HYPE: This Season’s New Running Shoes & Gears

Its the new season and as usual, all the major sporting apparels and brands are coming out with their latest gadgets, gizmos and gears! With really exciting major races coming up such as the Adidas KOTR, Nike We Run Singapore (happening in September-October period), Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and also the likes of Singapore G1,  NEA 10th Anniversary Charity Run/Walkathon and the National Day Run, one can expect to don on new gears to boost your running experience.

Add flava, add colour, add style. 

Well scroll down below to check out my Top 6 shoes and gears coming your way this season.

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GYM EVENT: Flame Freeze Indoor “Triathlon”

(Article by Nash A.)

7th June 2012 – The venue, the newly formed Celebrity Gym @ E!Hub, Downtown East. The mission, experience the Columbia Omni-Freeze Ice Technology, via completing the Singapore First Indoor Triathlon. Bil and I, entered the gym and we were completely overwhelmed by the place. With the inviting layout of the space, lavish looking designs of the walls and BIG-SCREENED MONITORS PLACED ON THE TREADMILL WITH INTERNET CAPABILITIES! Gaaaah!

It was like a big playground, regal looking playground, jaws were dropping, I swear. “It is designed to make each and every gym users feel special, feeling like a million bucks, aptly put like a Celeb”, said Tony Pickering, the Managing Director(Singapore) Celebrity Fitness. I couldn’t agree more.

With us still in awe, Columbia representatives handed out our gear for the day: The Columbia Omni-Freeze Ice Baselayer. The moment we fitted it over our body, in an instant, we “froze” over. Besides the fact that the gym was well air-conditioned, it certainly felt light and cooling all over.

So there were 3 functions:

  1. Strategically placed mesh for improved ventilation.
  2. Lowering of body temperature of the fabric to keep you cool.
  3. Wicks away moisture to keep you dry.

Now to get the sweat out, they unleashed Xabier and Fabiana, to bring the pain (and sweat of course). First up, cycling. 20 minutes of alternating speeds and intensity (interval training), following the rhythms of loud playing beats. Intense!!! My legs were really jelly after the session, yup the sweat kept coming alright!! Second comes the interval training (to simulate swimming). It was designed for MMA practitioners, and our butts got kicked…hard!!! Xabier came around to add intensity to the game. My body was screaming through the ordeal (though I liked it…) Luckily, Fabiana took over for the last 20 mins and we danced off the pain through aerobics.

The Bottom Line: Intense training + extreme perspiration = discomfort? Not with the Omni-Freeze. Cooling sensation troughout the triathlon and though it was soaking mid way through the ordeal, within minutes, I was dry again, ready for more.

The Men’s Baselayer Lightweight Short Sleeve Top($89.90). Comes in Blue and Black colours.

Editor’s note: Perhaps it could be the aircon environment some of us quipped. But after using the tee for some outdoor activities in HOT & HUMID Singapore, this product does prove its worth and indeed made our body feel a lot cooler. Truly proved its worth. 😛

Bonus: we were introduced to a new product called Chi Water, refreshing coconut water, 100% pure, it’s high in potassium and packed with electrolytes which keep your body rehydrated, vibrant and healthy. Fuuwah, felt like a million bucks! Thanks once again to Columbia, Celebrity Fitness and Chi Water. 🙂

Retails at all leading departmental stores. Estimated price ~$3.

From now to 29 February, Celebrity Fitness is offering a special founder membership package comprising a one-time joining fee of SGD 99 and SGD 108 membership fee per month for a year’s membership. After this limited offer is over, membership packages comprise a one-time joining fee of SGD 199 and SGD 139 monthly membership fee. Check them out on FB at http://www.facebook.com/CelebrityFitnessSingapore

We’ll be right back! But first….

Did 2 events back to back – one on a Saturday (Urban Attack @ Velocity) and the other on Sunday (X-Physique). Both were pretty physically demanding. Seriously, whats the hype about them you might ask? Well, review and photos coming up soon. Stay tuned! But till then, here’s 2 very interesting videos the new shoes from COLUMBIA & TEVA that’s….well, is rather unique. A shoe that “drains out” water when you get them wet. Ideal for water sports as well, some fun run in the rain i’d say. Check it out!

Hopefully, we’ll get to try them on and do up a review on them sometime soon too. Those shoes certainly look, interesting to test them out! Afterall, whats shown in their promo vid doesnt really tell if its a really good shoe isnt it? 😉

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COLUMBIA “DRAINMAKER”

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TEVA “GNARKOSI”

Lovely! Awesome stuffs!

Preview: Columbia Ravenous Trail Running Shoe

I recently just got my hands on the new Ravenous Trail Running Shoe by Columbia. It seems that Columbia has enter the Trail Running market competing against known Brands such as Salomon,  Montrail and La Sportiva.

Due to my busy schedule this month conducting overseas Leadership Camp Programs I have not had the time to really Put the shoe to the test. So instead of writing a just one full review for this Awesome shoe, I have decided to review the shoe in 2 parts.  “Ravenous Running on Road” and “Ravenous Running on Trail”.  Review will be out sometime end of January and Early February so do check it out.

P.s: Not to let the cat out of the bag but do you know that the Revenous is the first Trail running shoe by Columbia and It has build in waterproof material… more to come.

It’s not me talking, it’s my feet!

Cheers! (:

-minicoopers51