Review Tags: ultra marathon kit

What do HH ratings mean? Waterproof and breathability ratings explained

Last updated: 16-Nov-16 By Fiona Outdoors You will have seen waterproof ratings, on jackets for example, of 10,000/10,000 and 20,000/20,000. But what do the rating numbers mean? Manufacturers usually describe the waterproof and breathability of fabrics using two numbers. The first is in millimetres (mm) and is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is.  …

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La Sportiva Bushido running shoes review

Last updated: 17-Aug-18 By Fiona Outdoors La Sportiva Bushido is a technical shoe “created for the world of skyrunning competitions”. It is described as super lightweight, sticky and aggressive. Features Uppers: Breathable Air Mesh with “high frequency applied to rip-stop fabric” Lining: Mesh, plus no-sweat lateral mesh inserts Stretch Air Mesh tongue Midsole: Compressed EVA …

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Salomon Trail gaiters (low) review

Last updated: 24-Oct-18 By Fiona Outdoors Salomon Trail Gaiters (Low) The gaiters are designed to stop debris and fragments from getting into shoes when running on mixed terrain. Features Fit over the cuff of any running shoe and around the ankle External side closure with Velcro Made of stretchy fabric Sole strap Reflective details Weight: 130g …

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Inov-8 Race Ultra gaiters review

Last updated: 24-Oct-18 By Fiona Outdoors Inov-8 Race Ultra Gaiters Made by one of the leading brands in off-road running footwear, the inov-8 gaiters offer a “lightweight and water-resistant gaiter that keeps debris out of the shoe”. Features Fit: Compress close to the ankle, providing the ultimate barrier against debris seeking to enter the shoe. …

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OMM Flash Tights 1.0 review

Last updated: 17-Aug-18 By Fiona Outdoors OMM stands for Original Mountain Marathon and the company that sells the Flash Tights has a long history of organising events and taking part in races. OMM Flash Tights 1.0 The OMM Flash tights come in three lengths: 0.5 is a short cut length, the 0.75 is a below-the-knee …

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SKINS A400 Starlight long tights v Falke Ergonomic Sport System tights review

Last updated: 17-Aug-18 By Fiona Outdoors In winter or on cold mornings in spring and summer, long running tights are a must-own. Here, we review two pairs of technical running tights. SKINS A400 Starlight long tights Part of the technical SKINS A400 compression tights range, the Starlights have extra reflective details for nighttime and dull-day …

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Helly Hansen VTR printed 7/8 capris v Helly Hansen Pace/Aspire Norviz tights review

Last updated: 17-Aug-18 By Fiona Outdoors Running tights are a must-have for most ultra runners, especially when training. Wear them in winter or on chillier spring and summer mornings and evenings. Here we look at two different pairs of Helly Hansens. Helly Hansen women’s VTR printed 7/8 capris You will have noticed the growing trend …

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Global - Virtual

Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.