The X-Hale TrailBlazes are a pair of socks found within Bridgedale’s recently developed ‘Fast and Light’ range. Designed with warm conditions and quick movement in mind, the TrailBlazes were just the product I was looking for on a long walk/run through the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District. Now that ultrabreathable, odor-free socks have become widely available, I was testing the X-Hale to see whether it offered any other performance qualities that you might expect from a ‘Fast and Light’ product.
The Columbia Mobex Sprint is a scaled down version of the original Mobex, a forerunner to Columbia’s trail running launch collection. If anything, the smaller nature of the Sprint has further strengthened the qualities of its larger sibling, streamlining an entirely functional piece of kit. Most importantly, the weight of the bag has decreased to 650 grams while the design has been simplified for smaller loads and speedy sessions on the trail.
The Trail Runner II 1/2 Zip is Salomon’s latest addition to their extensive technical tops range and claims to provide ‘maximum ventilation on hot days.’ With the full heat of summer fast approaching this product is both well timed and desirable.