Tuesday 17 December 2013

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2 review

Welcome, to what I think is one of the most exciting reviews I have had the privilege to write to date. Ever since I started reviewing minimalist trail running shoes and apparel back in 2011, I have been looking for the 'ideal' in what to wear on my feet to battle the harsh conditions that trail running throws at you. I soon came to realise that, depending on conditions being either wet and muddy, or dry and rocky, whether summer, or winter, there is likely to be TWO different trail shoes to help us conquer the trails and fells that lay ahead of us. 

With the discovery of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS which seemed to meet all my requirements for a natural feeling, light, minimalist trail shoe for dry weather and summer conditions, I was left searching for a more durable and grippy shoe for harsher, wet and winter conditions and longer runs. Enter the Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2!

Tuesday 19 November 2013

The final Salomon 'Run with Ricky' demo trail run from George Fisher, Keswick

Another fantastic weekend in 'The Lakes' has left me, yet again, wanting more! After the success of the last Salomon 'Run with Ricky' demo trail run, I decided it was well worth attending the third and final event, held at George Fisher (for a full review of the last run please see the following link: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/salomon-run-with-ricky-lightfoot-demo.html). 

So, after the fun of the Kendal Mountain Festival, which I had been enjoying the day before, I packed my bags and headed to Keswick in hope of enjoying the event as much as I had done the last time I went. And I certainly wasn't to be disappointed.

Monday 11 November 2013

Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set review

After months of regularly use I have finally sat down to put together a thorough review of the Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set, and what a fantastic innovation they really are.

If the video above does not show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZiSu7_-cQY

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 1 Review

It seems a strange thing to start a review of the Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 1 by immediately mentioning the newer and more recent model; the Fellcross 2, but there is method in my madness! Some of you who, like me, are keen to wear and use Salomon shoes and apparel due to the quality and workmanship put into every single product they make, will already be aware that excellence comes at a price. And Salomon S-Lab products, built to the individual needs and requirements of the Salomon International Athlete team certainly cost a penny or two! So, given that the Fellcross 2 has been available for quite a while now, if you search in the right places, you can pick up the Fellcross 1 at quite a discounted price. So for those of you who want the craftsmanship and quality of the S-Lab range without the sting of a slightly higher than average price tag, the Fellcross 1 might just be the shoe for you!

Monday 28 October 2013

Salomon 'Run with Ricky Lightfoot' demo trail run, George Fisher, Keswick

It all started at 03:30 Saturday morning, dragging myself and my wife out of bed. I'm not going to lie, it was hard rising that ridiculously early for whatever reason, but hopeful the weekend ahead would be worth the effort we got in the car to leave at 04:00 for the 250 mile journey to Keswick in the Lake District.

We arrived at George Fisher outdoor shop in Keswick just before 9am, the official start time of the 'Run with Ricky Lightfoot' Salomon demo trail run. This is where the fun began. Upon entering the store we were greeted and welcomed by the Salomon team and Ricky, and asked what shoes and kit we would like to trial on the run at 09:30. I, being a minimalist fan opted for the lower 4mm drop Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2, the newer version of the Fellcross 1 I have been using in bad weather for the past few weeks at home. Picking up the shoes and a lightweight windproof I was ready for the run ahead.

Friday 11 October 2013

Merrell Ascend Glove GTX review

CavemanClarke has had the opportunity to try the new waterproof Ascend Glove GTX (Goretex version) trail running shoes from outdoor brand Merrell. In the past, Merrell has produced some fantastic trail running products, leading the way with trail blazing shoes such as the Merrell Trail gloves; an innovation in the minimalist and barefoot community, allowing the runner to tackle technical terrain with confidence whilst still being able to run naturally and feel the ground beneath their feet. The most recent and exciting addition to Merrell's trail running arsenal is the release of the Ascend Gloves. Available in a Gore-Tex and non-Gore-Tex version, they cater for a variety of weather conditions and requirements.

After already being incredibly impressed with the standard model, I was really excited to see the difference and versatility of the Gore-Tex version. To see my extensive review of the standard non-Gore-Tex Ascend glove follow this link: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/merrell-ascend-glove-review.html

So, in true CavemanClarke fashion, let me start you off with a close look at the Merrell Ascend Glove GTX:

Thursday 10 October 2013

BikeArt Thetford Forest review: what a shame!

It is with great sadness that I write with such negativity. I enjoyed an amazing trail run through Thetford Forest in the east of England with my wife today. The forest is beautiful and the wildlife stunning. The Forestry Commission does a great job of maintaining the paths and tracks and makes it accessible to all who wish to enjoy the diversity of a lowland, predominantly pine forest in England. The run was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone near the area.

Thursday 26 September 2013

Coming soon ..... Merrell Ascend Glove GTX review

CavemanClarke has kindly been sent a pair of Merrell Ascend Gloves with the new Goretex membrane, the GTX version. The last few weeks have been spent wearing and testing them through a variety of weathers and terrains to bring to you a conclusion about their worth in the minimalist world of running, and to compare them with the base model without the GTX membrane. 

Review coming very soon .....

