New Inov-8 Bags & Apparel

There’s an abundance of new gear from Inov-8 arriving in time for the start of the 2015 season, including new ISPO award winning 5 and 10 litre vest packs and a waterproof jacket and pants combination that, whilst perhaps not aesthetically to everyone’s taste, offers functionality at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

“Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, ultra and mountain runners will be able run lighter and faster with the Race Ultra Shell. Weighing just 125g, it boasts superb levels of protection, while its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running. Race numbers pinned on tees/singlets underneath remain visible at all times through shell’s transparent material.”

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA 5 Vest/Pack

“Evolution of the award-winning race ultra™ vest. The Race Ultra 5 vest has been specifically designed to carry five litres of kit while maintaining a close-to-the-body fit that ensures stability and zero bounce when running over even the longest of distances. Available in two sizes (S/M and M/L), the vest has two simple-to-use adjustable clip straps at the front. It boasts a total of eight pockets. The rear can hold up to five litres of kit, while an extra zip allows access to a separate reservoir compartment. Comes supplied with 2x 500ml soft flasks with 30cm tubes.”

Features

  • Large weather resistant zipped pocket to rear
  • Separate reservoir zipped pocket
  • Two 500ml softflask with 12″ / 30cm tube
  • Two large side mesh pockets
  • Two large zipped mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle
  • Rear bungee compression
  • Pole loops to rear
  • Two sizes

Specifications

Volume Capacity

  • 5L / 305 cubic inches

Fluid Capacity

  • 1L in 2 x 500mL soft flasks with straw/tube (included)
  • 2L in bladder (not included)

Weight

  • S/M: 250g / 8.8oz
  • M/L: 255g / 9oz

Back Length

  • S/M: 30cm / 11.8in.
  • M/L: 36cm / 14.2in.

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 31 – 38in. / 78 – 97cm
  • M/L: 38 – 44in. / 87 – 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Nylon / Polyester / Spandex

Included

  • 2x 500mL soft flasks with tube/straw

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA 10 Vest/Pack

“Evolution of the award-winning race ultra™ vest. The Race Ultra 10 vest has been specifically designed to carry ten litres of kit while maintaining a close-to-the-body fit that ensures stability and zero bounce when running over even the longest of distances. Available in two sizes (S/M and M/L), the vest has two simple-to-use adjustable clip straps at the front. It boasts a total of eight pockets. The rear can hold up to ten litres of kit, while an extra zip allows access to a separate reservoir compartment. Comes supplied with 2x 500ml soft flasks with 30cm tubes.

The Race Ultra 10 was voted best in the performance accessories category by a panel of expert judges and named a 2015/2016 ISPO AWARD GOLD WINNER.”

Features

  • Large weather resistant zipped pocket to rear
  • Separate reservoir zipped pocket
  • Two 500ml softflask with 12″ / 30cm tube
  • Two large side mesh pockets
  • Two large zipped mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle
  • Rear bungee compression
  • Pole loops to rear
  • Two sizes

Specifications

Volume Capacity

  • 10L / 610 cubic inches

Fluid Capacity

  • 1L in 2 x 500mL soft flasks with straw/tube (included)
  • 2L in bladder (not included)

Weight

  • S/M: 260g / 9.2oz
  • M/L: 265g / 9.4oz

Back Length

  • S/M: 30cm / 11.8in.
  • M/L: 36cm / 14.2in.

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 31 – 38in. / 78 – 97cm
  • M/L: 38 – 44in. / 87 – 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Nylon / Polyester / Spandex

Included

  • 2x 500mL soft flasks with tube/straw

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA SHELL Waterproof Jacket

“Inov-8’s lightest ever waterproof running jacket, weighing just 125g. Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, mountain and ultra athletes will be able to race as light and fast as possible. This shell is fully transparent, so race numbers worn underneath remain visible at all times. Its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running and packs away into its own hood pocket, ensuring it is small and easy to carry. Breathable, the Race Ultra Shell keeps you dry and protected in the wettest of conditions. Unisex.”

