As I do more races I accumulate more stuff. Partly because I am always experimenting with new gear and while training is the most important thing for performance, sometimes kit and gear can make your time out on the trails a little more comfortable.
This is what I am currently using. What’s your favourite stuff?
Clothes and shoes
- Cap – Serpentine Running club or Rockstar Sports.
- Buffs – variety of them – Headwarmer, sweat wiper, emergency sock!
- Waterproof Jacket – Decathlon Kalenji Trail running Waterproof Jacket.
- T-shirt – Kalenji Performance trail running t-shirt – thin and comfortable
- Long sleeve baselayer – Kalenji Techwool long sleeve top (merino type)
- Shorts – More Mile 5 inch baggy shorts
- Compression shorts – Kalenji compression shorts
- Calf Guards – Compressport – I like to have calfs covered. Easier than long socks.
- Socks – Steigen – thin, long lasting. No blisters
- Gaiters – Dirty Girl Gaiters to keep stones out of my shoes.
- Shoes – Pearl Izumi N3 Road and N2 trail shoes – comfy and wide fitting. Perfect.
Backpack and hydration
- Pack Ultimate Direction SJ3.0 – 8 litres. Perfect capacity so I don’t take too much.
- Bottles – Ultimate Direction Flexibottles or Aonijie soft flasks.
- Hydrapak flexi-cup – for cupless races or just for coffee. If you stick with one that is quite flimsy it will encourage you to not mess around at aid stations
- Dry bags – Lomo transparent so I can see inside and you can keep a change of clothes dry in your pack
- Main headtorch – Petzl NAO+ headtorch plus spare battery – best headtorch ever.
- Backup torch – Silva Trailrunner 2 as backup (sure you can use Petzl E-lite – but you will be walking!) or Lenser SE07, or Petzl Reactik+.
- Watch – Garmin Fenix 5X and charging cable – maps on my wrist plus a GPS watch!
- Backup watch – Epson SF-310 GPS – cheap watch. Accurate GPS. 30 hour battery.
- Tracker – Iphone 4s with racedrone – everyone can see where I am – e.g. crew.
- Mobile phone – Nokia mobile phone – real buttons. Battery lasts forever.
- Portable battery charger for watch – anything will do!
- Spare batteries – AA, AAA – lithium ones last longer.
- Nav – Garmin GPS64S Handheld – I might get lost / need to do heavy navigation
- Maps – usually Harveys that shows whole trails cut up onto one map.
- Compass – Silva
- Toilet paper in clingfilm – just in case a poop is needed
- Imodium – for any impending poop disasters
- Paracetamol – don’t do ibuprofen – dangerous!
- Foil blanket – lightweight and usually on a kit list.
- Tape – anything – I’m using stuff from Lidl at the moment
- Paracord – all kinds of emergencies – e.g. lace replacement, fix backpack fastening
- Cash – never know when you need a lolly ice J
- Body Glide – silicon stuff that reduces friction on your body / feet
- Poles – Black Diamond Z sticks or cheaper are Aonijie sticks (4 piece)