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TOP 5 BITS OF EQUIPMENT TO TAKE ON A MULTI DAY MOUNTAIN MARATHON
Merrell Ambassador and Outdoor instructor, Jake Thompsett gives some usefull infromation on tech equipment to have when out on a mountain marathon.
1. Lightweight insulated jacket
Great for the evenings at camp and for sleeping in, a nice lightweight synthetic jacket or pullover will keep you warm and help you out with getting a better nights sleep. I find the best materials to be ones such as Primaloft as, unlike down, they aren't effected by wet or damp conditions.
2. Polartech powerstretch gloves
I really struggle with cold hands and even though these gloves are very thin and light they seem to do the job really well. Breathable enough to stop your hands from getting sweaty when you’re moving fast, yet warm enough to keep the sensation in your fingers, they’re perfect for mountain running.
3. Good Quality lightweight waterproofs
The problem with mountain running waterproofs is that you need something that is waterproof enough to keep you dry yet breathable enough to let the sweat out, which, unfortunately seems to be quite a rare thing. Its a good idea to keep your eye out for a few handy features:
• Smocks are very useful for running as it minimises the weight and bulk of having a full length zip, and also reduces the amount of “weak” areas where the water could get in
• I use a waterproof smock that has a horizontal water resistant front zip which also acts as a vent. Perfect for giving loads of ventilation and breathability when it is raining too hard, or alternatively storing snacks and race maps
• Look to see if the jacket has a storage bag or whether it folds inside it’s own pocket, this is really handy for storing it away and minimising space inside your pack
• Things like elastic cords can be a pain when the wind is high as they flap about and hit you in the face, look for a jacket with an elasticated hood (that doesn't have draw cords etc) thus minimising this and also giving the hood a good fit around your head providing more protecting in poor weather.
4. Ultralightweight Survival bag/bivy
Great for emergency situations on the hill and if you buy one that is made from a breathable membrane then you can sleep inside it as well as your sleeping bag, which will give you a little extra warmth, something that is much needed if you’re opting for a very lightweight sleeping bag. Stay away from the foil style survival blankets though, a proper waterproof bivy bag or heat reflective survival bag are much better.
5. Good quality lightweight stove (pocket rocket)
Refuelling yourself is everything for multi day races therefore you need a good stove, there are plenty of well priced high quality “pocket rocket” style stoves that are very small, lightweight and only take minutes to boil enough water to rehydrate your dehydrated meal! Mix this with a lightweight pot (titanium ones are the lightest) and you’ve got the perfect combination!