“If you’re an out and out racer and every gram counts, this ridiculuously lightweight waterproof is for you. It won’t handle day to day heavy use but, packing into its own hood, it’ll deliver just enough protection to get you off the hill, home or, with taped seems, past a pre-race kit check. It’s see-though so you can wear it over your number” (Trail Running Magazine)

Features

  • 2.5-layer waterproof fabric with 10,000 HH and 10,000 B-1 breathability
  • Taped seams
  • Packs away into hood – small and easy to carry
  • Fully Transparent fabric – race number visibility at all times
  • 4-way stretch fabric – allows unrestricted body movement whilst running
  • Deep centre front YKK Aquaguard zip with internal storm flap and dual locking zip heads
  • Thumb loop
  • Elasticated cuffs and hem
  • Multi-angle reflective detailing

Specifications

Weight

  • 125g / 4.5oz

Materials

  • 56% PU / 44% Polyester Soft Tricot breathable fabric (2.5 Layer)

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • XS: 36in. / 92cm
  • Small: 38in. / 97cm
  • Medium: 40in. / 102cm
  • Large: 42in. / 107cm
  • XL: 44in. / 112cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Inov-8 RACE ULTRA PANT Waterproof Trousers

“Inov-8’s lightest ever waterproof running trouser, weighing just 95g. Designed to meet all strict mandatory race day kit requirements, mountain and ultra athletes will be able to race as light and fast as possible. These trousers are fully transparent and instantly stretchable to fit over shoes. Its super-stretchy fabric guarantees unrestricted body movement when running and and can be quickly compressed into its own integrated pocket/stuffsack. Features taped seams and lycra-bound hems. Breathable, the Race Ultra Pant keeps you dry and protected in the wettest of conditions. Unisex.”

“Designed with the same racing philosophy as their Race Ultra Shell jacket, these will mainly live in your pack to pass kit checks. They weigh practically nothing and pack down impressively small. Their fit is good over tights, they deliver a surprising amount of protection but won’t take much abuse. Ultimate weight and space-saving choice” (Trail Running Magazine)

Features

  • 2.5-layer waterproof fabric with 10,000 HH and 10,000 B-1 breathability
  • Taped seams
  • Packs away into integrated pocket/stuffsack – small and easy to carry
  • Fully Transparent fabric
  • 4-way stretch fabric – allows unrestricted body movement whilst running
  • Lycra bound hem
  • Elasticated front, flat back and waist band
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Multi-angle reflective detailing

Specifications

Weight

  • 95g / 3.5oz

Materials

  • 56% PU / 44% Polyester Soft Tricot breathable fabric (2.5 Layer)

Sizing at waist (Unisex)

  • XS: 28in. / 71cm
  • Small: 30in. / 76cm
  • Medium: 32in. / 81cm
  • Large: 34in. / 86cm
  • XL: 36in. / 91cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com

Ultimate Direction FASTPACK 30 Vest/Backpack

If you’re anything like me, you will be keeping a keen eye on new product, fresh for 2015. As I plan my return to ultramarathons, having now signed up for the D33 and The Highland Fling, I am keeping an open mind with regard to which pack I will be using in training and on race day.

The Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30 Vest/Backpack, coming soon to www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com, may be overkill for shorter events and events with aid stations but it looks like just the ticket for multi-day events and/or long, self sufficient days in the hills.

“The UD Fastpack 30 backpack is meant for adventure. Perfect for bagging peaks, day hikes, or travel. The Ultimate direction Fastpack 30 takes inspiration from our Signature Series, with its vest like fit and front access pockets for a water bottle or storage. There is easy access to water, maps or your smart phone on the front, the stretch pockets on the sides will hold almost anything, and the huge rear stretch pocket allows gear to be quickly stowed or used as needed. The main compartment forgoes zippers in favour of a waterproof roll top closure, allowing this backpack to tightly secure everything from 20 to 31 litres.

The Fastpack 30 is water-resistant, with a reinforced bottom panel for extra durability, and the low-profile daisy chains with trekking pole and ice axe loops complete the package. Unique to the Fastpack 30 is our InfiKnit construction: the back panel and shoulder straps are made from one piece of custom-made fabric, which eliminates contact with all seams. A smooth ride, compressible storage and plenty of pockets makes the Fastpack 30 a great addition to your pack collection.”

