12 January 2017

FEATURE: January Club – Gear

You'll look fit.

Yes, we're still at it – still pushing you to get out there and pound that pavement in an effort to get fit this month. We've had trackers, speakers, blenders, and trainers, and now we've gathered together a small bunch of clothing gear to help your fitness regimen. Here is your January Club Gear.

Bridgedale Speed Trail Merino Wool Running Socks

Notice the socks being worm in our Inov8 Ultra 290 Trail Running shoes review? Yep, they were the Speed Trail Merino Wool Running socks from British brand Bridgedale, and they are designed for prolonged use in tough conditions. A decent pair of socks are essential for running, as they can add extra cushioning for your feet, and offer protection against friction.

This pair, made from cool and comfortable Merino wool, feature a ventilated construction with Coolmax wicking. The seams have been hand linked to keep them as smooth as possible, and there is anti-compression padding on the ball of the foot, along the lacing part, and also around the Achilles. They are super soft, tough, and breathable. Nice colour, too.


Weird Fish 'Cranespotting' t-shirt

If you need a multi-purpose t-shirt to wear while working out, why not get one that is both fun AND raises funds for charity? The exclusive Weird Fish 'Cranespotting' tee has been created by artist Lewis Boughen, and for each shirt you buy for just £20, Weird Fish will donate £5 to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Not only is it a comfortable, breathable t-shirt similar to others we had in from them, the Cranespotting joke ties in nicely with Trainspotting 2 being released in cinemas this month. We've yet to see the film, but we're already certain it would have been better if these cranes had been cast in the main roles.


Maui Jim Banyans Sunglasses

That low winter sun can be a bitch, especially when running near busy roads and on city streets. Shield your eyes and look awesome at the same time with a pair Maui Jim Banyans. The sunnies are named after one of the top surf spots in Hawaii, and feature a rimless design perfect for both exercise and day-to-day use.

As with other Maui Jim sunglasses we've reviewed, they are of exceptional quality and offer a very comfortable fit. They include Maui Evolution lenses which provide a good level of shade without tinting the outside world too much. Last thing you need is to run over someone's dog because you couldn't see them through the lenses. And, and in case you were wondering... HARD CASE INCLUDED! Woop! We do love a nice carry case with an expensive pair of sunnies, and Maui Jim never disappoint, including both a zip-closing case and a soft colourful drawstring pouch as well.


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Proskins Active Run Leggings

As the weather is currently... challenging... how about wrapping your legs up against the chill, but keeping them free to move at the same time? Proskins leggings for women have been designed to both protect against the cold, while also keeping your striding legs cool as you run. The structured material supports your muscles while also helping to increase blood flow.

A snug fit, once on they feel very comfortable and flexible, and crucially supportive in the right spots. Sweat is drawn away from the skin, and the flatlock seams means there is zero chafing. They look pretty snazzy, too.


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Buff Headwear

So that's your feet, legs, and top wrapped up... what about your head? Yes, you could pop any old hat on to keep your gorgeous cranium warm while running this winter, but we guarantee your brain will melt from the heat after ten minutes of exercise. To that end, try something from the huge range from Buff Headwear.

Buff make beanies, caps, neck warmers, and everything inbetween. We were sent a couple from their sports range; a thin and stretchy cap and a tube-like neck warmer/face mask. Both are made from delicately soft Merino wool so feel great and help to keep your head cool once you start to heat up. The cap was great, but we found better use for the neck warmer, especially when pulled up and over the nose and mouth. As it is so thin when stretched, it's very breathable and therefore won't restrict you air intake.


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