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Helmets: A Review Worth Checking Out!

“Looking on buying a new helmet for your next race? Below is a review of 7 of the best £50 cycle helmets. Know what they are below!”


7 of the Best Helmets

First up, it’s worth mentioning that cycling itself isn’t an inherently dangerous activity.

There are statistics that can be interpreted any way you like to indicate one way or another when it comes to helmet use, and some clever numbers boffin could probably rightfully claim it’s more likely that you’ll be killed by a sheet of falling ice from an aircraft than on your bike. The reality is many people simply feel safer on a bike wearing a helmet.

We’re all for personal choice and among the technical test team you’ll see some of us happily wearing lids and others going ‘wind in the hair’ style.

Protect your head
All that aside, if you decide a brain bucket is for you, we’ve put together a test of seven safe, secure helmets all for under £50. After all, the primary reason for wearing ‘personal protective equipment’ is protection. When it came to the testing, we’ll be honest, we didn’t crash in all of them and see if we ended up hurt. But every one passes all the relevant EU, and many other international, tests, so safety is taken as a given.

With that bit out of the way, we concentrated on what we feel are the important bits. The pertinent details are, as ever, in the ‘look out for’ section, but it’s also worth noting that the best helmets aren’t as hot to wear as you might think. Internal channels between the visible holes allow air to flow in at the front and out of the rear. It’s this exhausting of air that takes the heat from your head with it. Sure, you’ll have a bit of helmet hair when you arrive, but it shouldn’t be overly sweaty, and who can’t cope with a bit of a ruffling and finger running at your destination to beautify oneself?

What to look for
This is down to a combination of the shape of the helmet itself and the effectiveness of the retention system. Being able to adjust the height and width of the part that grips the back of the head is very important to how solid the helmets feels. After all, it’s this, not the straps, that keep the
helmet tight on your head.

Helmet manufacturers will often have a mould that fits certain head shapes better than others. While you may not know if yours is round, oval or square, trying on a few brands will allow you to feel the difference. You should never have hard parts against your head. Decent levels of (removable and
washable) padding are a must.

Adjustment and set-up
The first time you set up a helmet it’s well worth taking a few minutes to get the straps set and y-buckles correctly positioned under the ears but above the jawline. From there, the strap length can be adjusted. Hopefully, this is a straightforward process. Also, we expect these settings to stay put. When you grab your lid, it should be a simple plug-and-play moment. Having to fiddle with it is a definite no-no.

Limar 635 £39.99
With eight colour options available, the Limar is definitely a lid for riders who just have to have a matching outfit. Thankfully, it’s not just about looks. Like the Cratoni, it has an insect-proof mesh on the front vents (the Italian brands do seem to like an insect mesh) and a quality pad set that allows plenty of airflow over the head while successfully keeping any of the shell away from the head. Over the sides of the skull, cool air has a bit more of a problem due to the lack of holes; and the fact that it’s available to fit only those with a 55cm head and over is a bit of a shame.

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Abus Aduro £39.99
From first putting the Abus on, it felt hugely robust. That’s not to say it felt heavy or cumbersome, despite the excellent protection offered from the lower rear section. All fittings and fixtures simply felt well made. This meant that we never had any issues with straps shifting in use and everything simply stayed put once set. The built-in LED light on the rear head gripper was also a superb touch. As an everyday commuting lid there’s nothing the Aduro is lacking. Comfy, secure, good looking and a great price: full marks go to the Abus Aduro.

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Spiuk Zirion £49.99
Sitting at the top of the price bracket, the Zirion’s appearance defies its sub-£50 price point: we’ve seen much more expensive helmets that don’t have its looks. It’s claimed to fit 53 to 61cm heads, but those over 58cm will need to check the shape as it’s definitely less oval than some. Its ventilation is very good, but security and ease of adjustment are where the Spiuk stands out. The Zirion was definitely a ’set and forget’ helmet and, like the best brain buckets, was simply ready to wear when we fancied a pedal. Comfortable, secure and reliable? Perfect!