Features

  • Patent-pending Infiknit harness is a continuous, seamless back panel and shoulder strap system to prevent abrasion and discomfort
  • Large, main roll-top compartment expands from 20L to 31L
  • Rear stretch-mesh pocket with low-profile daisy chain system
  • Water bottle compatible front pockets also fold flat to store other items
  • Dual adjustable sternum straps and side straps for stability and fit
  • Integrated side compression Z-straps for varying load capacities
  • Removable foam back panel for comfort
  • Available in 2 sizes

Specifications

Volume Capacity: 1220 – 1892 in3 / 20L – 31L

  • Weight: 24.8 oz. / 703 g
  • Height: 24.4 in. / 62 cm
  • Width: 11.4 in. / 29 cm
  • Depth: 10.4 in. / 26.5 cm

Sizing At Chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 24 – 40 in. / 60 – 102 cm
  • M/L: 32 – 46 in. / 81 – 116 cm

Materials & Design

  • InfiKnit Harness
  • Mono Hex Mesh
  • Cool Wick Air Mesh
  • 340g Power Stretch Mesh
  • 210T Nylon Mini Rip Stop

New packs are due soon from UltrAspire, Ultimate Direction (Wasp & Wink) and Salomon, so there’s certainly plenty to look forward to.

Note that www.pixelscotland.com hopes to have reviews of the new Salomon packs in the near future.

Ultimate Direction FASTPACK 20 Vest/Backpack Now Available

The latest offering from Ultimate Direction, the Fastpack 20 Vest/Backpack, is now available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

“Providing all the features and capacity you need and nothing more, the Fastpack 20 is a streamlined pack that will get you there and get it done. Perfect for day hikes, peak bagging, or a quick weekend, the Fastpack takes inspiration from our Signature Series vests, with its super stable and comfortable fit.” (http://ultimatedirection.com/p-633-fastpack-20.aspx?category=hydration-packs)

I did a full product preview back at the end of August, which includes considerably more details. One for the Christmas wish list!

Links Roundup, 9th September 2014 & Hoka Clifton

It’s been a while since I last did a links roundup, something I am going to try and do more regularly, as much for my own reference as anyone else’s, as there’s just so much interesting stuff out there and keeping on top of it all is a nightmare!

Final Call For Loch Ness Marathon

Best be quick if you want to run one of the most scenic marathons in the UK. Entry for the Loch Ness Marathon has been extended as a result of a technical hitch with the web site and now closes at midnight on Tuesday 9th September 2014.

I’ve got fond memories of running this one, including the surreal sight of a long line of double decker buses travelling along the narrowest of country roads to get everyone to the start line (and also the sight of said buses emptying after some brave soul requests a toilet stop en route and everyone descends on the countryside to empty their bladders!). A fantastic route with possibly the world’s most famous loch and some hills thrown in at intervals for good measure!

Ultrarunners Living the Dream?

My wife and I have often discussed our desire to relocate to the Cairngorms (or the Canadian Rockies!) but, most likely, it’s something that, if it happens at all, will happen later in life. The prospect of leaving careers behind to focus on running, or indeed, other outdoor pursuits, is no doubt something that appeals to many of us but, as the following article highlights, sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan.

‘Ultrarunners Living the Dream?’ follows Matt Flaherty, Adam Campbell and Mike Wolfe as they leave their law careers behind to focus on training and racing, and makes for an enlightening read, especially in the case of Adam Campbell, who actually finds that having all the time in the world isn’t necessarily the best option. Unfortunately, injury also features and highlights just how easily this can impact on goals and aspirations.

Dos & Dont’s From Top Ultramarathoners

“The thought of how to approach your first (or fiftieth) ultramarathon can be daunting. Although you’ve trained hard, it’s easy to waste precious pre-race energy worrying that a few small mistakes with your nutrition or pacing can result in a DNF or, worse, an injury. What follows are a series of race-day ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ from some of the top athletes in the sport. Take these tips to heart as you prepare to go the distance!”

