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Long Term Gear Test: La Sportiva Helios.

Long term gear test: La Sportiva Helios, by La Sportiva NZ ambassador Sam Clark- I’m going to get this out of the way early in the piece:  The La Sportiva Helios could be the last…


Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30 Review

Dennis de Monchy offers his take on the new Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30. I was recently given the chance to test out the new UD Fastpack 30 when I headed south to run in…


Hoka One One Mafate Speed Review

Anticipation was high for the arrival of a test pair of Hoka One One Mafate Speed’s. My only previous experience in Hoka’s signature oversize shoe was shorted lived- a pair of hand-me-downs from…

If you want a nice photo of the Helios then click on the link below. I like to see a shoe 4 months on and how it is holding up. This is after some fun on muddy Port Hills trails.

La Sportiva Helios Review

Even before this past summer I have long been an admirer of La Sportiva’s quality line up of products- from the super slick carbon ski mountaineering race boots, to the massive range of…


Tailwind Endurance Review

Updated 15th July 2013- Since we posted this review of Tailwind by Bernard Robinson, I (Grant Guise), have be able to test out Tail wind a bit more myself. I used some Trailwind at…

Pack Picking

Choosing the right Pack/Hydration Solution

Picking the right pack/vest/hydration system is a very personal choice- similar to picking out ripe avocados, or shoes (thankfully there are not quite as many choices). More and more the question/comment “ I’m looking at…

100 reasons DVD

100 Reasons DVD Review

The TNF100 in Australia’s Blue Mountain’s is arguably the biggest Ultra-Mountain race in Australasia, after steady growing for a few years the race exploded when Team Salomon, headed by Kilian Jornet racing there in May 2011. Since then…


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