How to choose the right running gear


While we’re still wilting, it’s a good idea to brighten the day with some gear

Even as the heat shows no signs of relenting, here is some new gear to get your rear into shape, because nothing inspires like a shiny new running and training kit. I’ve had to put in those miles just to test all this stuff for you.

Nike Pegasus 35

To celebrate 35 years of the Pegasus — possibly the most worn shoe in the history of distance running as a leisure activity — the new version receives a few upgrades. While the mesh uppers and the cushiony midsole remain the same, the 35 features a notched tongue, a diverted collar on the back, full air cushion and a bevelled heel (much like the 4% model) — all in all, the idea remains to make this shoe as half-air, much like the winged horse God after which it was named.

Reebok Floatride

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Which is precisely why the 2018 Floatride returns with a few new colourways but no other significant change. It was a great shoe to start with, good on tarmac and easy on the eye even as a casual sneaker, so why overthink it. The one major change, and all for the good I quickly add, is that the price for this one is cheaper than when it launched last year, and that’s always been a good reason to acquire (another) pair.

How to choose the right running gear

Adidas Solar Boost

This shoe takes on the current top running shoe, the Nike Epic React and the brand is making no bones about it! I am yet to put it through the miles so won’t comment yet (Epic React has been a really great shoe for me) but my initial impression is that it from first looks, it’s looks like a new avatar of the Energy Boost, one with lesser cushioning than the (rather over-cushioned) Ultra Boost but not as lean as the fast-but-unforgiving Adios Boost. The brand is claiming a host of technologies being poured into it but, for the moment, it’s too new to know for sure. If in doubt, there’s always the futuristic, good-lookin’ and very affordable Alpha bounce.

Puma Jamming

While their Ignite Flash Evoknit series is summer-friendly (and darned easy on the pocket), Jamming is a running shoe that really stands out. The knit uppers are similar in silhouette to running shoes from other brands, but their (fairly stiff) transparent sole is packed with rather unique tiny NRGY (B&W PU foam) beads tightly packed in, which move around under us as we run, aligning with our foot and absorbing the shock from every landing. But it can take some getting used to so perhaps the Ignite Flash Evoknit might be the safer pick. But Jamming is the shoe for run-sorties in the morning and then to rock in the evening at the club!

Tego towels and socks

Tego is a homegrown brand and has introduced auxiliary running gear which is of much use: their towel and socks. I have used both extensively and neither of them have shown signs of extreme wear and tear and nor do they get smelly post my long runs (and boy can I sweat!).

How to choose the right running gear

Under Armour headgear

My problem with headgear is two-fold: the first, one size fits all (OSFA) never fits me; I am just a small head. But secondly, I am very particular about the brim shape, preferring them wide and mid-length rather than long and narrow. This is where Under Armour has the best shape of them all

Energy Sistems Sport 1 Bluetooth Headset

I am always on the lookout for a solid Bluetooth headset that (a) won’t skip the music when I am out for a run with them and (b) won’t keep coming lose due to the sweat build-up. So far, few brands have managed to last on both counts. This set from the young Spanish brand, while not the stablest, did have a decent grip and the music quality was great what else I could find for the price. Battery life was also a big plus.

How to choose the right running gear

The writer is a sommelier and writer who took up running, cycling, swimming to ensure that nothing keeps him from living up to his bon vivant ways.

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