Prod­uct re­views – un­fa­mil­iar, new brands

PAUL FREARY LOOKS AT SOME OF THE LAT­EST BRANDS AND PROD­UCTS AVAIL­ABLE ON THE UK MAR­KET

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Saysky – Sub rose jacket

Price: €121.00

Stock­ist: saysky.dk FROM Copen­hagen in Den­mark, Saysky aim to create run­ning gear that is as stylish as it is highly func­tional and judg­ing from the items we’ve tried so far we agreed on both counts.

While most jack­ets, re­gard­less of price, look pretty much the same, this light­weight wind­breaker in­cor­po­rates great fea­tures into its up-to-the-minute, on-trend, dark cammo print de­sign. The polyester and span­dex blend gives it a soft, stretch feel that moves we as you run and feels light and com­fort­able.

There’s no ir­ri­tat­ing rustling of fab­ric and with soft touch fin­ishes to the col­lar and cuffs it re­ally is a joy to wear.

The fab­ric keeps the wind at bay and pin­hole ven­ti­la­tion un­der the arms and in the back makes for great breatha­bil­ity.

We think it is a brand that will gain pop­u­lar­ity here in the UK very quickly, so watch this space.

Saysky – Nordic com­bat tights

Price: €107.00

Stock­ist: saysky.dk

HAIL­ING from Den­mark, you’d ex­pect these ‘Nordic’ tights to de­liver in terms of warmth and they do not dis­ap­point. The brushed in­ner fab­ric feels warm and snug the mo­ment you pull them on, with the span­dex blend of the fab­ric pro­vid­ing a great, al­most com­pres­sive feel­ing to the over­all fit.

We liked the at­ten­tion to de­tail in the fin­ish of the tights, with a deep waist­band fin­ished in­ter­nally with a smooth lin­ing to re­duce any ir­ri­ta­tion.

A rear zip pocket is per­fect for se­cur­ing items and a stretch; side pocket is great to quickly stash items such as gloves while on the move.

The large re­flec­tive logo and brand­ing en­sures all-round vis­i­bil­ity to other road uses and makes the tights stand out from the crowd of plain black tights.

Evossi – Dis­cover gilet

Price: £63.00

Stock­ist: evossi.com THIS new brand on the UK run­ning mar­ket was launched in 2016 in ru­ral Es­sex. Born from a de­sire to create kit that met all the de­mands of ath­letes the aim of the gar­ments is to fuse func­tion­al­ity with per­for­mance to en­hance your runs.

The gar­ments are en­gi­neered with added fea­tures to en­hance each run as well as your look and style.

This gilet is the per­fect run­ning gar­ment for mixed weather con­di­tions. Be­ing wa­ter­proof and breath­able, it keeps the el­e­ments off your body but still al­lows to­tal free­dom and ease of move­ment.

Run­ners rarely re­turn from a run in the rain and com­plain of ‘wet arms’, the con­stant move­ment helps min­imise this, so be­ing sleeve­less you re­main pro­tected from the worst of the rain and wind leav­ing you free to con­cen­trate on per­for­mance. Re­flec­tive el­e­ments keep you vis­i­ble from ev­ery an­gle and pock­ets with wa­ter­proof zips keep your valu­ables as dry as you.

Evossi – Hero shorts

Price: £35.00

Stock­ist: evossi.com LIGHT­WEIGHT and made with mois­ture-wick­ing fab­ric, these slightly longer cut shorts are great for the colder months for those pre­fer­ring the free­dom they pro­vide. The mois­ture wick­ing fab­ric means they keep you dry and warm and don’t re­tain ex­cess mois­ture as you run.

A rear zip pocket will keep items safe and se­cure whilst a smaller pocket placed at the front of the shorts is good for a key, gel or credit card. There’s also ad­di­tional gel-loops in­cor­po­rated into the waist­band; per­fect for longer train­ing runs or races. Re­flec­tive de­tails again add a touch of safety for those that run in low light con­di­tions, help­ing you stay may vis­i­ble to other road users.

VJ Sport – iRock2

Price: £114.99

Stock­ist: vjs­port.fi

LIKE its sis­ter shoe, this model fea­tures ex­cep­tional grip and Kevlar up­per.

Slightly lighter at just 240g, this slightly slim­mer fit­ting shoe is per­haps more aimed at out-and-out rac­ing and faster paced run­ning and that com­ple­mented by the very flex­i­ble na­ture of the shoe.

The shoe eas­ily adapts to the con­tours of the ground giv­ing an added sense of sta­bil­ity to add to the sure-foot­ed­ness that ag­gres­sive out­sole studs pro­vide.

The up­per feels strong and durable, but at the same time it is soft enough to wrap around the foot with sock-like pre­ci­sion, mak­ing you feel ‘at one’ with the shoe.

It is a great off-road racer and a shoe that could even prove a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to cross-coun­try spikes for those need­ing a lit­tle more pro­tec­tion on var­ied ter­rain.

VJ Sport – VJ XTRM

Price: £114.99

Stock­ist: vjs­port.fi

EA­GLE-eyed read­ers may recog­nise these shoes as those worn by Jon Al­bon, the mul­ti­ple world cham­pion at ob­sta­cle rac­ing and skyrun­ning who was fea­tured in AW ear­lier this month. The XTRM is his shoe of choice and a model that’s more com­monly seen in con­ti­nen­tal Europe.

Made by VJ Sports in Fin­land, the brand was cre­ated in 1981 to pro­duce light­weight, high per­for­mance shoes for ori­en­teers. Hav­ing proved pop­u­lar the range grad­u­ally ex­panded and their ethos of cre­at­ing ‘the best grip on the planet’ has en­sured their pop­u­lar­ity grows and grows.

This model fea­tures full-length cush­ion­ing, a rock plate to pro­tect the feet from sharp stones and an up­per that uses Kevlar to give it high lev­els of pro­tec­tion and dura­bil­ity.

The fea­ture the brand is best known for is ex­cep­tional grip and this comes from the 100% Butyl-rub­ber out­sole, a blend of rub­ber that has a ‘sticky’ feel on pretty much any sur­face and in most con­di­tions. Com­bined with the 6mm deep lugs, the shoe re­ally does grip like noth­ing else.

We took the shoes out on the most var­ied route we could find and didn’t shy away from any ob­sta­cles. In short, we didn’t miss a step, feel­ing more and more con­fi­dent with each stride to at­tack the ter­rain.

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