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Kit recommendations for the UTMB

by Editor
Wednesday 24th July 2013
 
 

Product feature: In the second part of our Bon Courage series Run247 have taken a look at the compulsary kit for the The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® (HERE)

The event sponsor The North Face have a great range of clothing on offer, designed with these races in mind and we've taken a closer look at some of the items that will not only get you through kit check, but also comfortable on the mountains!

Women's AK Stormy Trail Jacket (£ 160)

Women's AK Stormy Trail Jacket

The North Face Women’s AK Stormy Trail Jacket is a waterproof, breathable, hooded running jacket for maximum protection in foul weather.

Featuring The North Face® FlashDry™ technology, microporous particles improve and accelerate the removal of excess moisture from the skin, allowing drier and more comfortable performance for longer, in a range of weather conditions. Used and recommended for endurance races such as The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc, the jacket is constructed with a reflective brimmed, stay-put hood, an adjustable hood cinch and a reflective drop-tail hem for increased coverage and weatherproofing. Easily stowed in a backpack and with a glued zip chest pocket for secure storage.

Feature

  • Adjustable hood cinch
  • Glued chest pocket
  • Reflective drop-tail hem
  • Reflective logos
  • Stowable

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We love the AK Stormy Trail Jacket. Form follows function and this is a well cut jacket that allows freedom of movement but isn't baggy. The long sleeves are brilliant - no cuffs riding up above your hands or gloves here. The hood is great too - once adjusted it stays put in all weathers. For such a lightweight item the AK Stormy Trail Jacket offers great protection against the elements, with some lovely details.

 

 

Women's AK Stormy Trail Pant (£ 110)

The North Face Women’s AK Stormy Trail Pant is a waterproof, windproof, breathable running trouser for maximum protection in the foulest weather.

Featuring The North Face® FlashDry™ technology, microporous particles improve and accelerate the removal of excess moisture from the skin, allowing drier and more comfortable performance for longer, in a range of weather conditions. Used and recommended for endurance races such as The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc, these performance fit pants are constructed with an elasticized waist with adjustable drawcord and articulated knees for increased mobility. Easily stowed in a backpack and with reflective logos for increased security on night and low level visibility runs.

Feature

  • Performance fit
  • Articulated knees
  • Ankle zips
  • Reflective logos
  • Packable

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A lightweight and durable no-fuss item. Tight to the leg compared to other brands the trousers are comfortable to run in, without excess fabric flapping around. The zips on the inside of the leg are just big enough to pull them on whilst you are wearing your trail shoes.

 

 

Women's Better Than Naked Singlet (£35)

Used by athletes on The Ultra Trail Du Mont-Blanc, The North Face Women’s Better Than Naked Singlet is a lightweight, race-ready, wicking tank.

Used by athletes on The Ultra Trail Du Mont-Blanc, The North Face® Women’s Better Than Naked Singlet is a lightweight, race-ready, wicking tank. Featuring The North Face® FlashDry™ technology, microporous particles improve and accelerate the removal of excess moisture from the skin, allowing drier and more comfortable performance for longer, in a range of weather conditions. Engineered physiologic panels create burn-out ventilation on the back, working with the fabric to remain cool during high levels of exertion. Stitchless seams ensure an abrasion-free fit and reflective logos offer security on night or low level visibility runs.

Feature

  • Two-color burn out
  • Reflective logo”

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The lovely fluid Better Than Naked fabris and the roomy cut mean that this vest is ideal to keep you cool in hot conditions. Stichless seems and the moisture wicking properties of the fabric mean that your are reasonably protected from chaffing too!

 

 

Women's Better Than Naked Capri (£70)

For cool spring runs, The North Face Women’s Better Than Naked Capri is a lightweight, wicking, quick-drying tight with ventilation for added comfort.

VaporWick® technology regulates body temperature, drawing excess moisture to evaporate away from the skin. Body-mapped ventilation helps to prevent overheating and an updated, flattering waistband creates a comfortable, secure fit. Shaped hems fit and flatter around the lower leg and reflective logos offer extra security on night and low level visibility runs. Bonded, stitchless seams in the gusset prevent rubbing and a new, non-zip rear pocket provides safe storage for any essentials.

