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ultra light trail gear

May 4, 2010

Slim fit W-shirt: 42 grams of protection. In the forest there is not much wind so you don't need windproof sleeves, and you'll get warm wrists soon enough.

Even though the gear never should get in the way for the fun, good gear definitely enhance the feeling.

Make your own W-shirt: take your lightest windbreaker; eliminate the front zipper; cut the sleeves to T-shirt lenght; eliminate irritating collar parts; and adjust the waist length. My wind-shirt weighs only 42 grams.

Inov-8 Mistlite lightweight (210g) is a windproof and water resistant jacket which can be transformed into a belt bag. I haven’t tested it yet but if it breathes well, has a decent collar and doesn’t bounce while folded it might be the kind of jacket we have been looking for. Of course it shouldn’t get heavy when wet.

When I spotted Raidlight Ultra Light Olmo 5 in Chamonix last summer I almost

Avoid irritating cords around your neck by simply tucking the whole hi-fi set behind the head. It's very easy to monitor like that – well at least if you don't have this stupid ipod version. For trail running the earplugs are shitty too.

couldn’t take my eyes – or hands from it. This minimalist race pack is designed after ultra trail legend Marco Olmo’s own prototype. Weight 290g incl. two 600 ml bottles, price 64€. Check the bottle system with the chest strap connecting the outer part of the front bottles: very smart! This way the bottles won’t bounce.

The New Balance 100 weighs 220 g and is trail running minimalism driven close to nakedness. However, no running retailers in Sweden thought this model was interesting enough to distribute. Luckily you can buy them online. Bare in mind though that NB sizes are almost half a size smaller than usual.

Keep debris away with Dirty girl gaiters or make your own, or why not try the Inov-8 gaiter socks in coolmax or merino.

New Balance 100 – Almost barefoot: developed to meet the minimalist demands of Anton Krupicka and Kyle Skaggs. The shoe was also editor’s choice for “best racer” 2009 by TrailRunning Magazine.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2010 16:14

    The NBs look nice. Light, but not as an agressive sole like the X-Talons.

  2. May 5, 2010 0:01

    You have too love the way gear is today, you can allways find something you will love.

  3. jacob hastrup permalink
    November 8, 2010 19:31

    het fred

    what is the green shirt , brand ?

    Jacob

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      November 8, 2010 21:18

      hey jacob, the windshirt is my remake of a newline lightweight wind breaker with long sleeves: “Make your own W-shirt: take your lightest windbreaker; eliminate the front zipper; cut the sleeves to T-shirt lenght; eliminate irritating collar parts; and adjust the waist length. My wind-shirt weighs only 42 grams.”

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