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Gear Tests

At Harrier we love putting our gear up to some serious independent testing. We have had some awesome, professional gear testers, ultra runners and coaches test out our kit. See below for some of our favourites.

man with hiking poles

Claire Maxted, Wild Ginger Running

Live Webinar Interview

Top Poles of 2020 Review

Helvellyn Carbon Z-Poles
"As a running gear tester of 10+ years for Trail Running magazine and then Wild Ginger Running YouTube channel I was really pleased to be able to help Kate design the Harrier Helvellyn Carbon Z poles. I've now tested what she has created and I'm delighted to say that they have won the Best Value award in the Wild Ginger Running poles test for their excellent features and low weight at a really fantastic price! I am looking forward to using them on my next multi-day running adventure."

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Loyd Purvis, Run4Adventure

Ultra Bundle YouTube Review

Ultra Bundle 
Wow, I really was impressed with all the kit we tested in the Harrier Ultra bundle. The Kinder 10ltr race vest ran so well over the 38 mile route I tested it on. I was carrying a lot of kit and water and the vest was super comfortable, with very little movement.

The carbon Z-poles performed great going up some of the bigger climbs. Really easy to extend and pack down, worked really well with the pole carrying system on the vest and the hand grips were very comfortable.

All in all I would highly recommend the Harrier kit, I personally think you'd struggle to find better trail running kit at this price point. It really is amazing value!

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Gary House

RunStrong, Trail running coach and ultra runner

Helvellyn Carbon Z-Poles
Hi Kate, I just worked the new Helvellyn Poles hard on 2400m + of Welsh hills and found them strong, reliable and light... I’d happily recommend them to any beginner or mid-pack runner looking for win sticks!

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Lucy Bird

Run Deep Magazine Article

Lucy Bird, journalist, ultra runner and triathlete

500ml Regular Soft Flask, Long Straw
It was a tremendously positive experience using the Harrier Soft Flask. By now I was really confident about the quality of the flasks and was not surprised that cleaning and drying them was just as easy. They stayed open while drying so no water remained inside.

In short, the Harrier soft flask is a great buy. £10 is a fantastic price for a well-made, robust and reliable soft flask that does exactly what it’s supposed to do: provide you with an efficient means of getting fluids down you while out enjoying your run. I now want them in every colour.

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Man looking away with hills in the background

Ronnie Staton

Hobo Pace Race director, coach, ultra runner

500ml Regular Soft Flask, Long Straw
I’ve been using Harrier soft flasks (& bladder) for a few months now. Being robust, faff free and essentially do not leak, they are exactly what I wanted! Long runs are difficult enough without hydration system issues which I’ve had my fair share of.

It’s great to have flasks I trust especially when doing what I love most, fast packing in remote areas. Harrier have their priorities right. Great quality products with a fast and friendly service so you can focus on what it’s all about, enjoying the trails.

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man holing a soft flask water bottle

Ginger Al

YouTube Review

Trail and Ultra Running Coach

500ml Regular Soft Flask, Long Straw
Top bit of kit, I wasn’t expecting much due to it being a new product to the market putting itself up against industry leaders like Salomon, Ultimate Direction etc. and I must say it’s matched them in every way possible 👍 Quality and value for money 10/10.

If I had any thing I’d like to see improve it would be wider shoulders on the filler neck but that is minor. I’m expecting big things from this manufacturer.

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Rob Wilkes

Highland Trekker Blog Review

Curbar 5L Race Vest & Helvellyn Carbon Z Poles

I've tried quite a few running vests over the years from budget Kalenji to market leading Salomon, and have struggled to find one that ticks all the boxes. The Harrier vest has come closer than all of them. The huge array of pockets, the different ways of holding poles, the lack of bounce and the huge amount of room make this one of, if not the, best vest I've ever tried. What Harrier have done which separates them from the competition, is ask the everyday trail and fell runner what they want in a race vest and gone from there.

I also really like the poles and will be the first I go to, especially if I'm carrying them on my belt. At this price they are very competitive.

These poles are perfect for beginners and intermediate runners alike, so if you are in the market for some new poles why not support a new British company.

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Steve the Beard

YouTube Gear Test

Soft Flasks

Slightly longer and slimmer than leading brand, makes easier to access in the vest. Love the different colours, makes a difference for water and fuel and not getting them mixed up. Slightly thicker material which makes them more resistant to punctures.

When you wash them out and stand them on the draining board they stay upright! Nearly half the price too! Would have preferred measuring scale on the back and the teat is not as good as the leading brand in relation to water flow. But overall, what's not to love for nearly half the price!? Harrier's taken the win for me!

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