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eGlove Sport review

I run at 6am 5 or 6 days a week all year around which means I spend at least 5 months of the year running in the dark and cold, it also means that 2 of my most essential bits of kit are a head torch and a pair of gloves. If you can see where you are going and keep your hands warm then you’re half way to enjoying a run no matter what the weather.

I’ve always used Petzl head torches and have a Tikka that has served me well for a few years now although I realised doing the Sleepwalker night race in November that there are some much brighter head torches out there and I shall be treating myself to an upgrade before the dark mornings begin again in the autumn.

Gloves are a much simpler bit of kit of course but they do need to fulfill 3 very important criteria and I’ve been putting the eGlove Sport running gloves to the test over the past few weeks to see how they fared when judged against them.

1 – Keep your hands warm – obvious I know but also the raison detre of a running glove. But unless you run in particularly mountainous conditions you also don’t want gloves that make your hands too warm. Having to choose between hot throbbing hands and bare numb ones is not good so the gloves need to be relatively thin and of course good at wicking the moisture away. The eGlove’s have performed well in this beautiful spring weather we’ve been experiencing, it’s made for some glorious sun rises but not so glorious temperatures. Keeping my hands warm in temperatures close to or below zero but not too hot.

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Perfect timing

This was post was going to be a review post about how amazing a trail shoe the Scott Kinabalu is. How it’s light and responsive and is great for long days on the trail. That was the post I had planned in my head until I took a look at them after yesterdays run and noticed a rather nice hole appearing in the side. Not quite what you expect for a months worth of use is it and worse it’s the 2nd pair to do that this year.

Scott Kinabalu with hole

Which is all rather disappointing considering I do actually really like them to run in and have had zero blisters or hot spots from the very first run. Maybe they’re just not up to muddy British trails? Before the Kinabalu’s I had 2 pairs of Scott Grip 2’s which lasted me all of last year with no issue. I only switched to the Kinabalu’s as I was planning on longer races and they seemed better suited. I also quite like wearing Scott’s as they’re a little unusual, something a bit different to the Salomon crowd. Shouldn’t matter what we wear or look like when running but sometimes it’s the little things that give you that confidence you need to take on a challenge isn’t it?

However this does leave me with an issue; I have a race on Saturday and currently no shoes to wear. I’ll of course be returning the Kinabalu’s to the shop and looking to get a refund but that doesn’t put shoes on my feet. I don’t really want another pair of Kinabalu’s but I know they fit and work, is it worth buying something new and risking them causing me problems? Answers on a postcard please.

Longer term I need to choose something new to wear, I’m very much a man of habit so once I find something that works I tend to stick with it. So while it’s always fun choosing new gear I’d prefer having more than a few days to make the decision. How am I going to read all the many internet reviews of each pair of shoes in that time?

If you have recommendations for trail shoes that are lightweight and will stand up to UK weather do send them over. For now I’ve just ordered a pair of Scott Fellraiser’s after asking on Twitter for recommendations, they seem to fit the mould of being lightweight and low to the ground which I’ve enjoyed with the Kinabalu’s to fingers crossed they fit ok and I can get a couple of runs in before Saturday.

Choosing a running playlist

So I am now officially a runner again, 4 runs in the last 10 days and feeling better than ever. I may even have started eyeing up some races (more of that at a later date). But with the miles starting to increase and wanting to keep the cross training at the gym going to look after my back I am in desperate need of a good playlist on the iPod. So far I am surviving on the 3 albums saved on my phone, one of which is nursery rhymes.

I remember reading a while back this blog from Kirsty at Imperfect Pages describing her play list. It had some pretty good tracks on it and also ones that I wouldn’t immediately think of for running to, but actually are pretty bloody good.

If I’m trying to do a short, fast run or simply a tempo section on a run then my go to music is Pendulum – Hold Your Colour. The first track (Slam) on the album is just phenomenal with a huge bass line and perfect beat speed to do that sort of run to.

But if you listen to that the whole time and are trying to do a long run you are going to be knackered pretty quickly.

I also quite like the Ministry of Sound 90’s album, the songs on it remind me of being a teenager and get me singing along and forgetting how much my legs hurt. I’m talking about classics such as 9pm till I come by ATB and Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers.

They also have an album called Running Trax (clearly no spell checker in that office) which is a bit more trance’y. But being designed for running the mixes do start slow with a warm up and build up, in theory to match your running pace. Again some classic dance tunes in there and 3 cd’s mixed by 3 different people.

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Notice a bit of a theme here? All dance music choices so far, which is funny because it’s not something I generally listen to when not running. But I don’t think Frank Sinatra which is my cooking theme tune will really cut the mustard so to speak. I could probably enjoy some Stereophonics or Kings of Leon, perhaps even the Black Keys which again has a great bass rhythm to run to. But that’s the great thing about music right? Different things for different situations.

So what else? What can I add to my playlist to keep me company as I do those long 12 mile 3 mile Sunday runs? What do you listen to? What’s your go-to tracks when you need motivating?

I do also have a rather nice new arm band to keep my iPod in while out, no more trying to wedge it in a pocket. Works well with my iPod Classic, but can also take an iPhone if you’re that way inclined. If you want one you can find it here; iPhone

Oh and to show it off in all it’s glory I managed to arrange for a hunky man to model it.

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NB This is a sponsored post, I was given the armband free of charge but not instructed what to write. Yes that’s right these awful music choices really are my own