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Merrell Ascend Glove Review

Over the past few years reviewing shoes on CavemanClarke, I must admit that it is a very rare occurrence to come across a minimalist trail shoe that ticks all the right boxes and leaves me very impressed. Most of the time a shoe performs well in some areas or in specific conditions, but final conclusions leave me writing 'could have been better.....' or 'if only they had.....' and quite often 'i can see what they have tried to do but.....'. In the case of the Merrell Ascend Glove I am pleased to say straight away that this is certainly not the case for this shoe.
I have been using the non-GTX version for a few weeks now and the GTX version for the past week and I can say that these are fantastic minimal trail shoes. In this review I hope to point out the reasons why I have been so impressed with this shoe, focusing on the non-GTX version that I have had a few weeks now to put through their paces. Later this month I will be posting a comparison of the non-GTX vs the GTX versions of the Ascend Gloves.
So lets start with a few pictures to familiarise you with what the shoe looks like.

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Reviews coming soon...

Coming very soon to CavemanClarke:
I am currently trialling and reviewing the Merrell Ascend Glove, Ascend Glove GTX and the Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 1. Reviews to follow very shortly when the weather has enabled a good all-round selection of running conditions.....

Friday 30 August 2013

Inov-8 Trailroc 150: a brief review

Recently, during the very hot weather that England has been experiencing it decided to rain for a few days, turning the hard and dry trails back into wet, sticky and very slippery mud. My favourite trail shoes are still by far the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS (see here for full review: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/vibram-fivefingers-spyridon-vs-spyridon.html). But in very wet and sticky mud, the limited depth of the lugs can lead to them quickly clogging up leaving you back to slippy-slidysit-on-your-butt-before-long style running on ascents and descents. Therefore, for these wetter conditions I am still looking for a minimalist, bareform trail shoe with a little more grip. This is why I decided to try the Inov-8 Trailroc 150; Inov-8's latest and very minimal trail runner for serious barefoot enthusiasts.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Update on the Xero Shoes

Hi everyone,

As some of you may already be aware, I have been trying out the Huarache Sandles from Xero Shoes UK. To see the previous review see here: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/xero-shoes-review.html

Here I thought I would add a couple of pics for you to see the finished product in action. I didn't have to alter the shape of the soles, I only had to follow the instructions on how to tie them up; a really good thing to try with mates or with your children. These days everything is delivered ready assembled and thrown away when something goes wrong. It was lovely to have to sit down with some basic materials and put together something that should last a long time.

Sunday 28 July 2013

Trinity Fitness Cambridge, UK

Hi everyone and Welcome to my new business, Trinity Fitness. Based in Cambridge, UK, Trinity Fitness provides all the health, well-being and fitness needs of the local and surrounding community.

Services include:
Bootcamp, Personal Training and Nutrition, Run coaching, Barefoot running, corporate health and well-being and much more to come...

Friday 26 July 2013

Xero Shoes Review

Hi everyone,

A few months ago Xero Shoes UK kindly sent me a pair of their huaraches to try and to review. After having them some time now I would like to share with you all my thoughts and comments on what I make of these sandle-type barefoot shoes.

Monday 22 July 2013

CavemanClarke to start new business venture...

Exciting news everyone! I have decided to start up my own Health and Fitness Business. It's going to be fun, friendly, outdoors and with plenty of barefoot and bareform running of course!!!

More info to come soon, but for now I have some serious planning and work to do.

Watch this space
Happy running

Friday 24 May 2013

Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 Review

Recently, I have had the privilege of trying out the new serious off-roaders from Inov-8; the Mudclaw 265. These extreme mud-pluggers certainly looked the part, but will they earn my approval or be put back in their box and returned?

Straight out of the box these were clearly another fantastic looking trail and fell shoe from Inov-8. The colour scheme looks fast, professional and attractive. Couple this with the serious studs on the sole of this minimalist trail shoe and you can see why it may get the heads turning of anyone interested in finding a decent, lightweight high-performance fell and trail runner!

Saturday 11 May 2013

Inov-8 X Talon 190 Review

Over the last few weeks I have tried and tested the Inov-8 X-Talon 190 fell and trail shoe. I have seriously put these shoes through their paces in a variety of conditions and terrains, from soppy mud in the East of England to the Scottish Highlands. Therefore I feel I stand in good stead to tell you all what I discovered to be the good, bad and the ugly of the super light light racing shoe from Inov-8.
A great looking and lightweight trail/fell shoe

Tuesday 30 April 2013

Coming soon ... review of the Inov-8 X-Talon 190

For the full review please click here:

Hi everyone,

It has been a long while since I last blogged, but don't fret. In this time I have accumulated a variety of minimalist trail shoes and am just about ready to emerge from this difficult English winter with a few well-thought out reviews. The first will be of the Inov-8 X-Talon 190. I hope to get this up in the next week or so.

In the meantime, enjoy my previous posts and speak to you all soon!

Inov-8 X-Talon 190 minimalist trail and fell shoes

Thursday 24 January 2013

Xero Shoes: Thank you!

Just a very quick post to say thanks to Xero Shoes UK who sent me a pair of their very cool looking 4mm Huarache style sandles today. I opted for the DIY kit as I fancied finalising them myself. I am really excited to get these fitted when I have a spare moment later this week and give them a go.

Sadly the weather is not great here at the moment for huarache style shoes. We currently have about 4-6 inches of snow! Therefore, give me a few weeks to try these properly and time for the weather to improve and I will review them for you all.

Tuesday 1 January 2013

New Year ..... get outdoors for real fun and adventure in 2013!

Happy new year everyone!!!

A new year lies ahead and who knows what exciting adventures it will bring

Out with the old and in with the new, so to speak