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Category Archives: Tested & Abused!

Product testing, used, abused and generally thrown around to see if we can break it. Kit, gear, equipment and footwear comparisons.

Scott Supertrac 2, Making the fast, faster!

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Accelerate-Scott Team member Harvey has been lucky enough to get his hands on a pair of the new Scott Supertrac 2’s and over the last month has been putting them through their paces. Keep reading to hear what he has to think about this iconic shoe from Scott. When I initially heard Scott were updating the Supertrac i was very sceptical as they have easily been my favourite trail and fell shoe for the whole 2019. Weather it was racing or training, short or long it worked for it all. Thankfully Scott follow along the lines of if it ain’t … Continue reading

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Scott Kinabalu Ultra RC

New Scott Kinabalu Ultra RC

Posted on by Accelerate Running Store

If there is one thing we can be certain of with Scott Running is this: “If it ain’t broke leave it alone”. This day and age that is a rare thing. Too many shoe brands update their shoes every six months or just bring in a new fresher colourway. Not Scott. Yes, as a shoe gains traction (Yes, that was intended :-) ) they will change the colour or the upper annually. Not a guarantee though. What you will see is the successful elements of one shoe taken into the next newer shoe. This plus something different and improved to … Continue reading

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Ultimate Direction Month: How to pack a pack.

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  It’s a free country.  We all have our favourite kit.  Our preferred way of doing stuff. But for what it’s worth, here are my top tips on how to ‘pack a pack’ in association with Beta Running & Ultimate Direction. Taking the Ultimate Direction Signature Series Scott Durek Ultra Vest as our running vest of choice… For a breakdown of what makes a running vest the ideal piece of running related storage, read my recent blog entitled ‘What IS a Running Vest?‘   If you’re running for long enough.  You’ll likely need a drink.  If running for hours on … Continue reading

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Raidlight Responsive 10L vest: First Impression

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  There has been a long wait to try this vest.  It’s been on my radar for quite some time. I tested it when it was a prototype back in 2016. I liked it then. And I love it now. Stretch fit.  Adjustable via the micro adjust buckles and with pockets for anything you care to stuff inside them. Mega useful.  Really mega useful. Best of all,  it  S – T – R – E – T – C – H – E – S I’ve run in it a few times.  Between 3 and 20 miles, it never occurs … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017: Clothing

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  There’s been plenty of new clothing for 2017. Inov-8 updated many pieces, improving fabrics and the fit, which has produced an enviable range. Patagonia continue to do what they do best, with recycled materials and ethics beyond compare.  Their range throughout 2017 has been practical, colourful and comfortable, with the benefit of knowing that the quality and finish are virtually unsurpassed. Scott revealed a race kit range made of super lightweight fabric and bonded hems, which tied together their entire race collection with a bold black&yellow theme throughout.  From footwear to equipment, they designed everything to look good on … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Trail Shoes

Posted on by Run Stu

There has been plenty of new and updated Trail shoes this last year and thinning the list down to a handful of contenders has been tough enough. Sometimes trail footwear has to be so much more than just a shoe for the rough and ready, it also has to be robust and something that can be taken for short periods ‘off trail’. Some are designed for rocky conditions, others for muddy trails and others for longer runs so comfort becoming an increasingly important factor.  The cross over in-fact could be deemed a mind field and time spent deciding on the … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Road Running Shoe

Posted on by Run Stu

When it came to innovation during 2017 there has been little to get excited about. Saucony, have led the way in increasing the distribution of its Everun midsole compound which was launched in 2016. So there has definitely been more options available through their range via a number of updates. So with that in mind who are this years contenders: New Balance 1080V8: We definitely liked this high mileage and ever popular training shoe for its – Stable Running Platform – Great fit across a range of feet – High levels of cushioning – Availability of widths On Running CloudFlow: … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017 : Hybrid Running Shoe

Posted on by Run Stu

It is an often asked for shoe type, something that has enough cushioning and is hardwearing enough for road yet can also be taken off road – often it is those that are new or occasional runners and those looking for an ultra shoe. So it’s quite an ask. It really has come down to two contenders as there has been so little going on in this category, yet both have something different to offer and both have proved themselves to be popular across a spectrum of runners. The contenders: Saucony Koa TR – First reviewed here >> A brand … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017: Equipment – Packs.

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2017- a mixed ‘bag’ where equipment is concerned. Plenty of product carries over from the 2015/16 range, but one or two updates or tweaks have made a big difference. So, not so much about the all new, as the evolution of modern classics.   Here then, are the contenders for ‘Best in Test 2017’. Ultimate Direction Signature Series ‘Anton Krupicka’ Mountain Vest 3.0 (already winner of biggest mouth full). Introduced back in Spring ’16 – due for update sometime in 2018, but for now – far and away the leading vest in Accelerate’s generous range.  The reasons: – 11Litres storage … Continue reading

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Best in Test 2017…

Posted on by Run Stu

OK, we do this every year. We always get around to what we think have been the best products that the store has had on its shelves and that we have had the good fortune to have a play with this last year. So this year we thought, well, ‘We could pass on our thoughts…’ So there you have it, we’ve put our heads together and by the end of the year we will have reviewed our ‘Best in Test 2017’.  It will be kit, shoes and gear we have actually tested – and there is a lot off it.  … Continue reading

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