Details, reviews and where to find each of the items, are listed below the photo gallery.
It may be a stock-standard Father’s Day gift, but if anyone is really going to appreciate a good pair of socks, it’s your running dad!
Road-running testers enjoyed the feel of this sock most; it has a softer, cushioned underfoot, a seamless toe, and a tab on the heel to prevent any slipping back into the shoe.
Made from 50% Drynamix fabric, which manages moisture to keep feet cool and dry.
R40 from Sportsmans Warehouse
Under Armour Charged Cotton Boxerjock 6-inch
Made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane, and with a four-way stretch, this 6-inch (15cm) option from Under Armour was very comfortable.
Even the large waistband – which looked like it could be a little too rigid for a run – was soft, yet helped with a secure fit.
Anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes and keeps these boxers fresher for longer.
R300 from Sportsmans Warehouse
Nike Lightweight Slim Waistpack
If you aren’t into carrying your phone, and don’t like to create bulges in your running pants, this simple waistband pack carries just enough to avoid the bounce that heavier packs sometimes cause.
Keys, eyewear pouch and an energy sachet fit in snugly.
R230 from Nike (0860 116 364)
Homemade Trail Kit
If your old man is hitting the trails, he should be fully prepared. Throw together a trail kit to reside permanently in his backpack, keeping him safe in the mountains. Put all the kit into a vintage tin for storage when not needed. Listed below are a few compulsory items needed at trail races.
- A space blanket
- A whistle
- Pain killers (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
- A few snacks that he fancies (perhaps some wine gums, dried fruit, nuts or nougat)
- Cable ties and duct tape (can be used if shoelace breaks, a bag straps snaps, a hydration pack tears, or a host of of solutions!)
- A buff
- Super glue (can be used to temporarily seal bleeding cuts and scratches)
The Basic Tee Asics Short Sleeve
Fitted around the shoulders, with wedge panels from neck to armpits, and tighter-fitting short sleeves than normal.
It’s not a light top, but good fabric stretch means it takes its shape from around your body.
Includes reflection strips and logos front and back, and an arm pocket for an MP3 player.
R380 from Totalsports
Looking for a different shirt? Have a look at our other tee recommendations here.
A wireless device that has no MP3 functions (does not store music), but connects via Bluetooth to a music source. The seamless operation of the Jabra was excellent when connecting to the smartphones we tested.
This takes out quite a lot of the planning. Find a place to put your phone, connect via Bluetooth and listen to your choice of music or app instructions from the smartphone, via the Jabra. The Sport version is also water resistant, and has a clear FM radio option.
Best for: Our favourite choice when using a phone as an audio source.
R1 500 from www.mobilegadgets.co.za
Runtastic Heart-Rate Monitor for Smartphones
We’ve all seen heart-rate monitors for watches. Runtastic has produced a receiver that simply plugs into your smartphone, collects the data from the supplied chest strap and sends the information to your phone to review right away.
The HRM receiver is compatible with most smartphones.
Best For: Obtaining accurate heart rate details without the need for a watch, but making use of an app.
R800 from www.mobilegadgets.co.za
iFitness Smartphone Armband
The iFitness case is a simple storage armband for your Smartphone that includes a zipped pocket for a key and some cash.
The access zip for the phone takes up a corner of the storage and is not accessed from the top as with many other cases. This makes the phone more secure, but also makes it less user-friendly when trying to squeeze a larger phone into the slot.
R245 from www.hammernutrition.co.za
Chill Cooling Towel
The chill towel just needs to be opened, given a little shake to activate the natural menthol, which provides a cooling sensation, and natural Aloe Vera Extract, that aids in moisturising the skin.
The most effective way to use it is to wipe the face and then place it around the neck to bring your temperature down.
R80 From Dis-Chem, Sportsmans Warehouse
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
Just when you’d bought your latest HD camera, and thought you were ahead of the pack in the self-made-movie and online video extravaganza stakes, GoPro have pitched a curveball by announcing their latest upgrade.
The Hero3 Black Edition just smokes all the opposition – it’s simply a must-have when it comes to HD movie-making in an action environment.
R5 000 from www.omnico.co.za
Oakley Radar Lock Pitch 9 (Polarised Lens)
Radar Lock – launched around the time of the 2012 Olympics – has proven to be the most user-friendly lens change system, according to testers who are weary of tricky systems using bending and popping.
The simple Switchlock Technology is easily the best for changing lenses under pressure. This pair also features the oversize Pitch lens, for better wrap-around face coverage, but doesn’t suit everyone – the lens can make cheek(y) contact, so try them on before choosing your lens.
R3 075 from Sunglass Hut
Tester Ronnie Bertish was able to keep the cold out and limit the heat loss from an early-morning race, and then just tuck the beanie into his shorts when things heated up later on.
11% of the fabric is Spandex, which gives good stretch and a close fit that stays in place on your head.
R180 from Salomon Stores 021 555 0043
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