Review – Trainers from space (a.k.a. Airia Ones)

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Disclosure: I was sent this pair of trainers free of charge in exchange for a review of them

I’ve wanted to pick up running again after a bit of a lull since Summer 2014. I’ve got a bit fed up with long distance running and thought it would be a good idea to focus on improving my running times for 10k and below. This meant I was very pleased when I received a new pair of Airia Ones to review.

airia boxThe big deal about these Swedish shoes is that they have been designed with the goal of making you able to run faster. In fact, they give you a 30 day guarantee so you can test it out for yourself risk-free. I was immediately sceptical; it sounds like a big promise to say a shoe can make you run faster. However, as soon as you open up the box (which felt a bit like unboxing an iPhone for the first time) you can see that these trainers are different to your usual Nike or Adidas running shoes. They are so light when you pick them up it reminded me of the polystyrene blocks you get in packaging. The patented outersole (manufactured by Vibram) gives it the unique shape and is firm but flexible. The rest of the upper is made out of an airy mesh and when you put it on it hardly feels like you are wearing anything. 

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2014 on this blog

I recently got my annual report for this blog and it revealed some really interesting stats from 2014

I had over 300000 visitors and my most popular article was about a change Microsoft did to managing Internet Explorer settings but forgot to update their manual!

The busiest day of the year was November 5th with 1,650 views. The most popular post that day was The new way to configure Internet Explorer proxy settings with Group Policy.

See the complete report here.

Now I’m working for Whitbread, in their IT Lifecycle and Delivery team, I’m getting a whole new set of challenges. My blog will probably drift from operational/sysadmin articles to ones on my general musings on where IT is headed. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what inspires me!

Happy 2015 everyone!