Salomon Fellraiser – Most Comfortable High Traction Trail Shoe Ever

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG - Barefoot trail running revisited

I ordered the Salomon Fellraiser online with a fair degree of confidence knowing how Salomon products fit my feet.

Salomon trail shoes seem to fall into two types of toe box and one or the other will be ideal for an individual depending on the shape of their feet. The skinny one that squeezes my toes a little too tightly is more the Salomon Speedcross type of toe box.

The Fellraiser falls into the rounder more roomy category that suits my toes better. I’m referring specifically to the Salomon Speedcross shoe which I also run in which has a narrower toe box..........

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Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG – Barefoot trail running revisited

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG - Barefoot trail running revisited

Over the past decade, I’ve finally reached a happy medium with minimal running. I’m not a heavy runner and tend to land lightly on my mid-foot so when the book “Born to Run” came out I was on board.

Perhaps too on-board because my personal experience was a backlash to having more shoe on my feet just because of the rugged nature of the trail ultras I was doing and the damage being inflicted on my feet. I wished there was a happy medium. I think the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG is close......

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2XU Compression Arm Sleeves

2XU Compression Arm Sleeves:

  • Promote removal of blood lactate from exercising muscles for faster recovery
  • Graduated compression for extra support + enhanced circulation benefits
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Moisture management

2xu-arm-sleevesProduct Evaluation
I recently had the pleasure of testing some 2XU Compression Arm Sleeves on an 11.6 km test run to experience these benefits first-hand.

Gear: 2XU Compression Arm Sleeves

Test: 11.6 km winter run with full hand water bottle

Conditions: -2 Celsius with light snow and light winds


Less muscle soreness, stronger arm swing, warm arms and fast recovery.


I felt a big reduction in arm fatigue as I purposely carried a hand bottle filled with water for the 11K run I did even though it was not necessary due to the cold temperatures and the short distance. I sometimes get sore tendons near the elbow joint on the bottom of the biceps and the top of the forearm muscles even without hand bottles. Longer distances of marathon and up are definitely taxing on the arms as well of the rest of the body. The enhanced blood return and the support help to mitigate this soreness.

As well the sleeves provide a layer of warmth for those early morning ultra start times that tend to be chilly. You can start the race with them and if it heats up later in the race roll them down. I recommend leaving them on because they tend to regulate your body temperature nicely and then you get all the other benefits.

These sleeves come in several colours, but for my purposes a pair of black ones for cooler weather will absorb infrared radiation of the sun and passively create heat. On hot days white would be the colour to reflect heat to a greater degree than bare skin.

I highly recommend this product particularly for ultra marathons or any other distance running with hand bottles! For more information visit

2XU Thermal Compression Tights

2xu3Winter running is absolutely essential if a runner has any intentions of competing in events during the spring season. Even if you are not competitive but want to stay fit over the winter with various outdoor activities including running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, you need the appropriate garments! You need to stay warm but not too warm because too much sweat means getting cold.

In addition to temperature control provided by winter running garments it is a good idea to add compression to what you wear to rev up your training. Compression helps increase your performance and enhance recovery. According to the company 2XU, their compression garments can provide the following benefits:

  • Greater oxygenation of the blood for faster recovery
  • Reduced Fatigue through less muscle oscillation
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Reduced long-term overuse injuries
  • Faster muscle warm up pre-exercise
  • Greater power output
  • Heightened proprioception – awareness of limb placement for agility

2xu1Product Evaluation
I recently had the pleasure of testing some Thermal Compression Tights from 2XU on a 7 km test run to experience these benefits first-hand.

Gear: 2XU Thermal Compression Tights

Test: 7 km winter run on a regular loop run both with and without the tights. I would make every effort to run at the same perceived energy output and pace.

Conditions: -1 Celsius with light snow and light winds


Run 1 without 2XU Thermal Compression Tights: 7.1 km in 37:13 with an average pace per km of 5:12
Run 2 with 2XU Thermal Compression Tights: 7.1 km in 33:47 with an average pace per km of 4:47

That is quite a nice improvement for the same course, and the same effort level. Can’t wait to go on a 35 km run and really put them to the test.


Today was about -1 temperature and the wind was brisk off Georgian Bay. They were literally like furnaces on my legs! I feel like I’d be comfortable down to -10 in these with no further protection. I felt that they reduced muscle bounce in the calf area particularly. I actually land lightly when I’m running, but there is a certain amount of bounce in the muscles no matter how soft you land. This reduces fatigue over time so I’m very keen to do a 35k this weekend with them. I left them on for an hour after running and notice a difference in how fresh my legs felt. I’ve used compression socks before but never the whole lower body. It’s quite a pleasant change and I think I’m going to have the best 2015 season ever.

I highly recommend this product, look forward to longer runs and will be testing 2XU arm sleeves next! For more information visit



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