This is an excellent article and, with the benefit of hindsight, I can totally relate to these words of wisdom from Anton Krupicka, Pam Smith, Geoff Roes and Michele Yates.

Reading through the list brought back memories of some of the worst (and best) experiences I have had running ultramarathons, from injuring my Achilles 6 miles into the 55 mile Cateran Trail Ultra and hobbling on to complete the race and the 95 mile West Highland Way Race just a month later, from my one and only (to date) D.N.F. at my first ever Highland Fling, to my completion of the West Highland Way Race, despite explosive diarrhoea and projectile vomiting! Well worth a read.

“When things get tough (they will, probably way tougher than you can currently imagine even), believe in your training, believe in yourself, grit your teeth and do it. Doing hard things is extremely satisfying once you’ve made it through. Don’t forget that in the moment.” (Anton Krupicka)

“DO expect something to go wrong. No matter how perfect your training has gone, this is ultrarunning and a lot of crazy things can happen when you are running for hours on end. If you accept that something may go wrong ahead of time, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to tackle problems when they arise and to look for solutions, rather than wanting to throw in the towel.” (Pam Smith)

A common thread throughout the tips is to start eating and taking on calories early, even as early as 15 mins into a race.

6-Year-Old Runs 22:26 5K

Six-year-old Jaden Merrick ran 22:26 at Saturday’s Park to Park 5K in Waterloo, Iowa, more than 90 seconds faster than the single-age world record of 24:07 he set on August 2. I can only dream of a 22:26 5K. Well jealous lol! (and hugely impressed!)

Hoka Clifton

For all the Hoka fans out there, the road running Hoka Clifton is now available at www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com (£89.99)

“Quite possibly the smoothest runnng shoe on the market, the Men’s Hoka Clifton offers an incredibly cushioned ride at an almost impossibly low weight. Early stage Meta-Rocker sculpting geometry provides a fluid, efficient ride and the stripped down SpeedFrame upper leaves no extra weight for you to lug around. If you want to take the feeling of running on grass with you to the concrete jungle, look no further than the Hoka One One Clifton.”

Ultimate Direction FASTPACK 20 Vest/Backpack

The latest offering from Ultimate Direction, the Fastpack 20 Vest/Backpack, will soon be available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

“Providing all the features and capacity you need and nothing more, the Fastpack 20 is a streamlined pack that will get you there and get it done. Perfect for day hikes, peak bagging, or a quick weekend, the Fastpack takes inspiration from our Signature Series vests, with its super stable and comfortable fit.” (http://ultimatedirection.com/p-633-fastpack-20.aspx?category=hydration-packs)

The pack offers a versatile approach to hydration, offering front, side and bladder options, or indeed all 3 or any combination of, that’s likely to be one of the main attractions of the Fastpack 20 for anyone looking for a pack that’s equally at home whether running, fastpacking or hiking.

It’s described as building upon Ultimate Direction’s Signature Range, with the functionality and capacity of a regular backpack but the fit of a running vest/pack.

With 5 accessible compartments on the front, 15 to 20 litres of capacity with compression straps to remove any excess, a waterproof rollable top closing mechanism, two adjustable sternum straps and 2 large mesh side pockets, capable of holding everything from bottles to tent poles and/or trekking poles, it’s a pack that’s likely to have wide appeal.

The Fastpack 20 comes in 2 sizes, Small/Medium and Medium/Large. After months spent waiting on the PB Adventure Vest last year I was gutted to finally receive it only to find that I couldn’t fasten the straps across my chest, so it’s good to see two sizing options for this pack.

For a detailed look at the pack features, head over to iRunFar.com for their Fastpack 20 review.

