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The good, the bad and the ugly – stuff, stripped bare

  1. 'It's a hill, get over it!'

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 14 Jan '14

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    Books on fell running are a bit of a rarity. So, when one does come along it is sure to be under the scrutiny of all fell runners and those enthusiasts who take an interest in running on the mountains and hills of the UK (and beyond)… Read more…

  2. Face the Storm

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Mar '13

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    This season The North Face have launched a set of waterproofs that will help trail and mountain tackle the elements with confidence. Here Ian Corless reviews the AK Stormy Trail Jacket and Pants… Read more…

  3. New Ultra makes perfect Sense

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Dec '12

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    When the Salomon S-Lab Sense hit the market in 2012 it is fair to say that its status was quickly hailed a ‘landmark product’. With their stealth-like appearance, low profile and lightweight nature the Sense aren’t the weapon of choice for all. Read more…

  4. Sub Zero’s Softshell stretches the limits

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Nov '12

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    Sub Zero Technology’s latest Thermal Windproof Softshell Jackets completes the brand’s outstanding line up of top-level layers this winter. These highly versatile jackets utilise the most advanced wind resistant fabric currently available… Read more…

  5. Trailroc-ket

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Nov '12

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    Whilst in the UK for his summer fell running adventure, Stephan R. Gripmaster spent some time with us exploring the delights of the Welsh mountains. We also managed to get him to guest review the latest Inov8 trail offering, the TrailRoc 245 into the bargain… Read more…

  6. Ready to Roc...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 14 Aug '12

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    Sierre-Zinal 2012 9th placer Billy Burns and 2011 British Fell Champ Morgan Donnelly will embark on the 2012 Trans Alpine Run in a few weeks, in the hope of bagging the booty for the UK and Inov8… Read more…

  7. iRunFar unearth new shoes at OR

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 03 Aug '12

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    The Trail M2 from Pearl Izumi

    Not one to leave any stones unturned, Bryon Powell was deep inside at the recent OR (Outdoor Retailer show) looking at what the future holds (well 2013 anyway) when it comes to trail running shoes… Read more…

  8. iRunFar preview 2012 trail shoes

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Feb '12

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    The new inov-8 Trailroc 235

    US oracle on the ultra and trail scene iRunFar have put together a very concise overview on what’s hot in the 2012 trail shoe sector. With such eye-catchers as the New Balance MT1010 and the Salomon S-Lab Sense that lighter-weight, natural trail shoe arena is well catered for… Read more…

  9. Alpkit Gamma - bargain of the year?

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 23 Nov '11

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    When it comes to ‘safety’ kit for us runners, there is a fine balance between necessity and ‘nice-to-have’. As the nights draw in and training time becomes limited by the daylight hours many of us need to train in the dark… Read more…

  10. The Mountain Marathon Book

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Rene Borg on Thu 27 Oct '11

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    I was lucky enough to recently receive a free copy of the latest offering in the ”Run Off-Road” series by TrailGuides: The Mountain Marathon Book, so let me share my impressions with my fellow mountain runners… Read more…

  11. Trail magazin #5

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Oct '11

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    Packed with news, reviews, interviews and this month a photo feature with top British photographer Tom Humpage, German mag Trail magazin edition #5 of 2011 has landed on our desktops… Read more…

  12. Trail Run #2

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Sat 08 Oct '11

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    Mal Law has crafted a thing of beauty. The 2nd ed. of Aus / NZ magazine Trail Run is out and is unbelievably available as a free download here. I can only marvel at how much work has gone into this… Read more…

  13. World's Ultimate Running Races

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Sep '11

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    500 races, 101 countries – this guide to the World’s Ultimate Running Races is big, comprehensive, and beautifully and thoughtfully put together by one of the UK’s top mountain and fell runners, Angela Mudge… Read more…

  14. Pure and simple

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Sep '11

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    As an outdoor sports person there is a good chance that you will run out of water when on the hill or the singletrack. The views on drinking from mountain streams and the like are mixed… Read more…

