Haglofs has started becoming one of my best trail running product provider. I have previously tested, used and abused Endo Goretex Jacket in my Ultra Marathons such as Dorset and also used Gram 15 Water Proof pack during wet hiking and walking conditions in Lake District back to back two weekends. Both products are extremely durable and strong. Totally water proof and had very slight details in terms of ergonomics, fabrics and usage.
Couple of weeks ago, my gear provider Castleberg Outdoors offered me to test their new Goretex layer called Haglofs Endo Pull II. This is not a 100% Jacket because the zip is half. You basically pull it over your head and wear it like that. That`s why it is called Haglofs Endo Pull. It is very similar to Endo Jacket. Highly practical, breathable, totally waterproof and lighter.
The Oxy Blue color has become the flagship color of Haglofs like Salomon`s Red. I can clearly identify a jacket from meters away with this color and also the black chest pocket.
The fabric supports 28.000mm hydrostatic head which means it fits totally the UTMB and Alpine standards of waterproof jacket.
The hood is adjustable by a cord on the neck. I always use this pack with a hat. It becomes perfect if you adjust the hood and position the front part of the hat and hood together and tighten from the neck cord. This is perfect for someone with glasses and running. It prevents water coming to your glasses and improves visibility.
The hood can be also adjusted from the two cords on the front neck part. I still want to get in touch with Haglofs to give a ergonomics idea to improve the cords. Similar to Endo Jacket, front zip and neck cords are same in shape. When you are running you need to zip or unzip the jacket for ventilation or adjust the cords to prevent your self from the rain. But every time I always catch the wrong cord with my hand as it is quiete similar cords and this akes me lose time.
The hand warmer style thumb loops are very helpful in summits and heavy rain. Chest pocket is very large and due to its elastic fabric you can fill more if you need to.
This is a very good UTMB or tough Alpine fast hiking and trail running jacket. I totally recommend it to every one. You can simply click and get more information from Castleberg Outdoors about this products.
I have been testing and using the Haglofs Gram 15pack since 3 months. London had much more rain compared to last year during this spring. Starting from april the weather got worse and not stopped raining till this week. Sometimes showers, sometimes sprinkles… But rained and rained and still rains 🙂 Okumaya devam et Haglofs Gram 15 Rucksack
Salomon EXO SENSIFIT® Technology offers a wide range of trail running clothing since 4-5 years’ time. S-Lab found out after numerous tests that compression technology which is used for curing some of the blood pressured caused fatigue in health care is also successful during the usage of extreme sports. Okumaya devam et Salomon Pro Exo S-Lab Socks
The Raid Gauloises or The Raid is considered by many to be the first modern adventure race and was first held in 1989. Its creator, Gerald Fusil, took the existing concept of long distance endurance races, and focused on the team aspects, requiring each competitor to be part of a five person co-ed team. Okumaya devam et Salomon S-Wind Ecuador 98
Salomon XR Mission is the second edition of their new door-to-trail concept shoe after Salomon XR Crossmax. This shoe is completely neutral and its lighter than CrossMax (322 grams ve 299 grams).
Now a days more and more people are into trail running. But they do not have time and some of them do not have chance to go to trails right after they get off from work. At that moment most of the people is using either pavements, roads and parks for running. Salomon XR Mission is definitely a very very good training shoe for your trail targets.
If you are planning to do races like Paris Eco Trail, UTMB where they are in %90 trails but also %10 road passages or running close to city roads; you should use a definitive race shoe for this kind of race like S-Lab series. But these shoes are valuable and no need to ruin them during the entire training.
Here comes the Salomon XR Mission as an answer if you training for a big race but want to save your best shoe to the race but train with the most convenient one. Simply you can just put on Salomon XR Mission and start from your apartment or house (say like me in London) and head to Battersea Park, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Richmond Park or Greenwich Park hills.
It has a very well-padded midsole and a very good breathable mesh top. Quicklace system which is a bit smaller for this shoe is also a default as we can see in all types of Salomon trail running shoes.
Please watch the below trailer by Matt Ward showing XR Mission and details.
Salomon XR Mission comes with 5 different bright and eye catching color selection for men and four for women. Normally I was using road shoes when I was going to parks or sometimes my Salomon XT Wings.
But this shoe is definitive training shoe for me. It does not lip on slippery surfaces but you should expect a shoe like a soft ground version. It is a great to go out do some 5 to 15 miles and come back home 🙂
TECHNICAL SPECS OF SALOMON XR MISSION
Compressed EVA runs the length of the shoe for underfoot cushion.
LT Muscle is a lightweight EVA cushioning compound that helps absorb impact forces.
OS Tendon system acts like a real tendon by flexing to provide stretch and balance during the heel-to-toe transition.
Stretch Air Mesh is a breathable mesh upper that offers a comfortable, individualized fit.
Sensifit overlays on the upper wrap the foot for a close, secure fit.
Gusseted Tongue keeps shoe free from debris.
Protective Rubber Toe Cap keeps toes safe from bruising on trails.
Asymmetrical Quicklace made from durable Kevlar fibers provides easy shoe entry and exit and a secure fit.
Lace Pocket tucks laces out of the way while running.
Sensiflex allows the foot to expand in a controlled manner, increasing foothold.
OrthoLite Sockliner is composed of anti-bacterial material for reduced odor and moisture while adding cushion directly underfoot.
Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.
Contragrip LT is a uniquely designed, lightweight outsole of differing densities, providing light, durable traction over varying terrains.
Contragrip HA is a uniquely designed, high abrasion outsole of differing densities, providing durable traction over varying terrains.