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Monday 1 September 2014

Fit Kit: It's time to gear up for hitting the trails

Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30

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Salomon X Scream, €120, Salomon.com
DIRTY DOG EDGE SUNGLASSES, €69, DIRTYDOG.COM
DIRTY DOG EDGE SUNGLASSES, €69, DIRTYDOG.COM

Salomon X Scream, €120, Salomon.com

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I AM regularly asked about a shoe that is suitable for running on pavement and on the trails. While manufacturers have been making trail shoes with the cushioning system borrowed from normal runners, there aren't many that close the gap with confidence like the X Scream. But rather than being like a normal trainer, there is some really clever technology to keep you confident on the trails. These things include: protective toe cap; a tongue cover to stop unwanted grass/rocks; and a sturdy quick lacing system. The fit is outstanding with a flexible panel for the toe joints and foot-hugging insole. Released in July.

Hit: Delivers exactly what you want for a city/trail shoe. A great shoe to travel with for all types of terrain.

Knock: Suits a medium to narrow foot.

SALOMON EXO CALF, €55, SALOMON.COM

Running through rough terrain can mean lots of snags and prickles on your legs. While calf guards are now widely accepted as running kit, these Salomon calf sleeves are one of the first pairs I would recommend for the trail. The use of strong, reinforced fabric ensures you won't get any tears, and the compression stays firm.

Pros: Extra strong fabric on the front of these calf guards make them very durable.

Cons: There isn't much flexibility, so make sure you get the sizing right.

Verdict: Hi-tech calf guards which are perfect for the trail.

DIRTY DOG EDGE SUNGLASSES, €69, DIRTYDOG.COM

Sports sunglasses can be universal for the bike, on the trail or even in the car. Because of our climate the need for the right level of light filtering is very important to get right, especially on those overcast days. While these glasses feel flimsy at first they proved to be extremely flexible and squash resistant. For your eyes the lenses filter the perfect level of light.

Pros: Rubber grippers, very lightweight and great lenses.

Cons: The Edge style may not suit everybody.

Verdict: Great value for money sunglasses for any type of sport.

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