There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable kit
As we fold into the autumn, the cooler nights allowing for great sleep and beauty of the early morning mist hanging over the paddock, or the floodlit training in the evenings, this is one of the truly awesome times of the year to be outside, its also vital for our physical and mental health, to get plenty of winter sun, fresh air, nature and social interactions here is an article on how running is as effective as antidepressants. However it was Alfred Wainwright who wrote “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” in his 1973 book Coast to Coast. There are very few groups of people this applies to quite as singularly and pertinently as us at One Element.
Below I will outline footwear options and a range of clothing and accessories from our store so we can all be kitted out in the ‘suitable’ kit!
This is the most important thing to get right, from reduced risks of slipping and injury, to increased confidence and the ability to change direction, accelerate and stop on and sixpence, it is dramatic how much difference ‘grip’ will afford you and it needn’t cost a lot.
I would always encourage you to get football boots for the winter. Boots with ‘moldies’ and ‘blades’ studs are perfect while bigger screw-in studs can cause damage to the park which we’d like to avoid. When we think about footwear we think about “support” for the sole of the foot, however this is far less important on the soft ground of the winter park and here you can go cheap provided they are comfortable. Try them on, make sure the heel and
support around the back of the ankle and your achilles is not too firm.
Footwear is available in many online and high street stores. We recommend sportsshoes.com for footwear and are delighted that we can offer our members 10% off the whole range on orders over £50 with free standard shipping (worth £4.99) on all orders. Why not sign up for your free trial today and we’ll send you a discount code when you join.
INOV8 X-TALON 212V2 TRAIL RUNNING SHOES
Many members go for these Inov-8 trail shoes, from £70. They’re comfy, have good grip, are light and available with narrower fits. These will also be perfect for when the ground is frozen/hard and can be used in the summer and winter.
MERREL DEVERTA 3 SPORT HIKING SHOES
These Merrels are also popular with members, from £75 and feature synthetic and mesh uppers with mesh linings for breathability and durability. The partially recycled EVA footbed delivers the comfort you want with the support you need.
ADIDAS KAISER FIRM GROUND FOOTBALL BOOTS
I wear these Adidas boots, from £85, five times a week during the winter and at least once a week during the summer. I train and play rugby in them and they are wonderfully comfortable from the moment you put them on. They are durable and typically last me two years a pair.
CHEAP FOOTBALL BOOTS
Decathlon and SportsDirect have a great range of boots available from £15-£20 which are perfect for winter training. Remember to clean them and dry them between sessions to keep them in tip-top condition and they will generally last 1-2 winters. TOP TIP for those with small feet, check out the children’s range for similar quality boots at a slight lower price.
ONE ELEMENT CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
From waterproofs to layers, hoodies to beanies and gloves, we have a plethora of kit perfect for winter training in our One Element Store. Not only will you look the part but you will also be warm and dry when you arrive at training and it’s handy to have a layer or two that you can put on as you head home.
On a side note, it never ceases to amaze me what a leveller One Element can be. It doesn’t matter what job you have, what car you drive or what clothes you wear, when you are tipped over hands on muddy knees, rain pouring against a steaming back, we are all feeling that rush of energy. Anyway, back to the subject in hand!
Below are some of our most popular products and we offer regular discounts to our members on our kit in the shop. Why not sign up for your free trial today and we’ll send you a discount code when you join.