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Product Review: LifeStraw - Clean Drinking Water 24/7
The H4H Challenges Team like to keep everyone up to date with some really useful products that come on to the market. As runners, trekkers and cyclists ourselves, we have just found this unique water filter drinking straw called LifeStraw and provided our very own review of the product.
Whether you are taking on a trek and long run or cycle ride this product could be one that you put on your kit list.
Ultimately designed for people living in developing nations this product has gained popularity. It is now used as a tool for survivalists and packed in emergency preparedness kits in addition to being used to help combat clean water for up to a year.
The straw works by using a replaceable activated carbon capsule to reduce bad taste, chlorine and organic chemical matter for up to 100 liters (26 gallons). It houses an advanced hollow fiber membrane to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa, including E-Coli.
We think this is a really useful produce but certainly something that some of you may find useful on your adventures.
Available from various outlets online and Cotswold Outdoors or Blacks.
Winter Training Kit: Hi Vis
ATTENTION: There’s no excuse not to train through the winter! All you need is the right kit; and Hi-viz or reflective kit is a must.
The first decision you will need to make is whether you want to combine reflective and thermal wear or just layer up. For those undertaking challenges where agility is important, an extra layer that could snag on an obstacle is less than ideal. However, generally sports kit is expensive and versatility is the key here – a light tin hi-viz bib or vest can be worn year round whenever visibility drops.
Here are a few pointers:
Sportful Reflex 2 Jacket - £23.99
Dipped elastic hem makes this the perfect cycling outer layer. Reflective wrap around logos gives other road users no excuse for not seeing you whilst you stay nice and dry under a water repellent coating.
Verdict: Basic and cheaper than the Under Armour Jacket below but is simple and effective, two good traits right?
Adidas Reflective Vest - Hi Vis Yellow - £11.99
Light weight and includes a zipped pocket big enough to store keys and a few jelly babies for a quick sugar boost. Trekkers will find this a hassle-free way to add a visibility element to their layered clothing system
Verdict: Does just the job for keeping you visible and the pouch for keys was very useful! can be warn with pretty much anything but would recommend a good layer underneath when the weather isnt pleasant.
Under Armour ColdGear® Infrared Chrome Run Lite Jacket - £75.00
Just as good on the trails as the tarmac, the jacket uses a thermo-conductive inner layer to absorb and lock in valuable body heat whilst pretty wind and rain resistant. When not in use it packs up into its own pocket!
Verdict: High end on the scale of hi vis and reflected by the price but there are similar cheaper options out there.
- White clothing is a good second if looking for a quick visibility boost.
- Try things on before you buy. You can always grab the item name and search online for a bargain.
- Use the blink option on a head torch when on roads and always walk or run against oncoming traffic.
- Consider buying LED belts, head or arm bands. You can always put them on bags and panniers.
USE STAIRS TO TRAIN FOR YOUR TREK!
USE STAIRS TO TRAIN FOR YOUR TREK!
Who would have thought it? The most useful tool for getting prepped for your trek could be in your own home! Getting used to trekking uphill will make your trip far more enjoyable, giving more time to survey your beautiful surroundings at the top! Of course the best way to prepare for your trek is to go out for a local countryside yomp to wear in your boots, but here's a video for those days where venturing outdoors seems a bit too much!