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Running Gear

ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHON & 100K RUNNING EQUIPMENT

UVU is a new premium brand clothing company that is expanding its range of ultrarunning gear to cater for temperatures from +40C to -40C. UVU is the official kit supplier of the North Pole Marathon. The company website is currently being revamped before the launch of its full product range in Apil 2014. In the meantime, you can see example products of suitable gear from other companies below. You can also check out various websites such as www.marmot.com , www.patagonia.com , www.mountainhardwear.com , www.eddiebauer.com  , www.taigaworks.ca and www.likeys.com for further examples / options of appropriate clothing.

SUMMARY

A layering system is necessary to keep you warm while being light enough to enable you to undertake a physical challenge.

The general idea of a layering system on your upper body is that

1)      A base layer will wick sweat away from your body
2)      A mid fleece layer will provide insulation, and
3)      An outer shell layer will provide protection from the wind.

Only two layers are necessary on the legs (base layer and outer shell) or you will otherwise overheat.

Many adventure / outdoor shops should be very familiar with a layering system and will be able to advise you on what to wear when running in very cold weather.

There are many sample links below highlighted in colour - they are examples from a varierty of sources and brands of what will work.

Please Note: It is recommended that you bring two sets of base layers and an extra fleece for your legs and torso (as listed below).You will only wear one base layer on your legs and upper body while running, but you can change into the additional dry base layers during the race if you are getting cold and wet. Keeping dry is important in cold conditions! An extra pair of gloves and socks are recommended below for similar reasons.

LEGS & BODY

LEGS 

2 Base Layers
1 Wind Shell

BODY 

2 Base Layers
2 Insulating Layers
1 Wind Shell (with hood and ventilation zips)

FEET

1 Pair of Sock Liners
Pairs of Wool Socks
1 Pair of Trail Runners or regular running shoes*

 *You may need to get the running shoes a bit bigger than your normal size. Remember, you will be wearing thicker socks during the race.

Toe / Feet Warmers are also recommended   

HANDS

1 Pair of Glove Liners
Pairs of Gloves 
1 Pair of Mittens (no fingers)

Hand Warmers are also recommended.

HEAD & NECK

Generally, a balaclava, facemask, hat and neck gaiter are worn. 

1 Balaclava (doesn’t cover eyes/nose/mouth)
1 Facemask (covers nose and mouth but has air holes)
1 Thermal Hat  
1 Neck Gaiter or BUFF 
1 Forehead / Ear Protection (optional item)

Alternative Face Mask

Alternative to the above facemask, we would recommend a relatively new product called ‘Untraced’ (Backbrez) if you can obtain it. By wearing this product instead of a traditional facemask, there is less tendency for goggles to fog when running.

EYEWEAR

1 Pair of Ski Goggles