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Ultra / Adventure racing
Best value backpack?
I've entered an ultra for the first time (50km). We have to carry our kit. This is probably the only one I'm going to do so I don't want to spend too much on a backpack, any recommendations?
Decathlon do a range of backpacks that are value for money and come in different sizes. You should probably be able to find something that will do for less than £30 and they’re surprisingly good quality.
Looking for older ranges from good quality brands can throw up some bargains. I got an older Salomon model for way cheaper than the current ones and it does everything I want and is really comfortable. Ultimate Direction are another brand that a lot of people like.
Stephen E Forde
Deuter Speed Lite range without a doubt. On the few occasions I have run to work I have taken shoes, shirt trousers the works and once strapped in I have kept up the pace with ease. No lateral or vertical shake at all. They come with room for a water bladder. This one is a 5l one
I like the look of the Deuter Speed Lite. 5L doesn't sound a lot though.
Would all this fit in: waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, long sleeve top, phone, food, water...?
Stephen E Forde
Waterproof jacket, make it thin and light. Nike do some that will keep you warm not dry. Dry is impossible. Layer a base, tech shirt then jacket. Use cycling arm warmers maybe. Waterproof trousers. Why? You will sweat and be wet inside. Running tights with lycra shorts over them is what I wear in the very cold, snow and rain. In rain chaffing is a problem so use the Vaseline.
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