Features

  • Patent-pending Infiknit harness is a continuous, seamless back panel and shoulder strap system to prevent abrasion and discomfort
  • Large, main roll-top compartment expands from 15L to 23L
  • Rear stretch-mesh pocket with low-profile daisy chain system
  • Water bottle compatible front pockets also fold flat to store other items
  • Dual adjustable sternum straps and side straps for stability and fit
  • Integrated side compression Z-straps for varying load capacities
  • Removable foam back panel for comfort
  • Available in 2 sizes

Specifications

  • Volume Capacity: 915 – 1403 in3 / 15L – 23L
  • Weight: 1lb 3 oz. / 535 g
  • Height: 20 in. / 51 cm
  • Width: 9.5 in. / 24 cm
  • Depth: 11.75 in. / 30 cm

Sizing at chest (Unisex)

  • S/M: 24 – 40 in. / 60 – 102 cm
  • M/L: 32 – 46 in. / 81 – 116 cm

Materials & Design

  • InfiKnit Harness
  • Mono Hex Mesh
  • Cool Wick Air Mesh
  • 340g Power Stretch Mesh
  • 210T Nylon Mini Rip Stop

Available from September 2014: Available now.

New Hokas & Hydrapaks At www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com/

There have been some nice new additions to the www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com recently, with the addition of new Hokas, the Hoka Stinson ATR trail shoe and the Hoka Stinson Lite road shoe, and new soft flasks from Hydrapak.

The Hokas have seamless uppers and improved ventilation, thanks to a single layer mesh approach in the road shoe, and a dual layer mesh approach in the trail version, with the additional layer preventing trail debris from entering the shoe.

Hoka Stinson Lite

“The Men’s Hoka STINSON LITE features an oversized HOKA ONE ONE proprietary (HIP) CMEVA midsole providing unmatched combination of high performance cushioning with inherently stable ride. A late stage Meta-Rocker is designed to create a more nimble and accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. The hi-abrasion rubber outsole has a flexible and multi-directional traction design. A highly breathable seamless upper construction provides a secure fit. An ideal shoe for runners looking for a lightweight, stable, and performance cushioned road running shoe.”

Hoka Stinson ATR

The Men’s Hoka STINSON ATR features an oversized HOKA ONE ONE proprietary (HIP) CMEVA midsole providing unmatched combination of high performance cushioning with inherently stable ride. A late stage Meta-Rocker is designed to create a more nimble and accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. The hi-abrasion rubber outsole has a flexible and multi-directional traction design. A highly breathable seamless upper construction provides a secure fit. An ideal shoe for runners looking for a lightweight, stable, and performance cushion running shoe for the trails. 

More new Hokas to follow.

Update: 19th August 2014: The Hoka Mafate Speed is now available:

“The Men’s Hoka MAFATE SPEED provides a super-cushioned but very aggressive and responsive ride in wet or dry conditions, the Hoka One One Mafate Speed is an all-terrain beast that simultaneously protects and propels. Fitted, breathable, and deceptively agile, the Mafate Speed will take you on a wild ride that lasts for as long as you can hang on.”

Hydrapak Soft Flasks

Fans of soft flasks should be interested in the new range of Hydrapak Softflasks™, offering the quality and functionality of a soft flask without the premium price associated with some of the branded flasks.

“The new molded bottom Hydrapak SoftFlasks™ are modular hydration systems that are highly versatile; allowing for placement within packs, jackets, handhelds, and other gear. The collapsible lightweight Hydrapak SF750 SoftFlask™ is easy to use and packs tightly for efficient storage and transport.”

Features

  • Collapsible for easy storage
  • Modular design for multi-purpose “on-the-go” applications
  • High-flow silicone bite valve with twit shut-off
  • Soft, durable TPU body for strength and flexibility
  • Molded top and bottom provides 3 dimensional shape and lashing options
  • RF welded to create superior bonds at a molecular level
  • Textile carrying loop
  • Optional dust cover included
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)/Freezer safe
  • Exceeds FDA & EU Regulations
  • BPA Free

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290

I’ve been a fan of Inov-8 trail shoes for many years now, and rate the Roclite 305 as one of my all-time favourite shoes. The 305s saw me through the majority of my ultramarathons between 2010 and 2013 and I went through 5 pairs, logging some serious training and racing miles before they eventually went out of production.

I moved to the Roclite 315 following this and, despite liking the shoe, never quite developed the same affinity to it as I did with the 305.

