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Welcome to Best Of Gear! Alongside over 120 highlights and frequently asked questions from our gear forums, you can now find essential archived RW test reports.

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Heart Rate Monitors
RW TEST REPORT - Finger On The Pulse (12 HRM's) - May 03
HRMs - Nike vs others
HRM - Polar A3 - automatic training zones
HRM - Polar M52 vs M51
HRM - which to choose?
HRM - Polar S-Series - which to choose?
HRM - which to choose?
HRM use - transmitter positioning for women
Distance measuring
Distances - how to measure - string, simple software, and pedometers
Mapping websites - map24
Nike Speed and Distance Monitor (SDM) - idiots guide
Nike vs Timex SDM - the mother of all threads
Pedometers - are they worth it?
Timex SDM - problem with the pace zone alarm
Timex SDM - how do you use yours?
Timex SDM - accuracy
Timex SDM - accuracy
Other electronics/software
Audio - which secure earphones?
Audio - Minidisc and MP3 players
Audio - MP3 player recommendations - big thread
Head torches - any ideas?
Running log software - any tips?
Training logs - PC and paper

RW TEST REPORT - Behind The Bars (17 Energy Bars) - Apr 03

Nose strips - do they work?
Powerbreathe - anyone tried one?
The Stick (massage) - is it any good?
Wobble boards
RW TEST REPORT - Weird And Wonderful (Useful Additions) - Mar 03
Baby Strollers
RW TEST REPORT - Baby Strollers - Jul 00
Backpacks for running - pt1
Backpacks for running - pt2
Backpacks for running - pt3
Cram tags (safety ID for runners)
Cycling - tri-bars
Drinking - Bottle carriers - pt1
Drinking - bottle carriers - pt2
Drinking - Camelbak Flashflo - lots of experiences
Drinking - I need a Camelbak with storage space
Insoles - cushioned
Insoles - Sorbothane - double- or single-strike?
Lights / reflective gear
RW TEST REPORT - Products Of The Year - Feb 04
Sunglasses for running - pt1
Sunglasses for running - pt2
RW TEST REPORT - Treadmills - Mar 01
Treadmills - manual options

RW TEST REPORT - Thermal Sparring (12 Thermals) - Nov 03
Overheating in winter - what's best?
General - what is wicking clothing?
Gilets - recommendations please
Jackets - waterproof - light, breathable and cheap
Jackets - pt 2
Legwear - cold knees solutions
Legwear - leggings
Legwear - men: what do you wear under running tights?
Legwear - can you run in waterproof trousers?
Legwear - best winter running tights
Nike technical gear - rave report
Pertex vs Goretex / Paclite
Racing - what to wear for my first race?
RonHill DBX - any good?
Shorts - converting to Lycra (male) - any ideas?
Socks - which are best? - pt1
Socks - which are best? - pt2
Sports bra - need a good one (larger)
Sports bras - need a good one (smaller)
Underwear - men's - what to wear?
View From at M&S - pt1
View From at M&S - pt2

Shoe categories, and how to choose
Big-guy shoes
Trail shoes - vs fell shoes
Fell shoes - which, where, how durable?
Foot shape - shoes for high arch
General - have I bought the wrong shoes? - blisters and shin splints
General - second pair of shoes
Motion control shoes - for heavyweight runners
Orthotics - best shoes for? - pt1
Orthotics - best shoes for? - pt2
Orthotics - motion control v neutral shoes
Performance trainers - which are best?
Stability - vs motion control (definition)
Stability - vs motion control
Trail shoes - vs road shoes - pt1
Trail shoes - vs road shoes - pt2
Trail shoes - with stability
Shoe brands and specific models
It's easy to chat about specific shoe brands and models. Just join a thread at the bottom of our brand index pages (Adidas, Asics, Avia, Brooks, Felldancer, Fila, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Reebok, Salomon, Saucony, Walsh), or the individual reviews.

Buying Gear in New York
General - Debenhams running gear
General - first trip to specialist shop - all tips appreciated!
Local shops - Bolton/North-West
Local shops - Central London
Local shops - Coventry area
Local shops - Edinburgh
Local shops - Hendon, Wood Green, Brent Cross area
Local shops - Hertfordshire
Local shops - London
Local shops - London
Local shops - London
Local shops - Manchester
Local shops - Northamptonshire
Local shops - Swanley, Kent
Local shops - Wales
Local shops - York - Up + Running
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