Ounce-Saving Gear for Stage Races
How to find the right pack, clothes, food and other accessories for your next multi-day running adventure
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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in ultrarunner Jenn Hughes’ ongoing series on training for stage races, leading up to the September 2013 Grand to Grand Ultra. (Keep an eye out in future issues of our print mag for Jenn's race recap from G2G!)
Selecting gear for any key race is nerve wracking, but usually racers have the luxury of drop bags for stashing back-up options. With a multi-day stage rage, participants must commit to their choices for a full week with no ability to substitute during the race itself. Add extreme climate and terrain, and choosing the right equipment becomes even more crucial. To aid in your planning for the upcoming G2G or other stages races, I’ve compiled a list of race-tested favorites as well as some veteran tips and tricks from friends in the field.
Above all, though, find what works best for you. Be sure to test, test and re-test all your equipment before heading out for your desert adventure!