As such, I was most intrigued to see the news that Inov-8 have launched their first ultra running specific shoe, the Inov-8 Ultra Race 290, available soon from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

“Inov-8’s first ever ultra running shoe. Race Ultra 290 shoes offer optimal cushioning and comfort for the long distance athlete. A flatter outsole ensures a stable ride when fatigue sets in. A dedicated Inov-8 gaiter (available separately) can be clipped on to the on-the-shoe attachment system to sensure all debris is kept at bay. The addition of an X-Static footbed, means that bacteria which feed on human sweat and cause foot odours is kept at bay.”

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 has already picked up awards, including an ISPO award for 2014/15.

“The ultimate in comfort and grip, this off-road ultra running shoe oozes innovation and meets the needs of this rapidly growing tribe. Be it on trails or mountains, this highly durable, lightweight shoe delivers industry-leading grip, courtesy of the Tri-C endurance outsole, which boasts three different rubber compounds. It also has a unique on-the-shoe gaiter attachment system and an X-STATIC footbed to keep both debris and odors at bay.”

With a Tri-C endurance outsole, with softer, sticky rubber on the edges for greater traction, high abrasion rubber at the heel for improved durability, and sticky rubber cleats for outstanding mid-foot grip, a fusion compound midsole to deliver sensory feedback from the trail while still providing protection over ultra distances, an 8mm drop, 3rd generation meta-shank, and minimum friction upper with gaiter attachments, the Race Ultra 290 certainly sounds like a shoe that will be of interest to ultra runners.

Race Ultra 290 for ISPO

Race Ultra 290

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 is available in Navy/Lime or Black/Blue (Men’s) and purple/teal or raven/ocean (Women’s) from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

UltraRunning Magazine April 2014

The April 2014 edition of UltraRunning Magazine is now available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

In this issue:

On the Cover: Jodee Adams-Moore floating to a win in Moab

  • The Long View
  • Letters, News & Notes
  • Nutrition, Training & Racing
  • Running Wise | Big Horn Race Preview by Gary Dudney
  • Nutrition | Cookbooks for the Endurance Athlete by Sunny Blende
  • Recipe | White Beans, Tomato and Cucumber Salad
  • Ask Ann | Heart Rate Homework by Ann Trason
  • Ultra-Life Balance | The Extra Stuff by Ellie Greenwood
  • Training | Races As Training Runs by Ian Sharman
  • The Equalizer by Rob Krar
  • Gear Review: GPS and Heart Rate Monitors by Donald Buraglio

Ultra History, Date & Lore

  • Now, And Then | Sustainability by Joe Uhan
  • Medical & Scientific Research | Ultra Tracking Study by Marty Hoffman

At The Races

Featured Races

  • H.U.R.T. 100
  • Rocky Raccoon 100
  • Sean O’Brien 50 Mile
  • MUC Race Winners – Q&A

Race Reports

  • Ghost Train Rail Trail
  • Wildcat
  • Pistol Ultra
  • Yankee Springs Winter Challenge
  • Frozen Gnome
  • Long Haul
  • Hilo to Volcano
  • Beast of Burden– Winter
  • Coldwater Rumble
  • Mountain Mist
  • Calico
  • Orcas Island
  • Manasota Track Club
  • Moab’s Red Hot
  • Destin 50

International Science

  • The Brazil 135

The Ultra Life

  • The Power of Community | SFRC by Karl Hoagland
  • My First Ultra | Siren Song by Dawn Mace
  • 50 Miles | A Running Journey Captured in Art and Poetry by Rob Krupicka
  • The Next Step | Movies that Inspire by Dean Karnazes
  • The Ultra Life | Rocket’s Rants by Errol Jones

Links

Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest

The Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest, available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com, is one piece of kit that has everyone excited.

Ian Corless ultra-distance and skyrunning journalist Ian Corless, of Talk Ultra goes so far as to say:

“This new product from UK company; inov-8 may very well be the next key moment in pack design stripping away complication and providing a pack that would almost make a perfect accessory for Batman.”

Keith Godden from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com described the Inov-8 Race Ultra Vest as follows:

“You could carry up to 3 litres of water quite comfortably if you wanted too but there would be limited space left for other stuff. It’s the first vest to come with two bottles and a 2L bladder too, so it gives some flexibility to experiment with ways to carry water and other gear.

