BESTFIT Issue 20 – Reviews
Supplements, hydration tablets, meat snacks and more, it’s our monthly roundup of the best gear to buy this month
Inov-8 TerraClaw 250 Shoe
The higher mileage version of the TERRACLAW range, this shoe offers superior comfort and protection for those longer technical trail runs. It comes complete with a Dual-C sticky rubber outsole for strong grip and multidirectional lug pattern for debris release.
Price: £79.99 www.wiggle.co.uk
ProteinPow Cooking Mixes
A BPA-free stainless steel reusable bottle that can keep your drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 18 hours using double-wall vacuum technology. Designed to avoid condensation and leaking, this collection includes 260ml, 500ml and 750ml sized bottles in a range of bright, matte colours.
Price: £21.99 www.shop.proteinpow.com
Basics Peak Tracker
A waterproof wrist-worn fitness tracker that uses an optical blood flow engine and a multi-sensor system to track heart rate, steps, calories burned, sweat levels, skin temperature and sleep level. It can also detect whether you’re walking, running, cycling or sleeping
Price: £129.99 www.amazon.co.uk
A unique fitness tracker that uses a motion sensor and orientation sensor to provide accurate data about reps, sets, force, power, balance, velocity, maximum weight and tempo. Includes Bluetooth, a rechargeable battery and companion app for data analysis.
Price: $289 (Free shipping to the UK) www.trainwithpush.com
Sportful WS Resist Cycling Jacket
A bright, spacious cycling jacket that uses Windstopper 4-way Mid fabric for top-class protection. The ThermoDrytex PL+ back panel offers breathability, while the reflective details make for safe riding. Plenty of pocket space with this one, too.
Price: £160 www.sportful.com
Featured: Coming Soon… Epic Sport
Have you ever wondered what affect any fitness supplements you take might have on your cardiovascular health? We were excited to hear about a new supplement that comes with a free state-of-the-art fitness tracker app. For the first time, users can measure improvements to key output indicators such as central vascular age, maximum heart rate, rate of oxygen uptake and mean arterial blood pressure with the swipe of a smartphone. EPIC Sport is a new supplement which helps athletes to improve their performance, endurance, recovery and mental alertness by improving the flow of oxygenated blood around the body. Its unique patented technology means sportspeople can see visible evidence of its benefits, as the accompanying smartphone app uses the mobile phone’s camera to record increased blood flow and oxygen levels in the skin, tracking variations in light reflectance with more accuracy than the green light technology used in most wearable devices. A baseline reading is taken before consuming EPIC Sport, and then a subsequent reading is taken after exercise when the epicatechin – the key bioactive ingredient – reaches a peak, around two hours after consumption. As well as short-term performance enhancement, users are able to easily see the chronic improvements in their cardiovascular health over time.
EPIC Sport is due to launch in the UK this summer. It is available as a seven-sachet pack, including mobile phone app and data storage.
Price: £19.95 www.EPICSport.co
Sony FDR-X1000V Action Camera
A top-class action camera that can record at 4K 100Mbps using Sony’s incredibly efficient XAVC S codec. Offering built-in image stabilisation, exposure compensation, white balance control and quality 4K video, this camera is perfect for taking adventure shots.
Price: £279 www.sony.co.uk
Tuff Tech PU Dumbells 8KG
A pair of sleek, durable 8KG dumbbell weights that perfectly suit any home gym set up. Knurled handles ensure a comfortable and secure grip, while the stylish polyurethane ends will prevent scratching up your floor. Top-class quality for top-class performance.
Price: £82.99 www.physicalcompany.co.uk
Finis Neptune Underwater MP3 Player
Keen swimmers can listen to their favourite tunes with this easy-touse underwater player. Using bone conduction, it transmits high-quality sound right into your ear. Offering 4GB of storage and an eight-hour battery life, it’s a must-have to get those laps done.
