Weaknesses: Will never win a beauty contest. Why shiny satin?!? Very expensive compared with Shock Absorbers
Overall: First impressions? A big, shiny corset and you wonder how you'll breathe. However, once on, it's snug but not restrictive. You immediately feel supported and my posture was suddenly more upright. The first run was a revelation; bounce-free! I'm a 32G and bought the size 1. The sizing is important and I wish a high street store stocked them but there is a size purchasing guide on their website.
Strengths: Great stability shoe, holds in the wet. Light yet supportive with the best heel fit.
Weaknesses: Sudden noticeable loss in cushioning in forefoot over 300miles.
Overall: The best fitting shoe I've had ever. No blisters, just good lightweight support and comfort. Retired them yesterday as suddenly felt like the front had become compressed cardboard. Not sure what happened there!
Strengths: Felt more stable in the midfoot. Great cushioning and perfect heel fitting
Weaknesses: None so far
Overall: Bought online for £60 as replacement for GT2130. Noticeable change in midfoot support but still gives a great ride. I have quite shallow heels and many shoes (and blisters) later, find these to be the perfect fit despite the padding sitting quite close. For the girl aesthetics, twirly pink patterning means you can pound the pavements while still feeling feminine! (Not really)
Weaknesses: Failed to keep anything in check and uncomfortably thick material made it a very sweaty bra indeed.
Overall: Sadly, not a very comfortable purchase and now used only for spin class. The cups are shaped to squash the breasts back but don't stop the bounce and some quite nasty chafing convinced me to throw it to the back of the drawer.
Strengths: Only tried the blackcurrant flavour but it was good, kept me going for several miles on bike and foot.
Overall: I've tried a few drinks and this one is the first that actually tastes GOOD as opposed to just palatable which, when you're on the go, is all important. Also served well as a recovery drink paired with a banana.
Strengths: Lots of inspiration not just to get you started but that keeps you going. Plain English that tells you all you need to know.
Overall: This IS the book that started me running again. When you've been on a 20yr break from the sport, this tells you what to expect and keeps you on course to achieve YOUR goals, not someone elses.
'VERY COMFORTABLE MATERIAL BUT SHAME ABOUT THE FIT'
Strengths: I've worn this shirt in 35C heat and still felt comfortable. It also stands up well in humid conditions. No chafing, never feels damp and dries quickly. Also comfortable in colder weather.
Weaknesses: I have a very curvy figure which these shirts just aren't cut for. Sizes that fit around the bust gape too much around the armholes. Still, surprisingly, I haven't had any problems with chafing around the armholes.
Overall: It's hard to find a good fitting running shirt for more curvaceous figures and this one isn't it but it does provide enough wicking performance to still make it one of the more comfortable shirts to wear.
Strengths: Great training tool, especially the ability to run against your previous times.
[Update 27/08/07] Still great training buddy, I love being able to see where I'm going and checking my pace.
Weaknesses: Watching your pace can be really distracting while on the move! A run under tree cover didn't read accurately during the run. Price tag a little steep.
[Update 27/08/07] After moving to Birmingham, the satellite pick up has been awful. Got really frustrated and managing to record only part of my runs.
Overall: It's a fantastic way of monitoring progress; even if the numbers are not that accurate they are consistent. The heart rate monitor is really comfortable to wear. I've used it in the UK and Europe and it's given me the freedom to run to a distance target even if I don't know where I'm going!
[Update 27/08/07] Nothing beats this little gadget...when it works. I still take it when I travel though.