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Cratoni C-Blaze £49.99
With a pad under the chin buckle and Clean Tex pads, comfort is a clear priority for Cratoni. The rear retention device is also height adjustable, independently to its width so we managed to fit it to a variety of testers. It also has compatibility with Cratoni’s Rearlight system of aftermarket lights — a nice touch. Mesh moulding across the front vents will keep bugs out in the summer, and reflective tabs add an extra safety element. There are plenty of details to make the C-Blaze worthy of consideration — however, the fit isn’t great for those with a more oval head.

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Your Questions About Colleges With Triathlon Programs

Thomas asks…

if your new to grappling is 2 classes a week of wrestling and 2 classes a week in bjj too much to handle????

im a newb preparing for my univ judo team season in september.

ive already decided that wrestling is first priority, i notice im ridic sore after even one bjj class (2hrs) and wrestling also. my hips and im just bruised as hell…..what happens if you stick with it and force yourself to do 2 wrestlgin classes and 2 bjj on top of weight training and endurance.

im training at same time for a triathlon???

am i going to hurt myself or prolly overtrain?
im new to grappling but know tons and tons about it and i have great posture.

Mike Rich answers:

I run 30 minutes every morning
I weight lift for 1.2hours 4x a week
I do 45 minutes of calisthenics/conditioning 5x a week
I train BJJ 4 classes per week
I train kickboxing 1x per week
I box 1x per week
I work 30 hours a week
I go to college 16 hours a week
Theres no “I” in team, which is why I love to fight.

You can handle it as long as you sleep enough. I was always complaining about joint pain and soreness. Then I started up my multivitamins/supplements and started sleeping 8 hours + per night, and i eat like a pig. I feel great now. I’m actually somehow gaining muscle mass with that schedule as well…. Good thing I love food. Good luck… Listen to your body. Its okay to be sore, but its not okay if your muscles are fatigued and you lose progress and your times drop and your lifts drop. Give it a shot and if you do not notice improvement then cut back. I know wrestling can be very intense, with BJJ it’s better if you think rather than constantly grip tight and fight tense and go 100% b/c then you will be sore and will get injured. Pace yourself and relax, when you see an opening explode. Roll at about 60 %. If possible lift on the days that you do not have wrestling or bjj. Too much on your CNS IMO…. I still do it, but its a bitch trying to posture up in someones guard after maxing on deadlift. I would cut lifting down to 3x a week and follow a strength training program. Do lots of compound lifts. Chest tri’s 1 day, BP, weighted dips, closed grip bench press. Back Bi’s dead lift, heavy barbell/dumbbell rows, weighted pull ups. Legs/shoulders: separate as far from deadlift day. Heavy squats, heavy lunges, heavy leg press, extensions, straight leg dead lifts or curls(helped me w/ my hooks a lot), hip/groin machines.. Helped a lot w/ my guard along w/ straight leg deads. Shoulders: Heavy Cleans/Clean And Press, heavy shrugs, rear flies, lateral raises, front raises, truck drivers(my favorite for shoulders) Explosive compound movements all the way.
-supplement right
-sleep a lot
-Eat tons of food
-Drink tons of water

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Running socks

Running Socks Review: Determining the 10 Best Sock Designs

“The 10 best running socks designs determined by 40 superfit feet. Read on and find out!”

With one of the best trail networks in the country and a population stocked with ultrarunners, speed hikers, and weekend racers, Boulder, Colorado, is the Mecca of athleticism. So many runners in one location also makes for an ideal place to put the latest and greatest gear to the test. We asked 20 ultrahealthy types, from trail runners to triathletes, to use and abuse a wide range of running socks made from Earth-friendly bamboo, antibacterial silver, and other high-tech fabrics. Below are the ones our testers liked best.