  15. Trail Run raises the e-zine bar!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 07 Jul '11

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    We are big fans (as you can probably appreciate) of online mags, or e-zines as they are known. Okay, so a ‘real’ magazine is something you can hold, touch, smell even, but the growth of online mags over the last couple of years is testimony that the times they are a changin’… Read more…

  16. Books, books, books...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 22 Jun '11

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    This time of year folks might be thinking of heading off on holiday and what better accompaniment than good book? Read more…

  17. UK Exclusive: The all-new Salomon Fell Cross SLAB

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 21 Jun '11

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    This is significant year in the history of Salomon trail and mountain running shoes. Firstly, the XR Crossmax entered the door-to-trail fray, and has been winning over runners in their masses in that search for trail shoe that performs on tarmac… Read more…

  18. This is nuts!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 26 May '11

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    Literally. When I was contacted by the terrific organic health food company Meridian I merely thought it was a newsletter, as our family are big fans of their lovely range of products! Read more…

  19. Trail gets a Grip!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Mar '11

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    When you combine one of the best magazines in the trail running world, one of the best photographers, nearly 100 of the best trail shoes in the world and three enthusiastic testers who leave no stone unturned, you know it will be something special… Read more…

  20. Kit review: Finisterre Brisa Quarter Zip Baselayer

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 14 Mar '11

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    Sometimes you may buy a product for its brand name. Sometimes it’s purely based performance or price, or both. And sometimes, just sometimes, you might buy a product because you like the company and what they represent… Read more…

  21. Bare-Grip 200 get US accolade

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    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 09 Mar '11

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    Get a grip with this baby...

    A shoe inspired by inov8’s natural running movement, and the UK fell running scene, should also a big hit Stateside, especially after Travis Lilles’ review on iRunFar.com this week… Read more…

  22. Shoe review: Salomon XR Crossmax

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 02 Mar '11

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    The Salomon XR Crossmax sets out on it’s journey this month in the running stores up and down the UK. It sets out to cross that tricky precipice of shoes that are road > trail and then trail > road – a place which has been a tricky domain for shoes in recent times… Read more…

  23. Shoe preview: inov8 Road-X 255

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 24 Feb '11

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    This is not a test. Well not as such anyway, more of a taster. We received the new inov8 Road-x 255 yesterday, and thought we’d get out there quick for a test run. So like the true testers we are, we strapped ‘em on and did a swift 9km this morning… Read more…

  24. Trail 01.11

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Sat 19 Feb '11

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    Trail #1 this year, with Frosty on the cover!

    Denis Wischniewski has done it again. At a time of year when mere trail mortals like ourselves are scouring across the off-road disciplines for content, he has delivered another captivating e-zine – setting the benchmark for international trail mags – print or online. Read more…

  25. Running On clouds...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Sun 13 Feb '11

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    At least that is what we expect, when we take this pair of hotly-anticpated running shoes out for a spin over the next few days and weeks. As always at MST we will be trying out the new On Cloudsurfer over a lengthy period, to give a good honest view… Read more…

  26. Hard as nails...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Feb '11

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    When I was sent the blurb by the lovely Rowena at UK Gear on the new PT-1000 shoe, it seemed too good to be true. The implication was that the shoes will last 1000 miles and hardly be worn… Read more…

  27. Book Review: A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Rene Borg on Sat 22 Jan '11

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    It was early December, and Santa, in the form of TrailGuides editor Keven Shevels, arrived early, a crisp new copy of A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia landing on my doorstep. Read more…

  28. Kit preview: the new Suunto M5

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Sun 14 Nov '10

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    Technology (in my view) should be all about practicality. It should also be about usefulness and possibly about weight, especially if you run vertical. It should also be about simplicity, and (unless you are of a scientific leaning) it should be about user-friendliness. Read more…

  29. Kit: UK Gear PT 1000

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 05 Nov '10

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    As highlighted in this story yesterday Andrew Murray is tempting to run from Scotland to Morocco in the coming months, and his shoe of choice for the mighty feat will be a new trail shoe from UK shoe co. UK Gear. Read more…

