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Date Posted: 19 March 2019

From 21/03/19 to 30/04/19, purchase any Osprey Aether Pro | Ariel Pro, Aether AG | Ariel AG or Atmos AG | Aura AG from us and receive an Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L Reservoir free of charge. Available in store and online. Automatically added to cart online. Read more....

Date Posted: 18 March 2019

Pool, open water, mask, small fit, Swedish... there are so many different types of goggles available today! Each of the available styles is built to maximise speed, comfort or field of vision, but they're also designed to fit a wide variety of face shapes. Leaking or ill-fitting goggles can be a major inconvenience to your training, so follow our guide to make sure your chosen goggles suit your face shape and won't leak. All of this testing shoul Read more....

Date Posted: 16 February 2019

First step is to find someone who knows what they are doing and convince them to take you and show you the ropes… literally. If you have the option to practise in the gym first, then do it. It’s a much safer way to learn how to clip and it requires less gear. If you are starting in the gym, you’ll only need the usual basics (shoes, harness and helmet) plus a rope and belay device. Below is a checklist of gear you’ll need to sport climb outdoors with a brief explanation, po Read more....

Date Posted: 2 February 2019

It's that time of year again: standard entries are closing on 8th February for the 2019 Ultra Trail 100 race, Australia's most challenging and prestigious trail running event. This year, hundreds of runners will be in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park of Australia from 16-19th May, taking part in UTA's annual races. Competitors should now be checking if they have all the mandatory gear they need to carry with them at all times , as there will be ra Read more....

Date Posted: 2 February 2019

The Ultra Trail 50km race is the younger sibling of UTA100, set in the same Blue Mountains National Park of Australia from 16-19th May, with the same standard entries closing date of 8th February. Competitors should now be checking if they have all the mandatory gear they need to carry with them at all times , as there will be random spot checks throughout the race. UTA50 demands you be prepared for all sorts of weather, hot or cold, rain or even snow Read more....

Date Posted: 31 January 2019

If you wondered where your favourite shop assistant went for 6 months, wonder no longer. I headed over the waves to Norway to study for a semester. As I studied an Outdoor Education course while there, and camped and hiked quite frequently, I took a fair bit of gear over with me to tackle the Nordic climate. This guide is simply what has worked for me over the years and what was suitable for the climate I was in. When I buy gear, I want a few things to be certain: it’s suitable for Read more....

Date Posted: 26 January 2019

Tasmania's Three Capes Track is a three-night, four-day celebration of one of the country's most beautiful walking experiences. Designed for beginner to intermediate hikers of all ages, the Three Capes Track has been built to a dry-boot standard and includes cabins along the way for each night, minimising your gear and leaving you free to focus on admiring 48 kilometres of breathtaking cliffs, forests, coastal heath and of course, the ever-present Tasman sea. The official Read more....

Date Posted: 17 January 2019

To get the most out of your running shoes, try out these different lacing styles to find the one most suitable for you. Some of these lacing styles could help prevent black toenails, make room for your high arches, dial up an uncomfortably narrow fit, or otherwise get your shoes feeling perfect on your feet. Read more....

Date Posted: 15 December 2018

With top-of-the-line heart rate technology, over 130 sports profiles and a slim, lightweight design, the Vantage series is set to make waves over Christmas and the New Year. Let’s hear what our staff members had to say about their Vantages. Eli – Vantage M Overall, I really enjoy using this watch. It’s been a huge upgrade from my previo Read more....

Date Posted: 14 December 2018

Here are Wildfire Sports & Trek, we meet incredible athletes and adventurers every day. We love being a part of the supportive and dedicated outdoor sporting community, and we're always looking to give back. In November/December 2018, Wildfire Sports & Trek put 2x $150 gift cards up for grabs. We wanted to hear from U23s who were prepping for an athletics, bike, run or multisport (e.g. triathlon) event -- and boy, did we ever! We had many wonderful entries, but ultimately aw Read more....

Date Posted: 4 December 2018

The Bribie Tri has been an event which has been on the bucket list for a long time now. For local Brisbane triathletes it is an event that Read more....

Date Posted: 24 November 2018

SOLD OUT! Due to overwhelming demand, all Skratch packs are now sold out. Thanks for your orders and Merry Christmas! It's the silly season! To celebrate, online orders over $200 will receive a free Skratch Xmas Pack , containing: 5x Orange Chews Read more....

Date Posted: 21 November 2018

Your sports and hiking clothing and boots keep you warm, dry and comfortable during your outdoor adventures. Their high-performance, technical fabrics are often windproof, waterproof and/or breathable. But in order to keep your outdoor gear at peak performance, you need to clean and maintain it on a regular basis. After all, you want your gear to last for as long as possible. Thankfully, specialist fabric care brands such as NikWax, Gear Aid and Grangers make this task an eas Read more....

Date Posted: 14 November 2018

Spend $100 to go in the draw to win an Osprey 2018 Atmos AG 65 or an Aura AG 50 , valued at up to $379.95 . The Atmos/Aura AG is the best-fitting, most ventilate Read more....

Date Posted: 18 July 2018

Wetsuits are a tricky purchase to make. Whether you’re getting your first wetsuit or considering an upgrade, knowing which wetsuits you should choose is paramount to succeeding in your triathlon and open water training and racing. Wetsuits are one of the most expensive kit items, so make sure you know what to look for before you make your purchase. Warmth, flexibility and buoyancy are all factors you should consider along with price. Read more....

Date Posted: 4 July 2018

Just like the rest of your triathlon kit, your wetsuit is certainly a purchase substantial enough to warrant proper care. Wetsuit life can be significantly lengthened (or shortened) based on its care. Wetsuits predominantly consist of Neoprene, an artificial rubber compound that’s tougher, more resistant to chemicals, and more elastic than standard rubber. That said, Neoprene membranes are incredibly susceptible to high temperatures, UV rays and sharp objects. If you abide by the following ti Read more....

Date Posted: 12 June 2018

Experienced and beginner swimmers alike will understand the importance of the correct gear and its impact on your enjoyment of the sport. A good swimming cap, water tight goggles and some training gear to help improve technique will go a long way towards motivating you to spend time in the water practicing your swimming. GOGGLES Read more....

Date Posted: 12 June 2018

Whether you’re already an experienced runner or you’re planning to start running regularly, the right gear can make a huge difference to your enjoyment. This list will get beginners on the right track and help veterans complete their kits. RUNNING SHOES Good fitting running shoes will be the most important thing you will need as a runner. To ensure comfort and minimise injuries, you’ll need a shoe specifically designed for ru Read more....

Date Posted: 19 April 2018

You have a multi-day trekking adventure coming up. Perhaps there’s a big camping/hiking trip planned with all your friends. Or maybe you’re an avid day-hiker that enjoys exploring the trails on the weekend. Whatever the case, you’ve probably already picked out comfortable shoes, a sturdy pack, and the perfect tent. But you’re not yet fully prepared. Headtorches and trekking poles are important hiking accessories that will vastly improve your time on the trails. This guide should hel Read more....

Date Posted: 6 March 2018

Nemo Dagger vs Nemo Galaxi vs MSR Hubba Hubba NX Our family took these 3 tents on our recent hiking trip through Budawang Ranges, south-west of Sydney. It was a great opportunity to compare the 3 lightweight hiking tents. The weather was perfect, mist each morning and a drizzle of rain one evening, so the tents weren't subjected to any wind or real rain, and it was summer in NSW, so no cool temps to contend with either. Read more....

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