New Triathlon Gear Review
One of my sponsors is a local chain of running / fitness shops - Start Fitness . As well as all the usual brands, they do their own More Mile gear. Anyone who’s done any of the local races in the North East will be familiar with this brand, as they sponsor a whole bunch of these events, including the world famous Blaydon Races (for which they also manage the entries) as imortalised in the song that’s now Newcastle United’s supporters’ semi-official chant.
Anyway, as well as kitting me out with my race gear for the Ironman, they also gave me a stack of their newly-arrived More Mile triathlon stuff to try out. So this morning, that’s what I did - an easy taper-week run wearing their tri-shorts and tri-singlet .
Here’s what I thought of the gear. First impressions were that it’s good quality stuff (like the rest of the More Mile range) - flat seams, multi-panel cut to ensure a good fit, and features like elastic on the leg openings to stop the shorts from riding up. The pad in the shorts was also a little thicker than I’m used to from my Orca gear (so hopefully more comfortable on the bike!), but not as bulky as shorts that are just for on the bike - it didn’t get in the way while running at all.
The overall fit was a little more generous than some other brands (certainly more than my 2XU top that I’ll be wearing on race day!), so I’d maybe think about going one size down. Alternatively, this could just be that I’m used to wearing size medium from before I started the Ironman training, and I’ve just lost some of my own padding over the last six months.
One thing I found a little irritating was the tendancy of the singlet to ride up at the front (no, it wasn’t my beer gut causing that), but I fixed that with the iPod shuffle that was clipped to my waistband. The material also seemed a little thinner than other brands, though I may be comparing this to screen-printed cycling jerseys.
The other issue I have is that the top is only available in black. That’s fine for your typical Brittish summer race, but anywhere where you’re going to be racing under intense sunshine would certainly start to make things uncomfortable. In really, really sunny places, this could become a proper problem for controlling body temperature & hydration.
What I really liked though was the number of pockets. The shorts have four (two at the back, and one on each leg just above the hem), and the singlet has three. That’s a fair quantity of eats / gels and maybe even drinks in the singlet that you can load up with!
Value for money? At £14.99 for the tri-shorts , and the same for the tri-singlet , I’d say exceptional . For the equivalent 2XU or Orca gear, you’re probably looking at spending 2-3 times as much. If you’re not fussed about showing off more recognised brands on your race day, then More Mile is a bit of a no-brainer, and if you are a bit of a poseur in transition, it’s still worth having for training in.
- Quality: 8/10 (More Mile gear is all good)
- Fit: 7/10 (That riding-up issue)
- Comfort: 9/10 (No problems, chafing or support issues)
- Performance: 7/10 (Only available in Black)
- Bling: 4/10 (only important to poseurs?)
- Value for money: 10 (you do the math)
- Overall: 8/10
Oh, and just look at the details for my run - eight miles in 56 minutes! Wooo!
- Type: Run
- Date: 06/16/2010
- Time: 07:40:55
- Total Time: 00:56:00.00
- Calories: 920
- Distance: 8 miles
- Average Pace: 7:00.07/mile