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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.

Claire Maxted, Wild Ginger Running

Loyd Purvis, Run4Adventure

Dave Taylor, Fell Running Guide

Ginger Al, Trail and Ultra Running Coach

Steve the Beard, YouTube Gear Tester

Gary House, RunStrong

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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!

Lucy Bird, Run Deep

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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.

Rob Wilkes

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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.

Ronnie Staton

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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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Independent Gear Reviews

Claire Maxted, Wild Ginger Running

"The race vests and Helvellyn poles have won our Best Value Award!"

Loyd Purvis, Run4Adventure

"Wow, I really was impressed with all the kit we tested in the Ultra bundle."

Ronnie Staton, Hobo Pace

"The Kinder 10L felt as good to me as any other vest I've ever worn, but it's by far the best value."

Keri Wallace, Girls on Hills

"The Curbar 5L is excellent value for money - sturdy and practical, and evidently designed by trail runners."

Gary House, RunStrong

"I found the Helvellyn Poles strong, reliable and light. I’d happily recommend them."

Fiona Outdoors

"There is a lot to recommend. I choose the Kinder 10L when heading off for longer trail runs."

Georgia Tindley

"Absolutely loved the Curbar, the fit is great because the XS is actually small!"

Ginger Al

"I see Harrier competing in the big leagues in the future."

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Joanna L.

I’ve used Harrier run free approx 4 times now and every time I’ve received great service, I struggled to find what I was looking for this time so used the live chat option and received immediate assistance to help me find what I was looking for.
I’ve purchased the Kinder 10L vest, dry bag and soft flasks, all of which are fantastic! Highly recommend each of these products, define value for money!

Zoe S.

Absolute top quality products, well designed and well made, all for a snip of the price of the "big" names. I have followed Harrier since start up and am so impressed with all the work that has gone into product development, testing and production. I also highly rate Harrier customer service.
I LOVE my Harrier Curbar race vest. It's comfortable, capable and cavernous! One of the best pieces of kit I have bought in a long time.

Anthony D.

Amazing service and an incredibly good price for products that are really high quality and well designed. Can’t wait to put them to full use - I’ve read great reviews of the Helvellyn poles and I’m going to rely on them a lot during several upcoming ultras!!


The 5L race vest is comfortable and works really well for me - I've had a bit of trouble with other more expensive brands with the packs riding up as I am relatively narrow-chested. It feels pretty robust and has lots of pockets and storage and probably more than I will need. I went for the full works with first aid kit, flasks, survival bag, straws etc etc in an inclusive package and for the first time with this sort of purchase did not feel ripped off and actually enjoy wearing it.
...and I love the packaging...is Harrier becoming the Apple of running gear?(apart from the price obviously!)

Pete W.

Ordered and received my Classic cap and Thorpe Ultra tee today. Very quick and efficient ordering service and delivery. Delivered in a convenient box that works really well. The 2 products are excellent and great quality and lovely to run in. Kate works really hard to ensure quality items are always at hand. Thanks again.


Fantastic! I had trouble with sizing and the help and advice I received was outstanding, far above and beyond anything I've received from another shop or brand. So if you're having sizing trouble just ask! The vest itself is great too, well made from quality materials and the perfect array of pockets.


The Kinder vest is a very well thought out piece of kit and excellent value. I bought the beginner bundle and very pleased with it. The vest is very comfortable and well finished, The inclusion of a couple of sterilising tablets for the soft flasks was most welcome to rid the flasks of that plasticky taste. I was impressed by the ability of the flasks to seal and not leak as my previous ones never sealed properly. Delivery was very quick and packaging was kept to a minimum. I'm still trying to figure out how it came so neatly packed!
Please give Harrier a try as their gear appears to be such VFM and support a small Company. WELL DONE HARRIER


I had questions around sizing for the Kinder race vest and they were dealt with quickly and efficiently..... and accurately (it’s a great fit)! The bundle arrived well packaged and quickly and all of the items were exactly as ordered. What’s not to like?! BI will definitely be shopping Harrier again. Thank you

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