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Video: Firefly Recovery Device

Video: Firefly Recovery Device

The Firefly is a simple, convenient and time-efficient electronic device designed for top athletes to accelerate sports recovery and improve performance. It was recently used by Richard Parks during his record-breaking solo expedition to the South Pole. Portable with no leads or wires and worn behind the knee, the Firefly device is powered by OnPulse neuromuscular electrostimulation (NMES) technology and is used by athletes immediately after high exertion exercise to increase blood circulation to muscles of the lower leg. It is one-size-fits-all with clinically-proven sports recovery benefits that reduce the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) within 24 hours meaning, athletes … Read more »

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Suprabeam V3r

Suprabeam V3r

The Suprabeam weighs in at 184g but offers a massive 300 lumens of power. For your money you get the headtorch, a long cable, a spare Li-Poly battery, a carry case and a USB and car charger. I have found that it sits well on my head and have also used it on top of a climbing helmet. The beam width on wide beam does not have ‘Saturn’s rings’ on the outer edges like some of the other models do. The spot beam is very bright and without any bounce back from fog/ cloud/ rain/snow and the distance is brilliant. In terms … Read more »

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Tested: Garmin Fenix

Tested: Garmin Fenix

We get our hands on one of the most hotly-anticipated products of 2012, Garmin’s new GPS watch… ABC watches (Altitude/Barometer/Compass) have been a fixture on the wrists of guides, trekkers and mountaineers for a while now, but the bar is about to be well and truly raised by the next generation of adventurer’s watches. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the first Fēnix’s available in the UK, and over one weekend we had a brief, but mostly beautiful, encounter with Garmin’s wrist-bound wonder. With so much technology packed into this watch, we were particularly interested to … Read more »

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Tested: Petzl Nao

Tested: Petzl Nao

Ross Worthington roadtests Petzl’s much-anticipated headtorch featuring their innovative ‘reactive lighting’ concept… Over the years headtorches have come on in leaps and bounds but when we first saw a demo of Petzl’s Nao at the ISPO trade show earlier in the year it was clear that this was another big leap forward. The key feature of the Nao is its ‘reactive lighting’. Basically what this means is that, once switched on, the torch automatically adjusts the strength of the beam it gives out dependent on the surroundings and where you are looking. This has two obvious advantages; firstly, that you no … Read more »

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Tested: Geigerrig Rig 500

Tested: Geigerrig Rig 500

We try out an innovative hydration system that promises to ‘stop you sucking’… The big talking point about the new range of Geigerrig hydration bladders is that they use a pressurised system. As well as the normal tube that transports water from the bladder to your mouth, there’s a second tube that ends in a ‘power bulb’ which you squeeze to push air into the reservoir. The pressure can be adjusted to suit your needs, an adjuster dial letting air out if necessary. So what are the benefits of this pressurised system? Well, there are several, and all rely on the fact … Read more »

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