Feature

  • Body-mapped ventilation
  • New non-zip secure rear pocket
  • Bonded stitchless seams in gusset
  • Shaped hem
  • Reflectivity
  • Reflective logos”

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The lightest and softest The North Face capri we have tried yet! As with all of the Better Than Naked range, you could forget you are wearing these! A perfect mix of great fit and freedom of movement!

 

 

Women's Better Than Naked Split Short (£45)

The North Face Women’s Better Than Naked Split Short is a lightweight, race-ready, wicking running short for performance on endurance runs.

Recommended for races such as The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc, The North Face® FlashDry™ technology uses microporous particles, accelerating the removal of excess moisture from the skin, allowing drier and superior comfort for longer, in a range of conditions. An inner-comfort-fit brief, no inner-thigh seam, a comfort fit waistband with drawcord and body-mapped stretch panels ensure abrasion-free mobility.

Easy-access pockets and rear energy gel pockets provide plenty of on-the-go storage. Reflectivity and reflective logos add security for night and low level visibility runs.

Feature

  • Secure pocket
  • Easy-access pockets
  • Reflectivity
  • Pieced inner-comfort-fit brief
  • Energy gel pockets on rear
  • Body-mapped stretch panels for mobility
  • Comfort fit waistband with drawcord
  • Reflective logos”

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Extremely lightweight with a very comfortable inner-brief, and a flattering cut, these shorts are one of those items you will always reach for in your kit bag! The pockets are ideal to keep a hand full of jelly-babies or some tissues to hand.

 

 

Women's GTD L/S (£35)

A lightweight running shirt, The North Face Women’s GTD Long Sleeved is a wicking top with body-mapped ventilation for optimum comfort and endurance.

Featuring The North Face® FlashDry™ technology, microporous particles improve and accelerate the removal of excess moisture from the skin, allowing drier and more comfortable performance for longer, in a range of weather conditions. Body-mapped ventilation ensures key areas of the body are kept warm, whilst others are able to shed unwanted heat preventing overheating and excess sweating. With reflective logos for extra security on night and low level visibility runs.

Feature

  • Pieced collar
  • Reflective logos

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Whether you wear it to stay warm or to protect from the sun's rays - the GTD long sleeved top is lovely and soft, almost fluid! A great top to wear - and forget about as it fits well and can cope with a variety of conditions. It will not only protect you from the elements, but also fits well under a backpack, with no riding up of the fabric! The sleeves are nice and long again and I sometimes hold on to them like a comfort blanket when the going gets tough!

 

 

Women's Hyper-Track Guide Shoes

Women's Hyper-Track Guide Shoes

Lightweight, supportive and responsive, The North Face® Women’s Hyper-Track Guide is a running shoe to serve over long distances on road or trail.

Featuring minimalist construction without sacrificing performance, the shoe incorporates advanced Cradle Guide™ technology in the midsole for dependable impact control and efficient stride transition. A breathable sandwich mesh in the upper and strategically positioned rubber pods in the outsole give excellent grip on slick terrain and resistance to abrasion. With a neutral Unleashed Performance™ design that ensures fast, agile stride movement The North Face® Women’s Hyper-Track Guide is a running shoe to suit ambitious athletes whether on road or trail.

Feature

  • No-sew, seamless, lightweight and minimal upper construction
  • Breathable sandwich mesh
  • TPU-welded support overlays
  • C-Delta metatarsal fit system
  • Perforated EVA Northotic™ footbed BOTTOM
  • TPU and dual-injection, EVA CRADLE GUIDE™ midsole platform
  • 16 mm
  • 8 mm heel
  • forefoot heights
  • Strategically positioned, high-abrasion rubber outsole pods

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The Hyper-Track Guide feel really light, not like a typical off-road shoe. They're surprisingly grippy and good in dry conditions, on rocky trails, and in moderate mud. The seamless construction makes them a very comfortable shoe. They're a great shoe for runs with a mix of road and trail as they're very happy on both. You feel quite close to the ground, which is great for technical descents, but unlike some other more lightweight shoes they don't compromise on support and comfort. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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