The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail Kit: What To Pack for a 120km Mountain Ultra

Lavaredo Ultra Trail Kit

In my experience, one of the major differences between ultra running and your average marathon is the kit.  For a standard 26.2 marathon you need to make sure you’ve got the right shoes, some clothes that won’t chafe and a handful of the right gels to power you through but that’s about it. However, the moment you start thinking about distances 40 miles or more, that could take involve more hours on your feet than you can count on both hands, this changes. Ultra running requires attention to detail in the kit department that adds a whole new challenge to every race.

I’ve spent a long time testing out different packs, bottles, pouches, socks, bottles and head torches, not to mention base layers, jackets, anti-chafe solutions and sun screen and I think I’ve finally got my ultra kit refined to a point where it works for me. Obviously things change depending on the duration, distance, terrain and what the race organisers list as compulsory carry, but I think I’ve solved most of the big problems in a way that works well for me.

With that in mind, here’s my five-minute whistle stop tour of all the kit I used for The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2017.

Lavaredo Ultra Trail Kit: 5-Minute video tour

All the ultra running kit featured the video (in order of appearance)

  1. inov-8 All Terrain Peak Sun Protection Cap
  2. X-Bionic Speed Metal Socks
  3. Compressport R2V2 Race and Recovery Calf Guards
  4. X-Bionic Fennec Running Shorts
  5. X-Bionic Fennec Running Shirt Short Sleeve
  6. The North Face Flight Series Fuse Waterproof Jacket
  7. WAA Ultra Water Bottle 650ml
  8. Raidlight Waist Pack Port Bidon 1000
  9. Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles – 120 CM
  10. LEDLenser SEO5 Head Torch With Replaceable AAA Batteries
  11. P20 Sun Screen
  12. Tiger Balm
  13. 2Toms Blistershield
  14. 2Toms Sportshield
  15. TomTom Adventurer
  16. Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
  17. Polar M430
  18. Raidlight Trail XP6 Backpack Blue
  19. The North Face Ultra Endurance Trail Shoes
  20. inov-8 Roclite 290

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