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Compres Sport Ultra Silicone

Getting the Compressport guards on was a battle but, unless you’re trying it in transition, this tends to be a good sign. The material felt durable and the cuffs and one-piece tube construction of the actual guard should mean no fraying or split seams. Neither the ankle or below-the-knee cuff were excessively tight, and the […]

Compres Sport Ultra Silicone
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Nike Pro Combat Hypercool

The urban-sounding Pro Combat Hypercool utilises Nike’s Dri-Fit technology to create a multi-use and versatile addition to your training wardrobe. The top is ultra comfortable as the compression makes for a snug fit that leaves no baggy material to chafe or collect moisture as you train. But it’s the ventilated panels that ensure the Hypercool […]

Nike Pro Combat Hypercool
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Pearl Izumi Elite Infinity

Surely with running shorts, a bargain bin pair will serve you as well as a pair costing £45? Maybe for a few kms, but as runs get longer and especially if you’re targeting long-course races, for guaranteed comfort, zero chaffing and good fit, that extra spend is a prudent move. These shorts from Pearl Izumi […]

Pearl Izumi Elite Infinity
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Zoot Performance CompressRx

With Zoot’s CompressRx Calf Sleeves having scored extremely highly in our calf guards grouptest last issue, we expected great things of their equivalent tights. The hefty price tag of £150 further raised our expectation bar. But getting the tights on is quite a task. Having been warned by the website to be gentle, it’s an […]

Zoot Performance CompressRx
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Zoot Ultra CompressRX

Coming in as the most expensive guards on test is always a tough gig, but the Zoots shared a lot in terms of feel and design with the Compressport entry. They also replicated many of the plus points, including a really graduated and compressive fit, no excessive tightness at the cuffs and durability. Although they […]

Zoot Ultra CompressRX
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Sugoi Piston 200

Made out of a similar Lycra material to both 2XU and Skins, the Sugoi calf guards again slipped on far too easily. The medium size supplied, which corresponded perfectly to our tester’s calf measurement, gave little sense of compression or support. The quality of the stitching on the seams seemed good and the silicon gripper […]

Sugoi Piston 200
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Compressport Ultra Silicone

Getting the Compressport guards on was a battle but, unless you’re trying it in transition, this tends to be a good sign. The material felt durable and the cuffs and one-piece tube construction of the actual guard should mean no fraying or split seams. Neither the ankle or below-the-knee cuff were excessively tight, and the […]

Compressport Ultra Silicone
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2XU Calf Guard w/stirrup

The 2XUs have plenty of high-end features for the cheapest guards on test. The stirrup removes the need for a tight band around the ankle, which can result in blood pooling in the foot. Stitching is neat and robust throughout and should ensure a good working life. The silicon gripper at the top does a […]

2XU Calf Guard w/stirrup
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Skins A400

As one of the pioneers of compression clothing with a heritage of producing some outstanding compression tights, bib shorts and tri-suits, we expected great things of the Skins calf guards. Disappointingly, they just didn’t deliver. Having measured our tester’s calf to confirm his size as a medium, the guards still slipped on far too easily […]

Skins A400
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Anita 5527

This lightweight bra from German brand Anita will keep everything under control when training. It offers plenty of comfort and control, and goes up to an H cup – great for those with fuller chests or who wear multiple bras to get that extra support. It dries quickly thanks to its highly functional microfiber fabric, […]

Anita 5527
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Skins RY400 tights

Skins’ latest recovery offering is designed to enhance the circulation of blood to tired muscles after exercise. At a RRP of £69.98, the tights may seem like a steep purchase, but compared to those constant coffer-draining recovery drinks, the one-off procurement of a pair of Skins could work out as the cheaper option. The title […]

Skins RY400 tights
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Polaris

This is a very simple 100% polyester tee from Polaris that won’t offend anyone. The style is simple, and the fit is very good with a nice long tail that’ll work well on the bike, run or in the gym. It can be used as a simple tee on its own or doubled up as […]

Polaris
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Adidas Supernova XT

Running at this time of year always presents a challenge in terms of kit decisions. Just because the sun is shining, the temperature can still be uncomfortably low, and rain isn’t normally too far away. Could a running top like the Supernova XT Half Zip be the answer? This mid layer provides good coverage, breathability […]

Adidas Supernova XT
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SealSkinz Waterproof Beanie

As a big fan of both SealSkinz’ waterproof yet breathable socks and cycling gloves, I was really excited by the prospect of a beanie. First impressions were good and I was particularly keen on the fantastically soft micro-fleece liner. Fit was good, but given it lacks the flexibility of a traditional non-waterproof beanie, others may […]

SealSkinz Waterproof Beanie
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Gore Actiondry

As with the majority of Gore’s products, the fabric in these Actiondry tights feels luxurious and befitting of the premium price. It’s also highly functional, with a mechanical push/pull system to ensure that any sweat ends up on the outer face rather than against the skin. This ensures that comfort is maintained when training at […]

Gore Actiondry
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RGA Compress Calf Guards

Like all compression gear, these RGA Compress Calf Guards are designed to help improve circulation and drive nasties – such as lactate build-up and other waste products – from your muscles for a speedier recovery following intense training and/or racing. The RGAs can be worn during or post-exercise and are easy to put on and […]

RGA Compress Calf Guards
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tekoPOLY Men’s MiniCrew

At first touch, these socks felt too thick for summer running, so the thought of running in them in high humidity, understandably, didn’t appeal too much. But soon after donning them for an intense running session, the prolonged coolness of our feet became readily apparent. Their breathability comes from air vents and thin panels on […]

tekoPOLY Men’s MiniCrew
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Gore Magnitude Windstopper

This women’s run top from Gore’s spring/summer collection looks at first as if it’ll be too warm for running in sunny conditions. It features Gore’s renowned Windstopper membrane, and is two-layered through the front and around the kidney area to block out the wind. Appearances can be deceptive, though, because this top was nothing short […]

Gore Magnitude Windstopper
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Nike Dri-Fit Cheetah Print

The ‘Green Monstrosity’, as this top soon became known, is another of Nike’s iconic Dri-FIT range, which will no doubt become a staple part of many a triathlete’s wardrobe in some shape or form. The quick-wicking fabric (a polyester, in this case, that can wick moisture away from the body), combined with a flat-seam construction […]

Nike Dri-Fit Cheetah Print
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Shock Absorber B999 Crossback

This good-looking bra from Shock Absorber will keep everything in place during biking, running or gym sessions. A level three (of a possible four) bra, it offers fantastic support, although the manufacturers don’t claim it will offer optimal levels of support for anyone over a C-cup. It dries quickly and is smart enough to wear […]

Shock Absorber B999 Crossback
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Orca Training Lite

The Training Lite is designed for running (or indeed cycling) in changeable weather conditions by being easy to strip off and stow away as necessary. As you might expect from Orca, this is well-made and comprises a lightweight fabric that has a water-resistant coating and a quality feel, right down to the neat, unzipped pocket […]

Orca Training Lite