Kalenji Run Wind Sleeveless Jacket – Review.

So Winter…

Rubbish isn’t it?…….

dark mornings, dreary days and dark nights…

Not the most inspiring or safest times of the year to get out for a run!

This is why hi-viz and reflective gear is so important! Yes you may look like an extra from a 90s rave, But at least you will be safe!

Decathlon have kindly given me a gilet to test out and keep me safe over Winter and I must say I’m very impressed (and a thank you of course!).


The kalenji run wind sleeveless jacket, has been with me for every run since I received it and I must say I’m impressed!

While gilets may not be the most interesting of things in the world to review. This one does what it needs to do and no extra faff, bells or whistles.

Last Sunday, I went for a wintry 10 mile run in the early morning, while not really dark, it was cold and a little foggy. Perfect kalenji gilet weather!!

I always run hot so tend not to wear a jacket, this means though that if we stop to regroup or slow down I get cold pretty fast and regret not bringing said jacket!

The Kalenji run wind sleeveless jacket kept me just at goldilocks standard (not too hot/not too cold). You can regulate temp pretty well by simply putting the hood up and down. Full venting down the spine also helps if you are a sweaty runner like me!!


I also had it on coaching a track session mid week,it was a typical December evening,cold and drizzly.The jacket kept me warm enough to be able to jog round the outer track monitoring the session without becoming a sweaty mess I usually would in a full waterproof!

While I may of got a little wet after an hour outside,it doesn’t claim to be waterproof.The shower proofness kept my core dry enough.


Storage wise it has one pocket,big enough for a smartphone (I have a Google Pixel 3 and it fits in no issues). It also folds easily into its own pocket for storage and will fit into the side pouch on a pair of Kalenji Trail Running Shorts  pretty well ,it’s almost like they planned it ;).



Grand price for this bit of kit? £20 ,£30?



Go buy one!!!

(also available in black)


Available HERE


Kalenji Trail Running Shorts Review

The best shorts you have (probably) never heard of.


Kalenji shorts and jacket keeping me going during a wet coaching session!


We all wear them, most of the time we may not think about them too much.

I have a fair few pairs, some very expensive £60,all singing all dancing compression ones,I have some 1980s style short shorts and everything in between.

Sure like you I have a favourite pair that I barely take of long enough to wash but do we really spend to much time thinking about them?

Do they fit?
Are they too long?
Are they too short?

As long as they pass these tests then that is about as much thought that I put in.
But NONE compare to the Decathlon Trail shorts.

Now to be completely honest I did receive a free pair BUT not to review. I got them for a recent 0-5k programme I did with Decathlon Bolton which you can read about HERE

Anyway now that’s out of the way these shorts just work! And I have them on nearly all the time! Track workouts, hill reps, races. I even wore them last weekend pacing the Yorkshire marathon as I needed something that would be comfy and offer no chaffing over the three and a half hours and somewhere to keep my mobile phone.

 Pockets, lovely pockets.

These shorts have them in abundance, two on the front, two on the sides and one in the rear. One front and the rear both zip up as well!

I sometimes have to carry a lot of stuff when I’m running, be that on a trail training session or while coaching and these shorts have solved my need to carry a bag.

I can EASILY carry my mobile phone in a case (Google pixel 3), my keys, my whistle and stopwatch, some gels or food and I kid you not a windproof jacket in the side pocket, with no issues.


Now one thing I will say about Decathlon sizing is that they are made for the European Market and as such are a little, shall we say tighter than usual so if you are a between sizer then I would always size up.


Sometimes mid-run ,I have to double check that i have actually put these on,they are that comfy!Most importantly for me living in the North West of England they dry really quickly when i get caught in the constant rain we call summer here! they also have just a little bit of stretch in them for the steep climbs

These shorts are my new faves,I feel a little short changed now when I have to wear anything else!

I have added A few stock images as you can probably agree it’s not easy taking a picture of your own shorts while wearing them !!

Decathlon branded gear,is probably the best made kit I have at present,everything I own just seems to work exactly as designed and the bonus is they are cheap! THese shorts for example are only 15 quid!

Pete Bland socks review

The ultimate run sock?

Socks, you know the really crap present you used to get every xmas from that Aunt you never see? Well I bet she would be your favourite family member if she had popped to Pete Blands!

Pete Bland is a pretty famous name in the lake district,as well as running one of the UK’s best running shops he was also a top notch runner in his day. You can read about Pete HERE.

So what has this got to do with socks??? Read more