  30. Kit: Stuffits

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 05 Nov '10

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    My family love Stuffits. Well that’s not strictly true, as they dont really know the name of the product which has revolutionised the odour of our kitchen area this last few weeks. But they love the effect… Read more…

  31. Das neue Trail magazin...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Oct '10

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    Denis Wischniewski has done it again. He has delivered one of the best trail / running magazines I have seen anywhere (print or online) in recent times. The quality of this mag is astounding. Read more…

  32. Kit: Columbia Omni-Dry® Mountain Tech™ T

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 14 Sep '10

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    Outdoor clothing giant Columbia aren’t exactly a household name (yet?) in running, but certainly have some of the best high-trail and hiking gear on the market. Still, it’s good to see that they are making strides in the hills, when it comes to running product… Read more…

  33. Buffin' me up!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Aug '10

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    Buff!

    Lots of gear has descended into MST this last few weeks, with kit from The North Face, Columbia, Brooks and now Buff. The 2010 Buffwear range is something that I have to admit not seeing much of, but first impressions of the shorts, socks and t-shirt are favourable… Read more…

  34. Brooks® Green Silence - no longer a secret...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Aug '10

    I took delivery of these around a month ago. When I opened the box I thought that I had an odd pair, such is the penchant these days for running brand’s ‘fast shoes’ to be of differing colour on right and left feet. Styling-wise these shoes are very different too… Read more…

  35. Inov 8's new bare-grip™ gets a proper workout!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Jul '10

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    I recently posted a review of Inov-8’s new Bare-Grip 200™. I had just received the shoes from Inov-8 and only wore them for three runs between 1-2 hours …. The question most people would ask is “can you really review a shoe after only a couple of runs”? Read more…

  36. Joss

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Rene Borg on Thu 20 May '10

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    Years ago when reading the Feet in the Clouds it was hard to forget the amazing tale of ‘Iron Joss’, indeed the story laid out by Askwith created a great appetite to learn more about “the life and times of the legendary Lake District fell runner and shepherd Joss Naylor” as Keith Richardson’s new book is sub-titled. Read more…

  37. The future's so bright!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Mar '10

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    Sziols are an eye wear brand hailing from Germany, specialising in adventure sports – nothing too unique there. However, they have dedicated huge research into running, and dedicate eye wear that adapts to a runners need – not the other way around… Read more…

  38. Walsh Spirit Lite are here...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Feb '10

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    Well on my desk at least. Yes, we have finally got our hands on a pair of Walsh Spirit Lite shoes – the Bolton fell-shoemaker’s statement of intent in trail running. At first glance the understated Walsh signature is there, with very little in the way of bells and whistles… Read more…

  39. Classic Hill Runs - Steven Fallon

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Feb '10

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    Thanks to the Run4It footwear guru Steve Wales for providing us with this little gem which we missed when first released back in December, 2009. Steven Fallon is a hill runner and racer of repute, with regular Vet category prizes north of the Border – and has completed an amazing 14 Munro Rounds! Read more…

  40. Those Crafty Swedes

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Feb '10

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    Sweden make some great kit. None more so than the lovely ProWarm Olympia crewneck thermal top, which has been looking after me on the hill for the last month. Craft are masters in the cold, but also provide some of the best textiles for all climates… Read more…

  41. Getting a grip at ISPO

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Feb '10

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    The biggest expo of running gear – bar none. ISPO is the place to go if you want a handle on what’s hot for the coming 12 months. Not being one to shy away from new kit the Gripmaster made the trip to Munich to enlighten us… Read more…

  42. No crash and burn with Orbana

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Feb '10

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    Another new name in energy drinks – yes. Same formula, different bottle – no. When you cut through the detail of this new product you will see that they promise ‘no crash’ running, after the ‘spike’. What am I on about? Well you know how when you take an energy drink… Read more…

  43. Hand Crafted...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 05 Feb '10

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    There can be nothing worse than cold hands (in my book anyway). The Swedes know a thing or two about keeping warm – they have to. So, when Simon @ Big Sky Agencies sent me through some Craft cold weather goodies I was rubbing my (cold) hands in glee… Read more…

