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Ultra gear seems to be designed by the top runners to help them go faster.
This is all very well but the requirements for the top runners on a race are not the same for us mortals bringing up the rear who are running for twice as long and usually with no support team. I have a couple of suggestions.
1 --Race pack with serious carrying capacity within easy reach on the front.(Salomon are almost there but have low volume and an emphasis on min weight) . For a stiff old bugger like me I need to grab water bottles and food without taking my pack off (front clip on bags make taking off your pack a real pain)
2--Combined gortex hood and short cape to cover your head and the pack to prevent rain getting between you and your pack yet allowing maximum ventilation.
3--Method of preventing rain seeping between gortex gloves and top over prolonged periods.
4--Cushioned long ultra shoes (good cushioning) with built in gaiters and a waterproof seal on the calf that lets you go through deep water with no leaks. La Sportiva are almost there but are not cushioned enough for 100mile+ races.
Anyone else got any wishes. You never know someone in design world might be reading this thread.