Product reviews – unfamiliar, new brands
PAUL FREARY LOOKS AT SOME OF THE LATEST BRANDS AND PRODUCTS AVAILABLE ON THE UK MARKET
Saysky – Sub rose jacket
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
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
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
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
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
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.