Hi-Tec Luca Running Shoe Review + #Giveaway!

Hi-Tec Luca

The Luca’s are described as a minimalist running shoes featuring a reduced seam upper with welded support overlays for ultimate comfort. A ultra lightweight IMEVA midsole with rubber pod inserts deliver a low profile racing shoe feel for the recreational athlete.

Initial Impression

I was expecting the Luca’s in a different colour way (see below) and of course gutted that the trainers sent weren’t in the colour way shown on the Hi-Tec website. I am not a fan of baby pinks – hell I barely wear any colour but black, aside from when I’m in the gym where I will experiment with neons and brighter colours. I’m sure you’ll agree that this colour way is just funkier and I would even be quite happy wearing these casually.

Hi-Tec Luca Neon

The shoe felt very light in my hand, in fact they weigh only 210g, and the overall quality was quite impressive, especially as Hi-Tec is regarded by some as a low end brand. The only think I noticed was a Hi-Tec badge on one of the trainers had been put on slightly skewed but you would only notice this if you really got up close.

I did however think the black cheapened the look of the shoe as the front panel was a synthetic material which gave a plastic appearance. Having looked at the Luca’s available on the Hi-Tec website there are some really funky colour ways so I wouldn’t discount this shoe entirely.

The Fit

I personally feel that the sizing comes up a little big both length and the width, I am a 6 (and had a 6 sent) but I did feel like my feet could move around in them. When I’m undertaking physical activity I want a trainer that fits me snug and not one I have to worry about slipping or my feet slipping out of (especially if I’m doing spinning!). They would be great for undertaking class activities such as LBT as they are so light and when you are coming to the end of the class and feel like you can barely lift your feet off the ground these would be great – there are times in the past where I have taken my trainers off as my feet feel so heavy!

I’m aware that these trainers are specifically labelled as a running shoe, but even with running on the treadmill I just didn’t feel comfortable. Unfortunately I didn’t wear to my usual LBT class due to them feeling big – doing squats and your feet slipping is not great!

Had the fit been perfect then I may feel completely differently about this trainer. Especially as there are some great reviews of the Luca’s on the Hi-Tec website so if you are after a reasonably priced trainer / running shoe then the Luca’s are definitely worth considering – just take into account my thoughts on sizing!

Hi-Tec Wearing

So… as I don’t plan to wear these trainers again they are up for grabs!!

As I mentioned they are a size 6, but I do feel they would fit a 6.5 / 7 at a push!

As usual all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is the following.

  1. Comment on this post
  2. Follow Coming Clean by email, bloglovin, or WordPress Reader.
  3. Share this competition on Twitter and Facebook using the buttons below!

You only have to do at least one but the more you do the more chance you have of winning!

Only stipulation is you have to be a UK entrant due to postage costs. Competition ends 30th September at midnight.

Good luck!

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And the winner of the fitness bundle is….

Fitness Bundle Winner

A lot of you entered the competition to win the fitness bundle as part of my birthday giveaway, but congratulations go to Sandra G!!

Sandra – send me your postal details to katrinacomingclean@hotmail.com

For everyone else, keep an eye out for future giveaways! Winners are at complete random so you’re in with a good chance!

It’s My Birthday… I’ll #GiveAway If I Want To!

So yes, today is my birthday!

And what a milestone it is…. 30! It’s not too bad, I’m currently relaxing in Egypt on a much needed holiday!

So to celebrate I thought I would share the love of gifts with one lucky reader, and what a prize this is!

Katrina 30th Birthday Prize Haul

The prize pack!

I’m sure you’ll agree this is a pretty fab prize for anyone interested in fitness, either starting out or fully established!

The prize will be running until the end of August and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is the following.

  1. Comment on this post
  2. Follow Coming Clean by email, bloglovin, or WordPress Reader.
  3. Share this competition on Twitter and Facebook using the buttons below!

You only have to do at least one but the more you do the more chance you have of winning!

Only stipulation is you have to be a UK entrant due to postage costs.

Good luck!

p.s. My BRITA Marella Jug Give Away is still running until the 26th August, if you fancy being in with a chance of that too?

Nic’s Nutrition Website Launch Party

On Saturday we attended the official launch party for the Nic’s Nutrition website which took place at the VM Lounge in Saltaire.

I stumbled across Nic’s Nutrition whilst browsing the web for healthy recipes… most likely protein pancakes… and after an online relationship it was great to finally meet in person!

So who is Nic?

Nichola Whitehead (the brains and beauty behind Nic’s Nutrition) is a UK specialist registered dietitian (RD) who has a passion for promoting easy to understand nutrition and diet tips, and she certainly does that! I have personally used recipes from her site to create a number of meals which are now family favourites and I count Nic as one of the people who have helped me with my journey to ‘Come Clean’ and embrace a complete change in my relationship with food and my overall health and fitness.

It turns out she is also a Yorkshire lass just like me, so making our way to her launch party wasn’t too difficult and it was great to finally meet up with someone who I have been communicating with on Twitter and Facebook for the last 4 months!

Nic is warm, friendly and approachable so if you ever have any dietary concerns then Nic is your lady!

The Party!

The party took place at the VM Lounge in Saltaire where there was a little giveaway for the guests, these included products from various brands that Nic has reviewed recently or her own personal favourites which she recommends I was lucky enough to come away with a whole box of Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn in Cinnamon flavour (we devoured a bag on the way home as we hadn’t eaten!) They are truly delicious – especially for just 117 calories a bag (I’ll blog my thoughts soon)! There was also a couple of quizzes and plenty of tips placed around the bar and in the bathrooms as to how to have a healthy night out! I was healthy only having the one alcoholic drink!

Nics Nutrition

I just want to say thank you to Nic for having us and we wish you continued success! Looking forward to reading (and trying) your new creations!

Nic is currently running a giveaway on her blog, so if you would like to be in with the chance of winning either a Nakd – Cocoa Crunch & 9bar – Variety Box head on over to Nic’s Nutrition and state which you would like to try!