in the fells but are still comfortable on harder terrain between off-road sections. The graphene-enhanced outsole offers sticky grip and should significantly improve durability (our long-term test is under way). Also lighter than previous models. Verdict: Outstanding comfort, grip and protection: top fell shoes. 10/10 Weight: 255g (UK 11M) Men's shown

Icebug Outrun RB9X

Icebug Outrun RB9X

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Designed as a high-mileage training shoe, the OutRun is both protective and durable, with a smooth, cushioned, yet grippy ride. Icebugu2019s pioneering sustainability includes a 100% recycled upper, liner and insole; algae used in the midsoleu2019s construction, and recycled rubber in the outsole. The roomy fit may not suit some feet, though. Verdict: Sustainable innovation in a solid, high-mileage trail shoe. 9/10 Weight: 384g (UK 11M) Men's shown

Saxx Kinetic Sport 2in1 Shorts

Saxx Kinetic Sport 2in1 Shorts

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Complete with revolutionary BallPark Pouch, these superbly comfortable shorts combine a snug, supportive inner with a loose-fit outer. Features include reflective detail, a zipped key pocket, and hand warmer pockets u2013 rare on running shorts but a great addition. Could be a 10/10 but lacking any corporate responsibility details. Verdict: Comfy and supportive running shorts with great features. 9/10 Weight: 170g (M)

Salewa Zebru Responsive Half-Zip Tee

Salewa Zebru Responsive Half-Zip Tee

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This close-fit tee is made using a circular knit for great comfort and low waste. The fabric combines merino wool with responsive polyamide yarns, which harness the far-infrared radiation produced during exercise and emit it back to your body. Studies have shown these smart yarns may aid performance and recovery. Verdict: Excellent merino-blend layer with innovative technology. 10/10 Weight: 150g (M) Men's shown

OMM Core Hoodie

OMM Core Hoodie

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Offering incredible warmth for its weight, this great looking hoodie is made entirely from Primaloftu2019s brand new Next insulating fabric u2013 a fluffy synthetic plume woven through a mesh base. Itu2019s soft and comfortable to wear, either as an insulating layer under a shell or as a highly breathable outer for warmer conditions. Verdict: Cosy, breathable, warm. A mountain marathon essential. 9/10 Weight: 110g (M) Men's shown

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