Author: Sandra Vogel

Sony SmartBand review

If you like the idea of a wrist worn activity tracker but want something more from it than step counting and calorie calculation, then you may be intrigued by the Sony SmartBand. Yes it counts your steps and calculates calories expended, and it can monitor sleep too. But it does a lot more – and indeed there’s a clue to its expansive aims in that its main accompanying app is called Lifelog. I received my review sample SmartBand from Clove, and after spending a few weeks with the device I think Sony might be onto something. That said, more...

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Adidas Climachill tank style running top review

There’s absolutely no excuse for not getting yourself a decent running top. As the days get warmer, the need for modern materials becomes more and more apparent. Wicking the sweat away, feeling as light as air on your back, a seriously good summer running top is worth its (light) weight.  And of course every brand has plenty on offer. The latest from Adidas is the Climachill range. There are several styles and designs of top made using this new technology. The womens range includes classic polo shirts, standard t-shirt style tops, and what Adidas sent me to try –...

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Garmin fenix 2 is the most sophisticated sports watch ever

Garmin has announced its most sophisticated sports watch ever – the fenix 2. The original fenix from Garmin packs in so many features that it is difficult to drop it into a particular niche. It is a very sophisticated watch, for a demanding outdoor focussed audience. Now the fenix 2 adds even more into the mix. Its new features include expanded sports and training options, an improved user interface and better connection to Android smartphones and the iPhone through Garmin Connect. The original fenix focused on navigation and tracking functionality and the new fenix 2 adds cutting edge multisport...

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Adidas Recovery Massage Pro Slides review

Cast your mind back to the last time you gave your body a real pounding doing whatever exercise it is that you do. How did you ease your aching muscles? A bath? A massage? How about wearing a pair of specially designed sandals to help your poor old feet? Recovery shoes are nothing new. But these sandals, from Adidas are new. Oh, and by the way, Adidas wants us to call them ‘slides’ and not sandals. I guess sandals are a bit ‘grandad wears them with socks’ and slides is rather more cool. OK Adidas, I’ll call them slides....

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Review Sport Relief Make Every Mile Count app

The UK’s yearly sport related national fundraiser Sport Relief is gathering pace. Guest reviewer Rosie Hattersley takes a look at the Sport Relief Every Mile Counts app designed to help you train for the main event.   If you’ve tuned in to a BBC channel recently, or been to your local Sainsburys, you’ll be well aware that Sport Relief is imminent. It’s being fairly heavily trailed and there are plenty of bright red clothes, sport bands and deely boppers on sale to show your support. The bi-annual fundraiser has its usual array of celebrities undertaking feats of endurance – Davina...

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Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale Review

Weight loss is something lots of people target when they start a fitness regime and weight management become important if you want to achieve optimum fitness levels. And even if weight control is not a target in itself, keeping an eye on your weight is a good thing. And it’s not just about the kilos you will want to watch. Body Mass Index (BMI) is also something many active people like to measure. This is the ratio of your body’s mass set against your height – a high BMI can indicate you are heavier than you should be. Traditional...

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Fitbit One – how Fitbit customer support earned five out of five

I had heard about the Fitbit customer support service being supremely helpful, about it being very good at responding positively to customer queries, and about it replacing faulty devices without fuss. I’d heard all that, but now I have experienced it. It all started on 21 January when my Fitbit One stopped synchronising. I ran through the troubleshooting processes including doing a hard reset, reinstalling the Fitbit Connect app on my PC, and doing a reinstall of the app on my Android phone. No joy. I concluded that something was wrong either with the Fitbit One or its wireless...

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Team Sky selects Wahoo KICKR as official turbo trainer

Team Sky, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Tour de France, has selected Wahoo Fitness as its official supplier of turbo trainers, and will be using the Wahoo KICKR during the racing season. Every rider will get their own KICKR for use during the season where it will be used for pre-race warm up and post-race warm down. Team Sky members will also get a KICKR for ‘at home’ training. Using Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ technology, the KICKR Power Trainer connects to smartphones and tablets, allowing full resistance control during your training session. While pedalling, users can increase or...

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Salomon XA Pro 3D trail shoe review

If you have been hitting the trails for some running recently you will probably have noticed how much mud there is around. For some of you there will be a lot more than usual. Even in dry conditions trail running benefits from different shoes to those you wear on the roads or even in the park. And when the going gets tough, the shoes need to be up to the challenge. As an orienteer I know this all too well, and I’ve been using fell running shoes and the most robust of trail shoes in rough, tough terrain for...

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Polar announces V800

Polar has announced its new V800 training computer. The new V800 is a high end device aimed at professional athletes and demanding amateurs. It features a wide range of integrated capabilities, and is suitable for multisports enthusiasts. Features include: Smart and accurate monitoring of training sessions with an integrated activity tracker that automatically adjusts your recovery status to give a true account of how much rest you get in between hard sessions. Now every movement is registered, from your toughest workout to a walk up the stairs. Instant analysis and in-depth insights into all your training and recovery on...

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