We know what runners want most in a Christmas-gift-a great workout. But your next runner will no doubt be pleased by a hard or soft packages too. Here are 10 Christmas tips-thoroughly tested by us!
HAGLÖFS GRAMS 15 BACKPACK
HAGLÖFS Grams 15 is a perfect running backpack with a simple design. Here at Mcat-Test-Centers you can get more different models of the outdoor equipments. It’s the quality and function of zippers, seams and straps feels sturdy and the backpack is comfortable to wear. By hand, you can adjust everything to your backpack. On the other hand, it is a little difficult to reach the water bottle at the rear. But it has also thought about Haglöfs.
It is easy to attach a bottle holders in the front instead, which is part of the excellent accessory package that you can connect to. An internal compartment for important things, as well as an external ryggfack for liquid blow if you want it (not included) is also quite enough. The straps are, however, a bit long, so you have to cut them down if you do not want them to flutter when running.
HAGLÖFS Grams 15 is suitable for those who want an easier change of clothes in your run for the job, but also you who runs an overnight tour with easy packing.
Retail price 1 200 SEK
+ Good adjustability and fit
+ Great accessory kit
– Long straps
After having långtestat Lifeproofs shell for Iphone 4S in all sorts of climates and situations we can conclude that the Peel really works and protects your phone good. The hard shell eliminates cracked displays and also protects it from water and sweat. A waterproof adapter included also for connecting the headphone cord.
The size of the shell is a little strange, but you get used to it. It’s simple to mount your phone in the shell and the quality feels solid. The disadvantage of this design is that some chargers are not original to the Iphone does not fit with Lifeproofs shells. And if you shoot a lot so are our tips to keep the lens cover clean on both sides to avoid foggy pictures.
Lifeproof is, despite the high price, worth every penny.
Approximate price of SEK 750
+ Can withstand a beating and wetness
+ Rich and smooth design
– All chargers are not suitable
Polar RC3 GPS Watch
Now released RC3 GPS, Polar’s first watch with a built-in GPS that can be used for both running and cycling. The model has a sleek design with a clear display, a low weight of 58 grams and a battery life of 12 hours in GPS mode, which seem right according to our test. As all Polar watches offer RC3 GPS also features heart rate-based training, which is the backbone of the company’s products.
On the other hand, we had problems with the watch’s interface. Above all, it is not possible to set the desired information combinations in the different menus. Instead, you get to browse between seven different pre-programmed screens, making it difficult to get an overview of the training result. It therefore requires a lot of scrolling, which is not optimal in the middle of a session. The GPS also requires a relatively long connection time compared to other watches we tried, but the gps measurements are correct good compared to competing products. Summary of training is clear and can be easily exported to your computer via the mini-USB which is also used to charge the watch.
Retail price 2 800 SEK incl. chest strap
+ Smooth and accurate
– Cannot select what information is displayed in the menus.
EVOC CC3L HYDRATION BAG
EVOC is a German väskföretag, mainly focused on cycling and downhill skiing. But their new line with hydration packs work just as well for running. CC3L is the smallest backpack of the company’s Performance Backpack-line. It has a loose fluid bladder that holds two litres, but can handle blisters on up to three litres. The bladder can also be turned inside out after use, making it easy to wipe and clean so that it begins to grow the unpleasantness in fluid system.
The performance series is lightweight and fits well without limiting movements. Special air channels and mesh fabric in the back and shoulder straps allow air and moisture carried away more easily. EVOC CC3L has a chest strap that can be adjusted in height, as well as a detachable höftrem for extra stability. The backpack is easy to adjust for a good fit, and the straps can easily be locked to avoid flutter. The weight is low, 315 grams without blowing and water.
On the outside of the backpack sits a removable elastic band with which to draw such as a jacket underneath. One large compartment for hydration bladder and some coveralls, and an outer pocket for keys, sunglasses or phone is pretty much what it can require of a daypack for longer trail races or quick transport running.
Retail price SEK 700
+ Customizable and flexible
+ Smart liquid blow
SONY SPORT HEADPHONES XBA-S65
Sony’s in-earmodell XBA-S65 is made to be used for sports facilities. They have a jumper that you hang around the ear, which consists of the cord that is tightened around the ear like a noose. It is an elegant solution that keeps weight down (17 grams) and headphones in place. plugs in four different sizes follows with so that you can get to fit for different ears, and sladdclips which means that you can easily attach the leftover cord on your clothes.
The model is also waterproof, so it goes to rinse off after sporting. The sound quality is very good, but the seal plug also makes a lot of noises is closed out. Sometimes it is preferable, but run it in rural areas, it is wise to keep the volume low.
Retail price 900 SEK
+ Are good
+ Good sound quality
– Shut out some sound
CRAFT PERFORMANCE RUN WP THIGHTS
Craft’s new running tights for winter use has a wind and water resistant front, going down over his knees. The back is in a soft and a bit sturdier lycra, and the lower part of the legs are in a slightly thinner lycra. In the leg endings are zippers and the waist is adjusted with a plain string. A slanted back pocket with zipper makes it easy to transport the phone or keys.
