Strengths: They're small, taste good and really give you an energy surge. These gels are much smaller than others on the market (with the same calories)which makes a difference when planning for a marathon.
Weaknesses: Althought High5 gels are less widely available than other brands, their internet deliveries are swift.
Overall: The portability, palatability and sheer oomph of these gels make them a good choice for longer runs.
'CLEAR, DETAILED INFO- BUT LOTS OF BITS TO LUG AROUND.'
Strengths: The Timex system really does shriek quality from the moment you unpack it -it is beautifully finished. The watch display is fabulously clear and easy to navigate around. The detailed milage, speed and pace info make keeping a log a real obsessive's joy. You can retain the information and upload it automatically and the system will even beep at you when you drop out of certain pace or heartrate target zones. The bodylink is more of a running coach and buddy rolled into one than anything else. The satellite system has worked everywhere for me and recorded some really impressive times when I went skiing!
Weaknesses: The number of pieces that make up the bodylink system is a disadvantage. The HRM band is a good standard fit but isn't soft. The arm pack is unobtrusive, but you do know it's there. If you want to upload and record your information you need the (tiny) extra gadget. All this has to be found and fitted in a hurry as I leave the house. The arm pack consumes batteries fast and you have to dismantle it to replace them- no recharge unit! The Bodylink programming was a miracle two years ago, but now I'd like to be able to track my route home!
Overall: The Timex bodylink was the ultimate a christmas present two years ago. It has been a constant, accurate and faithful companion and it still looks as good as new. Now I'm thinking of something a little more unobtrusive, streamlined and rechargeable!