Price: £107 www.amazon.co.uk
Qardiobase Smart Scale
A body-analysing smart scale that can measure your BMI, full body composition – including muscle mass, fat percentage, water and bone composition – and weight. All of this information can be sent to a smart app, allowing you to track every little detail of your body.
Price: £129.99 www.amazon.co.uk
PU Pump Set
A premium, durable and fully adjustable equipment set, designed to withstand the toughest environments. The set comes complete with a 1400mm x 30mm Carbon Silver Hollow bar, two of each: 1.25kg, 2.5kg and 5kg weighted discs and a pair of snap lock collars.
Price: £131.99 www.physicalcompany.co.uk
Featured: Clinova Hydration Tablets
There’s a whole host of factors which need to be considered to get the optimum level of hydration. Thankfully the latest free O.R.S Hydration Calculator app can lend a hand and, when you input various statistics, you’ll find out exactly how many O.R.S Hydration Tablets you need to take so that you are fully hydrated. The tablets are a scientifically balanced formula of glucose, electrolytes and essential minerals. When added to water they help replenish the body’s water and maintain a healthy fluid balance. The O.R.S® Hydration Calculator app takes into consideration the exercise being carried out, the duration, intensity, your individual weight, the outside temperature and other variables. Once you’ve added all of your data the app will show you how hydrated you are and how many O.R.S® Hydration Tablets you need for optimal performance. The app has been tested by a number of leading athletes and sports clubs such as Anthony Joshua MBE, Saracens Rugby and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us, Download the app for free today and see how hydrated you are.
If you’re in desperate need of some healthy, high protein and delicious snacks to fill your kitchen cupboards, then look no further than Strive’s new range of tasty products. Included in their range is Beef Jerky – smoked in the highlands of Scotland – and Beef Biltong that’s marinated and air dried in a purpose built facility in Milton Keynes. Such attention to the production process allows for superior flavours, without any nasty additives or MSG.
Both products are perfect for any athlete in need of post training recovery fuel to aid muscle re-build. Each 35g pack offers a minimum of 40% protein, having combined premium cuts of silverside beef with store cupboard ingredients to create a tasty gluten free, low carb snack. The package size is also perfect to take with wherever you may need a delicious protein boost. Do you need the power to strive?
Price: From £1.80 per pack www.meatsnackshop.com
Farah Dorell Grey Marl Holdall Bag
A minimalist holdall bag featuring a spacious zip closing main compartment and slip pockets at the sides, making for a perfect bag to take to both the office and the gym. Comes complete with twin carry handles and a detachable shoulder strap.
Price: £55 www.urbanoutfitters.com
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
A multisport GPS watch able to measure running dynamics such as cadence and vertical oscillation, as well as swim distance, pace and stroke count. It also comes complete with a race predictor and recovery advisor whilst also delivering smart notifications.
Price: £389.99 www.buy.garmin.com
Men’s Monogram Splice Jammer
Stylish Monogram jammers made using 100% chlorine-resistant, quick-drying and super-durable Endurance+ fabric that hugs the contours of your body for a smooth, hydrodynamic shape. Perfect for swimming fanatics and water-lovers.
Price: €42 www.speedstore.com
A pure maple water drink jam-packed with nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and prebiotics. Made using only organic maple water, this drink is also high in magnesium, calcium and malic acid. Its a health boost in a bottle, and tastes refreshing, too.
Price: $19.99 www.drinkmaple.com
Under Armour Wireless Sport Headphones
Bluetooth enabled, sweat-proof wireless headphones designed by athletes and engineered by JBL to withstand any workout, whilst also delivering the highest standard of comfort. They also come complete with a three-button microphone for volume, music and calls. One word: tremendous.
Price: £149.99 www.uk.jbl.com
Adidas Tour 360 Boost Golf Shoes
A pair of sleek, comfortable and waterproof golf shoes designed with 360WRAP for support and stability, 10-cleat outsoles for maximum traction and a SlowRecovery PU sockliner for a custom fit and feel.
Price: From £129 www.adidas.co.uk