The fit is unusually good for being such a reinforced trousers, and it is connected with the very pliable material. A smart solution is to the windproof front is not ihopsydd with the Lycra under your knees, which allows more freedom of movement and that some moisture can be carried out from the body.
The sizes are slightly larger, most of our testers therefore went down a size. But it also depends on how much clothing you would wear during the session. During intense workouts and long rounds, we experienced the comfort, warmth and moisture transport was at the top. Performance run wp are a couple excellent tights for chilly runs in other words.
Retail price 900 SEK
+ Comfortable and responsive
+ Good comfort
– Some large sizes
JABRA SPORT WIRELESS EARPHONE
This product has been on the market for a while, and we’ve tested these wireless sport headphones for an extended period of time. Jabra Sport is based on Bluetooth wireless technology and thus communicates with your phone. This means that you can listen to mp3 music on your phone or the FM radio built into the headphones. You can also reply in and control the phone and adjust the volume by using the small buttons on the headphones.
It’s super easy to start and pair the headset with your phone. The headphones look a bit clumsy, but once in place reflects hardly and sits surprisingly well. It is partly due to the low weight, 25 grams is no more than a pair of lightweight sports glasses weigh. Because the headphones are designed for sport is waterproof, and can even be rinsed under the tap.
Audio and hands-free microphone is very good, better than expected, but the tiny buttons are a bit difficult to handle with gloves. A nice feature is that you can have direct voice feedback on your training during the session if you use Endomondo Sports Tracker app.
Retail price $100
+ Very good function
+ Easy to use
– Small buttons are difficult to use with gloves
FOOTBALANCE MOLDED INSOLES
Moulded soles are a popular way to increase the comfort of the shoes and support up the sequence step aimed at preventing musculoskeletal disorders caused by supination or pronation. Finnish Footbalance was molded soles and have models for all types of sport. We have tested the two versions for running. Performance is a thin and flexible sole with minimal cushioning for driven runners (41 g in size 42), and Dynamic Blue which is a flexible sole with a bit more cushioning (49 g in size 42).
We’ve run with both models throughout the season, both short intervals and long distance workouts. It is of course difficult to evaluate whether they actually have prevented damage, but the comfort is generally good. Performancesulan is so thin and flexible that we don’t notice much difference against the insoles that come with the standard running shoe.
Are you a fast, easy framfotslöpare so it is a good option. Dynamic Blue is stronger and a little stiffer. It provides significantly more Charter, but in flexible shoes we also experienced a slight worsening of the running feeling. It is therefore better for the heavier runner or runners with clear heel strike.
Retail price 600 SEK
+ Quick and easy form casting process
+ Good comfort
– Thicker insoles can adversely affect running feeling
SQUEEZZY RUN FASTER SET (editors ‘ best Christmas tips!)
German Squeezy has several different types of energy foods for runners and endurance athletes. In their running packages Run Faster Set includes fifteen gels, a bag of candy and a smart energy hölsterband to fasten around your upper body with the gel carrier.
Preference for flavors and what types of gels that work for your stomach is, of course, highly individual. Squeezy has several pretty classic flavors, and some unexpected-that extra salty tomato (it’s actually pretty good). What we appreciate with Squeezy-gels is their handy size (25 grams) and easy-to-use packaging.
They are not overly sweet, which was estimated by multiple test runners. Neither reported any runner sensations from the stomach, even during longer workouts and races. Gel strap included can be purchased separately and cost 75 SEK. It’s a phenomenal solution to the dilemma that many long runners-where to store their gels. Belt accommodates eight gels and have mounts for race number. A great Christmas gift, we think.
Retail price 250 kroons
+ Smart belt for gels
+ Good gel packs
ASICS FUJI RACER TRAILSKO
ASICS Fuji race is a fairly easy trailsko intended for competitive running in terrain. The model has a low outsole that gives very serial feel, nice touch with the ground and a great drive in the sequence step. Heavy grips are good but not impressive. On the other hand, impresses the shoe’s built-in drainage through the topside of fabric and the holes in the outsole.
In extremely wet running through streams and bogs remained no water at all left in the shoe. The laces tucked away in the tongue in a smart way and stays there. In this way you avoid the laces goes up when one runs in bushy terrain.
Quality is what you can expect from Asics. After 12 km in extreme mountain terrain looking shoe almost unused out and we don’t have a stuffed nose. ASICS Fuji Racer is a shoe for those who want an easy and stable trailsko to rely on in wet weather.
The drain holes in the sole doing, however, we set aside the shoes for the winter-as easily as water runs out there again. Weight: 260 grams (US 10.5).
Retail price 1 500 SEK
+ Very comfortable fit and light weight
+ Drain very well when it is extremely wet
– The drainage is not hit in the winter
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