The flat bottles are nice and close to the body and kept there very snugly by the stretch mesh pockets. The sternum strap clips can be a little tricky to get open and closed with your fingers at first so it takes a bit of practice if wearing gloves for sure.”

The Race Ultra Vest was voted best in the performance equipment category by a panel of expert judges and named a 2014/2015 ISPO AWARD GOLD WINNER

The Race Ultra Vest was also voted Best In Test in Trail Magazine.

From the Inov-8 web site:

“The Race Ultra Vest, which is new for spring/summer 2014, is the best-fitting pack ever brought to market. Made entirely of stretch mesh and fully-breathable 3D Airmesh, the insanely lightweight vest is form-fitting design innovation at its best.

Weighing just 195g and capable of carrying four litres of kit, the vest, which boasts seven pockets, delivers zero bounce when running. It feels more like a second skin on the body, rather than a rucksack. By positioning two pockets much lower than comparable products, a pair of 500ml bottles can sit flatter and more stable to the side of the body. This ensures easy access to bottles and minimal fluid bounce.”

Inov-8 Hydration Pack : Race Ultra Vest

Specifically designed for water bottles and a 2L shape-shift reservoir. An all mesh, fully breathable body-tight vest with stretch pockets ideal for ultra distance racing. Can carry three litres of fluid and features six adjustable straps to ensure a secure fit. Comes supplied with a two-litre reservoir and two 500ml uniquely designed flat bottles which hug the body to reduce unwanted movement.

Features

  • Large stretch mesh pocket to rear
  • Insulated reservoir sleeve
  • 2L shape-shift reservoir
  • Two large mesh pockets to front double as bottle holders
  • Two large mesh pockets to front top
  • Two smaller stretch mesh pockets to front top
  • Whistle

Specifications

  • Volume Capacity: 3.5L
  • Fluid Capacity: 2 x 500 mL bottles and 1x 2L bladder
  • Weight: 195 g (~550 g with bottles and reservoir) / 6.8 oz. (~19.4 oz. with bottles and reservoir)
  • Height: 36 cm / 14 in

Sizing At Chest (Unisex)

  • 31 – 44 in. / 78 – 112 cm
  • Note: Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear

Materials & Design

  • Stretch Mesh

2x 500mL Flat Bottles included

Inov-8 Race Ultra pack series put to the test in the mountains:

Trail Running magazine – Inov8 Race Ultra range:

UltraRunning Magazine January/February 2014

UltraRunning Magazine is now available from www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com.

“UltraRunning Magazine for Ultramarathon Runners…

Serving a loyal market of long-distance runners since 1981, UltraRunning magazine has long been established as “the voice of the sport”. Containing comprehensive and informative articles about all aspects of the sport of ultramarathoning, UltraRunning is a must-read for all who participate in the sport.

UltraRunning magazine is an invaluable resource for ultrarunners – experienced, new and aspiring endurance athletes seeking to go beyond the marathon. We provide helpful and entertaining content to ultrarunners, and measure our success by the accomplishments of our readers, and ultimately by the growth of the sport.”

The latest product to be stocked by www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com dropped through the letterbox yesterday. UltraRunning Magazine is a quality, glossy magazine with just over 90 information packed pages. I’ve yet to work my way through the many articles but, certainly at first glance, it looks like an essential read for anyone interested in the ultramarathon scene.  With columnists including 14-times Western States 100 women’s champion Ann Trason, Dean Karnazes, Ellie Greenwood and Ian Sharman, to name but a few, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The Jan/Feb issue of UltraRunning Magazine includes:

  • Race Preview Zion 100 by Gary Dudney
  • A Day We(ll) Lived by Sunny Blende
  • Are You Tough Enough? by Dean Karnazes
  • Steady State by Gary Cantrell
  • Road Warriors by Joe Uhan
  • 100-Mile Prep by Ian Sharman
  • Not Your Usual Shoe Review by Brett Rivers
  • Ultra/Life Balance by Ellie Greenwood
  • 2013 Year In Review & Ultrarunners Of The Year

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