So the two race weapons I’ve listed so far are my brilliant New Balance v1400 with the boa dial instead of laces and one of my favourite, if not my favourite bit of tech – my Garmin Fenix 5x multisport, multi-everything watch.
Here I’ll share a few of my other fave bits of running kit.
Adidas Whipstart Sunnies
Quite simply. The bizzness.
There is no reason why you can’t look good while running. I suppose whether I look good or not is subjective, but too often running glasses are limited to styles that make runners look like backing singers from an old Ziggy Stardust music video circa 1980. Yes – bad.
The Whipstarts are simple and sexy and look more like everyday glasses than running-only glasses. Most importantly, they’re light and comfortable too. You don’t have to sacrifice that important component for the looks.
If you’ve long felt you look like a dork in your running glasses, I’d encourage you to check these out.
Full disclosure, I was very fortunate, along with my Cape Epic partner Sibusiso Vilane, to be made an Adidas eyewear brand ambassador for that venture, but I had discovered the Whipstarts before that. In fact it was the love of this pair and my Evil Eye Pro ( a superb Adidas model for cycling ) that led to becoming an ambassador when I wanted to test out the Zonyk’s (also great cycling glasses) for Epic.
I have another pair now too (Jaysor) as casuals, and bottom line, you can’t go wrong with Adidas. Great lenses, light, hardy and good-looking as f^%$.
Check out the range here –
First Ascent cap
This may seem an odd one, but I’m all about practicality when running for somewhere between 8-12 hours.
The race-weaponness of this item is that the visor splits in half to allow you to fold it and keep it easily in a pocket. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t want ANYTHING on my head and this little beauty enables you to do that without you still having to carry a bloody cap around.
I couldn’t find a link to it, but would encourage you to have a look around. It really is a winner.
Ever had nipple chafe on a long run? Ever tried plasters that inevitably peel due to sweat and fall off long before you want them to.
Enter Reskin. I think I discovered this awesome product at the Two Oceans Marathon before Comrades in 2012. It’s a silicone skin technology ( plaster for us simpletons ), that is incredibly soft, malleable and comfortable, doesn’t come off, and quite amazingly, can be reused.
They have various shapes and sizes and even cycling specific ones for saddle sores and other cycling-related chafing issues.
I’m not going to try and explain it here, but go and check it out –
– if you suffer from chafing, it’s a gamechanger.
And those are a few of the little tricks in my Comrades war chest.