Running socks

Running socks review

Darn Tough Vermont Run/Bike 1/4 Cushion

Several ultrarunners raved about the cushioning and durability of these merino-wool socks. One even bragged about finishing seven ultramarathons–and all the training miles leading up to them–in a single pair.
Best For: Runners who prefer medium-thick socks for a wide range of distances, terrains, and sports all year round.
Price: $15
Contact: darntough.com

DeFeet Cloud 9 Regular Cuff

Testers appreciated the plush feel of these socks, which are made from a combination of moisture-wicking CoolMax fabric and abrasion-resistant Cordura nylon. Extra cushioning in the toes and heel, as well as two support strips on either side of the foot, yield a snug, stabilizing fit.
Best For: Long distances in cool weather. For fans of thick socks, these offer cushioning and support that are great for any terrain.
Price: $10
Contact: defeet.com

Bridgedale X-Hale Speed Diva and Demon

Overall, the Diva (women’s) and Demon (men’s) feel lightweight, which is remarkable given how much cushioning they provide for the heel and ball of the foot. The material used in these spots is a blend of merino wool and moisture-wicking yarn that keeps bunions and heels from getting red and chafing.
Best For: Any long run, no matter what the weather brings.
Price: $16
Contact: bridgedaleusa.com

Teko EcoMerino Wool Ultra-Light Micro

These socks are constructed of sustainable merino wool that’s soft and spongy–not itchy. Like all of Teko’s styles, they feature a tight-knit seam that is much less pronounced, cutting back on chafing across the top of the toes.
Best For: Shorter distances. While they retain warmth well, the Ultra-Lights don’t have the cushioning needed for longer runs.
Price: $14
Contact: tekosocks.com

Nike Elite Structure Running

The Structure features an innovative design that uses two layers of low-friction yarn to prevent blisters and a thicker weave in the heel and toe for cushioning and durability. Several testers noted how much they liked the extra support through the arch, provided by a Lycra band.
Best For: Marathoners, who’ll appreciate how these socks keep their feet dry and reduce foot fatigue during long runs.
Price: $16
Contact: nike.com

Feetures Bamboo & Wool Ultra Light Cushion Quarter

Made with 33 percent bamboo fabric–a material that helps wick moisture and kill odor-causing bacteria–these socks were the top pick of several triathletes for bike-to-run workouts. “They’re thin enough for my bike shoes and have enough cushioning to make a postride run more bearable,” said one tester.
Best For: Extra-sweaty runners and athletes who train in the heat.
Price: $13
Contact: feeturesbrand.com

Drymax 1/4 Trail Running

Our seasoned trail-runners loved the ribbed texture of these socks, which helped keep their feet from sliding around in their shoes. The socks’ somewhat bulky design has a wicking material on the inside and a water-repellent polyester blend on the outside.
Best For: Short treks, or for runners who want versatile socks for cross-training sports, such as hiking and snowshoe running.
Price: $11.50
Contact: drymaxsports.com

Injinji Performance Series Mini-Crew

Although the glovelike design of these socks felt a little odd at first, testers forgot about it once their shoes were on. The CoolMax inner lining and Lycra-and-nylon outer shell wick sweat well, and the anatomical five-toe design prevents friction between toes, resulting in fewer blisters overall.
Best For: Long-distance runners, especially those training in hot summer months, when chafing is more common.
Price: $12
Contact: injinji.com

Eurosocks Sprint Silver

The thickest pick of the bunch, most runners liked these socks best when the temperature dipped, since the bulk made their feet a little too sweaty in warmer weather. Testers who preferred the plush feel noted how well the polypropylene yarn and antibacterial silver fibers wicked sweat and didn’t stink up too fast.
Best For: Short, cold-weather runs when feet are least likely to sweat a lot.
Price: $13
Contact: angustrading.com

Pearl Izumi Silk-Lite and Ultra-Lite

Ideal for racing flats–or for runners who prefer thin socks–the Silk (women’s) and Ultra (men’s) use a microfiber mesh at the top of the foot to provide excellent breathability. Testers also liked how the compression panels wrapped and supported their arches.
Best For: Short races in warm weather. This sock is great for wicking away sweat but not for keeping feet warm.
Price: $8

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