Mandatory Gear what to take

MANDATORY GEAR for Ultra Trail & Skyrun events

So you have signed up for the race, look at all the info and you find this “mandatory gear for the event”! The reason why Race Directors want you to carry this gear is there will be absolutely no compromise taken in ensuring the safety of runners. We prefer to run trails with the minimum amount of necessary equipment, however there are times mandatory equipment may save your life if you are caught out in bad conditions, become lost, disorientated or injured during an event. Never underestimate how quickly conditions may deteriorate or change away from forecast especially when you are in the mountains.

The gear required does vary for each event, often the location, distance and time of the year does determine the gear. As a minimum here is a list you will need to carry with you at all times.  Do remember that this is a general guide as your race could require less or more equipment, but this should help you to get the gear you need.

1 x waterproof and breathable jacket with fully taped waterproof seams and hood (plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket etc. not acceptable)

Helium II

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Ultralight &  ultra compressible rain shell.

  • Ultralight, waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer 30D Pertex® Shield+ DS ripstop fabric
  • Fully seam taped
  • Fully adjustable hood
  • Ultralight, water-resistant zippers
  • Front zipper has 7.5”/19 cm inner stormflap
  • Zippered napoleon pocket
  • Stuff pocket at side hem with hook/loop closure and webbing loop
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Single drawcord hem adjustment

Weight: 180g

1 x long sleeve thermal top:

lowe dryflow top

Lowe Alpine Dryflo

Lightweight and highly breathable, baselayer allows you to stay drier = warmer and comfortable for longer. 

  • Moisture-management fabric
  • 150g Dryflo® fabric with Cocona® technology
  • Microban® odour-control treatment
  • Flatlock low bulk seams

Weight: 155 grams

1 x beanie, balaclava or buff

ubertubeOutdoor Research Echo Ubertube

A beanie, balaclava, scarf a multifunctional bit of gear that wicks away perspiration in summer heat and provides just enough warmth during cold-weather. It can be worn in so many ways and used for so many purposes.

  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Wicking
  • Multiple Configurations for Variable Protection Levels
  • Polygiene® Active Odor Control
  • Fabric: 84% polyester, 16% spandex
  • Avg. Weight: 50g

radiant beanieOutdoor Research Radiant Beanie

A classic beanie built of soft, warm, quick-drying fabric. The contoured ear band provides additional back-of-neck coverage.

  • Sunglass Arm Ports
  • Segmented Crown Construction
  • Breathable
  • Wicking
  • Contoured Ear Band
  • Flat-Seam Construction
  • Fabric Radiant Fleece™ 95% polyester, 5% spandex
  • Avg. Weight 37g (One Size)


Multifunctional tube designed to keep you warm in the cold, and will also wick moisture away from your skin to keep you cool when it’s hot.

  • Sunglass Arm Ports
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Microfibre fabric
  • Wind resistant
  • Extremely comfortable to wear

1 x full-fingered lightweight thermal gloves

PL 100

Outdoor Research PL 100 Gloves 

Light, stretchy liners make excellent contact gloves in moderately cold temps.


  • Radiant Fleece® Icon
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Wicking
  • Quick Drying
  • Silicone Grip Pads on Palm and Finger Tips
  • Contoured Wrist
  • Fabric: Radiant Fleece™ 95% polyester, 5% spandex 150-weight
  • Avg. Weight (L): 49g

1 x headlamp

Led Lenser SEO 7R

Led Lenser SEO 7R

SEO series are compact head torches from LED Lenser and feature Smart Light Technology to maximize battery life and light output. It is bright enough for almost any task but is still small and light. The Advanced Focus System allows a wider beam. It is also rechargeable.

  • Rechargeable
  • Advanced Focus
  • Rotating Head
  • Optisense Technology
  • Glare-free Red LED Light
  • Exchangeable Headband


  • LED: 1x High End Power LED (white); 1x High End Power (red)
  • Weight: 105 g
  • Lumens: 220 lm
  • Batteries: 3 x AAA alkaline
  • Energy tank: 3.2 Wh
  • Burning life: 5 hours
  • Beam range: 130 m

petzl naoPetzl Nao

Rechargeable NAO headlamp adapts its two high power LEDs instantly and automatically to the lighting needs,  fewer manual interventions and longer battery life.

  • REACTIVE LIGHTING technology has a sensor to detect ambient lighting, allowing it to adapt its beam pattern
  •  increases lighting duration by making optimal use of the energy source
  • Two lighting modes available: REACTIVE LIGHTING mode & continuous mode
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery performs well at low temperatures
  • Easily rechargeable with the integrated USB
  • Battery charge indicator
  • Can be replaced, if necessary, with two AAA/LR03 batteries
  • Multifunction on/off switch can be locked
  • Headlamp is stable on the head with the Zephyr adjustable headband

1 x small backup light in case of headlamp failure

led lenser k2Led Lenser K2

  • 25 Lumens
  • Aluminum body
  • Lightweight 18g
  • 5 hr down to 1 lumen
  • 20m beam distance
  • Requires 4 x AG13 batteries

1 x long leg thermal pants:

lowe dryflow bottom

Lowe Alpine Dryflo

Lightweight and highly breathable, baselayer allows you to stay drier = warmer and comfortable for longer. 

  • Moisture-management fabric
  • 120g Dryflo® fabric with Cocona® technology
  • Microban® odour-control treatment
  • Flatlock low bulk seams
  • Weight: 110 grams

1 x long leg waterproof pants :

rampart pants

Outdoor Research Rampart Pant

Waterproof and fully seam taped. Full-length, double-separating side zippers provide versatile venting options and allow for a drop seat when nature calls.

  • Avg. Weight : 307g
  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Fully seam taped
  • Accepts accessory suspenders
  • Elastic waist with drawcord
  • Rear pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Full-length, double-separating side zippers
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Articulated knees
  • Snap/elastic cuffs
  • Loops for instep lace
  • Fabric: 100% Nylon; 2L 70D Barrier™ fabric

1 x compass for navigation

suunto A10_1000x1000Suunto A10

  • Balanced for southern hemisphere
  • Fixed declination correction scale
  • Scales at 1;15,000, 1:25,000, 1:100,000 on base plate
  • Size: 57 x 90 mm
  • Weight 27 g

1 x whistle

lifesystems-survival-whistleLifeSystems Survival Whistle

  • Loudness 122dB
  • Dimensions: 28 x 53 x 22mm
  • Weight 10g

1 x emergency space blanket, light bivvy sack or equivalent

1 x compression bandage min dim 7.5cm x 2.3m un-stretchable (this item is used for the treatment of sprains or snake bite) Antiseptic swipes, bandaids, painkillers (6)

1 x lightweight Dry Sack to keep your compulsory clothing dry

trekandtravel_exped_fold-drybags-ul-m_400px_S11Exped Ultra Light Drybag 8L

  • Waterproof
  • 15 D Nylon with silicone coated
  • PU coating on the inside
  • Fully seam taped
  • Translucent fabric allows you to recognize the contents
  • Weight 28g

1 x waterproof map case or any other way to keep your maps protected such as map contact

1 x Mobile Phone and / or Personal Location Beacon

Emergency Food & Water




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