Written by Neil Bryant for the URC

I’ve been running for a few years now, and I have tried lots of different bits of kit. A huge amount of stuff has either been no good for me, or just doesn’t seem to get used even though I like it.

I thought it would be good to make a list of all the gear I have really liked and had a great amount of use out of. This list will occasionally be altered to reflect any new favourites I discover. This list is totally genuine and personal. 

All the purchase links are through to Amazon and the URC will take a small commission from each sale.

I will start with my favourite and certainly my most worn item...

The North Face windproof gilet (finishers gift from the Trans Grancanaria many years ago)

Favourites Gilet

I never owned a gilet till I got this one. I didn’t see the point of them to be honest. But it was a gift for finishing TGC so I took it. It is very thin, so is miniscule and can pretty much be carried without even being aware of it. This is one of the great points about it. But why would I want a windproof without arms or a hood? I buried it in my pack and forgot about it. 

Then one day out on a run, I got quite cold and so tried it on. My core warmed up immediately as it kept the cutting wind from chilling me. It also meant that as I continued to work at a high level, the lack of arms meant I wasn’t really overheating. It was exactly what I needed at that point, and since then it has been worn on every single winter run and when I go ski touring. It is perfect! I tried to find a similar gilet from The North Face but couldn’t find one as I got mine about a decade ago now. I now have a new windproof gilet from Cimalp

Check it out here 

Coros Apex Pro

Apex Pro trail

I have had a number of GPS watches over the years, and as much as I hate to admit it, I feel a bit lost if I have to run without one due to lack of charge or something. My Coros Apex Pro only ever comes off to be charged, (and seeing as the Coros watches have such an incredible battery life this is very occasional!) so it needs to look good, be comfortable and needs to work really smoothly. Along with the battery life, the speed that it syncs with the app and also the speed it finds satellites are strong features that help make this a favourite for me.

I wrote a review a while back. Read that here.

Purchase here

Buff or similar

An incredibly simple design that is loved the world over. I don’t think I ever train without one as they are so adaptable. During the winter for warmth and the summer for sun protection and holding ice cubes or soaking in cold water when it’s really hot. I generally have more than one as they are so useful!

Salomon Pulse Belt

Favourites Belt

I don’t need to carry a race vest on pretty much all my training runs, but often do need to carry just a few small items plus my phone. For me, the best solution for this is the Pulse Belt by Salomon. A stretchy belt you have to step into, it holds all I generally need for my runs and doesn’t bounce or give me a sweaty back. Perfect! 

Purchase here


Kahtoola Micro Spikes

Favourites microspikes

So, this item will get hardly any use from most people, but when it is needed it is an incredibly effective piece of kit! I have had my micro spikes for around a decade and they have been amazing. Bomb proof, Surprisingly grippy on the toughest icy footing. The only issue is that they can get uncomfortable if worn on hard surfaces for long periods, so ideally need to be removed when not needed. Kahtoola do make a slightly mellower set called the EXOSpikes which will still provide plenty of bite, yet be more comfortable as they are a little less aggressive.

Purchase Kahtoola Micro Spikes here

Purchase Kahtoola ExoSpikes here

Inov8 Race Ultra Pro 2 in 1 Vest

race ultra pro2

Since Salomon came out with the vest design, I have mostly been wearing theirs as they make excellent packs. That was until I got my hands on this incredibly adaptable and comfortable vest from Inov8.

It has multiple options to carry bottles, carry poles and has an extra pouch that you can attach for those days where you need more gear. The pack that does it all! 

I wrote a review a while back. Read it here

Purchase here.

La SportivaKaptiva


I try many different shoes, and they are more often than not, good these days. Occasionally there are durability issues as the weight drops too far, but can I pick any shoe in particular that has suited me and my running best?

For me the most flawless shoe I have used over the last few years has been the La Sportiva Kaptiva. Remember, this is very personal so people will certainly disagree! It was (Mine died after around 900km) incredibly comfortable, with an agreeable drop, a great grippy tread and excellent durability! 

Read my review here

Purchase here


  • 1
  • 2
Prev Next

Kas’ No-flour Nut Butter Cookies

Written by Kassia Gardner Ingredients 240 grams almond nut butter (or any peanut/nut butter you like) 240 grams brown sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 large egg, lightly beaten Coarse sea...

Read more

Mountain Fuel Sweet Potato Pancakes

Mountain Fuel Sweet Potato Pancakes

Written by Mountain Fuel - https://www.mountainfuel.co.uk Serves one for breakfast or you can make around 20 mini power pancakes 1/2 sachet of Morning Fuel 1 small sweet potato 1 large egg Smoked paprika – approximately...

Read more

Mountain Fuel Banana Pancakes

Mountain Fuel Banana Pancakes

Written by Mountain Fuel - https://www.mountainfuel.co.uk Serves one for breakfast or you can make around 20 mini power pancakes 1/2 sachet of Morning Fuel 1/2 banana 1 large egg 1 soft fig 5g of chopped or...

Read more

Morning Fuel Ultimate Training / Race Sh…

Morning Fuel Ultimate Training / Race Shake

Written by Mountain Fuel - https://www.mountainfuel.co.uk Ultimate training / race day breakfast shake 1 sachet Morning Fuel (Mountain Fuel product) 300 to 400 ml semi skimmed milk or alternative Desert spoon...

Read more

Homemade Fat Gels

Melt 250 gram of butter in a pan. Stir in 4 tubs of Greek yogurt. Add some something to give a bit of substance if you wish. Sometimes I crush...

Read more

Rob's Homemade Energy Bars

Ideally you need something edible that contains high and low gycemic Index sources. The answer is the ingredients pictured. Oats for slow release of energy, peanut butter for medium and...

Read more

Ben's Amazing Granola

Written by Ben Pine 1 Kg oats200g cashew nuts200g walnuts200g pumpkin seeds200g sunflower seeds200g sultanas200g dried cranberries200g dried figs200g dates2 cups quality vegetable oilPre-heat oven to 180C.Mix oats, nuts, seeds and...

Read more

Banana Oatmeal Power Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Power Cookies

Written by Emily Schultz Ingredients 3 bananas 2 C rolled oats (GF) ¼ C cocoa powder (can also use choco protein powder) 1/3 C apple sauce 1 ts vanilla extract ½ C any seeds/nuts of your choice...

Read more

Spicecake/bread (sugar, gluten, lactose …

Spicecake/bread (sugar, gluten, lactose free)

Written by Emily Schultz Ingredients 400ml almond milk 2 bananas 8 dates 200 g almond flour 200 g buckwheat flour 3 ts cinnamon 3 ts gingerbread spice 1 tbs baking soda or baking powder Handful of nuts of your choice. Directions 1...

Read more

Nutty oat balls

Nutty oat balls

Written by Alistair Tanner Nutty oat balls.... numerous varients seen - requires no cooking so even better 1 cup oats, 2/3 cup dessicated coconut, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup flaxseed...

Read more

Share This

Follow Us