  44. The North Face® Single-Track - reviewed...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Rene Borg on Thu 28 Jan '10

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    Autumn has been a busy time in terms of trying out new alternative trail running shoes for this reviewer and with my inflamed metatarsals I hoped to find a shoe that struck a good balance between grip, lightness, and protection from the dangers of the trail. Read more…

  45. Walsh trail shoes arrive

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Jan '10

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    Fell shoe originators Walsh have recognised that time stands still for no man (or woman). The ultra-pure sport of fell running will never leave their hearts, however in a nod towards other off-road running activities that are emerging the Bolton pioneers have released a range of trail shoes… Read more…

  46. Kit galore!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 26 Jan '10

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    A glut of snazzy running gear has arrived at the MST lounge this week for some hardcore testing over the coming season. Brooks have delivered their all new Green Silence shoe, designed for the flat lands, and isn’t even out yet – so we’ve got some fresh produce… Read more…

  47. Now that's what I call TESTING!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Jan '10

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    You know MST, a few pairs of shoes here and there, we like to take our time over these things. The guys at Gripmastertrails.com like to test things with a little more gusto it seems. Goodness knows how many pairs of shoes hit the trails on this little test, but it was a lot! Read more…

  48. Orbana - sustained energy, in a bottle

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 12 Jan '10

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    New kids on the drinks block Orbana have come up with a product that looks to put an end to the ‘boom-and-bust’ of sports drinks – i.e feeling charged to feeling crappy due to the generous caffiene and sugar content that some beverages out there contain… Read more…

  49. Inov-8 Mudclaw™ 330 - review

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Jan '10

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    There’s a saying that goes “a million people can’t be wrong”, well I’m not sure how many pairs of the Mudclaw™ 330 that Inov-8 have sold (probably not quite a million!) but I am sure that one of their best-selling shoes is so for a reason… Read more…

  50. Sneak preview - The North Face® Single-Track

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Dec '09

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    We are privileged indeed. These shoes won’t be in all good outlets until Spring 2010. They aren’t even a production model. The North Face® Single-Track is the outdoor giants’ big foray into trail running for next year… Read more…

  51. If the cap fits...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 04 Dec '09

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    There is a lot of kit out there, that can cost a lot of money. Some of it is non-essential, but nice to have, some of it is, well essential. I would always put a hat in that bracket, personally. You just can’t beat a good hat… Read more…

  52. Inov-8 X-Talon 212 - Lighter, faster...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 12 Nov '09

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    (I get the feeling I may be preaching to the converted. But here goes!) It’s fair to say that in the last year or so the Inov-8 X-Talon 212 has become the ‘shoe of choice’ for many a fell runner in the UK… Read more…

  53. F-Lite fantastic

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 29 Oct '09

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    inov-8 are pretty good at making off-road shoes – fact. But how good are they at making a more road-specific shoe? Well, after taking delivery of the brand new F-Lite™ 220 I can tell you – pretty damn good… Read more…

  54. First impressions last

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Oct '09

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    X-Talon - Grippy stuff...

    Apologies in advance to reader Steve H who said that I would kiss the butt of these shoes. I suppose hundreds of fell runners can’t be wrong, and have to say that my first run (7.5 rolling miles, watching the sun come up) in Inov8’s X-Talon 212 was very impressive… Read more…

  55. Inov8 deliver!

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Oct '09

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    Well the parcel man does anyway. Not 1, but 4 pairs of Inov8 shoes were delivered to MST on Tuesday, thanks to those good people from Durham who are taking footwear technology to the next level. It’s gonna take me a few weeks to get through this little lot… Read more…

  56. Putting rivals on the 'Slab'

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 21 Jul '09

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    Pure science...

