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Welcome to our reviews section, we hope it’ll be of some use to you. We post reviews of gear we use, and operators we enjoy activities with, so hopefully it’ll serve as a bit of a guide when you’re buying your next bit of kit or planning your next adventure.

Okay, first, we should let you know a bit about our review philosophy, so you know where we’re coming from.

1. We only review what we use.

We don’t see any point in trying to write a review about something we haven’t tried ourselves-preferably a couple of times (if you see a review about something we’ve only tried once, that means it was so fantastic we couldn’t wait!) Everything we write in our reviews is based on our actual experience, probably under harsh racing or adventure conditions.

2. We don’t get paid for reviews.

It would be really nice if we were paid in the order of tens of thousands of dollars for comments, but we’re not (maybe because we’re writing stuff on the internet, and not working in am radio). We don’t want any potential for bias in our reviews, so we wouldn’t accept payments. Though, if you want to send us free stuff to review (such as Gu sending us all of their flavours) we’d be more than happy to try it out and write it up!

3. We don’t post bad reviews.

We think reviews should be about stuff that works, not stuff that doesn’t. So we won’t post a bad review about a piece of kit or operator that we try.

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Wild Horizons

A review by the Cyborg

A review by the Cyborg

I strongly suspect that some 20-odd years ago a younger Huw Kingston looked out at the world of people taking up such fads as aerobics and Body Pump and thought to himself, “You know, there are a lot of masochists out there. Sure, they say it’s all about fitness, but that lycra is just cheaper leather. I reckon there’s money to be made in that...” So he set up Wild Horizons, a middle-class masochist club. Sure, it’s dressed up as an outdoor event organiser, but deep down inside, everyone who enters any of their events is there to suffer.

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BodyGlide

A review by the Cyborg

A review by the Cyborg

BodyGlide

You know, I’ve never had to worry about chaffing before, it’s just one of those things that happened to other people. Sure, I got blisters. And sunburn. And, of course, sore. But I’d never chaffed. At least, not until about a year or so ago. I would like to think that it’s because over the years I’ve grown fitter, with better endurance, so that my runs and rides have become longer which means there’s more rubbing, more chaffing, winding up in pain. The far more likely explanation, of course, is that I’m getting older, and I have more loose and saggy bits which bounce and rub as I run.

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Running up that hill

Zombies, Run!

A Review by the Cyborg

A Review by the Cyborg

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! Is an iPhone app that makes running interesting. I think it’s a testament to the game that I actually put the words running and interesting together. It’s kind of like an audiobook, but a little more interactive. You select a playlist (one of your pre-existing playlists, so you always get to listen to good music) and once you’re introduced to the story, it plays your music. The rest of the mission comes through as a radio message in between songs (as well as notifications when you pick things up along the way). It even has sort-of interval training where every now and then you’ll hear a zombie creeping up behind you, so you’ve got to throw on a sprint to get away ’cause nothing makes you run like a zombie shuffling behind you!

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Cycle Education

A Review by the Cyborg

A review by the Cyborg

Cycle Education

According to tradition, the summer festivities provided a much-needed break and respite for the TriHards, particularly marking the halfway point of their 2009-2010 Paddy Pallin season. The season had already had its ups and downs, with McFly being injured in the first race, and the teams completing a shortened classic course for the November Canberra race (and still barely finishing in time for the presentation). The TriHards used this break to reflect and consider their efforts; and their progress, which would seem to have stalled. Something more was needed. More training. More practice. Better kit. That needed more time and more money - commodities none of the TriHards had in abundance.

Fortunately, an answer came through as the TriHards eagerly read through the AROC Sport January email: CycleEd were doing a shortened mountain bike workshop for people intending to participate in AROC races. After competing themselves, they had noted that these otherwise very gifted endurance athletes were perhaps not performing as well as they could (they obviously weren't watching the TriHards!) and had offered to run this cheap short course at Mount Stromlo. Knowing that even a little bit of coaching can be a truly valuable thing, providing incredible changes in performance, the TriHards went along to the session, hoping to at least slightly improve their riding skills. And they were not disappointed.

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Basette in backpack

MacPac Koala

A Review by Mr GPS

A Review by Mr GPS

MacPac Koala

This is the bottom of the range baby pack from MacPac, my first comment is that it strikes me as being of excellent quality, we have used it for quite a while now as our daughter has been getting bigger and largely speaking (some of the orange is fading and there may be a few sweat marks around where my neck sits) it is wearing very well, no stitching is coming apart and zipper still feels new.

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Shotz Tabs

Shotz Sports Nutrition

A Review by the Cyborg

A Review by the Cyborg

Shotz Sports Nutrition

It’s a slippery slope, you know. First they give you a voucher for a free gel in the event show bag; then they pass on a water bottle with a tab in it, just to try.... Next thing you know you’re ordering Shotz nutrition by the boxful over the internet (which arrives in a very timely manner, quite often with an extra gift!) It’s true: my name is Cyborg, and I am a Shotzaholic... The mild-tasting, effervescent drink was gone in no time at all, and I found myself walking away, the proud owner of a pack of tabs... As with all gateway drugs, I have moved from the tabs into the heavier gear: first it was the gels - so many in a race, that I was putting them into a squeeze bottle. After just a year, at the 2011 Husky, I moved onto the protein bars.

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Salomon XT Wings Vest in action.

Salomon XT Wings 10 + 3 Vest

A Review by the Cyborg

A Review by the Cyborg

Salomon XT Wings 10 + 3 Vest

Salomon specialise in making active outdoor wear, and have designed some gear specifically for adventure racing. So, it should come as no surprise that this pack is excellent for adventure racing! It even has a built-in whistle.

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Kathmandu Nucleon pack in action

Kathmandu Nucleon 20l Pack

A Review by the Cyborg

A Review by the Cyborg

Kathmandu Nucleon 20l Pack

This pack has just about everything I look for in a bladder pack - and considering it was a present, that’s very impressive! It’s a bit of a larger pack, so fits a lot of stuff, and may even be a bit big for a standard sprint adventure race. However it is great on a bigger event, like the Wild Endurance, where there is a larger list of compulsory equipment to carry. And, for someone like me, who likes to bring along a kitchen sink (just in case!) it’s very handy on races!

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Mont Gear

Mont Gear

A Review by the Cyborg

A Review by the Cyborg

Mont Gear

I’m getting older. There you have it, I said it: I’m ageing. I’m the not the same whipper-snapper who used to walk barefoot through 40 miles of snow to get to school every day. After years of mistreatment, abuse, broken bones, and introduced materials, my body now feels the cold much more than it once did, taking the shine off many of my favourite activities. Fortunately, there are technological advances in clothing which are keeping pace with medical technology, so not only can we live longer, but we can live longer! Thanks to some excellent pieces of kit, I can continue doing the things I love to do, despite the frigid Canberra winter; I can ride to work and on arrival bounce the frost off myself without a care in the world.

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