Running is a minimalist sport. All you really need is a pair of shoes, and there are those who might even consider that to be too much.
However, with the obvious concerns regarding the preservation of dignity and modesty, and providing some form of protection on hard, modern surfaces and throughout our cold, extended winter months, in reality there will always be the need for some form of ‘equipment’.
When you venture into the realms of ultradistance, there is also the consideration of efficient nutrition to consider, and often this spills over into nutritional obsessions in everyday life as well.
So here then are some links that sum up my current thinking regarding the tools of the ultrarunning trade.
The world leader in GPS enabled products of which I have two - a Forerunner 910XT watch, and an Oregon 400t handheld GPS for navigation. For fitness fanatics they offer the best distance / speed watches available.
A new way to see in the dark - these innovative lights are a step ahead from the normal head torches and provide a highly illuminated scene ahead, without the cables or weight of batteries around the head.
Mainly shoes, for trail and mountain running, but also backpacks for those longer runs. Inov-8 are a British company based in the Lake District who have developed 'natural' trail running shoe.
Backpacks for trailrunning, amongst other things - what seems to have become the rucksack of choice for stage races like the MdS, the French company does a lot more besides.
Rokit Fuel (for humans)
Hot on the heels of 'Born to run' and the Tarahumara, is this nutrition company in the US who have developed an interesting set of endurance products.
Officially the best 'barefoot' experience on offer, these wacky shoes offer an unrivaled compromise between protection and running the way nature intended.
A range of earphones which are designed for athletes, which are sweat proof, designed to stay in and be comfortable
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