    Whilst on my little ‘press trip’ to the recent Annecime race, I was handed some new kicks by those lovely people at Salomon. The XT Slab 2 is a new shoe from the French innovators and we think it could be a 2010 product, as there is no sign of it on the Salomon site? Read more…

  57. Salomon’s versus The North Face – Round 2

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Thu 16 Jul '09

    The Ultimate Wardrobe War continues as Salomon Sports takes on The North Face. After a closely fought Paclite Jacket fight in Round 1, the North Face is just ahead. This week it’s the turn of the Technical T-Shirts, when Salomon’s Trail Tee battles it out with The North Face’s Optimus Tee. Read more…

  58. The Ultimate Wardrobe War

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Sun 05 Jul '09

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    Salomon Sports vs The North Face. Round 1: The Battle of the Paclites. It’s the fight we’ve all been waiting for: Salomon Sports takes on The North Face. Who will win this war to be the ultimate victor of outdoor gear? Read more…

  59. A very Clever Coat

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Wed 17 Jun '09

    Sure aren’t all running jackets all the same these days? Well, it’s time to think again, because Salomon has just decided to prove otherwise. Enter on stage the fabulously named, Fast Wing Hoodie Jacket II. Read more…

  60. BROOKS® Adrenaline™ GTS 9

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 25 May '09

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    When you get to a certain age injuries tend to stick around. Take my dodgy achilles. It doesn’t like too much running on the rough stuff these days and after 7-8 miles on a hill or trail I can pretty much guarantee that there will follow a couple of days of niggling pain… Read more…

  61. Ron socks it to 'em...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 22 May '09

    Legendary runner Ron Hill sold out his first love in 1991 to the Peaco Group. From 2001 onwards Dr Ron focused on his sock empire to the point today whereby his garters are some of the most trusted foot-huggers out there. Read more…

  62. Salomon Trail Runner Zip Tech Tee

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Chris Smithard on Wed 20 May '09

    The most striking feature about this top is its weight. It’s light. Very Light. I wouldn’t be surprised if my socks were heavier than this running shirt. But that isn’t the only difference to my normal running tops as the fit is more like the new style orienteering tops that have appeared in recent years. Read more…

  63. Baring all about Bras

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Wed 13 May '09

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    Gear reviews are forever going on about shirts, shorts, and shoes. But to speak of vital underwear garments like bras: well that’s a whole other story. But I’ve had enough of this self-sanctioned censorship. Read more…

  64. Long and short of long sleeved tops

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Tue 28 Apr '09

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    The Pink Helly in action

    The mountains are a cool place to be – quite literally. Ireland’s perennial cold, wet, and windy conditions mean that most days I have to wrap up well against the elements. As a result, I’m normally wearing a long sleeved top out on my training runs… Read more…

  65. Sexy Salomon Summer Shirts

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Mon 20 Apr '09

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    The rather splendid Salomon Moto Tech Tee for women

    Last Sunday was a gloriously sunny day. For the first time this year I went running in a t-shirt! So off I went up Lugnacoille, the highest mountain in the Wicklow Mountains, sporting my new Salomon Moto Tech tee. Read more…

  66. My Ruby Red Shoes

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Tue 07 Apr '09

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    Those red slippers...

    I opened the box. They were red. Very red. Too red. How could I possibly go running in such bloody obvious shoes? Matt from MST had sent me through some shoes in the post and had asked me to try them out. The S-lab XT Wings from Salomon no less. Read more…

  67. Shoe Review: Brooks Racer ST4

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 24 Mar '09

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    Compared to my younger days my running is a lot more varied. I used to be a road-mile eater. I devoured tarmac on a weekly basis. Venturing onto the fells and trails was, due my to re-location to the urban landscape of the south of England, a rarity. Read more…

  68. I love my Pants

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Wed 18 Mar '09

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    I’m always on the look-out for a good pair of pants. Not just any pants mind you. I need the type that keeps water firmly away from my legs and bottom during wet and windy runs in the Irish mountains. Read more…

  69. The Perfect Pack

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Moire O'Sullivan on Wed 04 Mar '09

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    Race Pro™ 12

    It’s hard for a girl not to get excited about shoes and bags. So when Chris posted about the Inov8 RocLite 315 shoes on MST just a few days ago, I simply couldn’t help myself but tell everyone about the gorgeous matching bags that are also available in the Inov8 range. Read more…

