ultra light trail gear
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
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.
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.