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12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Cooking

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more **   Cooking Equipment for races such as the Marathon des Sables It is not compulsory to take a stove in MDS and some people opt to eat their food cold. If you are fast enough you can use the afternoon sun to warm your water and/or your food. A hot meal or cup of hot tea or coffee can be a great morale booster so don’t underestimate the value of... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Socks

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more **   Socks and Calf Compression All socks are suitable for both men and women and in addition, we carry a few women’s specific socks. Note that the sizing is different for these. Looking after your feet is extremely important and choosing quality socks is a well worth investment. Everyone’s feet are different so you might need to try a few different socks or combinations of socks before you find what works... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Personal Care Kit

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more **   In this section of our kit list, we have grouped together with the small but really important things that can make or break your race. This includes items for personal care, blister prevention, anti-chafe, sun protection and compulsory equipment for the Marathon Des Sables.   Personal Care & Sun Protection Looking after yourself can be the differentiator between failure and success in multi-stage racing so don’t neglect good hygiene.... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Headwear

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more **   Headwear for Desert races such as the Marathon Des Sables Headwear should protect your heat from the sun, and also shield your face and protect your neck and ears. We recommend a sun hat with a protective neck curtain. A dark surface on the underside of the visor prevents glare from the sun. Buffs are handy as they can take on all sorts of configurations to protect your head... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: HeadTorches

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Head Torches for races such as the Marathon des Sables A head torch is always on the compulsory kit list for races such as the Marathon des Sables. Some races, like the Grand to Grand, require you to carry two head torches and may also specify a minimum light output in lumens. Check the requirements for your race to be sure. You will typically need the head torch for... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Clothing

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Clothing for Marathon Des Sables and similar races Many people wonder what the best option for clothing is when running in a hot desert environment. The reality is that it is much a matter of personal preference, however, we do believe that the following is important: A well-constructed garment that has seams placed strategically in order to minimise chafing A quality, lightweight material that wicks away your sweat, breathes... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Sleeping Kit

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Sleeping Bag The sleeping bag is possibly the single most expensive piece of equipment you will need for your race. It is good to spend some time choosing this wisely as a lot of weight and volume savings can be gained whilst it is important to consider your warmth and comfort at night. A silk mummy liner can add up to 5.3 degrees to your sleeping bag and is... Read More

12/11/2018

Desert Kit List: Packs & Hydration

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Back Packs, Front Packs and Hydration Systems The backpack is one of the most important items you will buy and it is also compulsory (though it would be difficult to get away without one anyway!). In addition to the weight of the pack, which in our opinion it is far too easy to become obsessed about, you also need to look at how well it fits you, how comfortable... Read More

07/11/2018

How to Choose Trekking Poles for Ultra-Running

Poles are like Marmite, you like them or you don’t and a lot of runners have strong opinions about them. Personally, we find them very useful, particularly for mountain races. For those who intend to walk part or all of a race, they will come in very handy and with the correct technique can help you move faster for longer. If you are considering buying poles for ultra-running here is some guidance that hopefully will help you. This is based on our personal views and experience and focused on lightweight types of... Read More

Desert-Running-Shoes-Ultra-Marathon-MDS-My-Race-Kit 19/09/2018

How To Choose Shoes for Multi-Stage Desert Racing

Written by: Elisabet Barnes (elisabetbarnes.com) ** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Introduction Deciding on shoes for a multi-stage desert race such as the Marathon des Sables can be tricky and I get a lot of questions on this topic. Hopefully this guide will help you as you look for the perfect shoe for you. We are all different and many factors influence what shoe might be right for you. Not only the properties of the... Read More