  70. Boxfresh Brooks

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Feb '09

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    A Brooks pile-up

    As you may have gathered we are fans of the Brooks brand here at MST. Why? Well number one they retain an air of independence in the world of brand-behemoths and number two they have fantastic shoes – full stop. Read more…

  71. Shoe review - Inov8 RocLite 315

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Chris Smithard on Tue 24 Feb '09

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    I had reservations about trying Inov8 products as I had heard all sorts of opposing views and opinions on them. The main one that put me off the most was the fact that most inov8s have low heels and which would to me feel like the shoe could come off at any time. But I was desperate. Read more…

  72. 2009 Trail shoes unearthed

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Jan '09

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    Runner’s World comprehensive guide to the world’s leading trail shoes. With a long list of brands from Adidas to Inov8 this series of videos covers most angles and gives a nice overview of the features of each. Course it’s no substitute for trying ‘em on, but at least you can narrow your selection… Read more…

  73. Life on the Run...

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Thu 11 Dec '08

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    I had come across this book whilst Googling earlier this year, in search of a good read. The reviews were good, it looked like my type of book – independent, honest, not too long, not too self-indulgent, but for some reason that day I wasn’t in a shopping mood. Read more…

  74. Shoe review- Salomon XT Wings S-Lab

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Dec '08

    Fresh out the lab!

    Trail shoes are a phenomena of the 21st century. In the past there really was just Walsh PBs, a studded shoe, aimed at coping with the harshest mountain terrain, an area in which they have had very few rivals until recent years. Read more…

  75. Where would we be without?

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Dec '08

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    A classic of all classics...the PB

    Norman Walsh was a clever man. Norman Walsh made shoes. Norman Walsh made the most famous mountain running shoe ever- the PB trainer. This article is 7 years old, but it could have been written today, it could be written in another 7 years, and not much would be different. A few more pairs sold perhaps! Read more…

  76. Shoe review - Brooks Cascadia 3

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 19 Nov '08

    Bling!

    So, I posted up my impartial (but very positive) review on the the excellent new Brooks Mach X a few weeks back. A couple of days passed and those nice people at Brooks UK then went and sent me some of their new off-roaders the Cascadia 3. How kind! Read more…

  77. Ovett - 24 years on and still talking sense!

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    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 12 Nov '08

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    Well thumbed!

    What, a trackie on MST?! Well, anyone who trained up Merthyr Mawr for fun and regularly took part in XC throughout an illustrious career qualifies for this site. The Brighton flyer was a runner, first and foremost. The product of an era which believed that anyone aspiring to be a good track runner had to embark on running of all varieties – simple really… Read more…

  78. The real 'X factor'

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Nov '08

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    Have you got the X Factor?

    No, not the TV show brain-child of he-of-the-chest-warmers fame, Simon Cowell. No, I’m on about the simply bellissimo Italian brand, X Socks. Having had calves tighter than tight for around 6 months now I decided to go for some sports massage and compression… Read more…

  79. Shoe review - Brooks Mach X

    Posted in Rated or Slated by Matt Ward on Wed 29 Oct '08

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    Ok, not dirty enough yet, I know!

    Spikes are great. Spikes are cross-country’s nemesis. They keep you upright in the mud, they make you feel faster. Course they aren’t for everyone and likes of Inov8 offer some great stud alternatives. But for real cross-country its got to be spikes, right? Read more…

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The don dada of running magazines
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FRA
The FRA's site, still strong...
IAAF
The all-seeing eye
iRunFar
The very best coverage for all things ultra-trail, and much more!
Jonathan Wyatt
The greatest hill runner of our time...
Letsrun.com
New and eeeven better!
Original Mountain Marathon
Does what its says on the tin
Run Snowdonia
Iain and Sarah Ridgway's excellent mountain running guide service!
Runner's World
The mag for the masses
Running over Mountains and around the World
International blog from Moira O'Sullivan
Sleepmonsters
Dont sleep on this one!
Trail Running
Great trail running resource, take a peek
UK Athletics
Track and field, and other stuff
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Welsh Fell Runners Association
World Mountain Running Association
IAAF's global up hill, down dale, site
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