We recently caught up with Euan, our HOKA ambassador, to find out how he’d been getting on with his new SPIbelt (Small Personal Items belt), and this is what he had to say.
I have been running with the Spibelt for just over a month now and whilst it’s hard to get excited about a belt to store your keys, phone, food or in my case two dog leads and poo bags, I have to say the Spibelt is an engineering master piece. When I got it I was reasonably underwhelmed. How small? ‘How can anything fit in those two wee pockets’, I protested to my better half.
So I sat in my kitchen and tested what could fit in them. I was staggered and amazed at how many things could fit in. Brilliant!
So what have I learnt? Well, firstly, looks can be deceiving and secondly, don’t jump to conclusions.
Once I saw the beauty in the Spibelt the more I used it; from running with my dogs, to spending all day in the hills. What’s great is that it works well with my race vest as additional storage for Items I want easy access to.
So for me it’s not only a well-engineered bit of kit, but clever engineering that I will be using.
10/10 for a sturdy, secure and crucially bounce free small storage belt!
To grab yourself one of these nifty little waste packs, see them online here.
To find out more about Euan’s amazing story visit his website here.
Alton Sports are pleased to post #madonadventure’s first blog of 2017! Euan is our Hoka ambassador, he has been testing the Hoka Speed Goat and below is his in depth, captivating & frank report on this popular off road model.
We hope you enjoy this review as much as we did!
Ultra Runner, Triathlete and Endurance Coach
My name is Euan McGrath and I am an active Ultra Runner, Triathlete and Endurance Coach with over 25 years of coaching experience. Sport has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Whether I am coaching or participating, being involved in Sport makes me smile.
I have competed and coached across a wide variety of sports from Alpine skiing, Windsurfing, Triathlon or Ultra Running to name a few. I have worked as a University Lecturer and Coach Educator and Assessor. I have had the privilege of working with people starting their sports journey through to helping athletes set World Records, complete amazing personal endurance challenges, through to GBR Athletes who have achieved both Olympic and World Champion success.
Hoka Speed Goat Review
Let me be honest, I am a massive Hoka One One fan and through Alton Sports have become a Hoka Ambassador or as they like to call us Hoka Flyers. Now there’s a reason why I am a fan, these shoes really do make a difference. They may look quirky but trust me, after running thousands of miles in them I believe they are epic.
When I was offered the chance to become a Hoka Flyer I decided to run my first ultra last year (2016) in another brand of shoe just to make sure I really did think they were the best. So I strapped on another premium branded trail shoe and set off for a quick 40 miles around the Black Mountains. After the race my legs were battered. Not just from the effort but from the lack of rocker I had become used to. I like every runner trying to improve, I remember the mistakes, discomforts and the challenges I find ourselves in.
Alton Sports have asked me to focus on Hoka One One, this month the Speed Goat model.
When I was presented with my first pair in May last year I got quite excited. The light weight go faster feel could potentially suit me. I am a 6ft, 70kg runner who is happy to admit he will be 48 years old in a few weeks.
Anyway let’s talk about the Speed Goat. Designed by the ultra legend Karl ‘Speed Goat’ Meltzer for running 50km trail races FAST! By the way check out Karl if you are not aware of him. He has won more 100 mile races than anyone else on earth! Bit of a rock star don’t you think. What’s even better is he is a year older than me! That’s pure inspiration………
The Speedgoat shoe has a vibram sole that has proven to me its limpet like grip across all the rocky terrain I have had the pleasure of running on. Whether in Scotland, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District, South West England, North/ South Downs or the French Pyrenees & Alps. In mud the 4mm lugs do a reasonable job to a point but they are no replacement for your Inov8 Mudclaws or Salomon Speedcross. On trail it is an accomplished shoe that lets you run. I have just returned from the French Alps where I gave them a spin up the mountains on the snow. Can you believe it, they were mega! It was only when I started taking the more aggressive lines on rock hard polished snow and ice that the micro-spikes had to come out to play.
The feel of the shoe is firmer than many of the other models and the rocker seems more gradual. I have run everything from 5 mile cross country races to the Lakeland 100 (which happens to be 105 Miles) in 2016 across easy to mega technical routes and these shoes just keep me smiling. They inspire confidence and make you push harder. They let you maximise your strengths without smashing your legs through the continual pounding that running can produce.
If you are a fore foot, mid foot or heal striker it does not really matter. Don’t be put off with the super comfy ride as these beauties will not slow you down. Whilst they are a trail shoe you can get away with them on road but the tread will wear much more quickly if you do. The construction puts enough reinforcement in the right place without being cumbersome. The welded synthetic upper lets the water drain and keeps your feet feeling fresh. That all important drop is a happy 5mm so it will not stress those calf’s on your adventures.
So if you want a fast, technical competent trail shoe that will let you run longer than ever before and enjoy your weekends then this is for you. If speed and light weight are not your priority, then speak to Alton Sports and they will get you in a Hoka One One that is best suited to your needs. For me the Speed Goat is truly a great tool that lets me run literally all day and all night and enjoy the best trails the UK has to offer! For that I am truly grateful to Hoka. Happy Running Happy;-)