By Jake Thompsett
Great for a lunch stop on long runs or during emergency situations. If you're on a multi day run or race then they are perfect for evenings at camp, for sleeping in, and are barely noticeable in your pack. A nice lightweight synthetic insulated jacket or pullover will keep you warm and help you out with getting a better nights sleep or even saving your bacon if you come into trouble on the hills. I find the best materials to be ones such as Primaloft, as unlike down, they aren't effected by wet or damp conditions
*Recommended kit: Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pull Over
I really struggle with cold hands and even though these gloves are very thin and light they seem to do the job really well. Breathable enough to stop your hands from getting sweaty when you’re moving fast, yet warm enough to keep the sensation in your fingers, they’re perfect for mountain running.
*Recommended kit: Rab Powerstretch Glove
The problem with mountain running waterproofs is that you need something that is waterproof enough to keep you dry yet breathable enough to let the sweat out, which, unfortunately seems to be quite a rare thing. Its a good idea to keep your eye out for a few handy features:
- Smocks are very useful for running as it minimises the weight and bulk of having a full length zip, and also reduces the amount of “weak” areas where the water could get in
- I use a waterproof smock that has a horizontal water resistant front zip which also acts as a vent. Perfect for giving loads of ventilation and breathability when it is raining too hard, or alternatively storing snacks and race maps
- Look to see if the jacket has a storage bag or whether it folds inside it’s own pocket, this is really handy for storing it away and minimising space inside your pack
- Things like elastic cords can be a pain when the wind is high as they flap about and hit you in the face, look for a jacket with an elasticated hood (that doesn't have draw cords etc) thus minimising this and also giving the hood a good fit around your head providing more protecting in poor weather
*Recommended kit: Montane Minimus Smock
Great for emergency situations on the hill and if you buy one that is made from a breathable membrane then you can sleep inside it as well as your sleeping bag (if you were on a multi day run or race, which will give you a little extra warmth, something that is much needed if you’re opting for a very lightweight sleeping bag. Stay away from the foil style survival blankets though, a proper waterproof bivy bag or heat reflective survival bag are much better
*Recommended kit: Adventure Medical Kits SOL 1 Person Survival Bag
This style of rucksack is fantastic for running in the mountain, rather than fitting like a standard rucksack, they fit more like a vest. They hug your upper body, leaving your hips free to move and preventing any friction rubbing on your lower back and hips. Something that is very important for long distance runs. On top of the great fit, race vests have also got very accessible pockets situated in all the right places allowing you to reach snacks, compasses etc. easily without having to remove the vest. They also have handy pockets on the chest which house water bottles thus making hydrating on the move incredibly easier.
*Recommended kit: Ultimate Direction PB Ultra Vest